Make-up is designed to change the way you look. It can be subtle or dramatic, conventional or daring; it can make you fit in or stand out.

  • Teenage years are for experimenting with your look. Make-up can be a fun part of this.
  • Many youtubers have made ‘everyday’ or ‘no makeup-makeup’ tutorials. Lisa Eldridge has made one which is school-appropriate (if you want to wear make up to school and are allowed!); bubzbeauty’s (slightly older but not outdated) guide is ideal if you are an Asian girl; and Patricia Bright’s is particularly useful for darker skintones.
  • For formal occasions, you might want a more elaborate look: Karima McKimmie’s tutorial designed for Prom/Graduation is user-friendly and makes for a fairly universally flattering look.
  • healthy skin is generally more beautiful than a thick mask.
  • If you don’t want to wear make-up at all, you don’t have to.


  • Skin generally looks better in its natural colour
  • Some light-skinned girls like using fake tan, but don’t overdo it – it can look too dominant if you’re not careful
  • Foundation can make you look older. Try a tinted moisturiser suitable for teenage skin instead
  • If you have acne or the odd spot, try a concealer to cover them. See this very helpful video here


  • Colour on lips helps them to show up more
  • Colours closest to your skin colour give the most subtle effect
  • Some lip glosses and balms also contain ingredients to make your lips softer
  • Dramatic colours on your lips are better when you want to make an impact.


  • Eye make-up can make a real difference to your appearance. Experiment to your heart’s content
  • A light coat of mascara and soft eye-shadow gives a simple, everyday look
  • Eye-liner (liquid or pencil) outlines the eye in a more dramatic way
  • Pair eye-liner with more dramatic-coloured eye-shadow, above or below the eye, for even more impact
  • Eyebrows are also receiving more and more attention in the beauty realm. If you’re keen to define yours in a natural way, Chloe Morello’s tutorial is a good place to start.

Choosing and Looking after make-up

  • Shop around to find make-up products which suit you and your budget
  • Keep lids closed to protect your products and do not keep them for too long; many products are now labelled with a ‘period after opening’ symbol, showing the recommended time limit for using them once they are opened
  • If you use make-up brushes, keep them clean. Most beauty experts recommend washing your brushes once every two weeks with a mild soap or shampoo in warm water. Rinse well, blot dry onto a clean towel and leave to air-dry
  • Never share make-up products, particularly eye-products, with anyone – they can transmit bacteria.

Make-up as a career

If you really enjoy doing make-up, you could make a career out of it. Have a look at this very useful job profile to see what being a make-up artist involves.

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