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Added April 10, 2014

Finding the Right Makeup for You

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One of the best things about being a girl, aside from the friendships and the clothes, is the chance to have fun with makeup!


You’ve seen the ads online, in magazines and on TV. You've walked through cosmetic aisles and passed makeup counters. You've watched as colors were chosen, products were evaluated and makeovers were completed. But let’s be honest: Finding the right makeup for you can be a little intimidating. Here are some tips to make you more knowledgeable and confident when picking out the perfect makeup for you! Check out these tips and truly enjoy being a girl!


Decide Where to Go

Regardless of where you go (drug, discount or department stores), they all have their own particular pluses and minuses. Drug and discount stores stock their cosmetic aisles with hundreds of products you can browse at your own pace, while many department stores have makeup counters where you can work with a salesperson, ask advice and try different types of makeup. Talk to your mom or other trusted adult to get their opinion on where you should start shopping.


Be Safe

Avoid contaminated makeup testers by bringing your own cotton swabs. Use the back of your hand instead of your lips and eyes to check out colors. Only sample products that come from a shaker, a squeeze pump dispenser or those that are single-use testers.


Ask for Help

If you’re still hesitant, ask a salesperson for help. She can show you the product, tell you what’s new for the season and what the best-selling items are. The salesperson may even know about current special offers! Additionally, makeup counter employees are trained to use sanitary measures, including disinfecting their hands, sharpening pencils and cleaning makeup brushes with antibacterial spray between customers.


Try to get into the store when it’s relatively empty so the salesperson will be able to give you more attention. Make eye contact and explain what it is you are looking for. Describe your skin so he or she knows what you need. Don't be embarrassed to tell her your budget and don't be afraid to say “No” if you're not ready to purchase.


Start With a Good Foundation

If you’re just starting to wear makeup and don’t know exactly what you need, try to start with the basics to make a good foundation to build upon. Be conservative with your selections versus coming home with a dozen shades of eye shadow.


Here’s a list of some makeup basics to get you started:

  • Lip gloss
  • Mascara
  • Eyeliner
  • Eye shadow
  • Foundation or Tinted Moisturizer
  • Blush


Be Realistic

Don't expect makeup to correct the shape of anything on your face. Be careful when applying lipstick beyond or inside your natural lip line. It can be easy to see when you are over-correcting. Also, if you over-contour with foundation, bronzer and blush, you will look like you have brown stripes all over your face. Just relax and add a little glow all over.


Applying makeup and trying out a new look is fun! The best part is, you can always wash your face and start all over again. When it comes to makeup, it’s always best to go with what you makes you feel and look your best. That way, you can always pair a smile with whatever makeup you have on.


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Posted July 04, 2012
Is there a good website or youtube video giving information on what make-up matches your eyes, skintone, ext.?
Posted June 21, 2012
my mom says if u wear so much makeup in ur child age ur teenage age will be full of pimples blackheads and zits with other diseases
Posted February 04, 2012
Personally, I would recommend Estee Lauder, but if you can't afford it or aren't near a distributor, then I recommend CoverGirl. They don't have as good of a selection or quality as Estee does, but it's definitely a great choice for everyday makeup needs.
Posted May 30, 2012
I really started getting into makeup and liking it a lot in 7th grade. I started off with a powder, bronzer, mascara and 2 lipglosses. It wasnt a lot but I loved the makeup and how i felt when i wore it and when i put it on. Since then i have expanded my makeup "collection", and I am very proud of the things i have! You can really do ANYTHING with makeup, whether its with your eyes, lips, or face! My advice to girls starting out with makeup or girls that just dont know makeup well; dont apply face products really heavily and ALWAYS make sure that colors match to your skintone! i made that mistake once....
Posted February 12, 2012
I use the: "Color Workshop", And Luv it their eye shadow is not wet but not powder....Its weird but luv it...And I use Lip gloss from 5 below..(Got it for Christmas) Cover Girl Mascara, (Witch I dont like cause they test on animals, Color Workshop does not I did research) And then I dont know what else I'lll have to look...But yeah I only use... Mascara, Eyeliner thats dark blue on my bottom tear lin and not a whole lot so it just make me look like I have bright eyes, Lipgloss, Eye shadow, and skin color powder with sparkles
Posted January 18, 2012
I wear eye liner and stuff like that but not a lot sence most girls in my class don't wear make up except my friends
Posted August 12, 2011
I love both makeup counters and drugstores! My personal favorite makeup counter is Mac! Really nice quality. For drugstores target,cvs ect.!
Posted October 16, 2011
This was a good article. I luv it
Posted August 02, 2011
how do i know what if the closes makeup counter is in seattle.. for me it is?
Posted December 31, 2011
I wish I could go to the makeup counter for my birthday party or something but most of my closest freinds don't wear makeup (out of choice).
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