The perfect look for a teenager is a neutral and natural makeup. For most of the teenage girls a light foundation, black or brown mascara and a little bit of a blush should be enough. Teens should never apply too heavy makeup, tons of foundation or face powder because their skin is still young and fresh-looking. Soft and matte colors will suit every teenager. Unfortunately many teenage girls apply too much makeup in order to make them look older (red lipstick, too much blush, too much eye makeup) and the result isn’t very pleasant.
If you are over 30 you may apply makeup to accentuate your best features and to hide the first signs of aging, but if you are a teenager you should use makeup simply to enhance your natural beauty. Another mistake that many teenagers make is that they apply too much concealer, foundation and powder to hide pimples, scars, blackheads or large pores. Actually doing so is a huge, huge mistake. This way you make your face look unnatural and like a mask and it can also lead to more serious skin problems like acne, more clogged pores (blackheads), whiteheads, discolorations and rashes. Remember: applying the appropriate amount of any makeup product is the first step to a flawless makeup.
The first and the most important thing for a flawless teens’ makeup is to keep your skin cleansed, toned and moisturized everyday. Wash your face every day with a gentle facial cleanser both in the morning and in the evening. Choose a product that is appropriate for your skin type and for the needs of your skin. If you have acne-prone skin, look for products containing alpha hydroxyl, benzoyl peroxide. Using and applying a facial toner is a must even if your skin is dry or sensitive. The toners are designed to remove surface oils and any dirt residue that your cleanser may have missed. They nourish the skin and whisk away impurities that usually lead to breakouts and blemishes.
Step One. Moisturize your skin
It’s essential to moisturize your skin every day, especially if you wear makeup. Always apply your moisturizer to a cleansed and toned skin and make sure your hands are clean. Your moisturizer should be appropriate for your skin type. Apply it all over your face and neck. Let the moisturizer soak in for a few minutes before you apply the foundation. Rub it in your skin very gently with soft, circular motions. Look for a moisturizer that offers sun protection (with SPF 15 or higher).
Step Two*. Apply makeup primer or shine control product
You may apply a makeup primer to make your make up stay put on for longer. The makeup primers prepare the skin for the makeup application, creating a smooth, protective base for longer-lasting makeup. If your skin is oily or combination you should use a shine control product such as Lancome Pure Focus Shine Control Gel ($26), Clinique Pore Minimizer T-Zone Shine Control ($22.50). Apply the product only over the T-zone (nose, chin, forehead) , to areas that usually produce more oil. These products control both excess shine and absorb the excess oil.
Step Three. Apply foundation
Always look for a light textured foundation that is noncomedogenic (won’t clog pores), non – acnegenic, and hypoallergenic. Make sure the foundation matches your natural skin tone. if you want to hide small pimples, scars, discolorations or spots use a concealer and apply it only to any problem areas. Look for cream-based or oil-based concealers as they are easy to apply and won’t look unnatural. If you use a stick concealer make sure you blend it well as it’s thicker and heavier than the liquid concealers.
Stay away from too heavy foundation as it may look cakey and may cause your skin to produce even more oil. Use a foundation brush, a makeup sponge or your fingertips to apply the foundation evenly. Make sure everything blends together and looks the same. There are some great foundations on the market that are specially designed for teenagers.
If your skin is clear, free of blackheads, pimples you may choose a light-reflecting foundation that looks great on a teen’s skin.
Step Four. Apply face powder
Using a powder isn’t essential for a teenager. For most of the girls a little bit of a foundation may be enough to create a flawless base, but if you want to use a powder make sure it matches your skin tone. Choose a translucent face powder to set your makeup and prevent shine during the day. Use a big, round powder brush to apply the powder evenly. Spread it all over your face or only over the T-zone. Never apply too much powder otherwise you may make your face look “too done”.
Step Five. Apply blush
A blusher in pink or peachy shade looks great on a teenager’s skin. The blush will bring a glow to your face, giving a warm, healthy flush. Make sure the blusher matches your skin tone and apply just a small amount of the blusher with the help of a blush brush. Look for a powder blush as it last longer than cream blush and looks more natural.
Step Six. Apply an eyeshadow base
Apply an eyeshadow base to make your eye shadows stay put on for longer. Eyeshadow bases are pure eye base that glides on over the eyelid and create a perfect base for the eye shadow application. They will stop your shadows from smudging, streaking and creasing by increasing the lasting-power of your shadows. Dab on lightly and blend evenly over the entire lid using a brush or your fingertips.
Step Seven. Curl your lashes and apply mascara
Use an eyelash curler or a spoon to curl your lashes. To avoid smearing mascara use a waterproof mascara as it doesn’t dissolve in water. Apply a powder to the lashes to give your lashes volume and to allow the mascara to stay longer. Look down into a mirror and stroke lashes upwards with just the tip of the brush. Always brush the lashes from above and then upwards from below to get the both sides of the lashes. First apply a thin coat, lit it dry and then build up with a second coat of mascara. When applying mascara to the lower lashes, gently brush the tip of the applicator across them. Always allow the first coat to dry before applying the second coat. At the end comb the lashes to separate the hairs and to remove the excess mascara. Experiment with different mascara colors – black, brown, blue, green, golden.
Applying a dusting of powder or a bit of foundation to your lips to help maximize the lipstick’s staying power. Applying a bit of foundation to your lips creates a perfect base for the lipstick and emphasizes its color.Outline your lips with a lip pencil to keep the color from bleeding. The lip pencil allows your lipstick or lip gloss to last longer by creating a base for your lipstick. Don’t use too bright colors, lip gloss in pink or peachy shade looks well for on a teenager’s lips.
Apply a lip balm every day to keep your lips soft and well-moisturized everyday.
- Always remove your makeup in the evening with a gentle makeup remover.
- Never apply too much makeup.
- Experiment with different colors to see what looks great on you.
- Avoid lining your eyes with black eyeliner.
- Look for light-reflecting makeup products.
- Always apply your makeup to a cleansed and toned skin.
- Look for products with SPF at least 15.
- Never apply too heavy foundation or face powder.
- Remember: less is better.
- Use tinted lip gloss or tinted lip balms to moisturize your lips.
- Choose a tinted moisturizer in place of a foundation.
- Choose eyeshadows in beige, soft peach or coral shades.
- Lip gloss works best for teenagers.
- Always apply your makeup to a moisturized face.
- Smoky eyes with blue or pink shades look great on a teenager.
- Avoid applying dark eyeshadows.
- Choose a liquid foundation and a liquid concealer for a lighter coverage.
- Make sure all your skincare products and makeup products are appropriate for your skin type.
- Choose oil-free, fragrance-free and noncomedogenic makeup products.
- Use a sunscreen to protect your skin from the harmful sun’s rays, especially during the summer months.
- Never outline your lips with too dark lip liner.
- Form a habit of cleansing your face every day with appropriate products – cleansers, toners and use face creams containing natural ingredients.
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