How to apply makeup without your parents noticing

Im 18 years old and currently in university. I want to start wearing makeup to school but my moms against the idea (she doesnt like the idea of makeup in general and while she may let me wear it if i push her, she’ll make negative remarks about my makeup which i don’t want).

I have some left over makeup from prom, so my only problem is how can i remove the makeup before getting home? Will using regular makeup wipes be enough to get all the makeup off? My mom has eyes like a hawk.

Thanks in advance!

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How to Apply Makeup Without Your Parents Noticing

Avoid black eyeliner, as that’s about the only thing that’s hard to remove all traces of quickly. Everything else tends to come off easily with wipes, even mascara, but eyeliner usually takes a bit more work to get it out from between your lashes and showing up with pink skin around your eyes from rubbing might be just as much a giveaway as wearing makeup in the house.

And yes, like everyone’s said, you’re 18 and can do what you want. but that doesn’t help when your mother is both paying for your college and likely to ***** at you for wearing makeup.

You are an adult now so you can do whatever you like. You could wear natural looking makeup. Makeup enhances your features. 🙂 And a natural makeup look looks purdy goood. It’s just makeup and I am sure that won’t affect your mom. Even if she’s going to judge, that makeup isn’t going to ruin her life or make it better anyway. I don’t think.. And makeup wipes will take off the makeup. 🙂 You could use some oils (olive, coconut) or cleansers to remove it too. Good luck!

How to Apply Makeup Without Your Parents Noticing

Your 18 and live at home that’s the problem if you wear makeup your mom might tell you to get out, how ever your a adult now and you can make your own decisions. If you want to wear makeup all the time just ask your mom what she will do if you do it and go form there

How to Apply Makeup Without Your Parents Noticing

Your 18? You can make your own decisions and dont let people change you or make you do what they like even if its family/ your mum. But if so then yes makeup wipe is quick to remove makeup. If you have loads then maybe use more than one. Im 14 and my parents was agains makeup until i convinced them so maybe try that with your mum 😉 Also if your going to put a little im sure she wouldnt mind especially if youll say it helps you with your convidence

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I am only 12 years old turning 13 in October. I want to use eyeshadow and look good. Just that I don’t want my parents knowing or else I will get in trouble. The only thing I use now is mascara. PLEASE HELP ME!

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How to Apply Makeup Without Your Parents Noticing

Hey! I’m fourteen and wear almost every type of makeup (foundation,eyliner,mascara,ect) anyway my friend used to be in the same ol situation your in! She just put her makeup on while she was walking to school on the bus or even in the bathroom before the bell rings! Just take your makeup in a bag and put it on at school then wipe it of on your hand or toliet paper before you get home! On the weekend just put it on at your friends house if your hanging out with them. If your with your parents your just going to have to deal without makeup!

You may be able to convince your parents for eyeshawdow if you try hard enough! Good luck! 🙂

How to Apply Makeup Without Your Parents Noticing

well i don’t reccomend lying to your parents about this, but if you really have to just put it on at school and take it off before you get home.

or, you could find some very natural shades of eyeshadow, like browns,soft pinks, nothing bright or glittery. then put some on, not TOO much, and then talk to your parents about wearing just that. try to compromise, say that you’ll only wear a little bit of natural looking eyeshadow, and then when you turn 13 maybe you can start wearing some blush or something.

Put it on at school, or in the car if you are in the back, then wipe it off, or don’t look them directly in the eye when you’re home. Once, I was wearing electric blue eyeliner, and I didn’t look my dad in the eye all night, and he never noticed :).

You can also use a very discreet eyeshadow. Parents tend to notice less if it’s ore neutral, but people at school are looking for it, and will notice.

How to Apply Makeup Without Your Parents Noticing

Wear natural looking makeup. Nude lipstick, skin tone eyeshadow, those will do the trick. Don’t get caked up with all that makeup because that’s SUPER noticeable!

12yr olds who wear makeup look like sluts

TRUST ME! Me and my firends make fun of those girls all the time, the ones who think there so hot and prance around in mini skirts with a pound of makeup on their face even though there way too young. It makes you look like youre trying to be older then u are wich makes u look stupid.

How to Apply Makeup Without Your Parents Noticing

Apply the eyeshadow at school,and remove it before going home. anyways your parent shouldn’tforbidd you to use makeup because if you feel unconfident you should make you self feel confident it will just make u more insecure if you keep it this way.

