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There’s no “right” age to start wearing makeup. Some people start playing with lipstick as kids, while others don’t discover foundation until their mid-twenties. That said, once you hit your teenage years, the idea of covering blemishes with concealer and swiping on a few coats of mascara is all too enticing. And makeup for teens can be a whirlwind to navigate. Aside from finding the must-have products for your new makeup bag, we’d be willing to bet you also want to give some of the latest TikTok trends a try. So, where does one start? Consider this your guide to the best makeup for teens, including what to include in your teen makeup kit and a few of our favorite looks to try.
Before talking about tips and looks, it’s a good idea to build your own teen makeup kit that will have you equipped with all the necessities. While you’ll likely want to expand your kit as you try new makeup trends, here are the basics to include.
For an all-over even complexion, you’ll want to start wearing foundation. However, this doesn’t mean you have to wear a formula that’s noticeable. Instead, opt for a medium-coverage foundation that will help blur and conceal your imperfections without hiding your skin underneath. The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation is a must for your teen makeup kit since it offers medium coverage with a radiant finish.
While you don’t need a full-coverage foundation, having a concealer that can cover it all can come in handy. Acne? Dark circles? You name it, the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Full Wear Concealer Waterproof, Full Coverage will help disguise it!
A little flush never hurt anyone! While there is plenty of fun, trendy blush hues to try, we recommend adding a natural-looking option to your teen makeup kit. Pick a shade from the L’Oréal Paris True Match Blush collection that resembles your natural blush.
Makeup Look to Try: Instead of only wearing blush on your cheeks, give one of the latest trends a go by putting blush on your nose. Yes—it’s a thing! Don’t believe us? Check out our article, Should You Wear Blush on Your Nose?
There’s no need to go crazy when it comes to filling and shaping your eyebrows, but a little grooming can go a long way. For a subtle brow boost, use a brow mascara, like the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Boost & Set Brow Mascara. This will help add a tint of color, create a slight boost in thickness, and keep any stray hairs from falling out of place.
Rather than stocking up on an array of single eyeshadows, make your life easier and invest in an eyeshadow palette. Look for one with neutral colors that can be used on the daily, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude. Then, build your collection by adding some fun shades into the mix as you experiment with different looks!
Makeup Look to Try: Instead of going for a dark, statement eye makeup look, keep things subtle yet defined. The perfect way to do both? A sheer smoky eye! For a step-by-step tutorial, here’s How to Create a Sheer Smoky Eye.
It should come as no surprise that mascara is on this list—it may just be the most essential product! Look for a formula that will give your lashes both length and volume. We love the L’Oréal Paris Bambi Eye Washable Mascara, Lasting Volume.
Glossy lips are associated with youth, but they also happen to be seriously trendy right now. Our favorite way to get the look is via a sheer, high-shine lipstick, and it’s definitely a teen makeup kit must-have. Pick your favorite shade (or a few!) from the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick line.
Speaking of sheer lip colors, if you want something even glossier, make sure you grab a lip gloss for your makeup bag! A tube of the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 8 HR Le Gloss is just what you need.
Makeup Look to Try: Take the glossy lip trend to the next level and learn How to Get Glassy Lips.
Of course, you’ll be needing something to help you apply all of this makeup, no? Make sure you pick up some essential makeup brushes and a makeup sponge, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender, so you can create flawless looks time and time again.
One last thing! In case you didn’t already know, sleeping in your makeup is an absolute no-no. Yup, even if you stayed up way too late and are ready to crash. Make sure to have a waterproof makeup remover on-hand. We love no-rinse, sink-less options like the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof - All Skin Types.
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