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If you’re a makeup-curious teen, this article is for you! Where to start? How to apply? We’re answering all your beginner makeup questions so you can put your best face forward without breaking the bank! Start with one product at a time, and add others in as you become more comfortable. Pick and choose what’s best for you to create your custom look.
Let’s face it, we all have blemishes or imperfections on our face that we’d rather keep hidden! The Maybelline Fit Me Concealer offers a variety of shades to suit your skin tone (you can mix and match!) and doesn’t cake on the skin—perfect for concealing those pesky spots! If you’re just starting to wear makeup, skip the full face of foundation and just use a bit of concealer to camouflage and even out your skin tone.
Get greasy throughout the day? Let us guess…it’s mostly around the forehead, nose, and mouth (including the chin!)? Those areas of your face together are called the t-zone, and the skin there actually has more oil glands. We recommend lightly powdering the t-zone to control oils—Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder is our absolute favorite and is readily available at the drugstore. You can also use powder on top of concealer to keep it from budging. If you have dry skin—good news—you can skip this step!
Mascara is the perfect makeup product to get your collection started—it’s quick and easy to apply, but makes a BIG impact. L’Oreal Carbon Black Voluminous Mascara is a classic favorite for thickening and lengthening lashes, plus, it’s very affordable! For the first few times of use, scrape off the excess mascara on the end of the tube to prevent clumping…the formula is quite thick. Remember: wiggle and sweep!
Smudging pencil eyeliner along the lash line is a fast and simple way to add color and dimension to your look. Makeup Geek Eye Liner Pencils are super creamy, glide on effortlessly, and are really easy to smudge out. Bonus: darkness at the base of your eyelashes will help make them look a bit thicker. Start with brown…it offers a natural appearance and looks good on everyone. Feeling bold? Try black or purple.
We know that applying blush can be a scary step—too much and you look like a clown, too little and why bother? Makeup Geek Blush in Spellbound is a great first-time blush because it adds a natural, flushed effect to the cheeks but can be built up for a more dramatic look. Smile and apply to the apples of your cheeks in a circular motion for a beautiful, rosy glow.
Now that your eyes are glammed up, you can move on to the lips! Lip gloss is the easiest lip product to apply, and adds a beautiful shine to your pout. We like the NYX Butter Gloss because there are a ton of colors to choose from and the formula isn’t overly sticky. Lip glosses aren’t the most long-lasting product—they tend to wear off after a few hours and/or when you eat or drink. Keep your favorite shade of lip gloss in your purse or locker for touchups throughout the day!
There you have it—concealer, powder, mascara, eyeliner, blush, and lip gloss are a teen’s best friends! As a young person that’s just beginning to explore the world of makeup, try these few basic makeup products to enhance your natural beauty without going overboard! Remember, it’s easier to add more product than it is to remove product. Add a little extra blush, and try out purple eyeliner like we did here for the perfect teen party look.