I understand what you are going through! I am 13 and in the 4th grade, all my friends already wore eyeliner and I was only allowed to wear mascara and eyeshadow! So, I started going to school earlier each morning( I walked to school) and putting makeup on in the bathrooms. Everyday after school, my friend was there with makeup remover and I took it off before walking home. I met her outside after school everyday and she came inside with me to help. The thing was, I had no idea how to apply eyeliner! It was my older sister’s liquid eyeliner and I tried one morning to put it on but it dripped down my face and I had no makeup remover. What I didn’t know was that it was water proof and so when I went to remove it with water, it wasn’t doing anything. So, like an idiot, I decided that if I make it look like I wanted it to be there, other students would believe that I wanted it to be there. So, I took more of it and splattered my whole face with it. It ALMOST worked because those gullible 4th graders totally believed me. But, when I went outside later that day to get my friend’s makeup remover, my mom was standing outside waiting for me. I tried to turn away, but she grabbed my arm and pulled me inside the car. And, well. you know the rest. I got grounded from EVERYTHING and I got my best friend in trouble with my parents and her own. Later, I found out that my teacher had called my mom and ratted me out. I hated her for awhile, but now, I realized she was just helping me out. 😀 So, my advice to you is to just not wear it until you are allowed. 😉 I bet it will be soon!

How to Apply Makeup Without Your Parents Noticing

I don’t think lying is a good solution either. Just tell them what you want, and cope with it. Explain that you *think* you’re mature enough and promise you won’t look like a clown; convince them 😀

How to Apply Makeup Without Your Parents Noticing

Dont do your makeup in the house, if you are hanging with friends do it there or use a peach or orange color to make it look natural, also use a little lip gloss and tell em it is chap stick :]

Why don’t you just ask them if it’s alright if you use it? You shouldn’t have to be going behind there backs. You could easily lose their trust that way. Just ask them. 😉

Some days you want your makeup to look natural and not too “done” — at a low-key work lunch, during morning carpool, or when you’re wearing a really fancy outfit, for example.

But going bare-faced is probably not what you had in mind! With the right products and techniques, you can make the most of your natural beauty without wearing a ton of makeup.

STEP 1: Prep the Palette

Great makeup always starts with fresh skin. To fool them into thinking your luminous skin is nature’s gift, start by washing, toning, and moisturizing your face.

“Also, drink lots of water to plump the skin from the inside,” says Pittsburgh-based makeup artist Patty Bell. Skin cells are made of mostly water, and if you’re dehydrated, your skin will look and feel dry, too.

Bonus tip: Don’t skimp on sunscreen just because you’re going for lighter makeup. The best choice is a lightweight, oil-free sunscreen with at least SPF 30.

STEP 2: Step Off Base

Skip the heavy foundation and even out your skin with a healthy dose of sheer color from a tinted moisturizer or BB cream.

“Applying your makeup with your fingers or makeup sponges instead of brushes will also create a more natural look,” says Mary Schook, a New York esthetician and makeup artist. Use freshly washed fingertips! Next, finish by applying translucent powder — but only where you need it, mostly around the forehead, nose, and chin.

Bonus tip: Use a light-reflecting concealer pen on dark or red areas — around your nose, under your eyes, on your chin. Light-reflecting concealers hide small-to-moderate imperfections without caking up.

STEP 3: Fake a Natural Flush

Work with the tones in your skin. Find a creamy blush that matches your skin’s natural flush, like after you exercise.

Or you can use your lip tone as a guide. In general, powder pinks work for fair skin tones, peachy pinks work for medium skin, and brownish pinks work for darker skin.

“Blend a dot of the blush into areas where the sun would fall on your face — apples of your cheeks, chin, forehead, and bridge of nose,” Schook says.

Bonus tip: For the most natural-looking flush, avoid makeup with a lot of shimmer or sparkle, which comes off as overdone. Pat the blush onto your cheeks and other areas, and then blend outward. You could also use the same cream blush on your lips.


STEP 4: Open Your Eyes

Give lashes a subtle boost by curling them and then swiping them with one coat of brown or dark brown lengthening mascara. This is a good time to give your regular black mascara a break — you just want to add a little contrast, not drama, to your eyes.

For your lids, “you can still use a shadow and look natural,” Schook says. “Just use cream shadows in skin-tone-friendly shades instead of powders that can sit on the skin and make it look like you are wearing makeup.”

Bonus tip: If you have sparse brows or gaps to fill in, use a stiff brush to apply brow powder for a natural and subtle arch. And if you can’t leave home without eyeliner, smudge a little into the outer corners of your eye.

STEP 5: Pucker Up

Polish off your no-makeup look with a swipe of lip gloss in a color that’s just one shade brighter than your natural lip color. Even better? New York makeup artist Denise Del Russo recommends using a color-adjusting gloss. The shade changes to suit your individual skin tone when you apply it.

Bonus tip: Mist your skin with a weightless makeup-setting spray after you finish applying. Use the spray throughout the day to help your makeup stay fresh.


Denise Del Russo, makeup artist, New York.

Mary Schook, esthetician and makeup artist, New York.

When you’re a kid, rules can seem ridiculously unfair. But when you look back at a scenario with adult eyes, you can sometimes see the reason that certain mantras were put into place. However, there were a few weird rules about wearing makeup your parents had that probably still don’t make much sense to this day.

If you were a goody-two shoes, it’s funny to think that you blindly followed any guidelines your parents, teachers, or any authoritative establishment laid out. Ultimately, you believed that following the rules would get you far in life. For the most part, this turned out to be true. Like, it’s not good to break the law, guys. But other times, it’s super fun to break the rules — especially when it comes to personal style.

