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Basic & Economical Makeup Essentials for Teens

October 18, 2010
This post is specially dedicated to Mita..I hope you find this useful Mita.


Teens is the time when we start exploring & experiencing various new things around us. You are just out of school and stepping into a new world known as college life..Everyone wants to look their best in college, you want to be the centre of attraction 🙂 looking hip and happening. You want to look good but at the same time you need to manage on limited budget..…so heres a list of my basic makeup necessities for teens who are probably in the beginning of their journey in exploring the world of makeup.

But but but..before starting with makeup there are a few suggestions I would like to list down about skincare coz I believe a beautiful skin can make even the most simple makeup look gorgeous and proper skincare is what will help you maintain a healthy and beautiful skin.
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1. Sunscreen : Always use sunscreen!! Sunscreen should be a must have in your list. You are gonna be out probably the whole day..running from home to college, from college to classes then maybe out with friends before heading back home and you don’t want to harm your skin with all the sun exposure so always remember…NEVER LEAVE YOUR HOME WITHOUT A SUNSCREEN.

Lotus has some really good sunscreens. You can try the Lotus Herbals Sunblock Spray with SPF 50 (Rs. 195)


2. Moisturizer : Drying skin is one of the first signs of ageing. Moisturizer is food for your skin. How long can you survive without food? Not long na…so similarly your skin also needs its regular intake of food i.e moisturizer. Choose a moisturizer and the frequency of application depending on your skin type and your place of residence. Always keep your skin hydrated.

3. Never sleep with makeup on : Always remember to cleanse your face before going off to sleep. Remember this very basic rule of using makeup…Never sleep with makeup on. I agree we all have our lazy too…but even on my most lazy day I clean my face with wet tissues followed with facewash. You don’t want one moment of laziness to give you zits and pimples for the next couple of days na?? So pls…always remove makeup before going off to sleep. One also needs to be more careful about this in teens because that is the time when your body is also under-going a lot of hormonal changes which lead to pimples, acne etc and you wouldn’t want to add that rite. Sleeping with makeup on is one of the worst punishments you could give your skin.


4. Lipbalm : Like your skin, your lips need to be kept moisturized as well. Bad chapped lips is the last thing one would want. Buy a tinted lipbalm which will add some color to your lips while keeping it well moisturized. Even when you don’t feel like dressing up, just kajal n tinted lipbalm and you are ready to rock!!

Lotus lipbalms (Rs. 100 approx) are really nice and they come with SPF15 so you get extra sun protection as well. These come in some yummy flavours like Cherry, Vanilla, Chocolate, Cocoa, Mint…the tint of the lipbalm depends on the flavour you pick 🙂


Enough gyaan on skincare?? Now lets get to the main point that is makeup.

1. Foundation : I personally feel one shouldn’t be using a lot of heavy foundation that too on a daily basis in teenage years. For daily use I would suggest a tinted moisturizer which is much lighter than foundation in feel, application and coverage
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Products to Try : Biotique tinted moisturizer (Rs. 230) or Lakme daily wear soufflé (Rs. 99). I have emptied  couple of jars of the Lakme soufflé during my college years..It is an extremely light weight foundation which would be ideal for daily wear.


2. Compact / Pressed Powder: This will help you set your base (day cream or foundation). It specially helps for combination/oily skin people. 


Products to Try : Maybelline Whitestay UV Compact (Rs. 150). Lakme compact does a decent job too (Approx Rs. 150).




3. Kajal : Just a dash of kajal on your waterline can change your entire look. Remember the good old days when our grandmom used to make kajal at home…now you have a variety of kajal available in the market like Lotus, Biotique, VLCC, Shahnaz hussain etc

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Products to Try : Lotus herbals Kajal (approx Rs. 119). It has decent staying power on the waterline…

The recently launched Lakme satin finish kajal (Rs. 150) has got some good feedback too.

