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“The first makeup I ever bought was….” Makeup Basics

Recently I shot with Emily V., a teen girl who has modeled since she was quite small. During hair and makeup I overheard her saying that her mom had just helped her pick out her first makeup products and she was excited to start experimenting with them.  It reminded me of my own first encounter with makeup and I remember exactly what my mom got for me, including the little cosmetic case with strawberries on it.  It was a very big deal, indeed, and even though I barely used its contents, I felt very grown up just to have “makeup” of my own.

A great first makeup kit for young girls begins with the basics.  Since most teenagers have the odd pimple or three, a concealer that covers well and disappears on the skin, such as Boots No7 Stay Perfect Blemish Cover, will be top of the list.  Brush sets are great and should include eye shadow brushes, a big blush brush, and an eyelash and eyebrow grooming brush, like this inexpensive set from e.l.f.


Girls love to learn how to do different looks with their eye shadows and spend hours watching tutorials online, so having an eye shadow palette with multiple colors will give lots of variety. This set from DuWop has nine colors broken up into three combinations for endless variations.  These particular colors are somewhat sheer so it will be hard to over-do the eyes.  Don’t forget to curl the lashes BEFORE applying mascara so you don’t rip out lashes.  I like to warm up my curler under the warm water tap to help set the curl a bit more.  Tweezerman makes a great all-round eyelash curler.  CoverGirl LashBlast Fusion Mascara has an easy-to-hold wand and leaves the right amount of mascara on the lashes without going overboard.



Who doesn’t love to try different blush colors?  Clinique has the most delicious colors in their Cheek Pop Blush collection, ranging from pale peachy colors to roses and plums.  Almost too pretty to use!



Lip glosses and balms are almost the first cosmetic products girls want to buy and try, and most girls will amass a huge collection of them.  Maybelline Baby Lips comes is a great assortment of sheer colors and they really do leave your lips feeling super soft and supple and plump.  Totally addicting!  For a little bit more shine, Stila’s Lip Glaze Trio in Spring Break isn’t too sticky and is easy to apply, and even layer for different tints.



Finally, you need the perfect place to store all these products and Apple & Bee have the cutest cosmetic cases of all sizes and functions.  And don’t forget a mirror for reapplying.  Choose one that is flat and has a cover like this one from Tweezerman.



You’re all set!  This is just the beginning of your cosmetic adventures and the looks you will try out on yourself.  Shop around and don’t forget to check out the local drugstores for products that are affordable on a teenage budget.  Take care of your skin and wash off your makeup every night, and don’t forget to wear your SPF everyday!

Emily’s hair and makeup by artist Colleen Stone of Blush and Beyond

Nars Lipstick in “Schiap”: the ultimate pink pout

Ready for a burst of juicy, fresh color?   Summer is the perfect time to let your skin breathe, to simplify your makeup routine, and to try some of this year’s more colorful trends.  Pick just one feature and play it up for a big impact.   Lucky in the lip department?  This is your time to shine by wearing a bold lip color and skipping all the other bells and whistles to be ready in a flash. Nars “Schiap” is the perfect fuchsia lip color inspired by Elsa Schiaparelli who was famous for her love of a particular pink.  Let your lips do the talking this summer and flirt with some fun colors.  Don’t match your mani!  Little shots of color here and there are much more on trend. Yum!

Nars Lipstick in “Schiap available at Beauty.com

SuperGoop! has your sunscreen needs covered:

Don’t even think about going out in summer, anywhere, let alone the beach, without protecting yourself with sunscreen.  The best way to avoid wrinkles, sunspots, uneven skin tone, loss of elasticity and collagen, not to mention skin cancer, is to wear sunscreen and to be intelligent about it.  SuperGoop! is a complete line of sunscreens for city and beach, body and face, to keep you covered wherever you spend your days.

SuperGoop! Antioxidant-infused Broad Spectrum Sunscreen combines anti-inflammatory olive oil polyphenols, pomegranate and green tea extracts in a mineral formula that is hypoallergenic and safe for even the most sensitive skin.  It leaves behind a shine-free, non-oily finish.

SuperGoop! Broad Spectrum spray in SPF 50 for the body contains vitamin C which penetrates the skin to fight free radical damage.  It is formulated with less alcohol so it doesn’t rob your skin of hydration.  If you prefer a body cream to a spray, try SuperGoop! Day Cream, SPF 50, which penetrates the skin easily.  Both formulas have a non-oily finish so they won’t stain your clothes. No excuses!

Don’t forget the baby-soft skin of your lips which burn and show signs of sun damage much more quickly.  SuperGoop! AcaiFusion SPF 30 Lip Balm in sheer pink is the perfect choice for city or beach, giving a little hint of pink, while packing a serious dose of sun protection.   Keep one in every handbag for summer so you won’t be staring down sunspots along your lip line come fall.

SuperGoop! available at Beauty.com


Semi-matte lip color in rich tones for fall

A semi-matte lip color looks right for both day and night this fall.   A deep color pigment doesn’t have to be overpowering if you don’t layer too much.  This Nars Semi-Matte Lipcolor in Viridiana has a rich burgundy tone and a creamy texture which doesn’t dry out your lips.  Professional by day, enticing by night.

Nars Semi-matte Lipcolor in Viridiana is available at www.beauty.com