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April 2017
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For every girl, the moment arrives when she wants to grow up, look different, look more mature and feel ‘like a woman.’ It is due to this that, for fun as well as by choice, young girls start to change their image, slowly at first and then with more conviction. They try different clothes on, wear high heels, low cut tops, change their hairstyle and wear make-up; these are all means that allow young girls to take part in the adult world.

Make-up is one of the first things that adolescent girls experiment with, also thanks to the fact that it is easy to get hold of and then hide from parents! Every mother/aunt/grandma/cousin has a drawer with used lipsticks, concealers, mascaras and eyeliners and so it is quite common that one does not notice when something goes missing amongst these cosmetics. It is because of this that we often run in to baby-women on the street or in bars with bright red cheeks and heavily outlined eyes. During adolescence, the skin is not perfect either as it becomes congested during this phase of growing up. The presence of spots and imperfections are experienced by many and are considered an obstacle in relationships, something to be ashamed of, something that you want to make disappear, as if by magic. Cue foundation and pressed powder, bringing with them the hope that they can cover everything that one does not like and does not want to be seen. Unfortunately the results, more often than not, look more like masks, although teenage girls are often convinced that their make-up makes them look more interesting and, above all, more like a ‘woman’.

Which make-up is adapted for teenagers then? Here is some advice:

- After having carried out the recommended beauty treatments for the skin, apply a layer of Mixer base, a waxy base that separates the skin from the make-up and creates a natural, elastic and long-lasting result.  - Apply a concealer that is the same colour as the skin. The product should be creamy, not fluid, rich in pigment and it should cover well. Only apply it on spots and imperfections (including eye bags).
- In the case of red marks, mix the concealer with some green concealer.
- In the case of yellow marks, mix the concealer with a purple concealer.
- In the case of blue/black areas (like eye bags etc.), mix some orange concealer with the correcting concealer to create a perfectly matt base without making it too heavy.
These techniques use complementary colours that, once mixed with a covering concealer, allow you to completely cancel out various marks on the skin.

- Use a brush to apply the concealer only and exclusively on the marks you want to cover.
- Once it has been applied, dab the concealer with a different, clean brush.
- Wet a rubber foam sponge, wring it out well and dry it with a tissue so as to remove as much water as possible.
- Use a wax base foundation stick, dilute it with a touch of Mixer base and dab it with the sponge. Apply the foundation to the whole of the face, even on top of the concealer. By doing this you will create a natural, matt and uniform base that is not streaky.
If more coverage is needed in certain areas, apply the foundation by applying the stick directly on to the skin without diluting it with mixer, but still dabbing it with the sponge at first; by doing this it will cover better. Now use a good quality powder (if the powder is too rich in talcum powder, it will cost less but weigh the make-up down and make the base very heavy and obvious).
- Dab the face with a velvet powder puff.
- Pass a large, clean make-up brush over the face (for example, a large brush you would use for applying bronzer) and brush the face as if you wanted to remove all of the make-up. This step allows you to lighten the layer of powder, removing any excess and avoiding the ‘heavy make-up’ effect.
- At this point, it is advisable to spray on a layer of Evian water and wait for it to dry for a few seconds; this is used to remove the powdery effect that powder causes and create a very natural base.

The eyebrows have a great importance but be careful: it is best to trust in a make-up artist when removing eyebrow hairs. It is good to know that the shape of the eyebrows has an effect on the eyes as well as the whole face; the shape changes how the nose, jaw and face shape look. It is therefore necessary to ask an expert beauty therapist what shape is right for your face. Once the beauty therapist has individualised and ‘drawn’ the right line, each time the hairs grow back it will get easier and easier to maintain the shape.

The choice of eye shadow is free and the fun to be had is endless; if you look older than you are, that is not a bad thing! You need to know, however, that if you apply eye shadow on the eyelid, your eyes will look very neutral; they will not stand out. On the other hand, if you apply make-up between the fold of the eyelid and the eyebrow, the eyes will be very evident.

Some simple advice

An eyeliner, even a coloured one, applied along the upper eyelash line, creates a very intense and profound look. The mascara has to be black; if you want, you could apply a coloured mascara (maybe the same colour as the eyeliner) to the tips of the eyelashes. Do not use blusher or bronzer if you have spots! By applying these products you actually colour the tips of the spots, making them reappear.

Even if you do not have any spots, use blusher in moderation: the more coloured the cheeks are, the less the eyes stand out! Use bright colours on the lips that make the mouth appear plumper but still suitable looking for young people.

Last but not least, a precious piece of advice: wearing small amount make-up is better than wearing too much!


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