I also recently tried the Chambor Eye Tatoo pencil (Rs. 325) in black for one whole day and was pretty impressed with its staying power…I might be buying it for myself too.

4. Eyeliner: Colored pencil liners are a really versatile product. You can use these very easily every day and still manage to look different. Wear a thin line on your upper lashline or a thick line with a thin black liquid line or line your lower lashline with eyeliner pencil and finish with kajal on waterline..looks very can even smudge these on the upper lashline to create a new look.

Products to Try : Maybelline Vivid & Smooth Eyeliner Pencils (Rs. 200) : These have some really gorgeous colors like Olive, Steel Grey. 

Colorbar I-glide Pencils (Rs. 325) : These go really smooth on application and last for a long time. Colors to check out are Prunella, Jaded, theres one in dark royal blue too, cocobar

Bourjois Clubbing Eye Pencil (Rs. 325)

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Black Liquid Eyeliner: There are various options available in the market for these in brands like Lakme, Maybelline.

However one of the most cheapest one is the Lakme Insta liner which costs approx Rs. 70-80 and does a very very decent job.

5. Lipstick : Since you’ve just started building up your makeup kit, you could buy a couple of light-coloured lipsticks which you can use on a daily basis and maybe 1-2 bright colors which you can wear on night outs with friends or during your college fest or maybe friendship day, rose day etc..

Products to Try : Maybelline has some extremely good lipsticks.

Maybelline Watershine Lipsticks (Rs. 220) : These lipsticks are extremely sheer and hence would be ideal for daily college wear.

Maybelline Moisture extreme Lipsticks (Rs. 220): These are extremely creamy lipsticks with some amazing colors. Couple of my daily wear lipsticks are of this range like Silver Sand, Dusk, Desert Bloom.
Maybelline Colorsensational Lipstick

Maybelline Colorsensational Lipsticks (Rs. 299): This is the latest range from Maybelline and since this range has been launched Maybelline has discontinued their Watershine and Moisture Extreme Range so you would only be able to find the existing stock in these ranges. Colorsensational has around 33 shades so everyone is sure to find one for themselves…both light and bright colors.

Oriflame : Oriflame has this Visions V range which has very economical lipsticks for Rs. 89, Rs. 129 and Rs. 149!! Though I have not personally tried these yet, you can always pick up these lipsticks in shades you may not wear very often or just for the fun of it…I am sure 89 bucks wont hurt the pocket much 🙂

Chambor Lipsticks (Rs. 575) : These are extremely creamy with quite decent staying power and good color range.

Revlon Colorburst (Rs. 550): Again decent staying power, extremely creamy.

6. Lipgloss : A dab of lipgloss gives a very glamorous finish to lipstick. I would suggest buying one transparent gloss with/without shimmer which can be used with any lipstick and then you can buy lipgloss in any color of your liking.

Maybelline Colorsensational Lipgloss

Products to Try : Lakme has some really nice transparent and transparent with shimmer lipglosses. These would cost roughly around Rs. 200- Rs. 250…I bought mine a long time ago so don’t remember the exact cost.

Maybelline Colorsensational Lipglosses (Rs. 250) : These are again new launches from Maybelline and they have some extremely nice color shades to choose from.

7. Mascara : IMO, since you are on limited budget, invest in a mascara only if you think you would be wearing it quite often. Not underestimating the power of mascara but I don’t remember using one in my college days…We don’t really have a lot of time to dress up before rushing to college and since mascaras have a shelf life of only 3 months, invest in one only if you would use it often.

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Products to Try : Maybelline Colossal Volum Mascara (Rs. 260)


8. Blush : I don’t think you would be using a blush on a daily basis to college so you could invest in just 1 blush which you can use for all your parties, college fest etc. But do buy 1 blush…just a swipe of blush can change your entire look…I regret discovering the beauty of blush so late..and now theres no stopping me 🙂

Products to Try : Colorbar (Rs. 250) has some really excellent blushes.
Another brand to check out for blushes is Maybelline Expert Wear blushes (Rs. 209)

9. Eyeshadows : Again I feel teenagers can save some money here. You wouldn’t be wearing e/s on a daily basis hence I would suggest buying a basic palette with some neutral shades and maybe another palette with some colors or singles with colors once you are more confident of using these.  

