38 Beauty Hacks for Teens
I was talking with my cousin, Sarah, the other day who discovered I do this beauty and makeup blog. She’s still a teenager and is about to go to college. She told me that she has been through all my articles and really enjoyed a lot of the tips but felt that there wasn’t enough stuff about beauty and makeup that was specific to teens and school stuff. She basically guilted me into writing this article by asking, “What would you have done if you knew what you know now back in high school and college?”
After she said that, I immediately got excited and started thinking about all the different hacks and tricks I have learned that I WISH I knew back when I was a teenager. First of all, I was a lazy girl in high school. Second of all, I had to spend a lot of time covering up acne breakouts. Third, I did way to much picking of my face and gave myself a lot of scars that I didn’t need to get if I had known how to handle my face (hint, don’t use dirty fingers). Fourth, I wouldn’t have freaked out so much about Prom, Homecoming, dances, all that super stressful crap. If I knew then how to use foundation so that I don’t get oil patches halfway through the day, I would have had a lot more fun at school giving winks instead of hiding my face.
I would have saved so much time and not had to get up an hour before school and I would not have spent so much time being self conscious about my acne and breakouts or my bad hair days if I had been aware of all the tricks that women use to look good even on a tough day. Anyways, I decided to do some Pinterest and Instagram and Google’ing to create this master list of teen beauty hacks. It is a combination of stuff I do now and a few new things that I found that I will definitely be incorporating into my routine as I still have some oily skin even now. Thanks for reading and I’m sorry it took me so long to write this stuff down. Your welcome, Sarah.
1. Skin Hack – DIY Face Mask To Treat Acne And Inflammation
I’m going to just get straight to the tough stuff, acne. I dealt with this a lot as a teen and it consumed so much of my attention and my thoughts. So I am going to go through a few remedies that I have found to be helpful in dealing with breakouts and scarring. This article covers two really amazing face masks that are definitely worth giving a shot. They are all natural and they are made with natural ingredients that you can pick up at the organic section of your grocery store.
2. DIY: Tea Tree And Lemon Face And Body Scrub – Acne Hack
So there are two reasons I threw this one in here. First, everyone’s body is different and because of that, we all have to try a bunch of different masks and ingredients to figure out what our bodies prefer and respond to. This second acne scrub is a bit different from the first one in terms of ingredients and could have a different effect on your skin if your breakouts and scars don’t respond to the mask above. Second, this also works as a great body scrub and I am just going to go ahead and say it: I got acne on a lot more than just my face. I had it on the back of my arms and on my shoulders and so I wanted to include this scrub which is similar to something I started using in college to help clear some of that stuff up.
3. Hide Acne As A Teen – Three Steps To Cover Up Acne
While we can’t get rid of our acne immediately and the scars take a lot longer to heal, we can all use a little help with how to cover our breakouts and blemishes while we wait for the masks and the creams to kick in. I included this tutorial because it’s a surefire and simple AF way to cover with some foundation. I am all about healing the cause (acne), not the symptom (breakouts), but I am also all about not having to walk around embarrassed and self conscious all day.
4. Forgot Your Liner At School – Use Mascara as Liner Whenever You’re in a Pinch
Scenario: you’re in the car with your friend on the way to a party and you planned on doing your liner on the drive. You search your purse and you can’t find your eyeliner. When I was in school, I was constantly going to a bunch of different events and shows and games and it just never seemed to end. As a result, I left stuff everywhere. Learning how to use different makeup for multiple purposes is so helpful. Using my mascara as a liner is one of my go to’s.
5. Teen Lipstick Hack – Apply Light Pencil in the Center of Your Lips
I use this all the time. You literally just take a bit of light pencil liner and put it on the middle of your lips and then rub it in over your lipstick to get a gloss look that lasts all day. This one I learned about in high school and probably overdid it for a while but I just love this look and still use it to this day for parties. Also, guys love glossy lips.