What to Teach Your Teen About Applying Makeup

by Cyvia Lewis

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Is your teen starting to wear makeup? Many teens learn how to apply makeup on their own by watching adults apply appropriate makeup FOR THEM.

It's important to recognize that teen makeup needs are very different from adult makeup needs. A teen simply does not have the same issues as an adult. A teen’s skin is still "fresh-looking" and does not require the same attention as an adult makeup routine. It is important for a teen to understand that there is an age-appropriate amount and type of makeup to apply. And, a teen must also understand the difference between day, night, and special event makeup.

Here are some fun makeup tips for teens, for any occasion:

• Use lipgloss with touch of glitter on the fullest part of lower lip
• Colored/tinted lipbalm for every day use
• Curl your eyelashes (no mascara or just use clear mascara)
• Dust a light iridescent powder over the tops of your cheekbones (think fairydust)
• Try a colored mascara - a blue mascara will bring out the whites in your eyes
• Dab a pinch of glitter on your eyelids for some extra sparkle throughout the evening

Probably the biggest mistake that most teens make is over applying makeup. Over application is actually unhealthy for the skin; it can clog pores and create skin conditions that lead to more over application. Using too much concealer, foundation, and powder leads to a pancake face which can look like a “mask." Only the appropriate amount of makeup can give the flawless, healthy look your teen is striving to attain. It is important to teach that, in many cases, less is more! The best look for a teenager is a light makeup application that supports their natural beauty and does not appear overdone.

Treat your teen to a makeup party. Sometimes our children and teens refuse to listen to our advice, so bring in a pro they can't argue with. Invite a professional makeup artist into your home for a fun-filled 2 hours. Teen makeup parties offer an opportunity for your daughter and her closest friends to receive their first makeup lesson in a relaxed environment - and from a professional.

Focus on a good skin care regime. Healthy skin is the palette for achieving the best makeup results. Here are some tips you should share with your teenager to start good skin care habits early on.

• Daily cleansing, toning and moisturizing
• Protect your skin from the sun, use sunscreen SPF 30
• Suggestions for dealing with dry or oily skin types
• Seasonal skin care tips
• Proper removal of makeup
• Use a soft/gentle touch on your face
 

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