Makeup For Tweens

Makeup For Tweens

Its back to school and your tween is saying she is ready to wear makeup. Little girls love to play with makeup as soon as they can get their little fingers into your cosmetic bag. When they are eight, nine, and ten, they usually just want to put on some lip gloss to feel good and to play with something sparkly and shiny. From ages eleven to thirteen, makeup becomes more about being attractive and trying to fit in and be cool.

Each mom will face the makeup question at different times depending on her daughter’s personality, friends, school, cultural influences, and activities. Every mom has their own opinion on this issue, but I think finding a compromise is the best solution. If she wants lipstick, get her some gloss. If she wants mascara, try a clear one. But, most importantly, buy it in the drugstore. She can do chores and easily earn money for a new gloss or eye shadow. If it gets dirty or needs to be thrown away, it is not a week’s pay.

Lip Liner, Lipstick, Lip Gloss
A tween does not need lip liner or lipstick. In fact, if she uses these products she will probably look like a clown. Lip glosses are just fine, and they come in many fun colors. I would stick to that. For an older tween who wants to wear lipstick, try to find something in subtle pinks and browns. And point out to her that the problem with lip liner is that most girls choose a shade darker than their own lip color, and it looks especially ridiculous when the lipstick has worn off but the lip liner hasn’t. Try to steer her toward a lip gloss with a hint of color. Be sure to buy a lip gloss that is applied directly to the lips with a wand. Those glosses that come in a pot are bacteria havens because girls stick their fingers in them all day long.

For Younger Tweens
Maybelline New York Shine Sensational Lip Gloss is a gloss that comes in 18 different shades and has a fruity taste she will love. It comes in a pretty tube for easy application.

For Older Tweens
An older tween might want a little more of a lipstick feel.
Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lipcolor comes with a wand so it goes on easily like a gloss. She is less likely to make a mistake and get it over or under the lipline.

A pretty powder blush gives a little extra color to cheeks. Choose a soft brush and apply to cheeks and chin for a sun-kissed look.
Neutrogena Mineral Sheers blushes are easy to apply and I like that they are mineral make-up and less likely to irritate the skin.

Older tweens love eyeliner and they love applying it incorrectly. Eyeliner should be applied under the lashline not inside.
L’Oreal Paris Extra-Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner goes on easily and gives eyes a beautiful definition without being harsh. I would recommend a brown eyeliner for a softer, more natural look.

Makeup artist, Maria Maio, suggests you choose a mascara for your older tween that matches her hair color to give her lashes a softer look. For a younger tween, clear mascara will make her feel she is wearing makeup but you won’t really see it.

Max Factor makes an auburn mascara which is much more subtle than black mascara.

Blondes and Brunettes
Maybeline Great Lash Mascara comes in black, brown, and even clear.

Mascara Tip:
If your daughter wears contacts or tends to have eyes that tear up, she needs a mascara that won’t end up under her eyes after an hour. The absolute best product for this is Trish McEvoy High Volume Mascara. It lasts all day long without smudging or flaking.

Whatever you decide for your daughter, have fun with her. Let her pick out a new lipstick for you and you pick out a gloss for her. Make a girl’s day of it before she heads back to school. It is a great way to bond with her and make her feel special.

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