Beauty Tips for Teens
By Anna De Leon
What would you give to be 16 again? Probably a lot, however I see more and more 16 year old trying to look 24. I always tell teenagers, “You have your entire life to be an adult, enjoy your youth.” But I understand that there is always an urge to tinker with make up so I came up with my must do’s for the young ones and the young at heart.
Do let’s face it. Being young means raging hormones, and that equates to break outs. This is something that must be addressed early on, as the key to flawless make up application whether you are 16 or 55 is clear skin.
The Most 101 of Beauty 101’s: Clean your face, kid.
Before make up application, ensure that you have a clean face. Wash with a facial cleanser that suits your skin type, tone your skin to remove stubborn dirt and apply your moisturizer. If you have oily skin, use a water based moisturizer, preferably with SPF.
Your foundation is your foundation.
Take it from someone who has tried almost every type of beauty product and skin care regimen in the book: “don’t fix what is not broken.” If you have clear skin, don’t mask it with way too much foundation. Instead of a foundation, use a tinted moisturizer or a BB cream. This will even out your skin tone without the heavy feeling that comes with applying a foundation.
Play it smart with the concealer.
Late nights studying for exams come with repercussions, and they are called dark circles. Those bad boys are almost impossible to outgrow. Instead of piling on the foundation, which will do more harm as opposed to making you look well rested, opt for a yellow toned concealer. The yellow undertone will cancel out the blue/violet undertones of your dark circles, making you look like you had 8 hours of sleep.
Get pretty pretty quick with creams.
Your makeup routine as a teenager has to be fuss free and requires as few tools as possible, because really, who wants to be cooped up in a chair for hours doing make up instead of hanging out with their besties? For this reason, I suggest cream products because you just need your clean fingers to apply them. I love cream blushes as it gives you that glow only seen on a cherub’s cheeks.
Go easy on the eyes.
Don’t touch those eyebrows and I mean it! The most that you should do is to invest in a clear mascara to keep your brows in place. I know you may be tempted to apply eyeliner and mascara and that is totally fine but commit to removing them. Opt for brown instead of black and of course don’t’ forget to curl your lashes to open up those lovely eyes even more.
Take a tint.
A tinted lip balm is what I recommend even to adults. Aside from its moisturizing properties, it gives you a healthy hint of colour.
Last but certainly not the least…
Enjoy your youth. Don’t be in a hurry to wear those high heels and those matte red lips because you have your entire life after university to do just. This is the time for you to know, accept and love yourself, flaws and all, because no amount of make up will do that for you.