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!