Beauty Advice: Teen MakeUp Tips

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Dear Budget Fashionista,
I’m a fourteen year old girl and I don’t normally wear makeup, but I want to start. I’m wondering what I should buy and what I don’t really need, as well as where I should get them and how much I should spend.

Answer: The rule of thumb when it comes to make-up is KISS- Keep it Simple Stupid. The purpose of make-up is to enhance your natural beauty, not to transform you into a clown. As a teen, you want to focus on maintaining clear clean skin rather than piling on tons of make up which can lead to the dreaded breakout. Most of the product you will need to accomplish this goal may be found at your local Drugstore or Target, Wal-Mart.

Teen MakeUp Tips

1. Gentle facial cleanser. The first step in any make up routine is to have good skin and that comes from keeping it clean. Look for a gentle, cleanser from company like Neutrogena, Dove, Oil of Olay, Aveeno for less than $10.

2. Good moisturizer. “non-comedogenic” (not cause whiteheads or blackheads) or “non-acnegenic” (shouldn’t cause acne) moisturizer with an spf of at least 15. Try brands like Neutrogena, Oil of Olay for Sensitive skin- all of which cost under $10.

3. A collection of Lipglosses. Bonnie bell and Covergirl is good and cost around $4 to $5 per lip gloss.

4. Mascara. Maybelline Great Lash is used by most of the major celebrity make-up artists.

5. Blush. Use blush to add a rosy glow to your skin.  Wet ‘n” Wild has a great creme blush and so does Revlon. Use just enough to give your face a rosy glow. Don’t pay more than $10 for a blush

6. Concealer. Dab just enough to cover your blemishes. Again L’Oreal and Revlon both make great concealers for under $10.

7. Oil Sheets. These are great for the summer or otherwise sticky times. These sheets absorb the oil from your skin.  Try Clean and Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets.

You might also want to experiment with eyeliners, eyeshadows, etc from more budget friendly make up lines like Jane, Wet ‘n’ Wild, etc.

What You Don’t Need
1. Expensive moisturizers, eye creams, anti-aging serums, harsh facial scrubs (unless prescribed by a doctor)
2. Foundation- Let your skin mature a bit. Using foundation too early can clog pores and lead to acne
3. Expensive eyeliners, mascaras, and lipsticks.
4. Eye shadows- I say this because most teens (and frankly most adults) have no clue how to put this on correctly. Wait until you’ve experimented a bit with makeup, then go to a beauty counter and have them show you how create a “clean” eye.
5. Heavy eyeliner. Keep it simple on the eyes.

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  • Massie

    Gawd. Who wrote this? For ah-mazing tips, go to the MAC counter, nawt some silly website. Anyways, cheap makeup always leads to brake outs. Take it from a pro. My summertime job was at Be Pretty cosmetics, and I was hired to be assisstant manager to Estee Lauder. So yeah. Listen to me instead.

    • Beatyguru

      It’s a liitle hard to believe you since your grammar usage is a little awkward. Would’nt an estee Lauder assistant better grammar usage? Anyways who are you to tell peolpme what to do maybe 13 yr old girls dont have the privilage to go all the way to a mac store or a way to get there?

    • KC undercover

      I don’t know who you are but this is all I have to say to that. Ain’t no 13 year old girl got time for that

  • Tyra

    I’m almost 14. And I wear a LOT of makeup. I wear foundation, eyeliner (top&bottom), eye shadow and TONS of mascara. I get a lot of compliments on it, probably because I do it pretty well. But I break out a bunch, too. Use Burt Bee’s Willow Bark Face Scrub. It works wonders. If you have acne and use foundation, make sure you wash your face at least twice a day. And use a kabuki brush, it covers your acne pretty good. Use liquid foundation and use a kabuki brush to apply it because it looks airbrushed. Then use loose powder to set it. 🙂

  • Vivian

    Alright , im 13 i’ll soon turn to 14 and i DO wear makeup even im not allowed to
    I use a concealer just to cover up dark circles , maybe a natural colored eyeshadow and bronzer , and i use a very light colored blush to set the concealer
    Well i can say that the products i use are clinique , chanel & dior . But for the bronzer , i use Avon and its the best product that i use! Quite cheap , but seriously , clinique’s eyeshadows sucks . And omg , clinique mascara sucks either! Dior’s concealer’s also not good as flormar’s ( flormar is a drugstore brand in my country ) so yeah , go to cheaper products like maybeline , l’oreal or covergirl .