Being a teen is a delightful time in any girl’s life, but it can also be stressful. What type of cosmetics should I use? How do I put on mascara? Powder or foundation? Fortunately, with a little practice, putting makeup is simple!
1. Use a light cleanser to wash your face
Since breakouts are most prone to happen throughout adolescence, this is the ideal age to start a proper skin care routine. Since you want to start with smooth, clean skin when wearing makeup, skin care is equally crucial. Before putting on makeup, always wash your face.
- Purchase a cleanser designed for your skin type, such as combination, dry, or oily skin. Cream cleansers, for instance, are beneficial for dry skin.
- Try a cleanser with salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, or another chemical that fights acne if you have oily skin.
2. Apply moisturizer
When your skin is moist, makeup goes on better and lasts longer. Squeeze about the size of a nickel’s worth of lotion onto your fingers. Gently rub the product into your face for about 30 seconds, focusing on any dry or flaky spots.
- To protect your skin from UV damage, look for a moisturizer with SPF 15 or greater. If you have acne, SPF is especially crucial because sun exposure can transform healing acne into dark patches that take a long time to erase.
- Purchase a moisturizer designed specifically for your skin type. If you have dry skin, for example, use a strong, thick moisturizer. Try a mild, oil-free moisturizer if you have oily skin.
3. Use foundation or tinted moisturizer
On the back of your hand, apply a nickle-sized amount of tinted moisturizer, BB cream, or liquid foundation. Apply foundation to your nose, forehead, cheeks, jawline, and chin with a foundation brush. Then, buff the foundation into your skin with a sponge or beauty blender so that it looks natural and there are no hard lines.
- Tinted moisturizers and BB creams give you a natural look with light covering. Most liquid foundations have light, medium, or full coverage, so be sure to read the label!
- You don’t need to put on regular moisturizer before colored moisturizer.
- If you have oily skin, choose a foundation that doesn’t contain oil.
- Use a foundation that is as close as possible to the color of your skin. If you can’t decide on a color, choose one that fits the color of the skin on your neck.
4. Use concealer to hide spots and dark circles
Choose a concealer that matches your skin tone, then apply a small amount directly to the red spot or, if you have dark bags under your eyes, under your eyes. To blend the concealer into your skin and make it look natural, use a makeup blender or your finger.
- Avoid removing the concealer by wiping or rubbing it into your skin.
- Conceal the dark bags under your eyes with a yellow-based product.
5. Set your foundation and concealer with powder
Using a big makeup brush, apply pressed or loose powder to your face, emphasizing on areas where your skin turns greasy, such as your forehead, nose, and chin. Set your concealer with powder as well.
- If you want a sheer look, try translucent powder, or a hue that matches your skin tone for a bit more coverage.
- Never use the same brush for different types of makeup. If you applied foundation with a foundation brush, do not use the same brush to apply powder to your face.
6. Brush your brows and use a brow pencil to lightly fill them in
Comb your eyebrows up and over using a toothbrush, clean mascara brush, or brow brush. This keeps them tidy and enables healthy growth. Use a brow pencil or brow powder that complements your hair color to softly fill in sparse or uneven brows.
- Never comb your brows inward.
- To remove any sharp lines, simply blend the pencil or powder with your finger.
7. Choose a neutral eyeshadow
For your daily look, choose a natural shimmery shade like soft peach or beige. Put the eyeshadow in the middle of your eyelids, then blend the color to the left and then to the right. If you want your eyes to stand out more, use a slightly darker color, like soft brown, in the crease and spread it out the same way.
- To give your eyeshadow greater lasting power, apply a little concealer on your eyelids first.
- Warm colors like copper and gold can be used to draw attention to brown or hazel eyes. Gray or plum are good choices for blue or green eyes.
- You can also experiment with unusual colors such as blue. Remember that these are not daily hues, but rather for special occasions and nocturnal outfits.
8. Use eyeliner
You can skip this step because not everyone uses eyeliner or needs it. Use a brown or black eyeliner pencil for casual looks. On your upper lid, make a tiny line close to your lash line. Use a cotton swab to slightly blur the line for a more understated appearance. If you want to spice up your look, apply the liner along the lower lash line and smudge with a cotton swab; otherwise, skip it for a more natural look.
- If you’re just starting off, it’s probably best not to try drawing on your waterline with eyeliner.
- Not everyone looks good with black liquid eyeliner, and it can be tricky to use if you’re just starting out with makeup. Learn to perfectly line your eyes first.
9. Apply mascara to your upper lashes
Apply some brown or black mascara to the roots of your upper, outside lashes. Move the brush outward so that the mascara reaches the very ends of your lashes. Repeat the process on the inner eyelashes and, if you wish, the lower eyelashes as well.
- If you want a more natural look, skip the bottom lashes. If you want a more dramatic effect, softly brush the bottom lashes with the mascara wand once.
- Keep an eye out for clumping. This can be avoided by wiggling! To avoid clumping, use an eyelash comb to brush your lashes.
- Brown mascara looks great on those with blonde, light brown, or red hair for a natural effect. If you want to amp up your style, go for black. Black mascara will look completely natural if you have black hair.
10. Apply blush to the apples of your cheeks for a rosy flush
Use a big makeup brush to apply a little amount of blush on the apples of your cheeks (the circular parts). When applying blush, go for a natural look by using bronzers or pink rosy shades. You simply want to add some color to your cheeks.
- Don’t wear very dark shades of blush because they tend to look very fake.
- For a natural red glow, focus on the apples of your cheeks and avoid going up the cheekbone.
11. To finish your look, use lip gloss, lip tint, or lipstick
Lip gloss adds shine and a natural color to your lips. If you want a little color on your lips, try a lip blush or a natural-looking cream lipstick in soft pink or rose. You can also add a bit of gloss to your color to make it shine more.
- If your lips are dry, use a lip balm first and avoid matte lipsticks, which are extremely drying.
12. Remove your makeup before bed
Never sleep with your makeup on. Sleeping with makeup on causes pimples, rashes, and premature aging. To remove your makeup at night, get an oil-free makeup remover. To remove all of the day’s product, soak a cotton ball in the remover and wipe it over your face.
- Use a makeup cleaner to keep your pores from getting clogged and to avoid getting rashes. It is made to take off makeup and makeup residue, which is something your cleaner isn’t. Makeup remover should always be used before washing your face. Use one solution for your face and a different one for your eyes that is made to remove mascara and liner.
13. At night, wash and moisturize your face
Wash your face with a cleanser after removing your makeup. This removes any debris, oil, and pollutants that have accumulated on your face throughout the day. You can use the same cleanser you used the day before. Moisturize your face as well to keep it moisturized.
- Wash your face only twice a day. Excessive washing of the face can lead to breakouts and the breakdown of critical skin cells.