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.
- If you like make-up, you will probably already know the bloggers and vloggers that you like, but Zoella, Tanya Burr, Sali Hughes and Lisa Eldridge are all popular and good places to start.
- 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is school-appropriate (if you want to wear make up to school and are allowed!); bubzbeauty’s (slightly older but not outdated) guide is ideal if you are an Asian girl; and Patricia Bright’s is particularly useful for darker skintones.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.
- If you don’t like the standard make-up offer, try doing things differently.
- A 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
- ‘Strobing’ (essentially extensive highlighting) has been a popular trend recently: Karima McKimmie demonstrates a good way to follow it without overdoing it
- 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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