Beauty Brands for the Teen Who Is Just Starting to Wear Makeup

It can hard for teens (and parents, let's be honest) to know which brands to buy when they start wearing makeup. We've put together a list of great beauty brands and makeup products for teenagers to try.


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Glossier is the cool-girl beauty brand your teenage girl will love to wear. The brand is relatively new, but its trendy, minimalist packaging; soft colors; and easy-to-use products have made Glossier a hit with beauty lovers. All of the products are meant to give a natural, no-makeup glow with no-fuss application. Their coveted Boy Brow eyebrow tint is the perfect example—the wand is easy to use, and the subtle color gives your girl defined, groomed brows that don't look drawn on. ($16;

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E.L.F., an acronym for eyes, lips, face, is an incredibly affordable beauty line with a full range of products from brushes and other tools to primer, foundation, eyeshadow, and more. Most products are under $10, but the brand is surprisingly good quality—even professional makeup artists use this beauty brand. This shimmery baked highlighter is the perfect way to keep your teen on-trend without breaking the bank. ($5; jet)

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Acne is a problem a lot of people face into adulthood, but it can be especially prevalent and problematic for teens. Dermacol does an amazing job of covering up even the worst breakouts, and it's formulated to work on all skin types. ($9;

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Wet N Wild

Wet N Wild is another extremely affordable beauty brand (think less than $5) that offers products your teen will love. Liquid matte lipsticks are a makeup staple for trendy teens right now—but high-end brands can run $30 per tube. These liquid lipsticks from Wet N Wild come in a range of amazing colors, won't rub off, and have a price point everyone can love. ($4;

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The Balm

The Balm was founded on the philosophy that makeup should be multi-use, like this bronzer, shadow, and contour three-in-one shade. One product to wear multiple ways will be less intimidating to beginners than a makeup kit full of specialized beauty products. The Balm's cheeky packaging and witty names make the brand feel even more friendly and accessible. ($20;

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Clinique is a makeup brand and a skincare classic, so you know these allergy-tested, fragrance-free products won't do damage to your teen's sensitive skin. The Even Better foundation helps prevent sun damage, lighten dark spots, and even skin tone; it's also developed by dermatologists, so you can feel safe picking out this brand for your teen. ($28;

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NYX is another wallet-friendly brand that offers an amazing range of products from basic to super glam. This setting spray is one of the most affordable on the market, but it gets rave reviews. If you have a teen who is always on the go, active in sports, or dealing with oily skin, this setting spray will help her makeup stay all day long and prevent the dreaded makeup meltdown. ($8;

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Too Faced

Too Faced is a high-end beauty brand and a special treat teenage girls love. The playful packaging and sweet scents keep the makeup from feeling too adult and serious. This chocolate bar eyeshadow palette is more than fun—it's high quality and packed with flattering neutral shades that are great for newbies. ($42;

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