I've had so much fun lately sharing makeup basics with pre-teen and teen girls as they get ready to go back to school! The shop has been full of giggles and gossip. I've just loved it. If you haven’t attended a social yet, here are some of the tips I teach these young ladies as they start wearing makeup for the first time, or as they are ready to learn more makeup techniques.
My love for makeup started at a very young age. I fondly remember going to the department store with my mother and grandmother to pick out makeup for the first time! I clearly remember feeling so excited to get home and spread out my makeup to start playing with it. I remember my young self and what I wanted - to look pretty and girly, but still look like myself.
So, during my teen lessons, I focus on teaching girls and young ladies the makeup basics and how to use color to enhance their natural beauty. I truly believe that if a girl or woman feels good about how she looks, she exudes confidence in everything she does! I want these girls to go back to school feeling pretty and confident!
My mantra when it comes to makeup for any age, is to keep the routine SIMPLE. So for girls around 6th grade, who are just starting to wear makeup, I introduce them to basic products.
To start, I teach them the appropriate way to wear both concealer and eye fix and the benefits of wearing both. (Eye Fix is a fabulous shadow base that allows the true color of your shadow to pop, and ensures the shadow will last all day.)
For the eyes, I suggest two simple eye shadows: one all over color and one accent color. We pick colors that are appealing to the eye, and also fun to wear. This age tends to like a blush or pink tone. Then finish the eye off with a coat of mascara on the upper lashes only.
My signature Pop of Pink Blush is truly a product for all ages and is the first blush I recommend. I even put a little on my Toodles (she's almost four!) before special events like taking pictures or a wedding, because it just gives that fresh, healthy glow.
A light gloss on the lips finishes the look and they are ready for their day!
One important tip I tell girls is that it’s not “all or nothing” when it comes to make-up. If they wake up and feel like only wearing a Pop of Pink on their cheeks and a little lip gloss, great! If they feel like wearing all of the makeup, that’s fantastic, too. Makeup is a great way to express yourself and choosing how much to wear is part of that expression.
Adding More Color
As girls get comfortable with make-up and the basics, they may want to add more color -- maybe eye shadow with more pop, like a purple. Young ladies may also add a natural color lipstick to their routine for more long-lasting lip color.
In about 8th grade, girls may add eye liner to their makeup kit for special events or for more casual everyday wear. My tip is to only wear it on the top lid at this age and then to blend and soften it.
These steps are still age-appropriate, but they add more depth and personality to a girl’s look.
Tips for High School Ladies
When young ladies are in high school, they typically add foundation to their routine to even out skin tone and create a base for their makeup. This is also when they may add one of my Pop of Pink Face Kits with two blushes and four shadows for more variety in their looks.
I also talk to high school girls about the shape of their brows and how they help to frame their face. I want them to look polished, mature and ready to take on the world!
Skin Care: Important for All Ages
If makeup is my first passion, then skincare comes in a very close second. I emphasize to young girls the importance of taking care of their skin, and just like their makeup routine, skincare should be SIMPLE, too. A few products I recommend are: the Make-Up Eraser, CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser, the Clarisonic Facial Cleansing Brush and CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion.
Another topic I teach young girls about is the importance of sunscreen and how to protect their skin every day.
When I’m teaching a young girl about age appropriate makeup, we talk about how to take care of her makeup and the brushes. Make-up brushes are an investment and also product that they should have for a very long time, if taken care of properly.
I hope these tips have been helpful! I have more to share and would love to teach you or the teen in your life about makeup and skin care basics. Just give me a call or message me at the Glam Bar to book a lesson or host a social!
Have a great start to the school year! XOXO Stacy
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