I remember this phase of my life; I just got my hands on my ever so generous mom’s new Estee Lauder gift set, complete with a variety of eye shadows, blushes, lipstick and, of course, a brand new eyeliner pencil (I don’t know what it is about Tweens, but the first thing they usually go for is pencil liner). I visited my elder sister Nazmira in London, and after not seeing her for 6 months I forgot what it was like to have her around. So as I woke up one morning, reached out for my makeup I was greeted with, “What are you putting on your eyes? You can’t use that! And tie up your hair. ” Much to my dismay, I had to listen.
Tweens these days, however, would probably throw a tantrum complete with, “You’re not the boss of me!”, some door banging and panda eyes as rebellion (see Taylor Momsen, aka Jenny from Gossip Girl).
The best you can do is embrace this phase, and give a little help to younger sisters, cousins or any little girl that may look up to you. Guidance is key; plus you’ll definitely be considered the “cool” aunt. (Although, to me this starts at around the age of 12)
1. BB Cream. I wish I had this stuff in my teenage years. Acceptable to wear as a moisturizer, whilst still giving light coverage to problem skin is just about the best invention the beauty world has seen! I would opt for a BB cream like The Body Shop’s Vitamin E version, as it simultaneously works as a treatment. Available from Clicks or The Body Shop stores.
2. Gel liner. I have a niece who’s 14, and on occasion she is allowed to wear a tad bit of makeup. I sat with her with a liner brush, some gel liner and taught her precisely how to apply it without it looking too obvious. Gel liner is a much smarter option as opposed to pencil, as it smudges a lot less and can be thinned down to a subtle line. I really love MAC fluidline, but if you’re looking for a cheaper version, check Essence makeup from Clicks stores.
3. Blush. If there’s one thing that can really bring life into skin, it’s blush. A pale pink shade will keep from looking clown like, and, lets face it, nothing quite makes you feel like a girl like a big fluffy brush to the apples of your cheeks! I would go for a relatively cheap blush such as Essence silky touch blush.
4. Still too young for lipstick, but (hopefully) passed that phase of too thick, too shiny lipgloss. My favourite are the Maybelline Baby Lips lip balms. They really do make your lips feel amazing, with a slight colour; perfect!
Make a point of teaching your younger person how to use everything properly; Instead of doing their makeup, sit with them in front of a mirror and show them how to perfect each step. They’ll really appreciate it in the long run!
- Makeup wipes. I love using baby wipes to wipe off my face after a long day, and they work wonders on taking off gel liner!
- Brushes to match; you don’t need a lot of these, but giving a good base to build up on is a good idea
- A mini makeup bag/case. There’s nothing quite as special as having a little bag *just* for their stuff.
Do you have any extra advice? Any tween experiences with makeup you remember? Share below!