Trying new things, such as makeup, is inevitable when going through life. As caregivers, siblings or friends, contributing to the journey of growing up and learning to express through the power of beauty is always a fun time. The difficult part is knowing what products would be appropriate, safe and parent-approved for teens in particular.
As such, we decided to round up our favourite recommendations for makeup products that are naturally enhancing and perfect for excited teens who are eager to take on the beauty world.
Complexion Products By ILIA
From working in the beauty space, we have noticed that people often opt for affordable drugstore options when it comes to teens. While this is great, we wanted to remind you that teens tend to struggle with sensitive skin. It’s a great time to educate them about skincare and incorporate makeup into the conversation. Whether you want to take it slow or let them take the reins, we thought that ILIA would be a great place to start due to the nature of their products.
ILIA is a well known beauty company that strives to combine skincare with makeup. As a result, their complexion products are full of grade A ingredients that won’t irritate the skin while depositing a light amount of coverage that is absolutely appropriate for all ages.
In particular, we are in love with the ILIA True Skin Serum Concealer that is lightweight and creamy. With buildable coverage, this is a great product that includes a bunch of great ingredients with long term benefits. Stabilised vitamin C provides protection from environmental damage while mastic and albizia julibrissin bark helps with longevity and skin texture.
At this age, a light silky concealer will be perfect for hiding little pesky spots or dark circles. A little concealer doesn’t hurt anybody but remember to encourage this generation to embrace their natural skin as much as possible!
Kosas is a great brand that is super appealing to teens (and everyone else, for that matter) due to their vibrant packaging and fuss-free formulations. Most of their products are created so that anybody can use Kosas with ease! From the 10 Second Cream Eyeshadow that blends like magic, to the super lightweight Cloud Setting Powder – there’s a little something for anybody.
Kosas Air Brow Tinted Treatment Gel
Our favourite product to introduce to the makeup beginner is the Air Brow Tinted Treatment Gel! It’s a clean, tinted brow gel that gives a touch of volume and sets the brows for a busy day ahead. Full of castor oil, panthenol pro vitamin B5 and biotinoyl tripeptide-1, the Air Brow helps stimulate hair growth and keeps the brows looking healthy and nourished.
Keep in mind that Kosas products are also created without fragrance, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, petrolatum and more!
Karen Murrell Natural Lipsticks
Karen Murrell has been around for a long time. Although they have seemed to gain a bit of a reputation for being a brand that appeals to more mature ladies, their lipsticks used to be my personal handbag staple many years ago.
Karen Murell lipsticks are 100% natural while 98% of their ingredients are plant-based! Plus, this is a company that devotes themselves to the environment by packaging their beautiful products in sustainable packaging. Free of parabens, talc, toxic chemicals and mineral oils – Karen Murell lipsticks are super safe to use.
Additionally, you can find a bunch of different shades and formulas to suit you, or your teens taste. Here, you can help yourself to a beautiful everyday nude, or a confident bright pink for special occasions.
Rare Beauty Stay Vulnerable Collection
Alternatively, if you have a teen that loves Selena Gomez, you can be rest assured that Rare Beauty is full of great ingredients and lightweight formulas. In particular, we recommend the Stay Vulnerable Glossy Lip Balm. Our favourite shade is Nearly Neutral for a naturally enhancing pinky-brown shade that is perfect for school. We also love the shade Nearly Apricot for a subtle flush of coral that adds a nice dose of colour for those who want it.
Rare Beauty Stay Vulnerable Melting Blush
You may have seen that the Stay Vulnerable Melting Blush has been gaining some negative attention due to the lack of pigmentation. However, we believe that this makes it perfect for teens who want to dabble in the world of blush! The formula is softly matte and creamy which is great for school!
Even though some people may have been disappointed in the pigmentation of the blush, we believe that it was absolutely intentional! The Stay Vulnerable Collection is a great way to introduce makeup to beginners and teens alike due to the sheer formulas and easy to blend products.
You’d also be surprised to know that Rare Beauty products are super affordable for a brand that you can find in Sephora.
bareMinerals Strength and Length Serum-Infused Mascara
Mascara is one of the first products that people experiment with. Because it is so close to the eyes, we wanted to make sure that we recommend a safe option that is clean and easy to remove. This was especially important because teens don’t tend to have a rigorous skincare routine that may be able to remove intense mascara formulas.
The bareMinerals Strength and Length Serum-Infused Mascara is a tried and true mascara that receives a lot of great reviews. It has a lengthening and defining formula that isn’t clumpy or dramatic. We think of it as a temporary lash tint with some extra volume.
This vegan and plant-based mascara is also full of lash loving ingredients such as red clover peptide serum that lengthens the lashes over time.