Less is more when you are a preteen experimenting with make-up for the first time. The key is to accentuate what you already have and make sure you look appropriate for your age.
Before you start wearing make-up, you must learn how to take care of your skin. It's pretty simple--wash your face in the morning and at night and use a moisturiser with SPF. During the day also wear sunscreen on your face and body because moisturisers with SPF do not provide enough protection. It is important to wear sunscreen when you are young, to avoid skin damage when you are older.
If you have pimples, do not pop them, as that will cause scarring. Do not wear make-up on your face if you have acne. Make-up will clog your pores and it will be more difficult for your skin to get healthy again. Also, all the make-up you buy should be oil-free.
The objective is to look natural. Eyeshadow in natural colours may be appropriate, but some elementary schools have banned students from wearing any make-up. If you are allowed to wear eyeshadow, try light purple, pink or brown colours for a softer look. The goal is to show a hint of colour and not to overwhelm with bright, bold colours.
Lipstick, no. Lipgloss, yes. An eleven-year-old can add colour to her pout; it will hydrate the skin and prevent chapping. Use lipgloss with an SPF. These glosses come in a variety of colours so you can buy a couple and alternate.
Paint your nails. There are so many colours to choose from that your nails will never be boring and it's a way to express your personality through beauty. It's best to stay away from dark polish and anything flashy--the objective is not to attract negative attention. Go for clear, cream, pink, red and pastel colours.
There are several designer scents that are geared toward tweens. There are also perfumes made from natural ingredients like water lily, lavender and jasmine. You can also buy perfumes that smell like your favourite scents, like fresh laundry, baby powder or sugar cookies.
Some parents believe it is appropriate for tweens to get highlights at the salon, but other parents do not. If you do end up colouring your hair, be subtle. Make sure your hair looks natural, as if the sun lightened it.
If your hair is straight and you want it to be wavy, braid hair while it's wet before you go to sleep and you will wake up with wavy hair. For special occasions, ask an adult to curl your hair with a curling iron.
Don't forget that a simple ponytail is beautiful on anyone.