Teens can dazzle without a lot of dollars

One step teen girls should never skip when putting on their makeup -moisturizing
One step teen girls should never skip when putting on their makeup -moisturizing KRT

There is not a teenage girl in America who doesn't know the rule about moisturizers. That is: Use one. Of course, not all teenagers listen. (If their mothers had, they wouldn't be spending their children's college tuition in the anti-aging cosmetic aisle.)

Alas, the list of things that teenage girls don't know about makeup is long. It gets even longer when you ask them to put on the glam to go to a holiday party. Exactly how much glitter can a 15-year-old get away with? How much color? How much dazzle on the cheek? And, while we're on the topic, exactly how does one apply dazzle? Some of the girls on the Lexington, Ky., Herald-Leader Teen Board volunteered to learn all of the above and more. So they brought their freshly scrubbed faces to makeup artist Leigh-Ann Mims, and the results were nothing short of, well, dazzling.

Mims laid out the basics:

1. Start with a good cleanser (something like Dove or Purpose soaps are good; you'll need a good lather) and an even better moisturizer. Even if you have oily skin, you are going to want your face (the artist's palette) to be adequately prepared to accept your makeup.

2. Gently apply concealer (with a brush) around the eyes, nose and mouth, covering blemishes and under eye circles. (Remember: The flatter the brush, the more intense the color application.)

3. Gently apply foundation (you'll use less and get an even tone if you use a fluffy brush and circular motions).

4. Apply color by lightly dusting the cheek and gradually blending, blending, blending outward toward the hairline.

5. Apply a neutral cream eyeshadow to the entire eyelid. Cover with a medium color on the upper portion of the lid and a darker shade near the lash. Consider your coloring when choosing a complementary tone. A little boldness might be in order.

6. Line the top and bottom lashes using a small brush and a pencil.

7. Sweep two coats of mascara on upper lashes. Hold the wand vertically to apply a single coat to the bottom lash.

8. Apply a neutral lip conditioner first, then brighten with a sheer color and a glassy gloss. Blot and reapply.

9. Assess your look. Apply the lightest of face glitters to eyes, just enough to catch the light.

10. Be confident, and carry your lip gloss for reapplication as necessary.

Makeup artist Leigh-Ann Mims used MAC Cosmetics, available in department stores, and But teens can find a great selection of affordable beauty products at drugstores and discount retailers, including Wal-Mart and Walgreens.

  • Long-lasting Maybelline Great Lash Mascara, a mainstay of magazine best-buy lists, $4.79.
  • Revlon Powder Blush, in everything from Tawny Peach to Tender Plum, $9.79.
  • Neutrogena MoistureShine Gloss for shimmering lips, $7.65.
  • L'Oreal Glam Bronze Bronzing Powder to perk up a dull winter complexion, $12.49.
  • Cover Girl Smoothers Eyeliner, available in a bright blue/green Sterling Sage for a pop of color as well as basic Onyx for a smoky eye, $5.79.
  • Ulta Natural Finish Concealer with sponge applicator tip, $9 at Ulta stores.
  • Sephora Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 15 for sheer cover, $18. Available at Sephora stores or