Maintaining an image is considered one of the essential responsibilities that models need to uphold. This is especially true for those whose names are already familiar among the general public or whose faces are associated with a famous brand.
Therefore, even when a young model is not working, she needs to look presentable. According to the best teen modelling agencies, although it is not a requirement, models should acknowledge that people have certain expectations from them. It will be to a teen model’s advantage to meet these expectations because job opportunities for her can come at any time.
For teen models, though, image preservation is all about looking fresh. Given their young age, teens’ skin and face do not need to “beat” (in makeup guru speak) to look great. So, makeup for them should be three things:
Teen models need to look like their natural, beautiful selves. Also, it’s helpful to stick to no-fuss makeup for them because young skin deals with a lot of hormonal action. Going light on the makeup will not aggravate or cause skin issues. It’s important to mention too that it looks age-appropriate.
How to Create Off the Job a Fresh and Minimal Makeup Look for Teen Models
The great thing about minimal makeup is even young models who are not yet that skilled in makeup application can easily pull it off. Also, it does not require a lot of fancy products and tools, which are expensive and can be a tad intimidating to work with.
A professional makeup artist who works with a top cosmetics brand and offers coaching at a top teen modelling agency has the following tips for teen models who are committed to maintaining their model looks even when not on the job.
Tip 1: Focus more on skincare.
Skincare is the perfect base makeup for a natural and healthy look. To keep oil at bay, which is crucial in preventing acne, always use an oil-control gel cleanser. A gel cleanser is less harsh on young skin, it does not strip natural oils off of the face, but it gets rid of sebum effectively.
Use the cleanser with a Konjac sponge, which is a gentle exfoliator to clear out pores and keep skin looking soft and radiant. After cleansing, restore skin moisture with a dermatologist-approved hydrating product. This will keep skin translucent and bouncy.
Lastly, apply sun cream. It’s never too early to implement protection from the sun. This will prevent skin discolouration and the early onset of skin aging.
Tip 2: Always use a primer.
Applying primer before makeup will help keep your look fresh the whole day. You will find that you do not have to retouch often. Plus, some primers offer oil-control and pore-minimizing benefits. These do not only improve makeup application, but also make the skin look its best before actual makeup.
Tip 3: Use a pink tone foundation.
Pink tone foundation is responsible for that lovely flushed look that is associated with healthy young skin. Concentrate this foundation on the cheeks, the bridge of the nose, and the forehead. To give the foundation a more natural finish, use your clean fingers for application. This will allow you to warm the product up for a more even spread, a small amount will go a long way, and it will leave no streaks of the product on your skin.
Tip 4: Only spot conceal.
Target blemishes with concealer. Diffuse the colour and feather out the edges using a patting motion with your fingers. Do not smear concealer under the eyes even if you have a bit of darkness there. Just concentrate the colour on where you need it and blend the edges to restore a skin-like finish.
Tip 5: Use brow gel.
Brow gel is perhaps the most natural-looking eyebrow product, and it’s perfect to use for teenagers who still have a lot of hair there. The brow gel will darken and shape the brows beautifully, as well as keep them in place.
Tip 6: Apply a bit of your skin colour foundation on the cheekbones and eyes.
Doing this will further improve skin tone or even out the skin. Plus, it will enhance the opacity of the natural eye shadows that you may want to use. Use a damp Beauty Blender or makeup sponge for a light application.
Tip 7: Dust your face with a small amount of finishing powder.
Finishing powder is another product that will keep your natural makeup look fresh. It will control shine, especially on your T-zone, without compromising the glow you want on your face. You can use a fluffy brush or better a velour sponge, which makes skin look poreless.
Tip 8: Use cream highlighter to enhance the dimensions of the face.
Cream highlighter will bring brightness and emphasize the high points of your face. Dot a small amount on top of the cheekbones. Afterwards, proceed to the inner corners of your eyes, the brow bone, the Cupid’s bow, and the centre of the lower lip line. This strategic application of highlighter will just create a pretty glow – teenage skin should only look glowy and not highlighted to the heavens.
Tip 9: Curl those lashes and apply mascara.
No falsies when you want an all-natural look. However, spend a bit more time curling your lashes and sweeping a light coat of mascara through them. This will make a huge difference for your eyes. You will look more awake, and the shape of your eyes will look more defined. Do this tip right, and you no longer need eyeshadow or eyeliner.
Model Mode All the Time
Staying on model mode all the time is easy with these tips. They may seem like a lot of things to do for minimal makeup, but they are less than what most people do for their daily makeup, and they are all very easy to execute.
If you are a teen model, you will learn to breeze through these makeup tips. And, you can rest assured that even with this quick makeup routine, you will maintain the physically superior image models are known for.
Adam Jacobs is the Managing Director of Bubblegum Casting, the longest running agency specialising in babies, children and teen talent in Australia. Bubblegum Casting works with some of Australia’s biggest brands, media properties and agencies to secure talented children to work in Television, Film and Modelling roles.
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