Little did you know that your parents may have had some ulterior motives when it came to their do’s and don’ts. Sure, they gave you a strict bedtime because kids need a lot of sleep. But now, you know they likely did this so they could spend some quality, child-free time together as well.

If you asked them about it now, they may divulge the real motives behind their bizarre codes. Although you might have an inkling about their true motives today, here are some weird rules about wearing makeup you did not understand while growing up.

1. No Wearing Makeup To School

Your parents constantly reminded you that school was not a beauty pageant — although sadly, it basically was. They probably didn’t want you to wear makeup to class because they were worried you’d attract attention from boys — which was something they definitely did not want, especially if you were still in middle school. Little did they know you’d been talking to your crush on MSN’s messenger for months.

2. No Bright Lipstick

After Moulin Rouge! was released in the early 2000s, your parents did not want to encourage you to look anything remotely like the can-can dancers or the songstresses who performed “Lady Marmalade,” so they banned bright lipstick altogether.

3. Tinted Lip Balm Was Fair Game

Nivea Lip Care Pearl And Shine Pack Of 6, $22.99,

It made absolutely no sense that your parents wouldn’t let you wear bright lipstick, but they’d let you wear tinted lip balm. It was more or less the same thing, right? Either way, you weren’t complaining.

4. Black Eyeliner Was A No-No

Whether they admitted it or not, your parents may have been scare-mongered by news of the cult of emo. Seeing as heavy, black eyeliner was a telltale sign of an emo kid, they likely banned you from wearing it.

5. Glittery Makeup Was Fine, In Small Amounts

Icy Blue Eye Glitz Palette, $7.50,

Any makeup that made you look like a Barbie-obsessed little girl who’d been in her mom’s makeup bag was A-OK with your parents. They didn’t wanted you to grow up. Ever.

6. Excessive Lip Gloss Was Prohibited

According to your parents, too many lashings of LancГґme Juicy Tubes created a slippery slope that apparently led to you becoming a 12-year-old Paris Hilton. Little did your parents know that Ms. Hilton had a lot more to offer than she was often given credit for.

7. A “Natural” Makeup Look Was Alright

If your parents were having a good day, they may have turned a blind eye to a “natural” makeup look, even if your mom knew exactly how many products you’d applied to your face.

8. Nail Polish Was OK, But Chipped Nail Polish Was Not

Nail polish made you look polished and put-together and you’d basically been wearing it since you were six, so your parents couldn’t exactly stop you from doing so when you reached middle school.

However, chipped nail polish had to be removed as soon as your parents laid eyes on your phalanges. After all, it “made you look like you didn’t bathe,” or something ridiculous like that.

9. Blush & Bronzer Were Allowed When Visiting Grandma

Upon leaving the house to visit your grandparents, your mom may have streaked a little blush or bronzer on the apples of your cheeks, because otherwise your granny would tell her you looked sickly and worry about what your mom was feeding you and whether you’d been getting enough time outdoors.

10. Brown Mascara Was Acceptable

Maybelline Great Lash Washable Mascara (Dark Brown,) $29.99,

Brown mascara was less noticeable and more natural (unless you had jet black hair) so you could either wear it without anyone realizing, or your mom would give in to your whining and allow you to wear it.

11. When It Came To Dance Shows, You Got In Trouble For Not Wearing A Full Face Of Makeup

If you ever went to dance classes as a kid, you’ll likely remember that during performances and competitions, you had to wear a full face of makeup. It completely baffled you that you were allowed to rock a ton of lipstick, blue eyeshadow, and more while performing, but IRL you weren’t given permission to sport a fraction of that.

We may never know the real reasons behind our parents’ weird rules regarding wearing makeup, but that’s OK. At least now we can wear as much fuchsia lipstick and black eyeliner as we please.

Images: American Zoetrope, Muse Productions, Eternity Pictures (1); Lifetime/Youtube (1); Courtesy Brands (3)


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How to Apply Makeup Without Your Parents Noticing

Go with neutral tones for your skin coloring (browns and tans for your eyes and a light peach or pink for cheeks). This will be less shocking for your parents and therefore easier for them to accept.

Some tips on asking:

1. Don’t say, “But all of my friends wear makeup!” – this is an automatic turn off for parents

2. Don’t throw a tantrum – be calm and cool about it, this will show that you are mature enough to wear the stuff in the first place

3. Give them good reasons why you want to wear makeup (EX: to look more mature, to accentuate my eyes, etc.)

Hope this helps!

How to Apply Makeup Without Your Parents Noticing

well 14 almost 15! wow i guess u have very overprotective parents. im starting to wear mascara right now at age 12. how to ask your parents- when you are getting good grades the time is ripe to say that your getting older and should start wearing makeup. say this – hey mom ( or dad better be the mom though they understand better), im getting older now and I was hoping to get some makeup for my 15th birthday. I dont want to put a lot on just some minor makeup. please can u think about it? — and that will be the end of the conversation — if she says no, say- but im making good grades!! please mom?— if she say no again got to your dad and repeat the questions. i hope i helped. ——– oh ya also wear olive colors and browns. it will go beautifully with your hair. = ) good luck!

