Make-Up Mistakes Tweens Make

Don't let your tween make these common make-up errors

It's easy to make common make up mistakes, including wearing too much make up and paying too much for products.

If you have a tween daughter she's probably already asked about wearing make-up. While you might prefer she wait a few years, it's possible that you may decide that it's alright for your tween to experiment a little with makeup. If your daughter is dabbling in the art of make-up application, she should steer clear of some of the common make-up mistakes that young girls tend to make. Be sure to help your tween learn how to properly use and apply make up by avoiding these common make-up mistakes.


Make-Up Mistakes Your Tween Should Avoid

Going Too Heavy: It takes many women years to learn (and some may never learn) that too much make-up doesn't do one much good. If your daughter tends to go heavy on make up, she probably doesn't look as good as she does when she's wearing no make-up at all. While less may be more when it comes to applying make up, it's hard for girls to get the message. You might want to consider sending your child to a makeup artist or beauty consultant who can teach her how to properly apply make up and avoid making some of the common mistakes that girls make (such as going overboard on mascara). Online tutorials can also be helpful in instructing girls on how to use make up. 

Sharing Make-Up with Others: While tweens and teens may think sharing make up with their friends is a fun thing to do, it's probably best to avoid sharing make up products as a general rule.

Make sure your tween knows that sharing products such as lipgloss, lipstick, mascara and powder can spread germs and diseases, which is why it's best to stick with your own products. 

Keeping Make-Up Too Long: Make-up may not last too long if your daughter uses it every day (or if she's using too much).

Still, girls should know that make up does have a shelf life and should be tossed so that it doesn't cause skin problems or make up disasters. Mascara should only be kept for about four months. Concealers, powders, and foundation can last longer, about a year or so, but should be tossed if the products cake or separate. Of course, if any product irritates your child's skin or causes or worsens acne or other skin problems they should be promptly thrown away.

Spending Too Much on Make-Up: The make-up industry knows how to package and market make-up products to tweens and teens. But the truth is that expensive products aren't necessarily any better than the products found at your typical drug store or pharmacy. Be sure you educate your daughter about how to shop for make-up while still staying within budget. Coupons and store discounts can dramatically cut the cost of many make-up products and some products may even be found at large wholesale stores at even deeper discounts. 

Avoid Products That Aren't Hypoallergenic: Make sure that any products your daughter is using are hypoallergenic and won't clog pores. Tween and teen skin is problematic even under the best of circumstances, and make-up can make problems worse.

Be sure your daughter isn't trying to hide acne or other skin problems with make-up. You may want to consider a trip to the dermatologist for advice on dealing with problem skin and making your tween's make up work for her. 

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