Let this young reader's question to our Ask the Expert page teach you a few teen eye makeup tips.
Teen Eye Makeup Tips
Dear Dana.I am a 14 yrs old and I really need some tips to help me look beautiful. Do you have any makeup tips that help you look good without using a lot of makeup?
Thank you so much, Nikki
At your age, the most you should be wearing is a little lip gloss! If there is a special occasion like a wedding or a dance, then go ahead and try a little blush and a bit of eyeshadow because this will help you look better in any photos. When this is the case, use shades that are very close to your own unique coloring. For example, try dusting your entire face with a loose powder that is either "translucent" or a shade close to your skin. That will give you an even canvas to start with and won't look caked on or overdone.
Next, apply blush in a soft peach or rose to the apples of your cheeks. Use shimmery pink eyeshadow over your entire lid and top off with dark brown or black mascara being careful to only use enough to coat the lashes, not clump them. Lastly, apply lip gloss in a sheer pink, natural rose or nude. For a little more information on applying makeup for someone of your age, pick up Bobbi Brown's "Teenage Beauty." Then remember, you are already beautiful - makeup only further enhances how lovely you already are!
Hi Dana,I am 16 and I really want to do something new. I would really like to know how to make my eyes stand out. I have big dark brown eyes and my skin is kind of tan and I don't know what would bring out my eyes without making it look trashy; can you help me?
~~Thank you, Betz
Try lining your eyes with hunter green eyeliner. I have big, dark brown eyes and I discovered this look a few years ago and love it! Two favorites of mine are Prescriptives Soft Lining Pencil in Void ($17.50) and Bobbi Brown's Long-Wearing Gel Eyeliner in Hunter Ink ($19.00). Each one goes on a little differently but has very similar effects.
The Prescriptives pencil has a smudging sponge on the end so it's a quicker, simpler solution. A brush is needed to apply Bobbi's gel so it's a little trickier, but it has a lot of staying power. The deep green set up against dark brown eyes is a surprisingly wonderful effect and it will look absolutely gorgeous with your tanned skin. Try it and see what you think!
Hello Dana,My name is Kayla and I have a question. I have been wearing makeup for 2 years and I am 12 years old, but I just don't know how to apply it and make it look pretty. Everyone says that I wear 10 pounds of makeup. How do I apply makeup and make it look natural and pretty without looking like I'm wearing a lot of it?
~~Thank You, Kayla
Let me be so bold to say that at your age, the most you should be wearing is a little lip gloss! Kiddo, if people are making comments about how much makeup you wear, then you may want to listen. If there is a special occasion like a wedding or a dance, then by all means, wear a little blush, mascara and even a bit of eyeshadow because this will help you look better in any photos that might be taken. When this is the case, use shades that are very close to your own unique coloring.
For example, as I'm sure you have beautiful skin as a mere 12 years old, try dusting your entire face with a loose powder that is either "translucent" or a shade close to your skin. That will give you an even canvas to start with and won't look caked on or overdone. The powder will also eliminate any shine that you may have.
Next, apply blush in a soft peach or rose to the apples of your cheeks. Use shimmery pink eye shadow over your entire lid and top off with dark brown or black mascara, being careful to only use enough to coat the lashes, not clump them. Lastly, apply lip gloss in a sheer pink, natural rose or nude. Don't worry, as the years go on you'll have enough opportunity to paint your lovely face! For a little more information on applying makeup for someone of your age, pick up Bobbi Brown's "Teenage Beauty."
I'm a 16 year old and well... I'm not new to make-up but I want to create some cat eyes but don't know how. I was wondering if you can tell me how?
~~Thank You, 208 Mami
Start with a light base eyeshadow in cream, apricot or eggshell, depending on your skin tone and eye color. Next, take a darker shade, like plum, dark brown, gray, and apply in the crease, bringing the darker color around the corner of your eyes.
Next, choose an eyeliner, liquid or gel work very nicely for the "feline" effect. Line the roots of your upper lashes first. Start about three quarters the way toward the inner corner and sweep the line toward the outer corner thickening the line as you move out. Extend the line as far as you feel is necessary toward that outer corner. You can stop there and add mascara or you can line the bottom lashes as well just make sure you stop before the area where you have extended the top line as to avoid the "Cleopatra" look. You can also blend these two lines using a dark eye shadow in brown, gray or black for a "smokier" effect.
Hi,I have dark, dark brown eyes that almost look black. I'm Hispanic and for eye shadow I use gold or a yellowish color. I usually use black eyeliner pencil. I guess I'm kinda good at it but my eyeliner always smears even though it is waterproof. It always runs down my eyes then I have to put it on again. Is there some advice you can give about all these things? Should I keep putting on that color of eye shadow or use a different color? By the way, I am 13 years old.
For starters, I bet at your age, you don't need that much eyeliner at all! Here's an idea--why don't you try using apricot or champagne eye shadow for the base with a deep brown or plum for the crease. Blend. Try only lining the top of your lashes using a dark brown pencil, bringing the line slightly out at the corners. Now take a very fine brush and some dark brown or black eye shadow and blend that line. Finish off the bottom and top lashes with black mascara. If you think you still need some color underneath, use the fine brush and the dark eye shadow to line the bottom lashes and blend, NOT eyeliner. It's a softer look. Also, take some pressed powder and swipe under your eyes which sets your makeup and helps with all that running.
Good luck! ~~ Dana
My skin is oily on my forehead, nose & chin (T-zone). I'm a young teenager so I am interested in light make-up. I currently use mascara, eyeshadow, blush, lip gloss but I find it extremely hard to apply concealer and foundation to cover blemishes. Can I have some advice on what to do?
~~Thank You, Kay
With your combination skin, it's a good idea to use foundation that is water-based. Your best bet is to choose a cream-to-powder foundation for oily skin. Don't forget to first cover imperfections with a concealer. I suggest Laura Mercier's Secret Camouflage or Prescriptives Flawless Skin.
On a clean face that has been moisturized, use a foundation brush to apply concealer to under your eyes, broken capillaries, blemishes, etc. You may also want to try a green corrector which will handle the redness of blemishes. Next, apply foundation using a foundation brush or sponge and finish with a loose or pressed powder.
My ultimate favorite is Chanel's Double Perfection Compact Matte Reflecting Powder. If this is too heavy on top of your foundation, try a loose powder instead. Using this combination of products should give you the coverage you are looking for. Also, try brushing cornstarch over your entire face to eliminate shine throughout the day.