As a girl entering your teen years, you experience numerous changes in your body. You begin to develop breasts and womanly curves and your menstrual cycle commences. You may also notice that you receive appreciative glances when you walk down the street. It is obvious that you are not a little girl any more, and you may want to look as grown up as possible. This is understandable, and your teenage years are the ideal time to experiment with new looks. Following these ten eye makeup tips will allow you to express your growing maturity without sacrificing your fresh-faced youthfulness.
1. Less is Often More
Many teenage girls pile on three or four shades of eye shadow along with thick eyeliner and multiple coats of mascara. Unless you are performing as a backup singer for Rihanna or Katy Perry, that much eye makeup is too much. You can call plenty of attention to your eyes with one or two shades of eye shadow and a single coat of mascara.
2. Don’t Share
You may have a BFF with whom you share everything. However, sharing eye makeup is an invitation to contracting an eye infection. If you have discovered a great shade of eye shadow that you simply must share with your bestie, plan a trip together to your local department store or drug store where she can purchase her own eye shadow.
3. It’s Not too Early for Eyebrow Shaping
According to the old saying, your eyes are the windows to your soul. Proper eyebrow shaping can produce amazing results. Your eyes look more vibrant and your entire face opens up. It’s worth saving your allowance or earnings from a part-time job to schedule an appointment with an eyebrow specialist. They can create the best eyebrow shape which you can follow at home with tweezing or waxing.
4. Save Eyeliner for Special Occasions
Especially for younger teens, eyeliner does not add maturity – it is simply too harsh. Older teens over the age of fifteen or sixteen may consider eyeliner for prom or some other special occasion. Even then, avoid drawing a line that is too thick. You should also avoid lining your lower eyelids because doing so often makes your eyes look smaller.
5. Go Ahead and Go Bright with Eye Color
Electric blue eye shadow? Vivid green mascara? Go for it! Your teen years are the ideal time to try out wild color combinations. You might want to go a bit easy during daytime hours, but even then, there is no need to stick to mousy shades. In addition, when you are hanging out during the evening with your girlfriends, go ahead and go bold.
6. Use a Light Hand With Mascara
It is true that mascara can make sparse lashes appear fuller and emphasize your eyes. Older teens should feel free to wear mascara at any time. However, if you’re wearing mascara to enhance your eyelashes, stick with brown rather than black unless your eyelashes are naturally black. Regardless of what shade you choose for your mascara, a single coat is plenty for daytime; two coats should suffice for after hours occasions.
7. Wear Metallics Sparingly
Metallics can be fun, and they definitely add a glam touch to your outfit. If you’re wearing metallics, do so sparingly, especially during the day. A light dusting of metallic eye shadow can be striking and attractive. A heavy coat of metallic eye shadow plus glittery blush and shimmery lip color may send the wrong message to onlookers.
8. “Do” Your Eyes or Your Lips (Not Both)
Do you love the look of a smoky eye? If you are skilled in achieving this tricky makeup look, great! However, full eye makeup necessitates a light hand for the rest of your face. Stick to sheer blush (or no blush at all) and neutral lip colors. Remember, you want people to notice your eyes, not the fact that you are wearing a ton of makeup.
9. Insert Contact Lenses before Applying Eye Makeup
If you wear contact lenses, there are two important rules: wash your hands before inserting your contacts and insert your contacts before applying any eye makeup. You will run a lower risk of eye infection, plus you will be able to see what you are doing! Cream eye shadow is less likely to migrate into your eyes than powder eye shadow. Be extra careful when applying mascara. You don’t want to poke the wand into your eye.
10. Apply Slightly More Makeup with Glasses
Are you a glasses-wearing diva? You can wear a bit more eye makeup to ensure that your eyes are not lost behind your frames. You may also consider using an eyelash curler to make your eyes look wider and prevent mascara from smearing your lenses. But if you consider eyelash curlers to be instruments of torture, it is totally OK to skip this step.
If you have some other eye makeup tips for teens, feel free to share them with us in the comments section.