Makeup Tips for Teens: Where to Start?

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. We’ll begin with the most natural-looking and easiest-to-apply products and work our way down. Pick and choose what’s best for you to create your custom look.


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! ProTip: For the first few times of use, scrape off the excess mascara on the end of the tube. Otherwise, it may clump (the formula is thick!).

Loreal Voluminous Mascara

Where to Buy: Your nearest drugstore (Target, Walgreens, CVS, etc.)


Smudging pencil eyeliner along the lash line is a fast and simple way to add color and dimension to your look. The Prestige Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil is super creamy and glides on effortlessly (easy to smudge!). Bonus! Darkness at the base of the lashes will help make your eyelashes look a bit thicker. ProTip: Start with brown…it offers a natural appearance and looks good on everyone. Feeling experimental? Try black or purple.


Prestige Waterproof Eyeliner

Where to Buy: Select drugstores or Ulta

Lip Gloss

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 Mega Shine Lip Gloss because it comes in a wide array of colors and the formula isn’t overly sticky. ProTip: Lip glosses aren’t the most long-lasting product—they tend to wear off after a few hours and when you eat or drink. Keep your favorite shade of lip gloss in your purse or locker for touchups throughout the day!

NYX Lipgloss

Where to Buy: Select drugstores


We know that applying blush can be a scary step for many people—too much and you look like a clown, too little and why bother? We love the Maybelline Dream Mousse Blush because it’s a creamy product that leaves a natural, flushed effect on the cheeks! ProTip: Use your ring finger to pick up the mousse; smile and apply to the apples of your cheeks for a beautiful rosy glow.

Maybelline Dream Mousse Blush


Where to Buy: Your nearest drugstore


Let’s face it, we all have blemishes or imperfections on our face that we’d rather keep hidden! The Coastal Scents Camo Quad offers four shades to suit your skin tone (you can mix and match!) and doesn’t cake on the skin—perfect for concealing those pesky spots! ProTip: 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. Apply a very light layer of powder on top to set the concealer.

Coastal Scents Camo Quad

Where to Buy: Coastal Scents


There you have it—mascara, eyeliner, lip gloss, blush, and concealer 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!

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Hi Esther,
i have brown eyes also and the color that really makes our eyes pop are purples. I would suggest getting a purple eyeliner and applying it to the water line and upper lashline and then follow with mascara. It really makes my eyes look lighter and it brings out greenish tones. Hope this helps!!!

Hi, Marlena,
I am a teen, but I like to experiment with makeup,{mainly eye makeup} but I also like to have a daily makeup routine,and I havent found the right one, any suggestions?


im 16 and i love to experiment with eyeshadow. but for daily routine i just do my foundation powder mascara and eye liner

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Hi there,
As a mother of a 15 year old girl, the most important things for me are knowing that my daughter’s cosmetics are free of harmful ingredients, provide sun protection for her fair skin, and do not clog her pores her pores. Her style is casual and on the go, so she likes that they look natural on her, are easy to use, and she doesn’t have to fuss with a lot of products. Fortunately, I work for jane iredale, and can provide her with safe and beneficial cosmetics.

Marlena I am only a tween and I don’t know what to wear for special occasions
so can you make a tutorial for us tweens please!!!!!

Hi Sarah!

If you’re a tween you don’t want to go too crazy – although xsparkage on youtube might give you some good ideas. Just try out a few fun colors – shimmery is so fun! – that make your eyes pop and apply them in the way you usually do (lid, crease, outer corner, highlight). You don’t want to use too much because that’s not exactly tween appropriate.

-Sally, recently graduated from tweenhood

Hey Sara! I also just got out of tween hood, and yes Sally is right I use sally girl eyeshadows (you can get them at Sally’s beauty Suppply) they have so many colors! They are also very pigmented! Champagne. On the lid, and MAC’s eyeshadow Woodwinked in the crease. It’s great!

Hi Marlena! Thanks for this – I’m a teen and I’ve used your website so many times. I love love love the L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara and also the Prestige Liner. Personally (from your website!) I use NYX Powder Blush but I know a teen friend of mine who uses that Maybelline blush every day. I think something a lot of teens should know about is concealers and foundations; I find that a lot of girls use heavy foundation when really they can just use tinted moisturizer and a good concealer – looks like jojo already asked how.

I totally am with Jennica though – I have NO daily makeup routine, but I love to experiment with eyes. Girls need to know about using a base though – very important!