How to Apply Makeup Without Your Parents Noticing

Well, try something like this:

“Hey, mom/dad. I think that I’m old enough to start wearing a little makeup once in a while, but I’d like to know what you think is appropriate. And if you’ve got time, I’d also appreciate some pointers on how to wear it without overdoing it. I’d like to have some practice and know what I’m doing with it before I’m out living on my own.”

If they have any objections to you wearing makeup, it’ll be rooted in concerns that you’ll end up overdoing it and looking like a prostitute. By starting out this conversation asking for their feedback and wanting their advice, it gives them more of a feeling of control in the matter. And you’re likely to find that the more conciliatory and less hostile you are during this talk, the more reasonable they will be.

Also, I shouldn’t need to say this, but experience says I should anyway: When you get this feedback and advice, PAY ATTENTION TO IT! If they say “okay, you can wear lip gloss and mascara to school, but that’s it”, then stick to that. Don’t go hiding eyeshadow and blush in your locker at school and putting it on between classes, because one day you will forget to wash your face before going home – or your parents will eventually notice that you always go to school made up and come home with it all washed off. Paying attention and taking their advice to heart is going to go a long way toward establishing your trustworthiness – which will pay off BIG TIME later when it comes to other things like driving or dating.

so i cant wear eye makeup to shool and i look like sh*t w/o it what can i wear that wont show and make my face look better .

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yes, you very much can wear eye make-up without anyone noticing.

Basically – get yourself reeeeeeeally nice mascara, that is NOT a “volumizing” one, because those apply like ****, literally. To spare the trouble – get yourself a curly one, too.

Next, bronzer or blush – wear it very subtly and make sure the tones that you have are very natural and not too obvious!

Lips – obviously wear gloss or light-coloured lipstick, matte.

Same with eye-shadow. Matte, nothing shiny! Colours that can work: peachy, light brown, coffee, beige, yellowish, white-ish, orangy. Nothing dark, nothing outside these shades, nothing too colourful i.e. blue. green.

Eye-liner: brown, beige, sandy. dark blonde.

How to Apply Makeup Without Your Parents Noticing

The best thing to do is get an eyeshadow that is a creamy color that matches your skin, maybe a little lighter to help highlight your eyelid. Then get a good get eyeliner and a thin angled brush. I use a brown because I am naturally blonde so my eyelashes are blonde, and that looks more natural. If yours are naturally black then use black. Line right above the lash line. Do not make it a thick line. I would then curl my lashes. I do that look a lot! MAC has an incredible small angled brush. You should go to a mac counter and tell them that you need a natural look for your eyes, and they can show you how to do it! Hope I am of some help!

Try a tinting moisturizer to even out your skin tone then use neutral colors for your eyes and just lip gloss for your lips. If you want to wear blush, then just sweep your blush brush once, pat excess blush and apply to your cheek bones. Try to do this on the weekend until you get a look that you like. That way you can make mistakes without the time constraints of going to school, etc.

Curl your lashes for 10 seconds each lash and then apply a few coats of mascara. Your eyes will stand out more without looking like you’re wearing makeup!

How to Apply Makeup Without Your Parents Noticing

get eye shadow that is like natural looking like the color that your skin color is. also get like foundation or powder that matches your skin well; powder would be less notice able. and you can still wear mascara just apply a light coat and make sure there are no clumps.

something like this: (sorry it’s kinda at a bad angle but i think you cn get the idea)

and here is how to get this look, it actually has some good ideas in there even if you don’t like the look of that eye:

well, you can get a natural skin tone color of eyeshadow or apply concealer or foundation around the eyes. this will make your eyes look fresh and natural. then, use a mascara thats not as thick so its not all clumpy. this will make your eyes pop. at night you can probably get away with a little more like adding brown to the area above your lid.

I Wake up at 6:30 every morning and was thinking of 6:15 but could i wear eyeliner without my dad noticing for an hour till im dropped off at school

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How to Apply Makeup Without Your Parents Noticing

Tell him you’ve joined a club that meets about a half an hour before school, so he’ll drop you off early. Then, instead of your “club”, go to the bathroom and apply your makeup. You’ll have it done by first period and nobody will know!

How to Apply Makeup Without Your Parents Noticing

If you know you’re dad really wouldn’t approve, I would probably just tell him you want to get to school a little earlier to hang out with some friends before class, and then just apply your makeup before first period. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t wear eyeliner ’cause you’re a guy – you can do whatever makes you happy.

How to Apply Makeup Without Your Parents Noticing

Would you be able to take the eye liner with you to school? It might be easier to do it there in the bathroom until you’re comfortable enough for your dad to know. If you transition to the goth makeup slowly it wont be such a big deal – either way it shouldnt be! 🙂

Just tell your dad you are gay and get it over with.

No straight man would wear eyeliner unless they were an actor.

