Makeup for Teens Part I: What To Wear

When it comes to makeup for teens, the key is to keep everything sheer and natural.

Face
Never cover your entire face with foundation. Teens usually have good skin so use a tinted moisturizer to even out your skin tone and apply concealer to cover up zits. Apply powder only on oily areas and to set concealer. Powdering your face all over can add years to your age.

Eyes
Open up your eyes bv curling your lashes and applying mascara. If you decide to wear liner, try colors like brown, gray, purple, navy or teal. As for eyeshadows, keep it simple and fresh. Experiment with different colors but steer clear from anything dark. Dark smoky eyes is not for teens and false lashes is also not necessary unless it is for prom.

Cheeks
You can wear pretty much anything except colors that are too dark. Go with a cream formula and avoid any kind of contouring.

Lips
When it comes to lips, skip liner and stay away from dark colors which can make you look like you are trying too hard. Stick with lighter colors like pink, coral and peach. If you really want to give red a try, go with a gloss or a stain in colors like ruby or cherry.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is the beauty editor for Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.

12 COMMENTS

  1. This is a stupid question but..what is a tinted moisturizer? I usually just wear face lotion. I always heard about it, but i donno what it is. Can u plz give me a pic of me, and where could i get it, thank you.

  2. i couldnt find ur “makeup for teens part II” article…nid some guidance on which product to buy..of coz.. would prefer products which are not to expensive :)

  3. hey phyllis… i’m just wondering, r u still gonna make a part 2? cuz if u are that would be awesome-er!!! i luv ur looks but i most def luv this one cuz i still like to look “youthful” at times && my lil sis whose a teen would like 2 know what makeup to wear without beeing overboard. thx tho.

  4. Other than the image that was taken from Bobbi Brown’s Teenage Beauty Book, every single word on here is written by me – I have been plagiarized before and I know it is not cool.

    If you remember which magazine it was, let me know.

  5. hey phyllis! i just wanted 2 tell u that the pic used in this entry was in a bobby brown makeup book for teens, i remember seeing that picture there. anyways, i’m crossing my fingers for a part 2! thx tho!

    btw: i have this suggestion that maybe u should have like a FAQ/Advice column from the readers. I know you get tons of emails and comments all over your blog so might as well have it in one spot. just a suggestion…

    thanks so much!

  6. FxyCleopatra, thanks for the advice. I have always wanted to do that I just never had the time to look into it. I’ll prolly get that up and running this weekend or the next =)

    As for the image, yes I know it was taken from Bobbi Brown’s book hence I wrote that in my last comment and gave credit to her on the entry as well? I don’t think using someone else’s image then citing the source is plagiarism.

  7. i don’t think it’s plagiarazing either. oh and speaking of books, if u also read books about makeup, maybe u can also do a pg on recommendations of something.

    more power to your site, this is THE most thorough makeup blog i’ve read and i’m always checking ur site 2x a day.

  8. I don’t understand why it says that teens should be staying away from dark colors. I think teenagers are the only people who can get away with using makeup to it’s full extent. Once you become an adult, it’s not as easy to go out in public wearing bright clothing and dark eyeshadow. Teenagers don’t usually have blemish free skin either. In fact, more than 90% of teenagers have some kind of acne.

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