One of the reasons I have no daily eye routine is because I sometimes have to wear glasses (mine are white) and I don’t know what to do. I would love to see a tutorial from you on how to do makeup for us four eyed girls that answers some of my questions like: Can I wear eyeliner? Shimmery shadow?

Awesome work! Great information about cheap, cute products to just enhance a teens natural beauty :)

Hi!!! Just want to say that ur videos are so much fun to watch and I learn a lot…lol mUCHAS gRACIAS POR TODO… aDIOs!!!

hi marlena i was look through your shop, and im kind of a bigginer and like i wanted to know what are the MAIN brushes you should own! thanks

Hi Marlena

I look through your tutorials and im kind of a bigginer and not a teen also and i wanted to know what are the Main Brushes i should have to do make up. and also want to know which part of the eye where to put the make up..thanks.

These are some really great tips for any new makeup wearer/teen girl alike! That Dream Mousse is especially great for newbies because it’s so easy to apply and feels so light and moist!

Hi Marlena! Could you do a review of E.L.F. cosmetics and brushes? They seem so cheap (1$ each), so it would be wonderful way to try when living on a budget. Thanks heaps!

Thank you so much for the tips. I am such a bad with picking make up and I have been looking many places for what I should start with and what to always have on hand. This is amazing thanks so much.<3

Hey Marlena,
I was wondering how to make my eyelashes stay curled because every time i curl my lashes and put mascara on then curl them again they always become flat!!!! SO i would appreciate if you could let me know how to make them stay curled.


they way i get my eye lasehs to stay curelrd is i heat up my eye lash curler for a couple of seconds with my hair dryer. then i curl my lashes befor i pt in my mascara it really helps.

hi, um i always put eyeliner undermy eyes but it ends up running or smudging and ends up in the corner of my eyes. what am i doing wrong?? and i dont have that much expeirience with make up either. what do u recomend??

Hey Marlena! I am a teen and watch your videos almost everyday! I just wanted to say that I have BOTH Prestige eyeliner and Loreal Paris Intense Liquid Pencil, yeah i know…. it’s a reeeally looong title, but anyway i just wanted to say that I like the Loreal Paris better. It’s MUCH smoother/creamier and DOES NOT smear or rub away easily. So I just wanted to share my opinion with everyone and my fellow Makeup horders:)


Hi Marlena!
I LOVE your videos!
I was just wondering, is Avon a good place to get makeup? Like, eyeshadow and lip gloss.
Thanks a bunch!! =)

I need a drugstore finishing powder desperately!!! I tried t he Physicians Formula Magic Mosaic Pressed Powder, and its making my face super rashy and itchy!! HELP!!!

This is great. My pre-teen is just starting to wear some make up. I like that you keep the colors light… I want my daughters to appreciate their natural beauty and that make up is for fun, to enhance what makes them pretty naturally.

I am in high school, and I find all your website very helpful! You’re so sweet on your youtube videos. :)
I hope you can continue to do these guides as they help me decide which products to try and buy.
Thank you so much!

hey Sierra,
one of my closest bff’s has the same prob.
ok this is just what i think would look good take a dark brown to black eyeshadow and place it under ur lash line, if u dnt feel comfortable with tht then use the eyeshadow and apply it with a thin slanted brush really closely to ur top lashline. this can help make ur features really stand out.
as far as blush goes use a matte pink /dark pink/ext…. eyeshadow and apply it to the apples of ur cheeks.
-i really hopes this helps you :)
xoxoxoxo-jessie :) (anyone else needing advice e-mail me at
always happy to help! :)

Great suggestions, though I’m surprised that Marlena didn’t mention have to mention how extremely important skin care is.

Makeup can only do so much if skin is a mess underneath it all. I’ve often had older clients bring their teenage daughters to me for their first makeup lesson, and after all is said and done, it’s 80% skincare and 20% makeup. Take care of your skin (WEAR SUNSCREEN, take off any makeup at night, treat your problem areas correctly) and you may be surprised at how little makeup you need!

I would really like if some one would give me a good store for medium quality, cheap makeup
ive been searching and theres only so much you can buy with baskin robins salary in high school
thank you

Hi, Im Kinda new @ wearing makeup but im not new. if u get wat im saying. i need tips on skin care and how to put on eyeliner and how to not over do my makeup. if u can help me i would really be happy. if anyone has tips plz reply to this and i would really be thankful thxx.