Products to Try : Maybelline Chai Latte Quad (Rs. 240) is one of the best brown quads available.

For a colorful Quad, you could try Colorbar Warm Palette (Rs. 499) and also Colorbar singles (Rs. 225).



10. Makeup Brushes : definitely need some tools to use these beautiful makeup items, dont you…..

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You can start with Vega brushes which are pretty good at their job…Blush brush (Rs. 95), Eyeshadow brush (Rs. 40-50), blending brush etc…You can either buy a whole set or individual brushes.




Makeup Shopping Places in Bombay!!

Some places to go makeup shopping in Bombay (Discounts Discounts & More Discounts!!)
There are couple of Beauty Centres in Bombay which not only have a array of products all under 1 roof but also offer discounts around 10-20% through the year on most of the items…So you can really save some big money if you can manage to do your shopping from these stores

Beauty Centre
Phone : 23466672/ 80 /82
Sunday Closed

New Beauty Centre 

 751-S.V. ROAD

Phone : 26052947 /48 /49
Sunday Closed

The Beauty Shop

Phone : 28085702 / 03/ 04
Friday Closed

1st Beauty

Phone : 25025031 / 32/ 33
Sunday Closed

Is there anything you would like to add to this list? What would be ur picks for makeup essentials for teens ? 

32 Comments leave one →
  1. October 19, 2010 5:24 am

    amazing post HD 🙂 loved it dear ……

  2. October 19, 2010 6:47 am

    thanks dear!! any suggestions??

  3. October 19, 2010 6:56 am

    thats an awesum article…I wud suggest a good face wash..Himalaya neem is my HG…Ponds Tinted Moisturizer,Colorbar matte lipsticks n juicy candy gloss,lakme rose powder,lakme radiance compact n even jordana stuff is nice n affordable..

  4. October 19, 2010 7:02 am

    You summed it all now what will we write :P..just kidding..loved the post..

  5. October 19, 2010 7:19 am

    wow..great post for girls..Really very informative…love it.

  6. October 19, 2010 7:43 am

    Hey Bhumika…yes a good facewash is a must have…My personal fav are Lakme fruit blast range and Himalaya Gentle exfoliating one 🙂 I personally love the Day cream and TM from Ponds Age Miracle range but wasnt sure if it would be the rite age to begin using anti-ageing products so didnt include 🙂 Lakme still makes radiance compact na?? I have used it for years together!! Thanks for sharing all your inputs BhumikaHows ur prep for ur exams gng?

  7. October 19, 2010 7:45 am

    Thanks Anamika…I am sooo happppy you'll liked this post 🙂

  8. October 19, 2010 7:46 am

    Thanks Rakshanda 🙂 So glad u liked it 🙂 🙂

  9. October 19, 2010 11:26 am

    Really nice… like the way u mentioned every product… Lakme liner is one of my fav. i use it all the time… i was looking for a good blush and mascara nd ur post helped me!! thnx so much !!

  10. October 19, 2010 12:02 pm

    heyy Deeptima…thank you so much for appreciating 🙂 I have couple of liquid black liners with me rite now but irrespective of wht all I might have..the Lakme insta liner is always in my kit 🙂 Lemme know which blush n mascara u picked 🙂

  11. October 19, 2010 1:56 pm

    Great post hd….! this is not just for teens, but for any beginner 🙂

  12. October 19, 2010 2:33 pm

    studies goin on yaar…Do u think Ponds TM is actually related much to age..?I also dont need its a gud dont mind using it..n I use it ocassionally…

  13. October 19, 2010 6:39 pm

    Such a lovely post HD :-DI wud like to add deo/perfume to the list coz a gr8 scent can lift ur mood n freshen u up while ur runnin around all day.