How to Apply Makeup Without Your Parents Noticing

Halloween’s over dude.

If you ever expect anyone to treat you like a man, THEN ACT LIKE ONE.

How to Apply Makeup Without Your Parents Noticing

I totally agree with kay and don’t listen to ^^^^^ that asshole.

How to Apply Makeup Without Your Parents Noticing

TORONTO – Felicity McMurray, 33, was overwhelmed with gratitude on Monday after she accidentally left the house without makeup and received constant concerned observations about how utterly exhausted she looked.

“My schedule is so hectic I completely forgot to apply it,” the financial consultant explained on her thirty second lunch break. “I was worried that not looking deceptively put together would negatively affect my day, but luckily for me, I’ve had friends, coworkers, and even complete strangers approaching me non-stop to tell me how burned out I seem. It’s just really nice to know they’re looking out for me.”

McMurray’s usual aesthetic regime, which includes blush, lipstick, and half a pound of undereye concealer, successfully hides her general state of fatigue. Facing her 14-hour work day without it for the first time since puberty, she received nothing but incredibly helpful tips and positive constructive criticism.

“Good lord, have you seen the circles under her eyes?” asked boss Jim Coburn. “I’ve never noticed before how hard she must work to look that worn out. I should give her a raise. She can use the extra money to buy more, what is it, merscara? I don’t know, I’ve never had to wear the stuff.”

“She just looks ill,” offered total stranger Randy Jones. “I mean, look at all the gross lines on her face!” When asked how he knew Ms. McMurray, he added, “Oh, I don’t, I just passed her on the street and figured she would want to know how tired she is. I was being nice.”

Upon McMurray’s recent announcement that she would be going makeup-free more often to save money and feel more like her true self, her family started a collection fund to buy her a facelift, stating that they “just can’t bear to see her like this.”

I am 13 and I’m not allowed to wear any make-up although recently I have started to wear clear mascara, lip gloss and a little blusher on the sly. I wore some eyeliner today for school and it looked really nice (I can put it on without anyone noticing as my parents are still normally asleep.) But if I but make-up, I have nowhere to hide it as I share a room with my BROTHER and there’s always a danger my parents will go through my bag. I was thinking wiping it off before I got out of school but sometimes my Mum comes to pick me up as I really want to wear it for after school on the way home. Don’t suggest asking my parents as they will DEFFO say no and tell me about studies etc.

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How to Apply Makeup Without Your Parents Noticing

Well, this IS really tough..

I know you said not to suggest it, but first option :

1) Tell your parents you are growing up and want to wear it. It’s a long shot but it may work (yn)

2) If you ever go out to buy make up, buy a makeup bag too.. if it’s too obvious buy a pencil case or something 🙂 Then put the make up in the bag and at the back of an underwear drawer xD Hopefully no one looks there (it’s the main private place I can think of) xx

3) Cry. It is so cliche but seriously.. try it. If you wear it and get caught, start asking questions like “Why can’t you let me be a normal teen?” or “Why aren’t you letting me be a girl ?!” and cry a little. I’ve not personally tried this but who knows, maybe it works 🙂

I’m 14 and I only wear mascara, eyeliner and sometimes lipgloss . If you don’t need it, I suggest you don’t wear foundation or anything. Keep your skin good for as long as possible. And remember take make up off every night !

I really hope you get to wear make up, but don’t go over-board . Natural is nicer 🙂

I’m sure you know that though xD

How to Apply Makeup Without Your Parents Noticing

you parents are afraid that their little girl is growing up and they dont want to see that. But start off simple by just putting lip gloss and a little blush and show your parents how nice you look. Then put trust in them if they have none. Then when they get used to seeing u with make up start with eye liner. start off slow. And if you show them the make up u have on and they say noo tell your mom at what age did she start to wear make up ( it might work )

If your thirteen and you don’t have any acne or red spots why do you even want to wear makeup?

I know its fun and that that’s the age girls start to wear it but if your parents say no maybe you just listen to them.


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How to Apply Makeup Without Your Parents Noticing

Go with neutral tones for your skin coloring (browns and tans for your eyes and a light peach or pink for cheeks). This will be less shocking for your parents and therefore easier for them to accept.

Some tips on asking:

1. Don’t say, “But all of my friends wear makeup!” – this is an automatic turn off for parents

2. Don’t throw a tantrum – be calm and cool about it, this will show that you are mature enough to wear the stuff in the first place

3. Give them good reasons why you want to wear makeup (EX: to look more mature, to accentuate my eyes, etc.)

Hope this helps!

How to Apply Makeup Without Your Parents Noticing

well 14 almost 15! wow i guess u have very overprotective parents. im starting to wear mascara right now at age 12. how to ask your parents- when you are getting good grades the time is ripe to say that your getting older and should start wearing makeup. say this – hey mom ( or dad better be the mom though they understand better), im getting older now and I was hoping to get some makeup for my 15th birthday. I dont want to put a lot on just some minor makeup. please can u think about it? — and that will be the end of the conversation — if she says no, say- but im making good grades!! please mom?— if she say no again got to your dad and repeat the questions. i hope i helped. ——– oh ya also wear olive colors and browns. it will go beautifully with your hair. = ) good luck!

