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By Nicole Williams
Having “the talk” with your teenage daughter about being a teenager can be a little intimidating. It’s no longer just the birds and bees …. now you have to add topics like puberty, boys, hormones, makeup, menstrual cycles, drugs, love, sex…..ahhhhhhh! It can drive a parent to shear insanity, I mean you’ll end up needing a psychiatrist with all the crazy that’s about to go down during some of those chats.
Seriously though, there is one topic that should not only be a positive coming-of-age discussion, but also one that is up-to-date with Generation Z’s sensibility…. and terminology. What I’m talking about is not your mama’s conversation about wearing makeup (which for many of us who were born in the 80’s know as “You’re not wearing makeup cause you ain’t grown!”). If you can relate to that then you were probably born the late 70’s – 80’s and you are now a parent yourself to a teenager daughter somewhere between 13-19 years old and you’re trying to give her those same answers that your mama gave you.
But times have drastically changed and with this new breed of teen spirit, the kids are social-media obsessed, digitally-dependent but fiercely independent, and regulated by reality TV shows who follow frivolous A (to Z) -List celebrities, so you cannot get away with the totally justifiable response of just saying “No” to anything without a thorough explanation. Thanks a lot, social media!
So, how do you have a talk with tech savvy teens who use memes, texts, emojis, hashtags, Snapchat, Instagram posts and internet slang to communicate? You get strategic and learn their lingo. Another adage my mother always used to say, “if you can’t beat ‘em… join ‘em” and in this case having a conversation about makeup may have to include you making a few references to social media stars like Kim Kardashian, beauty vlogger MissyLynn, Kylie Jenner, NikkieTutorials, MsAayliahJay, GlamTwinz334, TTLYTeala, SunKissAlba and Black Chyna to be cool to your kid.
Begin by being aware of who she’s following on social media, like her favorite YouTube beauty tutorials or Instagram accounts, and straight out ask her if she is ready to handle the responsibility of wearing makeup (because if she’s sneaky about it, she’ll be wearing it without your approval or knowledge at all.)
You want your child to have her own voice and to figure out her style with you and not without your input. Instead of avoiding the topic of wearing makeup altogether like our parents did, give her an introduction to the beauty world by taking her to a professional makeup artist to give her the most current and correct advice for how to wear age-appropriate, but trendy makeup. Cause Lord knows you don’t want your baby out here looking crazy rocking fake lashes, contour and a lace-front looking like a baby RuPaul! Without making this too complicated, we wanted to share a few cool AF products that will make your daughter achieve her #beautygoals …..with YOU and her in mind.
If it wasn’t for the fun of jazzing up our witch costume on Halloween night, there was a time when our mothers wouldn’t dare let us step foot outside with anything on our faces beyond some chap stick and a smile (and a face full of Vaseline on those cold winter mornings). Our only other chance of wearing makeup was if we were playing dress-up in grandma’s neatly organized stash of lipstick and eyebrow pencil, and even that could’ve been risky if you had folks who considered those things being an instance of “smelling yourself.” But nowadays, you see more and more little girls caked up with rainbow eyes, painted lips and contoured jawlines. Whether it’s in kid pageants, the hallways of elementary schools, or plastered on social media sites, seeing young ladies with drawn-on faces is all-too common. And social networking has only made it more pervasive.
Do you let your daughter wear makeup?
The pressure to be attractive in a society where long lashes, cat-eyes and flawless skin reigns supreme makes not only little girls, but women in general, feel like makeup is necessary to achieve beauty. So for a little 12 or 13-year-old girl who follows her fav celebs on Instagram or Twitter and gawks at how beautiful she looks with her face made up on a regular, it’s probably hard not to feel obligated to indulge. But as we all know, makeup tends to add not only a certain level of maturity to ones physical appearance, but it can give off a sex appeal not appropriate for children.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve come across suggested friends on Facebook, or stumbled upon open pages on Instagram of dolled up young ladies who I believed were grown women at first glance, until I read their “About” section or ran through their friend’s list and discovered that they were 14-year-old high school freshmen. Some young ladies may look at makeup as just another accessory to their daily gear, and there are parents who may feel like a little lipstick or eyeliner is harmless for their princess. But there are serious consequences that could result from this big-girl practice that is now being adopted by so many little girls.
