Friday, May 23, 2014

Makeup Guide for Teens

There is no question that being a teenager is hard. The stress of making important choices about the future, a changing body, romantic entanglements, a first job, driving lessons, and so many other countless items only serve to make the teenage years more difficult. One thing that does not have to add unneeded pressure to an already hectic life is makeup application. The following makeup tips for teenagers cover a multitude of problems. Better yet, these makeup tips will help in avoiding common mistakes made by young women learning to use makeup for the first time.

Makeup Tip #1: Building Healthy Skin
Cleansing and moisturizing skin every morning and night are important pieces to the makeup puzzle. Healthy skin is beautiful skin, and the healthier your skin, the better your makeup will look. For optimally healthy skin, it is important to eat nutritiously, drink plenty of fluids, steer clear of tanning and wear sun block when out of doors, and avoid smoking and smoky atmospheres.

Makeup Tip #2: Covering Basic Problems
o Concealer
o Foundation
o Powder

Acne is the plague of youth, but with the above items, most pimples can be covered well if not completely. The key is to choose both concealer and foundation that match your skin tone. It is ideal to have a professional consultation performed to determine the perfect shade for your skin. If money is a concern, you can ask for samples from the department store performing the consultation and use those samples to find similar shades in less expensive, drugstore brand makeup. Concealer and foundation are both offered in solid, liquid, and loose mineral forms. Deciding which is best depends on your skin type and personal preferences. Solid makeup tends to cover very well, but can look caked on and has a higher tendency to clog pores than the other types. Liquid foundation is the most readily available, and therefore offered in a number of shades, but can cause problems with mess and can streak if not blended well. Loose mineral makeup covers very well but tends to be the most expensive of the three.

When it comes to powder, you must remember that powder exists to set your makeup. Whether choosing compact or loose powder, translucent is usually the best way to go.

Makeup Tip #3: The Eyes Have It
o Eye shadow
o Eye liner
o Mascara

A makeup tip for teenagers regarding eyes is that less is definitely more. Too much eye makeup can cause you to look clownish or can create an unnecessary harshness. Stick with nude colors such as pale pinks, peaches, and tans for eye shadow, using only a slightly darker shade along the crease of the eyelid for definition. For color, try using a navy eyeliner. This color will make the whites of the eyes appear whiter.

Mascara plays an important role in eye makeup, and there are as many different types of mascaras as there are young women to try them. First learn what your needs are. If you have short lashes, look for a lengthening formula. If your eyelashes tend to clump, look for a mascara with a separating wand.

Makeup Tip #4: Read Your Lips
o Lip gloss
o Lip liner

Painting lips should be left sweet and simple. Choose a light shade of lip liner and line all around the lips. Be careful not to line on the outside of the lips - simply stick to what nature gave you. Fill in the lips with the liner and then cover with a pale gloss. Do not go overboard with lip color lest you be left with Kool-Aid mouth for the remainder of the day.

Makeup Tip #5: Adding Color
o Blush
o Shimmer
o Bronzer

Using just one of the above items will enhance a teenager's face subtly yet significantly. Blush, when used along the cheekbone, can create definition where there is none. When used on the apples of the cheeks (that is the area between the cheekbone, eyes, and nose), it can add plumpness to faces that may be drawn. Shimmer can be applied to the T-Zone with excellent results, and bronzer can be used all over to create a natural looking glow. It is important that, whichever of the three items that are chosen, they are used sparingly so as to not look overly done, and to let your natural beauty shine through.

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