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.
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:
Foundation or Tinted Moisturizer
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.