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Step-by-Step Teen Makeup
How young is too young? Brown says 13 is an appropriate age to start wearing makeup in small amounts. "Middle school is the time to start, not fifth grade," she says.
- The first step is to skip foundation altogether. "I don't think that girls need a full face of foundation," Brown says.
Instead, lighten up just the undereye area with a yellow-based concealer.
- Next, even out skin tone using a tinted moisturizer with SPF. Sun protection—along with eating well, exercising and not smoking—are Brown's biggest beauty musts.
- To cover any redness and blemishes, Brown recommends a cover stick. Find one as close to your skin tone as possible—not white, pink or ashy. Apply a small amount, blend with your finger and finish with a dusting of powder.
- Lips and cheeks can be enhanced with a cream-based rouge. Dab it on as a sheer lip tint and a blend across cheeks for a flush of color.
- Apply mascara to lashes. For special occasions, Brown says a smudge of shimmer eyeshadow is just right.
- A clear pink lip gloss is the perfect finishing touch for all skin tones, Brown says. Teens should avoid dark and matted lips.
The end result is a natural look that highlights—not hides—a teen's best features. For girls who love wild colors, Brown says to experiment with nail polish, not makeup. "Purple, black, blue—anything goes right now with nails," she says.
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