Simone Cohen

on May 19, 2016, 7:00 am

Tips and tricks for teenage make-up

Most teenagers experiment with make-up and, up until recently, many get that first foray wrong.

But thanks to the influence of online tutorials, teenagers now dabbling in make-up can master the quite tricky make-up arts by the time they are 16.

With a daily feed into the lives of favourite celebrities we can recreate their make-up look via online tutorials.

However, it’s important to come back to the basics of day-to-day make-up application — the simple things that are not high impact and don’t make it on YouTube.

For teens new to the big wide world of make-up here are a few things to master before you conquer any of the tricky stuff.

Hygiene rules

Clean your brushes, sponges and applicators daily — bacteria will easily transfer from the face on to products through applicators. Use a brush steriliser to sanitise your brushes in between uses. Shampoo your sponges and brushes at least once a week to remove the excess product build-up.

Never share make-up, especially cream-based products — anything creamy is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Don’t apply tester products to your own face — there is no way to really know how hygienic make-up counters are. It’s safe enough to swatch colours on the back of your hand but avoid direct face application.

Make-up expires

The use-by date of your product can be found usually at the back of the product. There you’ll find an icon of a jar with a lid opened and then a number with an M symbol alongside it, like this: 12M. This tells you how many months before the product expires after it is first opened.

Skin Care

Looking after your complexion is the most important part of your make-up application. Remove your make-up every night. Make-up left on the skin overnight will congest the skin and may cause breakouts.

Micellar water products are one of the best ways to remove your make-up as this product doesn’t contain harsh alcohols that strip the skin.

Exfoliate weekly to refresh the skin but teens who are prone to acne should seek advice from a dermatologist about this.


A good foundation will set up your make-up for success. Most teens don’t need half as much foundation as they are wearing. Less always looks more.

Pimples and breakouts are a natural occurrence, especially in teens. Instead of using creamy concealers to cover up, build up your foundation by allowing it to set on the back of your hand and with a smaller brush go in for cover-up. Use a setting powder on top to seal the concealer.

Simone Cohen runs SC Artistry

The West Australian

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