Finding the Right Makeup for You 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. Looking to visit the make up counter? Get tips and tricks from BeingGirl.com.