Youngster Makeup

I am almost 13 and I have just recently began wearing makeup. All I wear as of now is brown eyeliner on the top lash line and baby lips balm. I want your opinions on what makeup I should wear. I have long straight light brown hair and mostly golden brown hazel eyes. I have a medium light skin tone and quite a few freckles. I want a god eyeliner and maybe a couple eye shadows primarily but am open to suggestions for other products too. I don't want any heavy coverage either. I don't really want any powder foundation, maybe something like tinted moisturizer? I also would prefer water proof makeup too as I don't want smudgey raccoon eyeliner, I prefer my lines to be thin. No liquid liner either. I also need to stay relatively cheap and get the most for my money. I have oily skin and am looking for a good cleanser and toner too. Please give me any advice you can ALL advice welcome! 

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Because you're 13, I'm not going to give you a lot of makeup advice.  However, the best makep applications start with flawless skin, so I will suggest that you start taking care of your skin now.  Taking care of your skin is one of the most important things you can do to minimize flaws later on.  I spend a lot of money and time on products to try to reverse the damage I might could have prevented at your age. 


You can find good inexpensive cleansers at your local drugstore as well as Sephora.  At your age, it's not as important which product you use, but that you use it consistantly. If you get in the habit of cleansing, toning, and moisturinzing your face every night and morning, it will prevent future acne outbreaks and scars.   Sleeping in makeup is one of the worst things we can do to our skin. The nighttime regime is important because it removes all the dirt and grime from the day and gives our skin a chance to rest, breathe and rejuvenate while sleeping.  Also, a once (or twice) a week exfoliation (scrub) can remove dead surface skin cells that clog pores and cause acne.


If you are beginning to experience acne breakouts, be sure to choose cleansers with salycilic acid.  Start with a lower percentage of salycilic acid and see if it can control your breakouts.  It can be very drying, so be sure to use an oil free moisturizer also.  My son started with Clean & Clear cleanser, toner, and moisturizer.  It worked for awhile and then we tried Clinique's Acne Solutions which also worked well.  It has a higher concentrate of salycilic acid.  He would skip the toner in the morning in the winter because it was too drying. 


Protecting yourr skin from the sun is also vital to keeping younger looking skin.  At 48, my skin has damage and dark spots from years of not wearing sunscreen.  We didn't know better.  Also, you can still tan with sunscreen, but you're protecting it from harmful rays.  Also, if you are using cleansers with salycilic acid, your skin is more susceptible to burning.  Neutrogena makes a facial sunscreen that will not cause breakouts.  Use it every day after moisturizer whether the sun is shining or not. (Neutrogena also makes a good body spray suncreen that dries quickly and is not sticky or greasy)  Later on, you can find tinted moisturizers and foundations with suncreen in them and use them instead.


When you do start wearing makeup, keep it simple.  A tinted moisturizer (with sunscreen), pale blush, eyeliner, mascara, and tinted lip balm or gloss in light colors.  However, no amount of makeup looks prettier than a beautiful complexion.


I hope this helps.

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