For young teens that are just starting to experiment with makeup, the world of makeup and all the products available in the market can be a little daunting. But I firmly believe that makeup should not be an intimidating task! So here’s an article that will help you know how to have fun with your makeup.
All Hail the Tinted Moisturizer
Unlike adults who need foundation to even out their skin tone, teens are blessed with naturally supple skin. So do not make the mistake of applying heavy foundation on your skin. It will only result in a cakey, heavy look. If you are prone to pimples and want to cover them up, get a green toned concealer. It will help subdue the redness of the pimples. Once you’ve used the concealer to cover up the pimple and other marks, use a tinted moisturizer sparingly on your face. Dot your face with it and dab it gently to blend it in. Set this in with some compact and you’re ready to head out.
Drama for Your Lips or Your Eyes?
Another rookie mistake in doing makeup that most teens seem to make is to go overboard with their makeup. Dramatic eye makeup with bright coloured lips tends to look trashy. So make a choice and decide whether to play up your eyes or your lips. If you want your eyes to be dramatic, then keep your lip colour subdued and if you want to opt for a pouty, bright coloured lipstick, then keep your eye makeup neutral which is best makeup tick. The aim is to look pretty and not to look like you’ve painted your whole face with colours.
If you love wearing eye makeup and are constantly trying out new eye shadows and liners, then it would do well to invest in a good eye primer. What it does is it preps your eye area for the makeup. So when you put on your eye shadow and eyeliner, they will adhere to the primer and won’t crease or spread all around your eye area. Even if your eye shadow is a poor quality one, a primer helps make it more vibrant and durable.
Blush in Moderation
Never use a heavy hand to apply a blush. A neat makeup trick to apply blush is to suck in your cheeks. This will nicely project your cheek bones. Use a fluffy brush to pick up some powder blush and tap the brush to get rid of the excess. This is a very crucial step as too much blush will end up making you look like a clown. So use blush sparingly. The point is to give your cheeks some subtle colour, not make them look like ripe tomatoes. And opt for a powder blush when you’re starting and once you know how and where you need to put on your blush, you can then move on to experiment with a cream blush.
If you want to wear a red or deep plum colour, then you must use a lip pencil prior to applying your lipstick. Dark colours can look really sophisticated and make you feel all grown up, but if you fail to use a lip pencil then the colour might bleed out and look hideous. So find out if your lipstick needs a base of lip liner or in some cases a lip balm to keep your lips from getting chapped.
A Little Goes a Long Way
Trying on makeup can be loads of fun, but don’t let your enthusiasm lead you to putting on too much makeup. Makeup should enhance your facial features and not cover your face up in layers of goop, making you look cakey. A good tip is to use a fluffy brush to put on your compact. This helps you to evenly distribute the compact and you won’t have to smear it across you face, risking streaky lines.
Good Habits to Cultivate
As a teen you can cultivate some good habits that you will be extremely grateful for in your later years.
First and foremost, never go to bed with your makeup on. This is never acceptable. Always remove your makeup using some makeup remover or even baby oil. Develop a routine of cleansing, toning, and moisturising before you go to bed at nights.
Secondly, always use a sunscreen. Even if you don’t think your skin is prone to getting tanned, there is a lot of invisible damage happening to your skin every time you step out into the sun. Sun damage can lead to wrinkles appearing earlier as you age. So always keep your skin protected.
And lastly, let your skin breathe. If you have sensitive skin that breaks out easily, then you will just be aggravating the situation by all the makeup products that you put on. Allow your skin to breathe. Use a gentle cleanser to wash your face. Do not wash your face more than twice a day. It is a myth that the more you wash your face, the better your skin gets. Too much washing just strips your skin of its natural PH balance and can further lead to dry skin and more pimples.
Follow these simple tips to have fun in your teen years with bright coloured makeup!