Now that Miss Frugal has reached the grand old age of 13 and a half (the half is very important apparently) she’s allowed to wear a small amount of makeup to school (school rules say that the most she can wear is a little light foundation and some mascara). The school are very strict on their makeup policy so she has no choice to stick to the basics but she does try and push the boundaries a little bit with coloured lip gloss and the odd swipe of very pale eyeshadow that only she knows is there!
I’m not great at putting makeup on so her tutors for makeup application lessons are her favourite YouTubers – some of whom wear far more makeup than she’s allowed to wear! She regularly watches a tutorial and then painstakingly tries to recreate the look herself and for the most part she does a good job. She can certainly put eye make up on better than can!
But perfecting the perfect ‘barely there’ look does take time, and lots of it ans it’s not only the time factor that bothers me, there’s also the fact that age she certainly doesn’t need to be wearing makeup and I think she’s just gorgeous without.
But when it comes down to it, it makes her feel comfortable to wear a small amount of makeup and not be the odd one out at school so I can’t see any harm in it. I just need to make sure that she doesn’t wear too much and that it doesn’t take forever to put on every morning.
If you’re in the same boat, then here’s a few tips that I’ve found that help me to help her….
- Make sure she has a foundation that matches her skin tone as closely as possible to avoid that orangey look around the edges – we went to a makeup counter for a colour match.
- Mineral makeup has a lighter tone that will avoid that cakey look and give a more even skin tone AND it take less time to apply as well as allowing her skin to breathe a little more underneath it, it never looks heavy and always looks really natural.
- Less is more when applying makeup, generally speaking. But a lot of women tend to feel self-conscious if their makeup-free face is riddled with spots and blotches and are tempted to put more on to cover the redness. Our solution to this is to do what we can to avoid the spots and one of the ways we do this is by making sure that we both drink plenty of water. Drinking an average of eight glasses of water a day (although this figure is disputed) is a fantastic way to make your skin appear fresher and less spotty and as well as that, it’s a fact that the more water you drink, the cleaner your pores will be. This is thanks, in part, to an increase in blood flow, expelling any grease from your skin at a more rapid rate.
- We invested in a good concealer for her so if there is ever a spot or a mark that makes her feel self conscious then she can use just a small amount to hide it without having to pile on the makeup.
- She also has a bedtime routine which involves removing any makeup she’s had on through the day and giving her face a good wash with warm water.
No one needs to wear makeup but it’s hard enough being a teenager so if it makes your daughter feel a little more confident in herself then it’s worth taking some time to help her do it right in my eyes.
Do you have any other tips for us?
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