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Q: My 13 year old daughter wants to start wearing makeup, and I'm not sure I feel comfortable with it. Do you have any suggestions of something she could wear that we would both feel comfortable with?

A: There are some great options for women of any ages who want a light, natural look without heavy makeup or dark colors - perfect for your daughter. Here are some things to try:

Don't cover up youthful skin with a mask of foundation. If you want a fresh, dewy face, try a little tinted moisturizer, shimmery moisturizer, or a very sheer coverage makeup if your complexion needs it. Oil of Olay and Cover Girl both have new tinted moisturizers, and there are some great shimmery face lotions available from BeneFit (High Beam), Stila (All Over Shimmer), Trucco, Prescriptives (Magic Potion) to name a few that give the skin a pretty glow. Prescriptives Unmakeup or Calvin Klein Sheer Cover Foundation are both great new choices for sheer foundation.

If you prefer a more matte finish, apply a very light dusting of loose face powder to clean skin with a large fluffy brush. It will minimize shine and give the skin an even finish.

For color like eye makeup or blush, opt for a very natural look. All you need is a basic non-thickening, non-lengthening mascara or lash darkener like Cover Girl Natural Lash Darkener, Philosophy The Supernatural Lash Darkener, Avon Hydra Finish Soft 'n Natural Mascara or Bobbi Brown mascara. For blush, use a gel or cream that gives a natural flush. I like Cover Girl CG Smoothers Cheek Glaze, Calvin Klein Cheek Color Wash or Origins Pinch Your Cheeks.

Lips should also be natural with just a hint of color. You can experiment with a bit of clear gloss (Naturopathica Honey Vanilla lip balm is tasty enough to eat, but don't!), or something rosy like Philosophy Kiss Me lip balm in red. Don't bother with lip liner and avoid overly matte or dark lipstick.

Also, this is a great age to teach your daughter about taking good care of her skin. Show her how to cleanse her face every night before bed (a gentle cleanser like Dove, Neutrogena, or Basis bars or gels should work fine), and use a light moisturizer that's right for her skin, if she needs it. Something with a little salicylic acid can help with any pre-teen breakouts; if she has dry patches, try a little 100% aloe gel or a light lotion like Eucerin or Kiss My Face.


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