Letting your 12-year-old daughter pile it on could lead to unwarranted attention from the wrong types of people (tisk, tisk: pedophiles and stalkers). And girls today may not realize it, but young ladies who wear makeup on a consistent basis also tend to get labeled as “grown,” “fresh,” “promiscuous,” or “fast.” I know when I was in high school, females who walked around all made-up (which were very few) received these labels, and they were usually true.
So, all that said brings me to this question: At what age is it appropriate for young ladies to start wearing makeup? Or should there be an age limit at all? Every parent has different views about this custom, but with the ubiquity of milk-breathed babies packing on makeup to the point where their unrecognizable and looking three times their age, a conversation about this new trend definitely needs to be had.
Growing up in the 1990s, I vividly remember all of the beauty moves that were made by major trendsetters. Stars like Mary J. Blige, Lil Kim and Foxy Brown donned brown lips that perfectly complemented their skin tones and unique style. If you didn’t have a muddy lip, you were missing out on what was in. Since then, African-American women have strayed to brighter, funkier colors to show off their personalities. Pinks, red, purples, and even blues. We’ve branched out, but forgotten just how chic a full brown lip can be.
With ‘90s nostalgia trending at an all-time high, brown lipstick has made its back into our hearts and on our lips. I can’t say the same for certain ’90s hairstyles, but this lip is hip. Get inspired by the flawless faces of the following women and be sure to check out these warm shades of brown lipstick that you need in your purse. Stock up ASAP!
As harmless as it seems, sharing beauty tools is an absolute no-no. Of course, sharing tips and tricks is cool but sharing items you put directly on your skin isn’t as safe as you think — even if it is just a swipe of lipstick or mascara. Makeup can actually be a breeding ground for bacteria, creating issues like acne, pink eye, and even cold sores. However, if you must share, there are a few ways to keep yourself protected from germs.
In a recent beauty segment done on The Real, Jeannie Mai shares that using a sanitized sharpener to shave items like lip and eye pencils before using and spraying alcohol on other products like eyelash curlers and power eye shadows is great.
But even with the whole “sharing is caring” mantra, the one beauty tool you should never share is a facial cleansing brush. “It’s a breeding ground for all the dead skin cells, dirt, bacteria that it removes from your face on a daily basis. The last thing you need is someone else’s muck getting trapped in your bristles and then tarnishing you skin game,” Mai explained.
Press play and find out which products and tools you can share and those you shouldn’t.
If you’re a beauty fanatic, it’s hard on the wallet when you drop serious coin on high-end makeup. You start to second guess whether the product is worth it or if your money would’ve been better spent elsewhere. But we’re here to tell you you don’t have to feel guilty for indulging in these pleasures. In fact, we have a few tips on how to get discounted high-end makeup that will leave you fabulously guilt free.
Shop on discounted makeup websites
All Cosmetics Wholesale and Glambot are just two discounted makeup websites that feature high-end makeup for a lower price. These stores mark down makeup items from brands such as MAC, NARS, and Urban Decay for at least 20% of the full retail price. These sites are also safe, making sure used or resold makeup products are 100% authentic and sanitized before being shipped to you. Inventory is also updated regularly so you’ll always be on trend.
Shop end of season sales
The end of the summer is the perfect time to shop for high-end makeup, just before new fall releases start to enter stores. As counters make room for new product, old items will be marked down. Take advantage of the seasonal special offers and deals. Websites and stores including Beauty.com and Ulta mark down high-end makeup sometimes as low as 50% of the retail price.
Sign up for beauty/makeup subscriptions
If you like to try before you buy, subscription boxes are a great option for you. Sign up for monthly subscriptions from companies like OnyxBox to receive samples of newly released makeup items and beauty products. These beauty subscription boxes include sample and full-size makeup, hair, and beauty products for just $15-20/monthly. You’ll also have the option to cancel whenever you like– though we doubt you’ll ever get enough of these items.
Sign up for beauty mailing lists
Sometimes we get annoyed at pop-up boxes when we’re surfing the internet, but if you’re on a makeup site you might not want to hit that X so soon. Signing up for mailing lists can save you anywhere from 20-40% off your first purchase from a brand or give you free shipping and more discounted offers. You’ll also be one of the first people in the know for future launches.
