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Tips from a Teen: How not to look like Bozo the Clown with your makeup

Updated on October 9, 2008

Clowns are fun.

They entertain and amuse us. They make us laugh and smile. They make the coolest animal balloons.

But no one wants to take a clown out to a fancy restaurant.

Have you been getting sly remarks from girl friends and guy friends alike that you might need a little help with your makeup? Then read on! I'll give you some tips and tricks every woman should know about, and maybe a few you haven't heard of before!

Let's start with the basics.

On average, every woman puts at least a little bit of makeup on before she heads out the door. Here's a list of the basic makeup items we all know and love:

  • Mascara
  • Eyeliner
  • Eyeshadow
  • Lipstick
  • Lip Liner
  • Foundation
  • Spot Foundation/Cover Up
  • Powder
  • Blush/Rouge

These simple items will help you get rid of skin tone problems, dark under-eye circles, unsightly pimples, and will help you feel better about yourself by making you feel prettier. For the naturalist, even the tiniest bit of cover up can be a blessing. Now, let's begin by putting on the foundation and powder.

Cover up, ladies!

When applying foundation, consider using a spot concealer on the hard-to-cover stuff, like pimples and scars. Just a little dab will do; no need to go overboard! If you don't need it, good for you. I do. If you're not embarrassed by your pimples or scars, you are indeed a lucky, strong woman. Way to go! :-)

After the concealer, take a foundation sponge/applicator and put just a small blob of foundation on it. Mix it into the sponge, and apply. You don't need a lot of foundation to get through the day; plus, too much will cause your pores to get clogged up, meaning your skin can't breathe. This is a bad thing.

As you're putting on the foundation, be sure the shade matches your skin tone. You can test for this right at the store by putting just the smallest little smear of foundation onto the inside of your wrist, and see how well it blends. If your face's skin tone is different than that of your wrist, you might want to just test it on your cheek. Take that little smear, put a bit onto your finger, and dab onto your cheek. Blend it in, then check how well it worked with a mirror.

Another thing to do while applying foundation is to make sure you're not leaving big, obvious spots naked. Along your jawline and by your ears are places most women don't think about covering with foundation, and this can make it very obvious that you're wearing makeup. The whole idea of makeup, as far as the foundation and powder, is to make it look like you're not wearing anything at all.

Once your foundation's smooth and flawless, you can go ahead and apply the powder. Be careful not to use too much; this stuff will stick in the spaces around your nostrils and in your eyebrows. Consider using a blush brush for application; it gives you a light covering of powder and provides for a smoother finish. Again, go along your jawline and next to your ears for that almost-naked appearance.

Moulin Rouge?

Sadly, I've never seen the movie, but I hear it's amazing.

Blush is a tricky bugger. First, you have to pick the right color blush to match your skin tone. This is different with everybody, since no two people are the same (unless you have an identical twin). Blushes come in four general shades: the peaches, the pinks, the reds, and the browns. Fair toned ladies should opt for the lighter pinks or peaches. Tanner women might want the darker pinks and browns. African American women should go with the reds.

Second, you have to apply JUST the right amount. Too much will leave you looking like a chlid's doll, and too little will make you look dead. You want just enough to give you that Alive and Kicking glamor, but not to the point where you look flushed. Unless, of course, that's the look you're going for.

Apply blush along your cheekbones, all the way to your temples and stopping about midway under the eyes. When applying blush to the temples, you only need a little bit, so I suggest you start from under the eyes and just sweep the blush brush gently upwards around your eye.

Another cool invention is bronzer. If you want to apply bronzer, skip the blush. That's too much powder on your face, girlfriend. Apply it the same way you would with blush, but add just an eensy bit on your chin, nose and forehead for that slight summer tan look.

Eyes are the windows to the soul.

Eyeshadow is the next thing on our list. Always, always, always apply eyeshadow before mascara! The powder will stick fo the wet mascara, and will ruin the look. Same thing goes for pencil eyeshadows. If you like having eyeliner on your upper lid, apply that before the eyeshadow. We'll talk about how to do this later.

This one's a little tricky, too. You have to consider your eye color and the main color of your outfit for the day when choosing your eyeshadow. There are special eyeshadow kits you can buy that will help accent your eye color, but they don't always work with every outfit.

Blue eyes should try to go with blues, browns and golds. These will really make your eyes pop! Green eyes will love purples, natural greens, and tans. Hazel eyes can go with just about any color, though you'll want a more vibrant tone. Brown eyes are at their best with metalic shades and pinks. Again, keep in mind what color your outfit is; if it's black, brown is not a good way to go. It's kind of like matching your shoes to your pants. You don't wear brown shoes with black slacks, do you?

A simple way to spruce up your eyes even more is to add more than one color to them. Apply the darker color right on your eyelid, then the lighter one above it, under your eyebrows. Heck, you can even mix up the vibrant colors for some serious flare! Just don't go overboard on me, okay?

What's the point of eyeliner, anyway?

Eyeliner's just another accent to your eye color and outfit. Most women stick with the black and brown eyeliners. What more do we need, right?


You have a whole rainbow of colors out there to choose from, and any one of them will help give your look that extra pizaz you've been searching for. To find out which color is right for you right now, think about your eyeshadow. What color (or colors) did you go with? Do you want to put that same color (or bottom color) underneath, or would you rather go with something subtle, but different?

Every art teacher will tell you to remember the color wheel. If you can remember which colors go best with which other colors, you're golden. If not, well, those eyeshadow kits I mentioned earlier sometimes come with their own eyeliner.

