These days there is a lot more to beauty and skin care then knowing what color to use or how to take makeup off. It is now about the whole package. It is about knowing how to apply and use makeup and skin care products. It is also about having healthy skin through eating right, exercising and drinking plenty of water. I have created a list of Christmas 2007 hottest beauty and skin care gift ideas for teen girls.
1) Education about makeup and makeup use. It is important for her to know what colors look good on her, what makeup works best with her skin, how to properly apply and remove makeup, and how to keep her skin healthy.
Teen makeover day. The best gift is to find a real make-up artist to teach her how to properly take care of her skin and apply makeup. Knowing how to take care of her skin and how show of her best features and hid others with the use of make-up will be something that is useful no matter what style, fad or fashion she is in today or in the future. It is important to find someone who is actually teaching skin care and make-up application, not some one marketing a product. What is important is not a type of make-up or product but the knowledge of what different products do, how to use them, and do you even need to use them. A good teacher will cover skin care, how to prevent acne and how to deal with it when it shows up and how to apply make-up to look her best no matter what style or fad she is in. This is useful for girls into who have never put on makeup, ones who are minimalists right up to Goths as the knowledge and principles are all the same no matter the look, style or fad she is currently into. This is such a great gift because it takes away any fear of make up, reduces the number of make up disasters, and helps with self-esteem.
Creative Cosmetics - The Science of Skin Care. This is all about learning what is in skin care products and what they actually do. A teenager will learn about basic dermatology and the chemistry of oils, gels and lotions. Then they get to make some skin care products as experiments. They also learn how skin care products are applied as well as the hygiene and safety necessary for proper skin care. The kit includes seventeen different cosmetics base substances to make personalized makeup, lip gloss, body lotion, face cream and shower gel. This kit is $54.95 at http://www.discoverthis.com/ and $54.99 at http://www.target.com/.
Scientific Explorer French Spa Body Lotion – Teens learn about what is in French body lotions, and use chemistry to create their own designs. This kit is $17.95 at http://www.sciencestoreforthestars.com/.
2) Skin care products. This can be skin creams, cleansers, home facial kits, mini facials, or the tools and equipment used for skin care found in any makeup department or store done up in a basket or put into her stocking.
Panasonic Misting Pore Cleaner. The pore cleaner offers deep cleaning suction power for cleaner, healthier pores. This one I found for $49.99 at http://www.sears.com/.
Conair Illumina Collection Two-Sided Lighted Makeup Mirror with 4 Light Settings
Two-sided lighted makeup mirror with four settings simulates day, evening, office, and home. Full size mirrors with florescent light system. One-year limited Warranty.
Conair Complete Facial Care System. This system features a 6-step facial care process that cleans & steams, exfoliates & massages, and moisturizes & refreshes. This system is $26.74 at http://www.walmart.com/.
Revlon MoistureStay Ionic Hot or Cold Facial Sauna. She can give herself a facial right at home. This is $29.74 at http://www.walmart.com/.
3) Makeup Kits. There are always wonderful makeup kits available in any department store or makeup specialty shop. If the teen girl does not know her colors or is learning than a large multi color kit with lots of makeup is the best option to let her experiment. Once she knows her colors then find kits or sets around those colors. Please include makeup-removing products with any gift of makeup, such as makeup removing creams and face washes. It is just as important to properly remove the makeup, as it is to learn how to put it on.
Sears has great kits on sale right now for $19.99. Colorworks 65 Piece Traditional Traincase, Colorworks 47 Piece Music Box Traincase and Colorworks Beauty Briefcase are all on sale. They are great kits with lots of color selections as well as a variety of makeup from lipstick, blush, eye shadow and more. These are great for when you do not know what make-up a teen girl likes, or she is just starting to use it.
Colorworks 94 Piece Color Perfect Blockbuster, a make-up collection that features a combination of 94 eyeshadows, blushes, lipsticks, lip glosses, and nail polishes. Current price $25.20 on sale, regular price is $ 36.00 at Sears.
Colorworks 59 Piece Nail Blockbuster, this 59-piece nail set features a variety of colors. Current price $25.20 on sale, regular price is $ 36.00 at Sears.
Colorworks Essential Makeup Tools One handbag including 12 Eyeshadows, 2 Blushes, 1 Lip Gloss, 1 Mascara, 2 Nail Polishes, 1 Shimmer Powder, 1 Lip Pencil, 1 Eye Pencil and 4 Makeup. This is on sale for $10.00 at http://www.sears.com/.
4) Fashion games are a great way for a teen to experiment with styles, looks and fashion trends.
Digi Glam Makeover and Digi Makeover Interactive Makeup Kit, let’s girls create their own makeovers and includes. They also include interactive touch pad and digital camera that plug directly into the TV. Digi Makeover Interactive Makeup Kit is $49.94 at http://www.walmart.com/.
5) Books. There are new books out every year with fashion, beauty and skin care tips.
“Face Forward”. This book is for those who see the fun of makeup and are eager to experiment with the virtually unlimited possibilities of it. “Face Forward” is celebrity makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin's third book. This book is $19.79 at http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/.
“Makeup Makeovers: Expert Secrets for Stunning Transformations book” Author: Jones, Robert. Unlike most makeup books that focus on celebrities or the already glamorous, “Makeup Makeovers” shows every woman how to be her most beautiful. No matter what your age, skin tone, or profile, Robert can show you simple techniques that camouflage flaws and highlight each woman's unique beauty. This book is $14.18 at http://www.walmart.com/.
“Skin And Nails: Care Tips For Girls”
Author: Julie Montalbano This book gives girls head-to-toe tips on preventing pimples, protecting their skin from the sun, and keeping their nails strong and smooth. Plus, girls will learn how to give themselves the spa treatment - right at home. This book is $9.45 at http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/.
“You Glow, Girl! : The Ultimate Health & Skin Care Guide for Teens” Author: York-Goldman. This fun and fact-filled book is written in hip, teen-friendly language but carries a message of vital importance: skin care and protection during adolescence and teen years play a major role in promoting lifelong skin health and beauty. Predictably, the book covers a host of less-than-glamorous skin problems common among teens, from acne and dandruff to excessive sweating and athlete’s foot. Equal space is also given to making the most of what you’ve got: choosing skin, hair and cosmetics. This book is $22.33 at http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/.
“Beauty Basics for Teens: The Complete Skin-care, Hair-care, and Nail-care Guide for Young Women”
This book has a top dermatologist and a professional model to guide her through beauty dilemmas that only teen girls face. Filled with expert advice, easy-to-follow instructions, and really helpful hints, Beauty Basics for Teens covers:
The daily routines that will keep you blemish-free.
How to shop for cosmetics and skin-care products, and how to use them like a pro.
Advice on nail and hair care, including tips to banish bad-hair days forever.
How to identify your true skin, hair, and nail types, so you finally use the right products.
The roles that diet, exercise, and rest play in how you look.
This book is $15.16 at http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/.
Written by: Lori-Lee Craig