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Using makeup for the first time can be a lot of fun but it’s also a little intimidating. There are so many choices and so many YouTube and TikTok videos highlighting makeup “tricks.”

Learning the right kinds of makeup and the best ways to apply them can be the difference between a natural, beautiful result and a, well, trashy and acne-producing result. Read on to learn some tricks on how to apply makeup for teens.

A personal lesson will be the most beneficial way to learn, and it makes a great gift for birthdays and other special occasions.  We go over skin care and create a whole entire makeup look from the beginning.  For more information visit Read further to get tips on makeup for teens.

When Do Teens Start to Wear Makeup?

The average age when teens start to wear makeup is hard to define because I know they explore makeup before their teen years. So, their use of makeup kind of comes in different stages. From early exploration (“playing” with mom’s makeup supplies) to purchasing their first mascara and using it regularly.

It’s likely ages 12-15 when makeup use becomes a part of a teen’s daily routine.

Teen Makeup Suggestions

The biggest mistake teens do when it comes to makeup is using a heavy hand while applying it. That is, less is more. If you use too much, you’ll end up looking artificial. A natural-looking makeup application enhances your beauty instead of overpowering it.  Start with a few items first.

  • Eyeshadow
  • Lip gloss
  • Mascara
  • Clear eyebrow gel

Correct and Conceal Teen Acne with Makeup

Many teens have no need for concealer. But, if you have freckles, under-eye darkness (this may be genetics or lack of rest) or acne, it’s OK to use them.

Just make sure you’re using the right kind of concealer. Generally, you want to go with a corrector if you are trying to correct lessen under-eye discoloration first, when trying to spot correct for acne you want to go with something your skin color.  Choosing too light of a concealer will just emphasize what you are trying to cover.

If you are trying to cover acne, be careful sometimes you will make acne worse by using pore-clogging cosmetics and then not properly cleansing and removing your makeup.

Freckles are cute but they are basically sun damage, protect your skin now so in the future you don’t have to deal with the not-so-cute bigger sunspots that started as a small freckle. Our matte tint SPF is one of the best makeup products for teens with oily skin. While teens don’t often think about SPF as part of their skincare routine, it really is an important part of having great skin (for life!)

Proper cleansing is crucial to correct and help prevent teen acne. The gentle cleanser and silky cream cleanser are two products especially effective for clients under age 18. You should follow up with a hydrating toner, moisturizer, and SPF. (SPF is not needed in the evening) When you start wearing makeup, you will want to do a double cleanse as one cleanse is usually not enough to remove makeup.  Try our cleansing balm, it’s a great first cleanse gentle, and great at removing eye and mascara makeup.

You may want to lightly powder the T zone occasionally throughout the day if you have especially oily skin or carry some blotting sheets.

Read Help For Teens Experiencing Acne for other good habits you should practice helping prevent teen acne.

Everyday Natural Teen Beauty Tips

It’s always best to start out “little” and add to the makeup as you get used to applying it. Remember, you don’t want to overdo it and if you are gravitating to make-up because you are trying to cover acne, it’s best to start with skincare.  A healthy canvas should always be your first step, that way when you do apply makeup it looks natural and you don’t need as much makeup. 

Makeup should be fun!