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!).
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.
Where to Buy: Select drugstores or Ulta
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!
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.
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.
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!