First, they’re all about the play makeup. Then they start asking if they can try mum’s lip gloss. Then mascara. Before you know it, your 9 year old is asking for her own lippie and is talking about contouring and unicorn makeup. I suggest you start your teen or tween on natural makeup and here’s why.
Showing an interest in beauty products for the first time is just yet another sign that our kids are growing up and won’t stay little forever. Should you indulge your child’s desire to start wearing makeup? That’s up to you. But if you do decide to let her play around with cosmetics, there are some things to consider.
Teens, makeup and toxins
I strongly encourage you to choose safe, natural makeup for your teens and tweens. Why? Well, it may not seem like a big deal, but remember that once your child starts wearing makeup, there’s a good chance she’ll keep doing so until she’s 90. The time to start her on good makeup habits is now. And I’m not excluding the boys here – some boys will wear makeup, too!
Consider this. Some mainstream beauty products have been found to contain chemicals that disrupt hormones and that have been linked to big bads like cancer and Alzheimer’s. These ingredients should be avoided by everyone, but teens, with their still developing bodies, are particularly susceptible.
Since your child will likely be using these products on a daily basis, it’s very important that you help her choose the safest, most natural ones.
Makeup for teens and tweens
Teens and tweens have the kind of skin that us adults can only dream of. So during this period, there’s really no need to pile on the makeup, unless it’s for an event or a costume party. Makeup should be less about looking made up and more about enhancing one’s natural beauty.
With that in mind, we’re here to help you put together your teen’s beauty starter kit. We recommend starting off with these green makeup products.
BB cream/CC cream
Foundation can look too heavy on young ladies, so unless your teen is dealing with major acne, go with something more lightweight. BB and CC cream are great multitasking options because they even out skin tone while also keeping skin hydrated, absorbing sebum, and providing sun protection.
Even if your daughter has her skincare routine locked down, it’s good to have a tube of concealer on hand for unexpected breakouts. Choose concealer with enough coverage to mask blemishes and redness, and ingredients that heal spots and calm inflamed skin.
No smoky eyes for your tween just yet. Earth tone shadows and muted pastels work and are age appropriate, as are shimmery shades.
For a more natural, softer look, go with pencil instead of liquid liners. Start with brown, which isn’t as obvious as a true black.
Little girls don’t really need mascaras that lengthen, curl, and volumise just yet. For now, clear mascara will do for both lashes and brows. Brown mascara also works wonders to define lashes and tame eyebrow hairs without making your child look overly made up. Ere Perez makes water resistant mascaras with nourishing ingredients like jojoba oil and vitamin E.
Skip the ChapStick and stock up on paraben free, petrolatum free tinted lip balms she’ll love to use.
Lip and cheek stain
Instead of lipstick, which may be too much colour for a teen or a tween, choose lip gloss or a lip tint that can double as cheek stain. Avoid anything dark or matte, which can make a young girl look much older.
Most teens will be dealing with oily skin and/or acne, so face powder is a must for the makeup kit. Mineral powder absorbs oil and covers blemishes without clogging pores or causing breakouts.
And that’s it. Just the basics, and you can add or take away products depending on your teen’s age and preference.
As you introduce your daughter to cosmetics, remind her to:
- Focus on skincare, as no amount of makeup can beat glowing clear skin.
- Throw away makeup that’s gone past its expiry date.
- Avoid sharing makeup with friends, as this can lead to cold sores, eye infections, and other illnesses.
- Take a break from cosmetics every now and then. Constantly applying and removing makeup can damage and age skin.
Do you have any beauty tips for teens and tweens? Which makeup products would you recommend?
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