Welcome, teens and Moms alike, to these 7 amazing eye makeup tips for teenagers! For girls, discovering makeup is like a rite of passage, just like getting a driver's license or a first kiss. However, getting used to what kinds of makeup and techniques look best on you can be tricky and may take some time. It's often a lot of trial and error, and definitely tons of practice! So whether you're a teenager reading this for some helpful makeup tips, or a parent reading this to help their daughters figure out a flattering makeup routine, there is always something new to learn when it comes to makeup. Eye makeup is usually the most exciting aspect for teens just beginning to experiment with shades and styles. So to get you started with the fun and wonderful world of eye makeup, here are 7 amazing eye makeup tips for teenagers!
1. Less is More
The most important of these eye makeup tips for teenagers to learn is that less is more! Teenagers need to remember that makeup should enhance the way your face naturally looks and highlight your features, not make you look like a completely different person. No matter your age, too much makeup makes you look worse, not better. If you wear foundation, powder, blush, liner, mascara, eyeshadow, lip liner and gloss on an everyday basis, then you're overdoing it. So tone it down! When it comes to your eye makeup, all you really need is a great mascara and maybe a thin line of eyeliner on your top lid. Bright colored eye shadow should be used sparingly and not on an everyday basis, as well as heavy eyeliner. Wearing neutral colored makeup is always a safe bet for teenagers.
2. Your Lips or Your Eyes, Never Both
When it comes to your lips and your eyes, you should never doll up both at the same time. If you are wearing heavy eye makeup, go for nude lips with just a bit of gloss. Prefer the drama of dark lipstick over dramatic eyes? Then stay away from heavy blush and wear only mascara on your eyes and a light eye shadow Never heavily line your eyes if you are going to be wearing a bold, dark lipstick. If you heavily make up both your eyes and lips, you'll run the risk of looking like a clown, and no one wants that!
3. Don't Neglect Your Brows
Most teens will be so excited learning to doll up their eyes that they forget to pay attention to their eyebrows. Your eyebrows really frame your whole face, so keep them neat! It helps to start with a professional eye waxing to give your brows a perfect shape. After that, it's easy to keep the look up with a pair of good tweezers and a mirror. Tweeze your brows right after you shower, and it will be much easier and less painful! You can also look into finding an eyebrow pencil if you find that your eyebrows are too thin or too light in color, but most teens shouldn't have that issue yet.
4. Brown Mascara
When you begin using mascara, brown works best for both blondes and brunettes. Black is usually too dramatic for teenagers to use, especially in the daytime. If you think brown isn't dark enough, try brownish-black instead! Waterproof mascara may be necessary for girls who do sports and outdoor activities in warm weather. It stays on longer and doesn't run, but it's harder to take off. It's best to keep mascara and all makeup to a minimum and you won't have to worry about undesired smearing or running.
5. Pencil over Liquid Eyeliner
When it comes to eyeliners for teens, I would recommend starting out with a pencil eyeliner instead of a liquid. Liquid eyeliner is one of the hardest eye makeups to master and the easiest to make mistakes with. It’s also one that, if you make mistakes, they are easily seen. So stick with a pencil liner to start out. Plus, pencil eyeliner tends to looks more natural than liquid liner. Just like with mascara, try to choose a dark neutral color eyeliner, such as brown, and line the upper lids along the lash line and only the outer edge of the bottom lids. Make sure to not apply eyeliner on the inside of your eyes. This can clog or block your tear ducts, causing painful, watery eyes that can lead to eye infections.
6. Best Eye Shadow
When it comes to eye shadow using some subtle, light colors are best for teens. Avoid any kind of dark colors, as they do not match your age and won't flatter your eyes. Stick with nude shades such as soft pinks, peaches, and tans for eye shadow, using only a slightly darker shade along the crease of the eyelid for definition. Following what I mentioned before about remembering that makeup should enhance your features, it is also good to research eye shadow colors that will complement your natural eye color. Brown eyes can get away with wearing almost any color of eye shadow, but if you want your eyes to pop, then try either green or pink eye shadow As for hazel or green eyes, they pop when paired with various purple shades. Blue eyes shouldn't be paired with blue eye shadow. Instead, try wearing earth-tones, such as browns with a slight purple base, taupe, and slate colored grays.
7. Always Clean off Your Makeup
At the end of each day, you need to remember to take off all your makeup before you go to bed. This is especially true for your eyes! It's very important to clean your face every night to keep away blemishes and possible eye infections caused by makeup. Throughout the day, you collect bacteria, oils, and impurities in your pores, which mix with makeup and sweat, causing a breeding ground for blemishes, acne, and infection. You should also try to wash your face in the mornings before applying makeup, as well as keep your face and eye area moisturized.
If you are confused about how to apply different types of makeup, try going to a beauty store such as Sephora or Ulta. They have people on staff who specialize in applying the right makeup for your age, skin, and hair type. They will be able to suggest products that are best for teens as well as show you how to properly apply them. What other tips do you have to give teens when it comes to eye makeup?