This week, our guest Niki, from My Makeup School,
shares her thoughts and tips on make up for teens.
She shares that just like our collection of weekend basics,
less is more and simple is beautiful.
Niki, tell us a bit about yourself.
I have been a makeup artist for the last 12 years after a career change at 30. I’ve always been creative, dabbling in photography, acting and many arts and crafts along the way. For 10 years I had a desk job in media and while it was fun it wasn’t my passion. 7 years ago I had my daughter and went on maternity leave and never went back to the office, I’ve been running the business as a hair and makeup artist ever since and haven't looked back. This job is an extension of my love for art and design and I’ve never been happier.
Is makeup good or bad for our teen's skin?
Makeup isn’t good or bad per se, it’s about making sure the skin is well cleansed after it is worn. I do recommend having some days to let your skin breathe though and save it for special occasions or the weekend.
"...let your skin breathe though and save [makeup] for special occasions or the weekend."
At what age did you start using makeup?
My mum took me to the Revlon counter at 14 and I fell in love with using it, especially eye makeup!
What is one thing you wish you knew about make up as a teenager?
That you don’t have to wear much to look and feel great.
What would you recommend as a good start to teen girls who want to start using makeup?
I recommend wearing a light, radiant tinted moisturiser or mixing an illuminator into your foundation. Applying some cream blush on the cheeks and a cream highlight then a little eyeshadow and mascara and you’re done - fresh, natural beauty.
When you’re a teen, you’re always searching for ways to look your best. The rumour mill is full of recipes, products, and potential cures that could either work miracles for your complexion - or prove to be complete myths.
To save you the pain and disappointment of bad advice, we’ve set out to bust myths, and confirm the cures - so you can save face without fuss.
Becoming a teenager isn’t easy. A whole lot of changes come through at once; affecting how the body works, how we look and how we feel. It turns life upside down – sometimes in both good and bad ways.
The most telling sign of this ‘coming of age’ and internal turbulence shows itself in our skin. Back in the ‘good, old days’ of of being a pre-teen, we were usually lucky enough to get away without a blemish. But puberty brings about signature spots as time passes, and it’s only natural to see these hormonal changes pop up every now and then; it’s all apart of making the beautiful transition from girlhood to womanhood! And it’s actually very exciting.
With the right skincare routine for teens in hand, all of those spots and dots – from acne to blemishes and beyond – can be easily managed. Let’s walk through the why, the what, and the how, shall we?
"Do I have to have salad?"
The question I am asked nearly every dinner time.
I'm not sure why they bother because the answer is always a resounding "YES!" but I guess they can always live in hope.Salad. It's the one thing that can cause a major battle at the dinner table in most households with toddlers and teens (and maybe even husbands)! So when I came across a business that made salad look sexy and so delicious, and then discovered that they also families with kids, I knew I had to ask them how salad consumption at their mealtimes rated.