How to Apply Makeup Without Your Parents Noticing

Well, try something like this:

“Hey, mom/dad. I think that I’m old enough to start wearing a little makeup once in a while, but I’d like to know what you think is appropriate. And if you’ve got time, I’d also appreciate some pointers on how to wear it without overdoing it. I’d like to have some practice and know what I’m doing with it before I’m out living on my own.”

If they have any objections to you wearing makeup, it’ll be rooted in concerns that you’ll end up overdoing it and looking like a prostitute. By starting out this conversation asking for their feedback and wanting their advice, it gives them more of a feeling of control in the matter. And you’re likely to find that the more conciliatory and less hostile you are during this talk, the more reasonable they will be.

Also, I shouldn’t need to say this, but experience says I should anyway: When you get this feedback and advice, PAY ATTENTION TO IT! If they say “okay, you can wear lip gloss and mascara to school, but that’s it”, then stick to that. Don’t go hiding eyeshadow and blush in your locker at school and putting it on between classes, because one day you will forget to wash your face before going home – or your parents will eventually notice that you always go to school made up and come home with it all washed off. Paying attention and taking their advice to heart is going to go a long way toward establishing your trustworthiness – which will pay off BIG TIME later when it comes to other things like driving or dating.

8 Tips on how to be beautiful without makeup

Many of us can’t even imagine our life without makeup. Today’s topic might sound strange and even scary for many girls, thanks to media popularization of unrealistic beauty standards. To be beautiful without makeup?! Is it even possible?!

It became our daily ritual to wake up early and put on our “beautiful” makeup mask.
For many of us it would be a big nonsense even to go to a supermarket with no makeup on.
Media often forces us to believe that a woman with no makeup on can’t actually look somewhat attractive or beautiful.

In this article, we don’t suggest that you completely let go and forget about taking care of yourself; on the contrary, if you want to live a makeup-free life, or at least to be able to have makeup-free days, then it makes sense to put a little bit more effort into caring about the natural beauty of your face, hair and body.

1) Feel beautiful (even without makeup)
Yes, first step to natural, makeup-free beauty is connected with your inner perception of yourself – your self image. How do you feel about yourself inside? It all depends on you. Try to feel beautiful. Yes. Right now, in this very moment…Know that you are pretty!

If a girl considers herself beautiful and is able to accept herself totally and unconditionally, then the the whole world will feel the same about her. Yes, it’s that simple!
But if you don’t feel comfortable and confident about yourself with no makeup on, try to adapt the new ‘natural’ image gradually. For example, while on vacation, give your face a “vacation” as well, by using a minimal amount of cosmetics; use only mascara and a touch of lipgloss.

2) Your skin is your everything!
If you decide to lead a makeup-free life, it doesn’t mean that you need to completely let go of all skin care products.
Nobody abolished daily cleansing and moisturizing; these are necessary ingredients to the beauty and health of our skin.
If you used to deal with pimples by covering them up with tones of makeup – now, your main concern is the health and beauty of your skin.
Many skin problems are actually related to the excessive use of makeup; skin tone becomes uneven because of the reaction of your body on a foundation, concealer or blush. If you stop using foundation (at least for a while), after some time, you’ll notice that your skin tone will improve and there will be no need of that thick makeup mask any more. If skin problems persist, get a professional advice of a dermatologist; it’s better to treat the problem straight away, than to put it on hold into a waiting box.

Some other tips for the beauty of your skin include: use facial masks 2 or 3 times a week (choose masks according to your skin type), and exfoliate your skin regularly (we are not only talking about exfoliating your facial skin, exfoliate your whole body.)
Here is one of our favorite skin care tips: splash your face with cold water in the morning and in the evening for about 10 seconds. This helps to tone your skin naturally and will also help close pores.

3) Your beautiful natural eyebrows

Usually, when we apply makeup, we often try to change the proportions of our face and adapt it to world’s beauty standards, so that sometimes, we even forget how pretty and unique we look naturally.
If you want to minimize your daily makeup routine, then try to emphasize your natural features. Let’s start with your beautiful eyebrows. Look in the mirror and notice natural shape of your eyebrows, if you over-plucked them, then try to grow them back (apply natural oils on your eyebrows every evening; use castor oil, olive oil, coconut oil or burdock root oil) and then, shape your brows once and for all with the help of a professional, or with the help of youtube. 🙂

If your eyebrows are too light and you usually draw them with a pencil, try a semi-permanent brow coloration in a salon instead. This will look more natural, so that your makeup-free face with well defined and beautiful eyebrows will instantly look more attractive.

Here is another tip on how to make your natural eyebrows grow: apply a mixture of castor oil and sweet almond oil on our brows every evening before going to sleep; do it for one or two months and see wonderful results!

