Tween Beauty Tips

Tween-age girls often spend a lot of time thinking about their appearance.
Tween-age girls often spend a lot of time thinking about their appearance. (Image: Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

The tween years are those when the young person no longer feels like a child, but isn't yet a teenager. Girls this age are often in middle school and may begin experimenting with makeup and paying more attention to their appearance. Often, tween-age girls start having acne, begin developing womanly figures and become more interested in using hairstyling tools and beauty products. Practicing common-sense beauty tips helps the girl transition from a child to a teenager gracefully.

Hair Tips

Hairstyling tools help you style your hair with heat. This can be harsh on the hair strands and can result in dried out, damaged hair with split ends. Allowing your hair to dry naturally is an excellent way to keep it healthy looking, if you have time.

Shampoo and condition your hair with products that are formulated for your hair type. Adolescents and teenage girls often have oily hair and it may need washing every day or every other day to look its best.

Read the directions carefully on curling irons, straighteners and other heated hair tools. Never use them on wet hair unless it specifically states it is made for styling wet hair. Apply a product after your shampoo or before using a styling tool that is formulated to help achieve the desired effect, such as a straightening lotion or curl-boosting mousse. If your hair isn't shiny and clean, the style won't be as attractive.

Skin Tips

When girls are as young as 9 or 10, their faces may begin to break out and have acne, according to the PreTeenager Today website. This can make an already awkward age even more so, and harm self-esteem.

It is important to keep your hands away from your face to help prevent breakouts. Putting your hands on your face transfers dirt and germs from the objects you touch throughout the day and often worsens acne.

Wash your face each morning, even though you don't feel it could have gotten dirty while sleeping. The skin releases oils and dust still accumulates on the skin during rest.

Never go to bed with makeup on. Wash your face each night even if you do not wear makeup. It is also important to cleanse your face after heavy exercise and activities that make you sweat. Use skin cleaning products formulated for your skin type, whether it is oily, dry, sensitive or a combination of two types.

Cleanliness isn't the only thing that causes acne; stress -- whether it is happy stress or bad -- can cause the breakouts as well. The chances are good that many of your friends are having the same problem. Just smile with confidence and try to ignore the acne as best as you can.

Fashion Tips

Because adolescents develop at different ages, some girls may start developing a womanly shape at a very young age, while others may not bloom until they are 15, 16 or even older. Both the early and late bloomers experience difficulties dealing with these changes. Focus on fashions that enhances your body type and don't worry about what looks attractive on other people.

If you do have a limited clothing budget, shop at garage sales, thrift shops, Goodwill or other stores that accept clothing donations. You may be surprised at the name brands and current fashions that are available at bargain prices. Save your allowance or use birthday and holiday money to invest in trendy accessories, such as scarves, necklaces or bracelets. Accessories will transform any basic outfit so that it fits in well with current fashions. Shopping for bargains on jeans and tops allows you to spend your money on items that give a current look to your clothing.

Makeup Tips

Tween-age girls often start experimenting with makeup. If your parents agree that you can wear a bit of makeup, try a tinted moisturizer instead of a heavy foundation. It evens out the skin tone, looks natural and is effective at hiding acne. Brushing a tiny amount of foundation lightly over acne helps to camouflage it as well.

The secret is to aim for a natural look at this age. Many parents only allow a touch of mascara, lip gloss and a light dusting of blush for tween girls. These products enhance your beauty but do not make you appear older than your age. Read the label to ensure your makeup products are oil-free or non-comedogenic. This means it won't clog pores.

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