The end of summer is almost near, and while we are sad to put away summer, we can be grateful for the newest makeup releases that we get to see this fall. Time to write a wish list for Santa — or payday. Here are the makeup products to seriously obsessive over next season.
One of the most highly anticipated makeup items is the stick foundation brought to you by Anastasia Beverly Hills. We’ve seen their latest releases of highlighter and eye shadow palettes, and now we get to see something entirely new from Anastasia. Anastasia stick foundation is like none other because it’s formulated to compliment any and every skin type from dry to oily, even combination skin. It also comes in a range of shades that fit your skin tone as well as yellow, peach, and red undertones. Look for Anastasia Beverly Hills stick foundation at Sephora and Ulta stores.
For those that love shimmer on the cheeks, this new highlighter from Becca will surly give you a beautiful bronzed glow this fall. This bronzed highlight is perfect for tan and deep skin tones, and is just the touch you need to top off any fall look. Shop Becca and look for this product this season at Sephora and Ulta stores.
If you loved Too Faced foundation, you’ll really love their concealer. The Too Faced Born This Way concealer is the newest edition to the Born This Way collection and is expected to be the fave beauty product to drop this fall. This oil-free concealer has a liquid/creamy consistency which goes on smooth to cover and conceal dark spots, redness, and dark circles. It’s also great that this concealer has a range of shades that target darker skin tones.
Brows can either make or break your makeup look, which is why they always have to be on point. To help get your brow game on, Too Faced is releasing their brow quickie to get you the best brows in the shortest amount of time. Too Faced brow quickie helps shape and fill in brows to create sleek natural looking brows without the fuss of using a powder.
Have you caught on to baking and strobing? The new sensation in the beauty world, baking and strobing has been hot as of late and Sigma has just what you need to perfect both. The Sigma Beauty Baking and Strobing Brush set includes a total of 5 brushes which includes a fan, flat top, and pointed kabuki brush to help you sculpt and shape your face to perfection. Shop this brush set and more from Sigma Beauty this September.
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) September 2, 2016
Freckles on fleek, Alicia Keys stopped by the Today show this morning to promote all of her many new endeavors, including her new song “Back to Life” for the Queen of Katwe soundtrack, and her work on the latest season of The Voice. While there, a conversation was started about Keys’s no makeup movement with the different hosts.
“You’ve kind of started a movement here. I don’t know if you meant to, but you are, not wearing makeup. You don’t wear it [makeup] so well!” Savannah Guthrie told Keys in the studio before her performance. In response, Keys said that going without makeup has been “empowering” and “freeing.”
“We put so many limitations on ourselves, we put limitations on each other, society puts limitations on us, and in a lot of ways I’m sick of it. I’m over it, to be honest … It’s about being our unique, own selves. We each have something no one else has. It would be so amazing to just embrace each other how we are.”
And when she went back in the studio to speak with co-hosts Tamron Hall, Billy Bush and Al Roker, all three hosts decided to take off the makeup they were wearing for the cameras. There was no pressure from Keys (in fact, they had talked about doing so behind the scenes), but they all agreed that they wanted to change it up. Hall called on Keys to actually help her wipe off her makeup.
“I will do it only if you help me,” Hall said to Keys.
“You don’t have to,” Keys said, before Hall replied that she wanted to do it because she loves Keys and loves her message. Keys reinforced that “It’s not for me, it’s for you” before Hall removed her lipstick, foundation and more in front of cameras (she looked fabulous by the way).
But as Keys pointed out, it’s not really about makeup or no makeup at all. As she pointed out, she loves her lip glosses and liners, but more than anything, “I don’t want to feel beholden [to it].”
“It’s not about makeup. Look, I love makeup, too,” Keys said. “It’s all good. But it’s about how you feel. It’s about who you are. It’s about just being who you are and not letting anybody tell you who you should be. And I think the other thing that’s kind of crazy, even this conversation, it kind of shows our obsession of the standard of beauty that we hold women to.”