4) Be transparent

When we are talking about beauty without makeup, it doesn’t mean that we should completely ignore all the beauty industry and forget about all cosmetic products. There are some great products on the market that can help you emphasize your natural beauty, such as eyebrow gels and transparent mascaras for your eyelashes, chap sticks, lip balms and lip glosses with no or a little bit of color; these nourish your lips and make you look fresh, natural and beautiful.

5) Healthy eating and water

Good food is important not only for the beauty of our skin, but also for the overall health of our body.
We are what we eat, therefore healthy and balanced diet should be our faithful, lifelong friend.
Make sure you eat fresh fruits and vegetables every day, as well as healthy fats and proteins; these are so important for our beauty.
And, of course, our best friend is water! Try to drink about 8 glasses of water a day and also treat yourself with a green or white tea from time to time, because these are rich in antioxidants and will help your skin look fresh and young for a very long time, even without makeup.

6) Kissable Lips

Here is a very simple tip on how to make your lips kissable and soft: gently massage your lips every evening (or every other evening) with your toothbrush for a couple of minutes (or use a ‘sugar+honey’ scab instead); then rinse and apply Shea butter (your natural moisturizer) on your lips. Now, feel how tender, soft and kissable your lips feel; your prince charming won’t be able to stop kissing you! 🙂

7) Smile and love yourself

Smile will instantly help you to feel and look pretty, even if you don’t have any makeup on!
As Audrey Hepburn once said: “The prettiest girl is the happiest one!” Smile every time you look in the mirror, smile to people you see on the street and, in general, let smile be your favorite accessory – you will see how the whole world will start smiling back at you!
Love yourself. Accept yourself fully and completely. Love the way you look with or without makeup, because you are truly unique and beautiful! Remember it!

8) What about your hair?

If you want to look pretty with no makeup on – it’s important to take a good care of your hair and keep your hair color close to natural.
If you use certain “extreme” hair colors, such as blue, pink or green, it can emphasise all little imperfections on your face and draw attention to them.
Try to keep your hair in great condition by using right hair care products that are suitable for your hair type, and do hair masks and oil treatments regularly. Nothing can be more beautiful than silky and shiny locks!

Do you think it’s possible to be pretty without makeup?

Feel free to share your thought and beauty tips in the comment section below.



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Beauty At All Ages

Be the Face of e.l.f. 2010

We here at e.l.f. want to celebrate beauty at any age! So we have teamed up with to launch a nationwide casting call for our Face of 2010! Women from the ages of 15 through 40+ are encouraged to apply.

Follow the link above and fill out an entry form and upload your photos (professional photos not necessary).

Entrants are encouraged to invite their family and friends to vote for them. The model with the most votes as of December 31, 2009 will receive a 4 day/ 3 night Luxury Included® Family Vacation for two adults and two children* to a Beaches Resorts destination in Turks & Caicos or Jamaica.

In January, e.l.f. Cosmetics and a panel of judges from the modeling industry, including Cristina DeHart (founder of and Tammy Green (co-founder of The Green Agency), will select four females (one in each of the following age ranges)- one teen, one in her 20’s, one in her 30’s and one 40 plus. Those chosen will participate in a photo shoot in NYC and be featured on the website. At this point the public will vote for their favorite of four models to represent e.l.f. cosmetics in 2010. The “Face of e.l.f. 2010” will receive $1,000.00 in cash plus a “Make-up for Life” package from e.l.f. Cosmetics.

“We are really excited to be working with for our Face of e.l.f. initiative,” stated Ted Rubin, Chief Marketing Officer of e.l.f. Cosmetics. “ inspired us to come up with the idea of Beauty at All Ages, which is perfect because e.l.f. Cosmetics is all about allowing women of all ages to spoil themselves without going broke.”

Casting runs from Sept 14, 2009 until December 31, 2009. You can apply online by clicking above.

At the end of the casting, the judges will put possible candidates “On Hold” for further consideration. The Judges will narrow the field down to 4 Semi-Finalists, one model from each of 4 age categories:
1 model under 20 year
1 model 20-29 years
1 model 30-39 years
1 model 40 years plus
The 4 Semi-Finalists will participate in an e.l.f. Photo Shoot in New York City, travel and lodging expenses paid. Upon completion of the Shoot, each Semi-Finalist will receive an e.l.f. cosmetic package worth

$300 USD. In addition, each of the Semi-Finalists will receive re-touched “tear sheets” from the photo shoot.


The Semi-Finalists photos from the New York City Shoot will be posted on Explore Modeling so the public can vote for their favorite. The Semi-Finalist with the most votes after a 30-day voting period will be declared the “Face of e.l.f 2010”. The winning model will receive:
$1000 USD compensation
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Day 103: My makeup may be flaking, but my smile still stays on

I actually liked today. At least.. until way late into the evening. I started feeling crappy and depressed. I don’t know what it was.. Maybe a mix of the days events.. The news about my cousin, a hint of jealousy, and seeing the face of someone who pretty much shuts me down.
I really should get over it, because at least half of it is my fault. But I don’t know if anyone really understands that it’s something that end up thinking about everyday. It makes me feel.. disgusting.