Are you applying eyeliner to the eyelid? Stay close to the lashes if you are. You only need a thin line, and it's going to go under your eyeshadow anyway. It might be easier to use a liquid eyeliner here. When you're putting eyeliner under the bottom lashes or right along that little bit of skin between the bottom lashes and your eye, use a pencil. The liquid's more likely to leak into your eye, and that is not going to feel good.

As long as you remember to keep it light and simple, you'll be fine. There's no reason to be drastic with your eyeliner.

No one likes their lashes when they look like spider legs.

Clumpy mascara is one of our biggest hurdles. Sure, those TV ads will tell you that their new mascara wand and formula are specially designed to stop clumps in their tracks, but they don't always work. Trust me, I've tried most of them. There's one brand I seriously trust to keep clumps at bay, and it's one of the cheapest ones out there. It comes in a pink container thing, and the twist cap wand tops are either green or black. Mine's black, and my sister's is green. Crazy, huh?

Mascaras come in all sorts of colors, but this is one product you only need two of; black and brown. You can go for the rainbow look if you want, but I don't suggest it. That's just too much attention on your eyes. No one's going to notice how well you put the rest of your makeup on!

The first thing to do when applying mascara is get that extra junk off the tip of your wand. That little dab may look benign, but it's a malicious bugger! In doing this, you'll help yourself prevent clumping. Also, consider getting any extra mascara off the rest of your wand. It's not like you need a whole lot anyway. Then just sweep the wand across your lashes a couple of times, making sure to get even the little pesky ones near the inside corners. If you want, you can put a bit on the bottom lashes, but this isn't necessary.

Applying Makeup, via YouTube

Voluptuous red lips are fun... when you're at a costume party.

Lipstick is a major part of the makeup line. You absolutely must have the right color, else you're going to look like something out of a Halloween poster. Then again, Halloween is coming up, so if you're going for that Temptress look, be my guest.

When choosing a lipstick color, remember what color your lips are. You'll want to stay within three shades darker or lighter. You can go up to five shades darker, if you really want, but stay away from Ruby Red. Go for the plums and the tanner reds.

Apply your lipstick the same way you would paint a picture; long, soft sweeps. Follow the outline of your lips, leaving a ltitle bit of space between the edge and your lipstick line. This is where lip liner will go. You'll want your liner to be the same color as your stick. Lip liner gives your lips a finished, more professional look, and it's just like applying eyeliner, only, it's not on your eyes.

For a glossy finish, why not go for the gloss? Lip gloss may seem like a teeny-bopper tool, but it can really bring your lips together. Just don't use too much, and be careful not to get any outside the lip line.

Using these simple techniques and tips, you're bound to turn heads with that gorgeous face of yours! Not that I'm saying you're ugly without makeup; you're beautiful no matter what. A little bit of glam accentuates your natural beauty, and shows people you know how to put makeup on right and pull it off wonderfully. Good luck in your beautifying endeavors, my fellow females!

And, of course, makeup from!


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    • Kika Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Kika Rose 

      10 years ago from Minnesota

      Thank you for the compliments, everybody.

      hot dorkage: ^_^ My teachers said the same thing. It didn't help my ego much, but it was always a pleasant reminder of my awesomeness (*lol* Ah, I am way too full of myself).

      I must be old-fashioned, then. I don't really like just leaving blush on the apples, but if it's the look people want, that's their choice. I don't have to use blush myself; there's enough color in my cheeks to show through the thickest foundation/powder.

      Scars can either be an empowerment or a curse, depending on your view. Though, the pirate look does rock. ;-D The only scar I cover up is one on my jawbone, near my ear. It just a big red blotch that doesn't quite fit with the rest of my face, so I tend to use a bit of concealer on it. Gotta love hot curling irons at the age of 10, right? The other scars I leave alone. I have no use in hiding them.

    • hot dorkage profile image

      hot dorkage 

      10 years ago from Oregon, USA

      I'm quite impressed with your writing.  You write very well.  I would never have guessed that you are a teenager.  

      I was told by a makeup consultant that the temple/cheekbone blush technique is last decade -- that the 21st century style is to put it only on the apple of the cheek when smiling.  Take or leave: that's just what she said.     

      regarding scars: I have a great crescent shaped scar on my right cheekbone that I rarely make any effort to cover up.   It's the reason why God gave us cheekbones.  If it hadn't been for that cheekbone I would have lost the eye most likely.  So every morning I look at that scar and I am glad I still have two eyes. Besides it sort of makes me look like a pirate. 

    • pcjunkychick profile image


      10 years ago from OKC

      great hub!

      Good tips!

      Love the clown pic :)

    • SweetiePie profile image


      10 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Great hub and I think even some of us older ladies can use your advice.

    • fishskinfreak2008 profile image


      10 years ago from Fremont CA

      Very funny picture. Thumbs up

    • Kika Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Kika Rose 

      10 years ago from Minnesota

      Who says I do homework?

      I missed fall registration for college. I'll be sending in my FAFSA this weekend, and reapplying for classes in November. As for time, I just don't sleep as much. :-P And when school starts, I might have to leave my morning job (which won't be so bad, but I'll still cry a little. I love my jobs! They're both awesome! I don't want to lose one, but school is important! And I have to be a full-time student to stay under my dad's medical insurance. Stupid medical insurance... >.<), so I'll have even more time.

      Did I ever mention the fact that I hate homework and avoid it with every ounce of my being? :D

      Thank you, Ntathu, for the praise, and for letting me know that video works. ^_^

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      10 years ago

      Yes my Dear it works. Another gem of an article. wondering how you find the time and energy to write your hubs and do homework!!!! Hugs

    • Kika Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Kika Rose 

      10 years ago from Minnesota

      Okay. Now, I can't see YouTube videos (ah, the joys of dial-up), so I need someone to tell me if the YouTube vid I put here works or not. If it doesn't, I'll delete it. Thanks!


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