Enhancing your God-Given Teen Beauty With Makeup

    Even though I am a makeup artist, when I was in high school I wore very minimal makeup and I still rarely wear makeup that doesn’t look natural. I see a lot of high school girls wearing excessive amounts of makeup, but even more frustrating is how poorly they apply it.

    When you’re first starting to wear makeup, it’s so important to use very minimal product and natural colors while you’re getting used to the techniques of applying makeup. When you do decide to wear darker or brighter colors, you’ll be able to apply them well and not accidentally end up looking like a clown!

    The best look for teen girls is to look like you’re not wearing makeup — you will look like you at your best! You only need a few products to achieve this look.


    The products you can use to enhance your eyes while still looking natural are highlighters, liner and mascara.

    Eye technique #1: You will want to use a very subtle liner just on the top lash line. This will make your lashes appear fuller and will define your eyes.

    If you have light skin, pick a color like brown or gray so it will not be too harsh. If you have dark skin, then a black liner will show up on your skin without being harsh. I recommend using a longwearing, waterproof liner that will stay on throughout the school day. Revlon makes a great liner called Colorstay and Maybelline makes Unstoppable. Both are great options.

    Eye technique #2: After you have applied the liner lightly along your lash line, you can smudge it with a finger or cotton bud to soften the line.

    Eye technique #3: To make your eyes appear brighter and more awake, you can use a highlighter in the inner corner of your eye. Use a highlighter under the eyebrow makes the brow and face look lifted. You can use a pencil, cream or powder product that is matte and slightly lighter than your skin tone. One product I love is Benefit Eye Bright which is a light pink pencil.

    If you don’t want to use that, you can also find a light eyeshadow that will do the trick. Make sure to blend with a finger or brush after you apply the product! This is so important and is the secret to well applied makeup. 🙂

    Eye technique #4: To define your eyes and lashes, you can use mascara. Make sure it’s an appropriate color and be sure to apply so that it’s not so thick that it’ll clump. Although it’s tempting, it’s best to use mascaras that won’t give you the biggest lashes you’ve ever seen because it will not look natural.

    If you have light hair you can just use a clear mascara or brow mascara. If your hair is dark, you can use a brown-black or black. Some great mascaras for a natural look are Maybelline Full ‘n Soft and e.l.f. professional Wet Gloss Lash & Brow Clear Mascara.


    Most teens do not need foundation, but if you’re worried about your acne you can cover it up without drawing attention to the blemish. I feel that it’s difficult to just use concealer because you’ll notice the change from skin to concealer which can draw attention to the spots you covered.

    Skin tone technique: If you really need concealer, I recommend using a tinted moisturizer or very light foundation all over the face and only using concealer over the spots you need them. This makes the skin look perfect without looking like there’s a lot of makeup all over.

    Be sure to blend the edges of the concealer well so it looks natural. If you have oily skin, you might want to use powder over the the foundation so it lasts all day. I recommend Maybelline Dream Matte Powder. I also like Neutrogena Healthy Skin Glow Sheers for foundation and CoverGirl & Olay Simply Ageless concealer.


    I find that the most natural looking flush can be achieved with cream or liquid/gel blush.

    Liquid blush technique: Cream blush will not last as long on oily skin, so if your skin is oily you might want to try the liquid blushes offered by Benefit. Benefit makes Benetint, Posie Tint, and Cha Cha Tint which are all different colored blushes that are liquid formulas. Be sure to blend these quickly or you will end up with a patch of color where you placed it.

    Cream blush technique: Girls with dry skin are more suited for cream blush. My favorites are the cream blush by Revlon, CoverGirl & Olay Simply Ageless Sculpting Blush and Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge.  These products give you more time to blend and look incredibly natural. Blush should be placed on the cheekbones first; then blended to the apples and back to avoid making the face look older.


    The last product you can use for a natural look is a balm or gloss.

    Lip color technique: Use a color that is close to your lip color or clear. I really like e.l.f. Super Glossy Lip Shine SPF 15 because it’s moisturizing, has sun protection and costs only one dollar!  I also really like Smith’s Rosebud salve and Korres lip butter for a moisturizing balm to finish off my makeup.