  14. October 19, 2010 6:41 pm

    well written HD!!!!!!! i louuud it!!!:D:D mwah!

  15. October 19, 2010 7:25 pm

    Thanks Anks…glad its helpful 🙂 hows ur baby doing??

  16. October 19, 2010 7:28 pm

    Hey Bhumika…I hv just started using the TM since arnd 2 weeks but have been using the Day cream since couple of months and dont really see any anti-ageing effect till now…But I am just hoping it is working 😉 Anyways 25 it seems is the rite age to start using anti-ageing products and ur not too far off so I guess if it works well for you as a TM you can continue using it…

  17. October 19, 2010 7:29 pm

    Thanks Sharon 🙂 Oh yes…a deo/perfume/body mist is definately a must have

  18. October 19, 2010 7:30 pm

    thanks ikuuu!!!! muahhhh….so hws ur jury thing gng?? nt seen online much these days?? or maybe our timings are diff??

  19. October 20, 2010 7:00 am

    hey…HD thanx alot 4 dis post!!!!! since its festive season…dese tips are gonna be really helpfull…. i'll let you know watever i pic…. and thanx bhumika and others for your suggestions..!!!

  20. October 20, 2010 7:22 am

    Great post- very helpful for people starting off with makeup !!!!

  21. October 20, 2010 7:22 am

    Google is not allowing me to follow u 😦

  22. October 20, 2010 8:39 am

    Nice effort & gr8 article HD! Lots of teens will find it super useful. My only tip to teens would be to take good care of your skin. As youngsters we can be reckless sometimes and forget/avoid sunscreens.

  23. October 20, 2010 9:30 am

    Hey Mita…have a nice time shopping and waiting to knw wht all u pick 🙂

  24. October 20, 2010 9:32 am

    Thnks Mehak 🙂 oops not allowing to follow 😦 wht error r u getting? I love your blog!!!

  25. October 20, 2010 9:42 am

    Thanks alot Tanveer!!! I totally agree on skincare…clear n healthy skin is the first step..

  26. October 20, 2010 6:19 pm

    Nice Post HD.Can you tell me where can I find Colorbar cosmetics in Andheri or Vile Parle?Is there any link where I can know which stores sell colorbar products across the country or in Jaipur/mumbai particularly?Thanks in Advance,-A

  27. October 20, 2010 8:03 pm

    Hey A..thanks!!! You can find colorbar cosmetics at Alpha which is located at Irla, Vile Parle…Colorbar is also available at all the beauty stores which I have listed above in my post…Infact you can get 10-20% discount at these stores…Other than these stores, Colorbar is also available at Spencers in Inorbit Mall, Malad…but I would strictly advice you against gng there as the counters there are sooo shady…it may put you off cosmetics all together :P…go there only if are totally sure wht u want to buy and are not able to find it at any of the other stores…dont trying swatching or testing there…just go n buy ur stuff thts it 🙂 Sadly colorbar is not available at Lifestyle / Shoppers Stop…The colorbar website is not updated…I am not aware abt Jaipur but I can check with a friend and let you knw 🙂

  28. October 20, 2010 8:47 pm

    Hey can check at Saraogi Mansion or Bapu Bazaar…you might even be able to find colorbar at Lifestyle and Shoppers…not sure though..just checked with a friend

  29. October 21, 2010 7:27 am

    Nice post HD 🙂

  30. October 21, 2010 7:50 am

    Thanks Vinitha 🙂 Welcome here 🙂 🙂

  31. October 21, 2010 11:00 am

    hi ra HD!! too much work these days! sem end na.. so me not working. but me feeling guilty about doing this so not doing either!:P

  32. October 21, 2010 3:23 pm

    hehehe 🙂 u better concentrate on ur studies….u need to earn well for ur makeup na 😀

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