Q&A with Kate McCarthy: Helping Your Daughter Pick the Right Makeup

Hi Kate! My teenage daughter is interested in beginning to wear makeup. I am open to letting her experiment but want her to look age appropriate. Do  you have tips or product recommendations for moms with teenage daughters?

Kate: I love working with young girls who are experiencing makeup for the first time.  I will never forget the first time I put makeup on! I was probably 12 playing with my mom’s makeup and had no clue what I was doing. After a little time passed my mother taught me the basics- light shadow on the eyes, a quick swipe of mascara, a little blush and of course lip gloss. For all of the moms out there wondering what products to look for and how much product to have them wear, here are some of my top tips:

First, start by finding a makeup line that markets itself with products that aid in the health of her skin and a positive self image.  Second, keep the less is more rule in mind.

Here’s a helpful checklist/ guideline to use when purchasing products:
        Pressed base with the Powder Brush
        Eye Shadow Base in bamboo, diamond, or sand pebble 
Eye Base Brush
        Eye Shadow for lid in water lily, dusk, or the Eye Shadow Trio in ballerina.  
Eye Blender Brush
        Precise Micro Eyeliner in navy or Precision Eye Pencil in black/brown
        Water Resistant Mascara
        Blush in bellini or paradise
        Lip Gloss in peony, star struck, or whisper

Showing your daughter the basics of makeup application can provide her with the tools to make her confident, have a positive body image and express herself.  Now, there is a fine line between using makeup as a positive addition to her personality and using it to mask or hide things she is not happy with so be sure to emphasize the importance of enhancing the natural beauty she already has!

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