We know, time flies extremely fast, especially when your kids are involved. Seems like yesterday they were just taking their first steps, saying their first words and prepping for their very first day of kindergarten. Now, they’re telling you they want to wear makeup. Okay, so you might be one of those cool parents who is perfectly fine with letting your child experiment to their heart’s content. But if the thought of your baby putting something other than face-paint on their little cheeks still kinda scares you, than look no further than this handy guide.
From skincare to safety to the most popular types of makeup out there, we’ll be going through all the insider info and tips that just may come in handy for your teen’s intro to the world of cosmetics.
So your teen wants to wear makeup…now what?
"Before"While it pains us to call this a "before" shot, we'll do it for posterity's sake.
Take care of your baseArguably more important than makeup: skincare. Beautycounter – a brand that offers both skincare and cosmetics – is our favourite. Why? Well, did you know that while the EU has over 1,400 harmful chemicals banned in the use of personal care, the U.S. only has 30? We in Canada hover around 600. Meanwhile, Beautycounter has a ‘Never List’ of 1,500 harmful ingredients that won't ever be included in any of its products – which means you know what you’re putting on your child is safe.
Countercontrol Clear Pore Cleanser (a daily exfoliating cleanser for oily and blemish prone skin), $26 at Beautycounter; Countercontrol Instant Matte Toner (refreshes the skin while mattifying it), $28 at Beautycounter; Countercontrol Matte Effect Gel Cream (hydrates while controlling oil), $38 at Beautycounter.The Loop
Spot treat acneIf your teen has a dreaded zit, stop it in its tracks with a spot treatment. This specific formula uses salicylic acid and doesn't over-dry the skin. Don't forget an SPF over top.
Countercontrol SOS Acne Spot Treatment, $22 at Beautycounter. The Loop
Acne fighting foundationIf redness and acne are doing a number on your teen's confidence, a little help from foundation can go a long way. Especially when that foundation actually has an acne treatment built into it too. Instead of clogging pores, this Almay foundation actually helps clear and treat blemishes while it conceals. If your teen's got clear skin (like our model Justine's), skip it.
Almay Clear Complexion™ Make Myself Clear Foundation, $16 at Walmart.The Loop
Conceal (if necessary)If your teen insists on covering up their "imperfections," might as well do it with a product that's safe and gentle on skin. Beautycounter's Touchup Skin Concealer Pen hides dark circles, redness and other things your teen might think they have but don't.
Beautycounter's Touchup Skin Concealer Pen, $33 at Beautycounter.The Loop
Foolproof eyeshadowFor eyeshadow, it can't get any more foolproof than Charlotte Tilbury's Luxury Eye Palettes. Colours are easily numbered at the back, so you can get a look that's as easy as 1-2-3-4. The shades are rich, super pigmented and blend like a dream. For something a little easier on the wallet, try Covergirl Eye Enhancers ($7 at Shoppers Drug Mart).
Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette, $66 at Charlotte Tilbury. The Loop
Rosy cheeksWhat better way to highlight youth than with rosy cheeks? Achieve that pink flush with Charlotte Tilbury's Pretty Youth Glow Filter. Yes, we realize that a teen already has the 'youth' part covered.
Two shades create that perfect, realistic blush-from-within. Steal this one from them when they aren't looking. For a drugstore alternative, try Covergirl's Instant Cheekbones Blush ($7 at Walmart).
Charlotte Tilbury Pretty Youth Glow Filter, $50 at Charlotte Tilbury. The Loop
HighlighterIf your kid's on Instagram, highlighter is probably the one product they've been dreaming of (every selfie comes complete with glistening skin). To get glowing, apply to the cheekbones, bridge of the nose, inner corners of the eye, cupid's bow and wherever you want to pop. This Beautycounter stick is the perfect subtle pop that will satisfy their need for gleam, without entering disco ball territory.
Beautycounter Illuminating Cream Highlighter, $32 at Beautycounter.The Loop
BrowsAnother trend that doesn't look like it's dying any time soon? Full brows. Fill in sparse areas with a product designed specifically to mimic brow hairs. We love Revlon ColorStay Brow Tint - its thin brush allows you to create precise hair strokes. Just draw, brush with a spoolie to blend and you're good to go.
Revlon ColorStay Brow Tint, $11 at Shoppers Drug Mart. The Loop
Your lashes but betterYour eyeballs are sensitive and deserve TLC, so anything that's getting close to those peepers should be gentle too. That's why we love Beautycounter's Volumizing Mascara. Not only will you get a 'your lashes but better' natural look, the mascara's clean, plant-derived ingredients are guaranteed safe for your teen's eyes. Bataua oil also helps soften lashes as well.
Beautycounter Volumizing Mascara, $29 at Beautycounter.The Loop
Layering glossesIf your teen loves a little makeup experimentation, this holographic lip gloss is the way to go. Adding a fresh, shiny (but never sticky) look to the lips is always a fun way to brighten up the face. Layering to create a signature lip colour is even better. As always, Almay is hypoallergenic and fragrance free, so you needn't worry about allergic reactions.
Almay Goddess Gloss, $9 at Walmart.The Loop
VoilaReady to take on picture day!The Loop