Less Is More: Teaching Your Teenage Daughter About Makeup

Beauty & Style | Camille Travis | 08/09/2013 | 12:00 AM EDT

Less Is More: Teaching Your Teenage Daughter About Makeup

Unfortunately, your baby girl can’t be your baby girl forever. After years of playing in your makeup bag, she’s ready for the real thing.

The U.S. cosmetics and beauty industry is a multi-billion dollar monster that is supported by an abundance of teenage girls looking to adopt a more mature look by way of lipstick, eyeliner, eye shadow and more. And with a new school year just around the corner, we can almost hear the collective cries of those teeny boppers asking to paint their faces.

Before your daughter heads out of the house with a full face of makeup, consider these tips to ensure a more age-appropriate look that will spare her the embarrassment of looking like a clown.

Fresh Face

Give your daughter the proper rundown on daily facial cleansing and moisturizing. Sure, makeup can work wonders to cover up imperfections, but that is not its sole purpose. Makeup should be used to enhance natural beauty. Teach her the importance of a fresh face that is healthy and glowing before she masters the skills of makeup application.

Try Juara Rice Facial Cleanser, $25


No Cake Allowed

Save the “beat” face for her favorite celebrities. Your teen daughter should be going for a fresher look, without the hassle and mess of foundation, concealers, powders and more. (Note: If your teen is insecure about blemishes, consider a BB cream which will protect her skin from the sun, moisturize, provide coverage and more in one simple step.)

Try IMAN Cosmetics BB Crème, $20


Merely Mascara

For young teenage girls, a few passes of mascara should suffice for the eyes. Maybelline Great Lash ($6.40) is an outstanding brand for everyday wear and produces long, defined lashes. Plus, it’s easy on your (or her) pockets.

Older teens can graduate past “just mascara,” but should still stay within their limits. There is no need for a full-on smoky eye or strong winged look for her current lifestyle. Opt for more natural colors or even a smidge of shimmery eye shadow for a more glam look.

Try Izak Baked Eyeshadow Palette, $13


Lipgloss Poppin'

It’ll be tough prying that RiRi Woo out of your teenager’s hands, but trust, she doesn’t need it. Trade in the lipstick for a tinted gloss. She gets color and you get your beautiful daughter, au naturel. Win-win.

Try ULTA's Tinted Lip Balm, $6


Inner Beauty

Cliché, but true. No amount of makeup can cover up an unkind heart, insecurities, low self-esteem, poor behavior or any characteristics that will make her less than a queen. Teach your daughter the importance of being comfortable in her own skin without the assistance of temporary enhancements. Makeup can be fun, but should never be used as a substitute for actual substance.

(Photo: Rolf Bruderer/Getty Images)

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