The Best Makeup Products for Teens and Tweens

Rebecca Gallagher

Whether you have a 16-year-old daughter or an 11-year-old daughter, you have probably discussed the topic of makeup. You might argue she wears too much. You might wonder which products she should use on her delicate changing acne-riddled skin. I’m not here to say when girls should start wearing makeup. That’s for you and your daughter to decide. Personally, I let my daughter start wearing makeup to school when she went to middle school. She practiced with different looks. Some worked, some didn’t.

This post contains affiliate linksLike most of us, you look back on pictures taken of you when you were 12 and the first thing that comes to mind is, What was I thinking? My daughter has these moments too! And I’m okay with that. It’s all part of navigating adolescence. Well, let me help you navigate the beauty aisles, so together, you can start with products that won’t dig in to your college savings, but will let your daughter feel current and on top of the latest trends!

Skin Care

Let’s begin with skin care. A simple cleansing routine each night and some light moisturizer and sunscreen during the day is all that’s needed. If your daughter does wear makeup, now is the time to encourage habits of cleansing and removing make up each night before bed. This is an absolute must and a first on editorial lists, dermatologists and estheticians recommendations.

My daughter enjoys the Boots No. 7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Wipes. These are her favorite based on how well they clean, how they feel around the eye area (some wipes sting believe it or not!) and how they smell. We have probably tried at least 10 brands before we came upon these and stayed with them.

Also, a light moisturizer like Clean & Clear Morning Burst Hydrating Gel Moisturizer is great for their young skin. It’s never too early to start thinking of preserving the skin. She will thank you in her 40s!


Depending on how oily, dry or what she is trying to cover, will depend on the formula to choose.

For light coverage and includes an SPF- Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powderis perfect for giving a next-to-skin look.


For a matte finish and medium to full coverage- Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation is long wearing and covers extremely well.

Powder– Hands down the Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder is a winner among makeup artists, teens and mature women alike. It is an incredible value and sets the makeup all day without being chalky.


There are a million eyeshadows to choose from.

My personal favorites that cost practically pennies, well, maybe dimes, are Wet N Wild and NYX. Blendable, excellent pigments and a huge color range, these are fabulous for even the most discerning makeup aficionados.

Jane Cosmetics Water-Resistant Eye Liner – an automatic pencil that goes on and stays on.

MascaraMaybelline New York Volum’ Express Falsies Flared Waterproof Mascara. My daughter has incredible lashes and it kills me. I was not blessed with those genetics! She loves to go light on all the other makeup, but really goes all out on her lashes and wears several coats of this stuff. I totally let her because part of me is living vicariously through her!


Another Jane product. I love their blush and how the products aren’t too shimmery but just right in pigment. Highly affordable and wearable.


 NYX Butter Glosses. A YouTube favorite; just about everyone wears these yummy vanilla-flavored glosses that don’t go on sticky or gloppy. A range of pinks and nudes will be perfect for your teen.



And lastly- for a little extra jazz-hand flare- Diamond Glitter & Shimmer Eyeliner Essence Crystal Eyeliner. A dupe to the Urban Decay glitter liners, for just a few dollars, you can let your girl sparkle around the eyes for special occasions. A little goes a long way, and who doesn’t love glitter?!
Also, the Rimmel eyeshadow primer is another extra if you choose. Goes on sheer and locks in eyeshadow all day so it doesn’t crease from when she leaves for school all the way through gym class.

I hope these are a useful starting point if you are ready to navigate the cosmetic waters with your teen. Take this list and click through to gather a starter kit for your daughter. Make it fun. Don’t stress. Apply makeup on each other. Or together. Pamper yourself and pass on to your daughter the fun of grooming.

And just like the Rodgers and Hammerstein song goes, I Enjoy Being a Girl!

 What are some of your favorite products for your Tweens and Teens?



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This post was written by Rebecca Gallagher exclusively for BonBon Break Media, LLC

Rebecca Gallagher is a SAHM to a teenager and a tweenager. A recovering aspiring actress, she laughs at herself on a daily basis. As Editor of The Bedroom, Rebecca delights our readers, just as she delights her own readers at Frugalista Blog. Rebecca has contributed to two Amazon bestsellers as well as being featured on Scary Mommy, In the Powder Room and was a one-time parent blog of the week on Huff Post. When she’s not writing, she enjoys donuts too often, and exercise too infrequently. She has an addiction to makeup and beauty products and an obsession with Daniel Craig.