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Age Appropriate Makeup

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

I constantly get emails from concerned moms or new-to-makeup teens asking which products are age appropriate for girls age 12-18. Personally, i feel that at such a young age, natural beauty is #1, but there are some girls out there who wants to express their inner glam (or hide their unwanted acne). Here's a look from Sosie Bacon (Kevin Bacon's daughter) and although she is 21 years old, I think this is a perfect look for teens or even college grads to try. Here's how!

Step 1: Start with moisturizer (try our Daily Moisture Stick). It will hydrate skin, making it look and feel softer and smoother and will act as a great base for makeup.

Step 2: If your skin is clear and you just need to even out some redness, go for our BB Cream! it will hide any imperfections, while giving just enough coverage. Less is more especially on young skin! If you are acne prone, DON'T opt for a heavier coverage foundation, just apply concealer where needed (try our Studio Concealer).

Step 3: Next step is highlighting skin. I would opt for either blush OR bronzer, but not both as it can make you look over done. If your skin is in dire need of some color, opt for bronzer. If you just want that fresh glow, apply a blush on the apples of the cheeks. Our Contouring Blush & Bronzing Cream is perfect for this- you've got the best of both worlds! (TIP: Stick to creams for young skin, powders can settle into lines and make you look older).

Step 4: Emphasize your eyes with just two products- eyeliner and mascara. Don't go for eyeshadow unless its a special occasion or a night out, or you'll can risk looking a little over the top. Imagine a 12 year old at school with full on eyeshadow? Too much. Experiment with different eyeliner colors if you prefer a pop of color. It's fresh, fun and perfect for the younger crowd. As for mascara- go with black and go for a lengthening formula. This will make lashes look amazing without looking clumpy or spidery.

Step 5: Finish off with a tinted lip gloss or lip balm. Jumbo Lip Gloss Sticks or Lip Balm Tints are the perfect subtle lip color with just the right amount of sheen, plus you can just toss them in your backpack and reapply whenever needed!

What age do you feel is appropriate for young girls to start wearing makeup?


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AmeKrys wrote:
1) 1/8/2014 6:44:14 PM
I can't imagine a 12 year old with makeup on. I didn't start wearing makeup until I could pay for it myself, which was like 17 or 18 years old. Even then it was only lip products, mascara & eyeliner only. I would probably let my daughters wear a little bit of make up around 16, maybe.
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hannamarie2013 wrote:
2) 1/9/2014 3:45:31 PM
I think if you are the age of 13 you can start wearing make up. I think that these younger girls need a guide to show them how to put it on appropriately so they do not look like clowns around school with eyeliner to their nose. Looking at what is current I highly doubt that makeup is going to go away - so embrace it and teach these girls how to wear it appropriately!
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celia606 wrote:
3) 1/9/2014 9:37:04 PM
i think that 11 Is a good age. I had cystic acne then and needed to hide it. just use a concealer and maybe powder then. don't wear eyeliner just wear mascara on eyes and use lip gloss.
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tamigirlrocks wrote:
4) 1/10/2014 10:41:37 AM
I remember my friends using makeup around age 14. Myself, I have soft skin, with a great skin tone, therefore I never wore makeup with the exception of a lip gloss occasionally. My boyfriends loved my natural look, as well as not having to spend time waiting for me to apply makeup. I am 54 now. About 5 years ago I decided that it was finally time for makeup. I had no clue how to apply it so I went to videojug.com and watched makeup videos on how to apply everything! I now get compliments on my makeup constantly. I advise those new to makeup to learn from the online videos and their transcripts, rather than from friends, etc. This way they won't rely on possible incorrect information, and they will have flawlessly applied makeup.
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MzMoMo wrote:
5) 1/12/2014 9:23:20 PM
Its very interesting that you bring this up because I had been thinking about this after I saw a little girl about the age of 5, on the bus with her father wearing bright teal colored eyeshadow and lip gloss. I think it's fine to play dress up at home but I found it rather odd that someone actually put the makeup on her and let her walk outside with it on, it puzzling. Personally, as a child and teenager, I hated makeup, you couldn't put that stuff on me for a million dollars. But today, at age 25, I'm beginning to embrace it with a nice subtle eyeshadow, a lip stain and maybe some Bb cream, nothing more than that and I'm happy with my look. I don't have any children yet, however, if I had a daughter, I wouldn't allow her to wear makeup until she's about 16 and we'd start very minimal; a little mascara, Bb cream or lip gloss, then with time (and age) I'll allow more, I would want her to first accept her natural beauty, flaws and all before dabbling too much into it.
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MJM20 wrote:
6) 1/21/2014 11:44:57 PM
I've been wearing make-up since I was in the 7th grade. But never taught on how to apply until my Junior year of High School. Before that I would put Eye Liner and mascara on and on occasion if my mom was running out of concealer and already bought a new one I would dab that over my blemishes. One day my sophomore year of HS I forgot to moisturize, I learned my lesson that day. Flaky make-up, one gut even told me he thought I was trying to pull something off. How embarrassing, after that I moisturized everyday after washing my face, and my make up shortly evolved as well after taking notes on youtube.
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