The Best Makeup For Teens

Teens have busy schedules filled with school, sports, homework, after-school jobs and busy social lives. Their non-stop days mean that teens need a variety of makeup options that can easily be applied and re-applied no matter what they are doing. A teen girl typically needs to carry items that fit inside her purse, backpack or pocket to carry at all times during any situation.

Makeup for Teens

teen makeup

Foundation

The best daily foundation for teens depends on their skin type. A teen with oily skin should wear a powder-based foundation that will not further clog her pores or add to her acne problem. If she has dry skin, she should apply a moisturizer every morning and then wear a cream-based foundation. This will keep her skin from looking prematurely aged.

Eye Shadow

Eye shadow can be difficult to learn at first, so a teen should start her eye-makeup regimen with only one shade of eye shadow to sweep across her lid. As she becomes more comfortable, a teen will be better at experimenting with different styles. Palettes of eye shadow are a great way to try a large range of shadow trends without needing to purchase individual items. Sephora makes a number of Sephora brand palettes that are affordable and full of great shades. Blending eye shadow is a great look for any occasion. This is done by combining complementary colors together over a base at the edge and crease of the eyelid. The highlight shade can also dip below the eye’s waterline as an eyeliner base.

Eye Liner

Eyeliner is worn by the majority of teens and finding the right type is easy. Soft kohl-based eyeliner is easier to maintain during the school day and rarely needs a touch-up, even after sports. For the weekend or evening, liquid eyeliner gives teens a sleek look and dries quickly.

Mascara

Black mascara opens the eyes and makes them appear larger. It matches every eye makeup color theme and adds brightness to a girl’s eye color. Lengthening mascara is best for girls with curly or short eyelashes, while curling or definition-adding mascara is best for girls with eyelashes that are already long. For a more natural look, try brown mascara.Too many teens don’t stop to think about mascara care and hygiene. Mascara carries high levels of bacteria, especially when sitting in a backpack or purse at school. Mascara should not be worn for longer than four to five months before being discarded, and teens should never share mascara with each other.

Lip Color

Optimal lip color depends on a teen’s coloring. Fair-skinned teens should stay away from pink lipsticks and lip-glosses. Coral-based lip color is a better choice. Cooler purples and reds are well-matched with olive and dark skin. Medium red hues look the best on brunettes. Teens with thinner lips may want to try sheer or opaque glosses to add definition to their lips. Subtle lip-liner is another way to achieve a thicker shape, but should only be done in shades matching her natural lip color to avoid an outlined effect.

The teen years are the best time for a girl to find which colors and products will work best for her, and to learn how to alter trends and special looks to match her own unique style.

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Choosing The Best Makeup Brushes

Good makeup brushes are essential for proper makeup application. This is even more true if you use drugstore makeup, because it often is not as well pigmented, making good application rather important. Drugstore items are also often packaged with cheap applicators that don’t really cut it for proper makeup application.  If you purchase more expensive makeup, there often will not be any applicators included, as the companies assume that you already have decent makeup brushes.

So, choosing the best makeup brushes is important. Fortunately, quality makeup brushes do not have to break the bank. While some pricey brushes are also very high quality and provide excellent results, there also are some pretty good inexpensive makeup brushes available at your local dig box retailer or drugstore.

MAC holiday brush set

There are four primary differences between lower end, affordable makeup brushes and the more expensive professional makeup brushes

(1) Price: the most obvious difference is price. Drugstore quality makeup brushes are often under $10, while professional brushes can run $20-40 or more. But before you scream at the difference, pro brushes are made to last. You will replace even the best of the drugstore quality makeup brushes more often, as they simply do not hold together as well or for as long.

(2) Materials: Professional makeup bushes are generally made of animal fibers, which holds and applies pigment more evenly. This allows for the best possible look. For liquid makeup application, animal fibers tend to work the best at providing a streak free look. For the nest eye shadow application, pro makeup brushes also are often preferable.

(3) Durability: Professional makeup brushes last longer. A pro brush will not lose bristles to the extent that a cheaper brush will.  They also will last longer overall, as they are less likely to break. Inexpensive makeup brushes often lose a few bristles, especially when they are new. But often once they are broken in, they usually can work nearly as well as the pro brushes. Some brands are better than others though. For example, Eco Tools tend to hold up pretty well, but Sonia Kashuk makeup brushes have a history of losing a lot of bristles.

Below are some choices of great brushes across several price points.

The Best Drugstore Makeup Brushes

Low on money? One of the best cheap makeup brush brands is Eco Tools.  The Eco Tools line of makeup brushes are very affordable, and they are quite easy to find in both drugstores and big box store.  Eco Tools brushes also tend to hold up pretty well. They don’t lose bristles all that much. the brand is also ecologically sound, with the brushes constructed out of recycled materials. The brushes come packaged in natural cases and the brushes themselves have attractive bamboo handles.

ecotools brush kit

Sephora also makes a line of fairly good makeup brushes. These run a bit more in rice than Eco Tools, but there are a wider range of options and kits, and generally the line is still quite affordable.

The Best Professional Makeup Brushes

There are numerous excellent choices in professional makeup brushes. Probably the most popular and widely respected are the  MAC Makeup Brushes. MAC makeup brushes are always quality and when it comes to price, they actually are fairly reasonable for the quality that you get from the brush. For a good deal on MAC brushes, watch for the MAC holiday brush sets that come out every year. The brushes in the sets are the same high quality as the standard brushes, but they are made with shorter handles, something I personally prefer anyway. Buying one of the MAC holiday sets can be an excellent opportunity to purchase quality brushes while saving quite a bit of money.

Trish mcEvoy Brush Set

There are numerous other higher end brushes, and just about anything from one of the top department store brands is going to be a quality brush. Lancome makes nice brush sets, as does Laura Mercier and Trish McEvoy.  To view a number of excellent brushes, take a look at the Nordstrom Makeup Brush Sets.  As with the MAC brushes, finding travel sets can be a nice way to save money.

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Give the Gift of Gorgeous Lips with These Great Holiday Lip Kits

Lip palettes are the perfect solution for a variety of gift giving needs. They often fit in stockings, are great for an affordable small gift, or can be packaged with other beauty items to make a nice beauty gift box.  Pick up a few items, put them in a tissue covered holiday box or bag, and you are ready to go! Here are a few neat holiday lip items that any woman would love.

With the onset of winter, lip balm and gloss see higher than normal use and the Ulta 10 Piece Mini Lip Gloss Set is perfect for anyone on a budget. At $14.99, it offers a great selection of glosses in a cute little set.

Ulta lip gloss gift set

For a bit of everything, the Sephora Favorites, Give Me Some Lip Set consists of  six best selling lip items. This is great for a wrapped gift, as the box is a nice gift size.

Sephora give me some lip

For a nice stocking stuffer, grab the Korres Lip Butter Trio. This set of three natural lip balms is great for winter lip care.

Korres lip butter trio

As a small gift of for a stocking the Bare Minerals Keychain Kisses set is an adorable and unique gift.

Bare Minerals Keychain

For a bit of luxury, try the Nars Kudoki Kabuki set. This pretty little box of lip pots comes with a unique brush and exclusive limited edition packaging.

Nars kabuki

Great lips never go out of style, making lip items an easy to give gift!

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