    I hope this is useful to those of you just starting to wear makeup and for others who will be wearing it in the future.  Do you have any favorite makeup products or tips?  I would love to hear them!

    Jamie Dorman
    Jamie is a makeup artist based in Los Angeles, CA. She works in multiple mediums including print and film. Jamie also writes for a blog she curates that focuses on affordable cosmetics. In her spare time she likes to play guitar, write songs, paint and sculpt. Jamie is thrilled to combine her love for makeup artistry and God when she writes for Project Inspired.


      • That is a fantastic tip! I haven’t had that problem when I do makeup on models or actors since I actually need their eyes to be half-way closed when I apply mascara to the top, but for personal makeup it makes a lot of sense!

    1. some of my favorite ‘natural-looking’ products are Revlon cream blush in Rosy and Revlong creme finnish lipstick in Pink in the Afternoon. It’s the absolute perfect natural color, but still looks pink. For a little shot of color, I LOVE Rimmel London eyeliner in Azure Shimmer…just a thin line on your top lashline looks pretty but not at all clownish!

    2. If you want a natural look you can use black mascara, some concealer, and lip gloss/balm. The mascara makes your eyes look wider, without overdoing it. You may not need concealer but if you do pick one that matches your skin tone and blend it well. Then just apply a natural looking color to your lips and there you go 🙂 If you have a salvation army near by, they sell makeup there. Things that would normally cost $10 in Ulta will cost you $2 there. And it’s high quality makeup. I recommend Maybelline superstay foundation. I wore it for the first time during prom and it was the only foundation that’s ever stayed on me till I washed it off 🙂 Also N.Y.C pink sand lipgloss is a gorgeous color if you have pale skin. But honestly, as fun as makeup is, none of us need it. Real beauty shows through without it. But it is fun 🙂

      • I have a lot of fun with makeup at my job, but in everyday life it isn’t always necessary. I like your beauty routine a lot! I know quite a few people who like SuperStay; unfortunately my skin is too dry for it! I am glad you have success with it! I love that Pink Sand gloss and I own it, but unfortunately it was discontinued! I love the new range of NYC liquid lip shines, so definitely check those out next time you are at the store or when you need a replacement tube.

    3. CoverGirl NatureLuxe is the best! It’s foundation really matches your skin tone. I have to wear make-up for when I perform on stage and CoverGirl NatureLuxe is the ONLY brand that has the perfect skin color for me. It doesn’t even feel like I’m wearing make-up!

      • It can be so hard to find a color match; I often mix colors on shoots. I am glad you found one shade because it doesn’t make sense to mix foundations as a consumer. That is great that you can share your talents through performance! What do you do? Act? Sing? Play an instrument? I’d love to know!

    4. I just started wearing make up, I use eye liner, lip gloss, nd eye shadow, it all looks great on me! plus if one day I don’t feel like wearing it I can go out nd be confident because I know I have natural beauty 🙂

    5. also, an awesome product is tinted lip balm! it’s natural but still gives a little color- I LOVE Revlon Tinted Balm in Candy Pink, Wet n Wild Nature tinted Balm in Cinnamon, and Covergirl’s Natureluxe Glossbalm in Tulip…it’s my new favorite product!

    6. I actually wear CoverGirl’s Lashblast Volume, and I use Cover girl blush in a pinky color. I also have some clinique Eye shadow I got for free(with a consultation of how to do makeup for one day, they gave you a free palette of eye shadow), and I usually wear some foundation. And I use some gray eyeliner on top of my lids because I know that I cant wear black because I have very fair skin and red hair.

    7. I normally back away from makeup in general because it seems to highlight all my blemishes instead of making the good points more apparent, but I have really annoying acne that I’d like to make less apparent. These tips are quite helpful, thank you very much.

    8. These are great tips, and very similar to how I do my everyday makeup. The hardest thing about makeup is managing the oil in my skin and finding the perfect Gluten Free BB Cream or foundation to go with my mixed skin type. In the morning my face is dry and come afternoon its super oily lol. E.L.F is the best GF makeup I’ve found so far and the oil can be somewhat tamed with a little powder. But just makeup in general with acne and oily skin is hard to manage.

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