Makeup 101

By Chelsea, age 14, Virginia
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

Makeup is the first thing people notice about your face. Whether you're wearing too little or too much, it's definitely going to be seen. One of the biggest problems in girls our age is acne - in other words, pimples! My suggestion is to wash your face every day as soon as you wake up, using a cleanser and moisturizer such as Clean and Clear. Dove Soap is also a cheap, great face cleaner.

Make sure your face is clean before applying any makeup. Most girls our age don't wear foundation, but if you do, this is the first thing you should apply. Don't put on too much so that you look fake, just enough to even out your skin tone or hide that nasty pimple.

Your eye makeup should come next. First, apply a thin line of eye liner right on your lash line. Next apply eye shadow. For your skin tone try the colors listed below. When putting on eye shadow, start more intensely right on the crease, and go lighter as you go up. Make it so that at your brow, you can barely see it.

Now you're ready to start with the mascara. I think all girls should wear mascara because it draws attention to their eyes and makes them look prettier. Black is definitely the best color, but you can use blue or the color of your choice. Apply a coat to both your top and bottom lashes, starting with the bottom ones first. Then wait 5 minutes and apply a second coat for added length.

Next are your lips. I don't recommend lipstick for my age, but if that's what you like, then use something like pale pink (for light skin) or brown (for darker skin). I do recommend a clear lip gloss, or a lip gloss with a tiny bit of tint. Don't overdo it so that it looks like you just ate fried chicken. A little goes a long way.

My number one tip when wearing any sort of makeup is DON'T OVERDO IT!

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March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
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- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
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- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
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- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
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- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
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