Best Makeup Tips for Tween Girls

Best Makeup Tips for Tween Girls

Most moms are not OK with their girls or tweens wearing makeup. It’s hard enough for them to try to keep them young for as long as possible without them wanting to grow up so fast! It’s also hard to keep girls from wanting to try out new makeup tricks she sees online, or aspiring to look like all of her favorite role models (who are mostly in their pre-teen and upper teen ages). We have all been there! Maddie Ziegler, JoJo Siwa, Skai Jackson and even Millie Bobby Brown have been known to wear a lot of makeup and often times get a lot of flack for it. Most of these girls wear pretty minimal or no makeup at all on a daily basis, but when they do, it’s usually for events. Or make-up promos, like this one with Maddie and James (yowza!) Ok, you probably don’t want to do that.

Maddie Ziegler makeup makeover

When Should You Let Your Tween Wear Makeup?

That’s a tough question! Every parent and daughter situation is different. What’s a mom to do? Well, keeping her out of your makeup bag may not always be a solution (I clearly remember raiding my mom’s makeup drawer at age 10!) At age 12, or whatever magical age you and your daughter decide on, she will probably want to wear everything! But best guidance and tips for girls and tweens just starting out with makeup is to remember: Skin first and makeup second! And, ‘less is more’. If you can stress the importance and practice of good skin care habits first, it will help her to feel more confident about her complexion, thus needing less makeup. Teaching her how to put it on with fun, simple makeup tutorials is also a good place to start. In France, women have a philosophy to invest more in their skincare and less in their makeup. They put a lot of emphasis on natural beauty and I think that totally makes sense. We love all of the Instagram makeup looks and dramatic mermaid and unicorn makeup art and contouring, but that’s a lot of hard work! And, tbh, I often wonder how good it actually looks when it’s NOT a photo on Instagram. I’m sure it’s very pretty for Halloween and parties.

Tweens Are Gonna Want to Wear Makeup.

It’s inevitable. But it’s very possible for tweens to wear makeup and still look natural, fresh and not “made up”. The trick is to enhance the natural beauty of the girl, not cover her up in bright pink lips or smoky eyeliner.

Francesca Capaldi, age 12, is a great example! Pictured here, Francesca’s hair is flawless. She is absolutely gorgeous with minimal makeup on. Her look was achieved with just a little pink blush, powder, light tinted gloss and a sweep of mascara. Since there aren’t many makeup brands specifically made for girls and tweens, I always recommend gentle products made with natural ingredients that are hypoallergenic. Young skin can really be affected by harsh chemicals. A few great skincare and makeup brands to try for tweens or preteens is Clinique, AlmayEcco Bella (Vegan), Burt’s Bees and Physicians Formula products.


Pictured: Burt’s Bees Lip Gloss, KidSkin Face Cleanser, Alba Botanica Facial WashPhysicians Formula Organic Powder, Organic Cosmetics Makeup Designer Blush – By Jing Ai, Organic Tinted Lip Balm by Sky OrganicsPhysicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Mascara


Maddie Ziegler, age 14, pictured here from the Teen Choice awards in 2016 wears minimal makeup: BB cream with an illuminating powder with highlighter, shimmer eyeshadow in copper, light pink cheek stain, mascara and a neutral lip gloss.

“I love to play up my eyes because I don’t wear too much makeup,” Maddie says

Mackenzie Ziegler Makeup  

Mackenzie Ziegler, age 12, glows in a minimal and fresh makeup look! Here she wears a very light powder, a touch of blush, neutral shadow and a sweep of mascara to highlight her natural long lashes. Add a tinted lip balm and you’re GTG!

How to Choose the Best Hypoallergenic Makeup for Tweens

True hypoallergenic makeup should have few to no artificial chemical ingredients. Ideally, it should be made up of mostly natural or organic ingredients. Makeup that is free of fragrances, dyes, alcohols, parabens, oils (petroleum or mineral), mercury and/or mercury containing products (yikes) or talc is BEST. All of these ingredients are harmful and will irritate your skin (at best) Not to mention they are absolutely yucky to put on your skin and into your body.

Many natural beauty experts recommend mineral makeup powders instead of liquid foundations or cream blushes.
Helpful Allergy Tips:

  • Waterproof makeup uses a solvent that is a common irritant to sensitive skin and tends to have more oils than regular makeup
  • Some makeups contain certain oils from butters and nuts. For example, cocoa butter is a common ingredient in cosmetics and may cause a reaction to those allergic to chocolate. Some oils derived from nuts such as almond or macadamia nut as should be avoided by anyone with nut allergies. 

Tween Makeup Tutorial


Sources: Lovetoknow, Teen Vogue, Pretty Hair is Fun

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