Check out her conversation with Guthrie (and Matt Lauer), and the very revealing moment with Hall, Bush and Roker below:
Any mother knows that our bodies go through a change outside of the expected aches and pains of labor. Our hair can feel brittle, our skin like sandpaper and overall appearance not as snatched as we’d like. Granted no one is expecting us to walk a runway but why can’t we at least feel and look a little decent? Check out these 11 beauty products that will help you get back on track.
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There was a lot to talk about online during the Video Music Awards on Sunday. One person who had a lot of people chattering without even having to give a full performance that night was Alicia Keys. The star attended the awards with husband Swizz Beatz, and still holding strong to her decision to forgo makeup, Keys hit the red carpet and delivered the best male video award (as well as a rousing tribute on the 53rd anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech) with a fresh face. Of course, some weren’t fans of her decision. People said that she should have put on some makeup and tried to look a little more glamorous for the event, stating that she should have done a bit more with her hair and attire as well. Others felt that being adamant about not wanting to wear makeup, even for special occasions, meant that she has an issue with women who do love to wear makeup.
Well, Keys disagrees with all of that. She took to Twitter to say this in response to detractors of her makeup-free and carefree look:
Y’all, me choosing to be makeup free doesn’t mean I’m anti-makeup. Do you! 😘😘 pic.twitter.com/Mg0Ug9YA9q
— Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) August 29, 2016
And her husband, Swizz Beatz, was confused by the fact that people would take issue with whatever she does or doesn’t choose to put on her face. So, he also told those individuals to worry about themselves.
At the end of the day, Keys looked beautiful at the Video Music Awards, as she always does. There’s nothing off about natural beauty, and it’s sad that some are so taken aback by the sight of someone embracing the skin they’re in. However, as Keys pointed out, there’s a certain power that comes with realizing that the opinions of others won’t be the determining factor in how you choose to live your life. And when you reach that point where you really don’t care, child, nobody can tell you anything. And such commentary clearly isn’t phasing the singer, as this is her second awards show without makeup. She attended the BET Awards with a bare face:
The star also has started taping for The Voice, and continues to appear free of any creams, powders, liners, lipsticks and the like in front of cameras:
Continue to do you, Alicia!
Without a doubt, the step I dread most in my makeup routine is applying eyeliner. I know firsthand, as I’ve gone through the trial and error of applying eyeliner, that creating a wing eye is tricky. Very tricky. But not impossible. And even if you fudge your first few tries, don’t give up. Anyone whose ever rocked this look knows the time it takes to get it right is so worth it in the end. Here are 3 ways to create the perfect wing liner look.
With an eyeliner pencil
- With your eyeliner, mark the center of your eyelid. This will be your guide as to how high/low you want your liner and how thick. Continue to do this along the eyelid, placing 4 small dots along your lash line for tracing just shy of reaching the end of your brow.
- Began to put more pressure on the eyeliner and connect the dots along the lid. The line doesn’t have to be perfect, but try not to go above the dots you created.
- Once you’ve created the top of your wing, began to fill in the space between your dotted line and lash line with the eyeliner pencil, or if you’re more advanced a liquid gel eyeliner.
- If you made any mistakes, simply take a Q-tip with a dab of makeup remover to clean up any smudging.
Suggested eyeliner pencil NYX Slide On Eye Pencil $7
With eye shadow and a liner brush
- Began by placing tape at a diagonal on the outside corner of your eye where you want the wing to end. This will be your guide to the shape and length of the wing and helps to provide easy clean up.
- With your angled liner brush, began to put a small amount of eye shadow on the outside corner of your eye.
- Once you have created the tale of the wing, with your angle line brush start to work your way towards your eye lid, making small strokes along the lash line until you have successfully reached the inner of your eye.
- Take more eye shadow and go over any missed spots or spaces that appear faint, and ensure your strokes now make a crisp, clean line.
- Remove the tape and clean up any mistakes or areas where the eye shadow may have smudged.
Suggested angled brush: E.L.F Small Angled Brush $3
With a liquid liner
- As with the instructions above, you want to place tape along the outside corner of your eye.
- With small strokes, take your liquid liner and start making lines from the outside corner of your eye to your inner eyelid.
- Go over your lid again, this time with longer strokes to fill in any missed spaces and make a straight line.
- Give the liner time to dry before removing the tape and cleaning up any mistakes.
Suggested liquid liner: Almay’s Liquid Eyeliner $6