by Vaishali Sudan Sharma
Simple and lovely makeup for teenagers for their special night-out
My cousin is gearing up for an upcoming event, which has been marked on her calendar as a ‘save-the-date’. She is super-duper excited and preparing for it way-well in advance. I often find her in animated discussion with her friends about what to wear and how to look. I know it’s not a biggie, but then she is all of 16 and life is beautiful. When I was her age, I too wanted to take the world by storm. So, normal for her to be getting all pepped up for an occasion which is scheduled 6 months from now. Anyways, I decided to help her out.Common beauty problems of a teenager are acne, whiteheads, blackheads, frequent bad hair days, combination skin, too much tan, thanks to hormonal changes and chalk-a-block schedule (tuitions, after college lectures, endless workshops, late-hour studying). The list doesn’t end! So how would she ever get time to look pretty? I am listing down a few Do’s and Don’ts that can come handy. However, if you are just starting out, don’t forget to seek permission from mum-dad. Who knows, mum might share some tips and tricks. She might even help you out during those first few trial sessions. So, here we go.
For face and skin:
- First and foremost, always wash your face with a good face wash (suits your skin type). Back-it up with a light moisturizer or an oil control lotion that helps in soaking all the excessive oil. It also keeps your skin hydrated.
- Those stubby blackheads and whiteheads can be removed by gentle scrubbing. Apply mud pack (with rose water) thereafter to seal all the open pores. The cooling effects of a mud- pack relax the skin, making it softer and gentle.
- Avoid wearing heaps of makeup. For your age, its best to go light and natural. Instead of a foundation, opt for a tinted moisturizer. It evens out the skin.
- Apply concealer on pimply areas where foundation doesn’t work. I suggest don’t rub it on your skin. Try patting it gently on the blemishes. Pick a color that works for your skin tone.
- Stay away from heavy blush. Again, lighter hues and shades are recommended such as rosy pink or bronze. Apply blush with a thick brush on the sides of your cheeks and a gentle touch on nose, chin and forehead.
- I suggest, never leave the house without applying some sunscreen (even when it’s not sunny). SPF 15 to 30 works.
- And of course, drink plenty of water. At least 2 litres every day.
- Select a natural shade of eye shadow and black eyeliner to accentuate your eyes. Do not line your eyes heavily. It can also be avoided unless you are attending a social event.
- Kohl rimmed eyes always leave an everlasting impression. So, if you are not an eyeliner person, I suggest go for a smudge-free black kohl. It’s always in fashion.
- Darken your shadows with a coat of black mascara. If you like your eye shadows lifted, go for an eyelash curler.
- Have no time for makeup removal? Ah! Now, that’s not really a big problem. Vaseline can be a superb eye makeup-remover. Use the petroleum jelly just not to treat chapped lips but even for your eyes!
- I wouldn’t recommend a lipstick really! In its place and for fresh, light and sleek looks, opt for glossy looks. It looks natural, moreover has a shimmery touch to it. My advice is to go for neutral pink, strawberry red or chocolate tan
- For cracked lips, always keep Vaseline handy.
The Body shop Strawberry/Raspberry Lip Balm OR The Body shop Born Lippy Stick Lip- Pink Berry; Colorbar Perfect Pout Gloss in Whisper/ Playful
For hands, feet and nails:
- Keep your nails clean and healthy. Do not bite, pick or peel them or the skin around the edges.
- I suggest don’t use hard nail-paint removers too often. You are too young to spoil them right away.
- I also recommend going for home-based manicure and pedicure using a mixture of lemon juice and sugar. Add a few drops of shampoo to make lather in a bowl of lukewarm water. Dip your hands and feet in it for good 10 minutes. Once done, dry them down and gently massage with a hand and foot cream.
- Artificial nail extensions is a big no-no! I think they look tawdry.
- Nails need to be clipped, filed, and smoothly shaped. Opt for round shape for its gracefulness.
- Natural and light shades look ultra sassy on young girls. In fact, try transparent top coats for nude but shiny nails. You can also opt for offbeat colors if you are feeling adventurous.
Zuri recommends :
Revlon Color Stay Top Coat; Maybelline Colour Show Nail Lacquer- Nude Skin
To handle the excessive facial-hair growth, use skin-sensitive bleach. I suggest going for Cheryl, which is now easily available at salons. Try to avoid razors and epilators. Get rid of excessive hair growth by waxing your arms and legs once a month. Gentle scrubbing followed by a massage can add shine to the freshly treated and slightly bruised skin. Don’t ever wax your upper lip, no matter how bad it gets. It loosens the skin, leaving it dark and blotchy.
- Shampoo your hair once in two days. I recommend a gentle anti-dandruff shampoo and conditioner that suits your hair type.
- Maintain a healthy scalp. So, do oil your hair with almond/olive or coconut oil atleast once a week. Oiling calms you down, especially during the exam time. Besides, it effectively treats thin, dry, frizzy hair and split ends.
- As for the styling bit, I would say, go natural. Try to stay away from flat and curling irons as much as possible. It damages your hair. As an alternative, use hair-rollers for curls or for smooth-looking hair, brush them straight before conditioning.
- Wear your hair in loose waves, or go for centrally parted braids. All this and bangs are hot this season.
So, what are you waiting for? Get gorgeous, sassy looks! I have recommended a list of pocket-friendly products for you to go for. So, ask your mum to take you out shopping. Above and beyond, someone said- “Time and tide waits for no man”. So, enjoy the beautiful, crazy days of teenage years. Oh! And by-the-way, did I tell you that my cousin is going for a rock concert in March next year. That’s why the entire hubbub. Phew! Image source: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
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