Teenagers are at a crossroads. They may start to mimic celebrities that may be older than they are, but they do so by remaining true to themselves. Experimenting on different types of styles will allow them to develop their own sense of style that they can build upon as they grow older. This holds true when it comes to makeup. Teenagers should learn the right way of applying makeup, a way that will suit their age and personality.
Younger and smoother are the adjectives that you can often use to describe a teenager’s skin type. A teenager’s skin is also sensitive to breakouts. After all, the dreaded zits start to show up at this stage in life, making it more important to apply only light foundation when putting on her makeup.
Teenagers should avoid using heavy liquid foundation; they should use light bare mineral foundation instead. Bare mineral foundations do not have harsh chemicals in them that can damage the skin. A teen should apply lightly in a circular motion starting from the apples of her cheeks, working her way up to her forehead, and then down to the nose and chin areas. For teenagers, light foundation will often do on its own to help protect from the sun’s UV rays. They can wear it day-in and day-out.
Teens should wear thin eyeliner instead of a heavy, thick one. Besides being too prominent, thicker eyeliners have the tendency to smudge and run. Using pencil eyeliners instead of liquid eyeliners will eliminate too much smudging.
Applying a single stroke of black or dark brown eyeliner will give enough coverage. For a fun daytime look, pastels such as periwinkle, purple and green are some of the choices to use.
2-Tone Eye Shadows
Using two-tone eye shadows will give depth to the overall look. Since the first area people notice when they talk to the each other is the eyes, it is important to give enough emphasis on that area without being too distracting.
Applying a gray and apricot combination is trendy as well as appealing. The combination will work best at nighttime. Actress Kristen Stewart wore this eye shadow combination at the movie premier of “Lost Ranch” in June 2010. The result looked stunning on her pale skin and complemented her gray eyes. For a daytime version, a light purple and light apricot combination will do well.
Pale Lip Gloss
Light pink, light purple, apricot or light orange are some of the lip colors that will work for teenagers. Choosing lip gloss over lipstick will keep it shiny and less smudgy. Lip gloss also does not smear as much as lipsticks do.
Light Blush On
Applying blush on is not always necessary, especially for teenagers. However, if a teenager would like to wear blush on, choose pale pink or apricot to complement the colors chosen for the eyes and lips. Apply at a 45-degree angle from the apples of the cheeks upward, just below the upper cheek bones, to make the facial features more prominent.
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