Anyway.. I got my prints today. It made me really happy. Sean and I ate at the new Mexican restaurant in town and went to the pet store. Then I got to cuddle on him when we came back to my house (and I really would kill for more time spent like that). And then we went to youth where I asked Mark to pray for Zachary with the group.
Zach isn’t doing well. He’s sicker than usual and he was transported to Miami this morning. My uncle, grandma, cousin(s) , and sister are going down there tomorrow to see him.. just incase anything goes.. wrong. If he were to get the lung transplant, he’d have a 30% chance of survival. He’s twelve years old..

I’m going to apply at Walgreen’s. Attempt to in a few minutes at least, because they do that whole online thing. My parents didn’t seem to object, so I’m going to at least look at the application tonight.

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Mature skin requires different treatment than younger skin but that doesn’t mean you can’t achieve a beautiful finish. Rather than relying on the makeup you chose when you were 20-something, consider the tips and tricks that will best illuminate your features instead of your wrinkles. From the type of foundation you choose to the way you apply it to your skin, these little details can mean the difference between a not-so-great finish or the appearance of a super-smooth, youthful complexion.

Step 1

Select a “second-skin” cream foundation, which means a sheer formulation that is meant to let your skin peek through. Heavy foundations magnify wrinkles. Look for an oil-based foundation if you have skin that doesn’t tend to break out or reach for a water-in-silicone formulation if you still see a pimple or two.

Step 2

Rub a gentle exfoliating face wash between your hands and add water. Gently apply this to your face in small circular motions to remove any dead skin cells which can result in flaking and a not-so-smooth appearance.

Step 3

Apply your daily moisturizer to your face for hydration — if you don’t have one, choose a moisturizer formulated for mature skin and your particular skin type, whether dry, normal or oily. Dry skin will need extra hydration while oily skin may require moisture plus mattifying properties.

Step 4

Squeeze a dime-size drop of makeup primer into the palm of your hand. Dot the primer on your forehead, cheeks, nose and chin and spread evenly to help fill in lines so your foundation doesn’t sink into them.

Step 5

Squirt or pour a pea-sized amount of foundation onto the back of your hand and pick a bit up on a foundation makeup brush. Sweep the brush over your nose in small circular motions, working your way out toward the outer margins of your face, focusing on covering up discoloration for beautiful coverage with a smooth finish.

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The basics of using VLOOKUP.

In the Formula Bar, type = VLOOKUP( ).

In the parentheses, enter your lookup value, followed by a comma. This can be an actual value, or a blank cell that will hold a value: (H2,

Enter your table array or lookup table, the range of data you want to search, and a comma: (H2,B3:F25,

Enter column index number. This is the column where you think the answers are, and it must be to the right of your lookup values: (H2,B3:F25,3,

Enter the range lookup value, either TRUE or FALSE. TRUE finds partial matches, FALSE finds exact matches. Your finished formula looks something like this: =VLOOKUP(H2,B3:F25,3,FALSE)

Want more?

When you need to find information in a large spreadsheet, or you are always looking for the same kind of information, use the VLOOKUP function.

VLOOKUP works a lot like a phone book, where you start with the piece of data you know, like someone’s name, in order to find out what you don’t know, like their phone number.

So, as an example, I’ll enter part numbers, the thing I know, and find out Prices, the thing I don’t know.

To do that, I’ll click the cell where I want to see the Prices, I’ll enter an = sign, VLOOKUP, and parentheses.

These parentheses will contain a set of arguments, and an argument is just a piece of data that the function needs in order to run.

I’ll enter H2 as the first argument, because that is where I’ll type the part numbers.

Follow that with a comma, and then, I’ll enter the range of cells that contains the data I want to search. That’s this block of data here.

The part numbers start in cell B3, and if I scroll down, you can see the status values end at cell E52.

So, I’ll enter B3, a colon, and E52, then I’ll type another comma.

And you need to do that because the functions won’t work without the colons and commas.

Next, I’ll type the number 3. This tells VLOOKUP that the values I want to see are in the third column from the left in the range of cells I want to search.

In other words, it’s the third column over from the part numbers, the data I know.

Another comma, and I enter FALSE, because that gives me an exact match between part number and price.

And don’t worry, I’ll explain how that works later.

When I press Enter to tell Excel I am done, you can see I get an error message because I haven’t entered a value in cell H2.

But, when I enter a part number, I get a price.

So what just happened? I told Excel, “Here is a value in the left-hand column of my data. Now look through this range of cells, and in the third column to the right, find the value on the same row.”

A lot like a phone book.

So up next, I’ll explain each of the arguments – the values inside the parentheses – along with rules for using VLOOKUP.

You wear your wrinkles with pride — but you want your cosmetics to help you along the way!

How to Apply Makeup Without Your Parents Noticing

Some women want to look older (ha! remember those days?), but these common makeup mistakes always signal a wrong turn. While there a few that will make you reconsider your go-to items, others show how the most subtle change can make a huge (read: age-defying) difference. Check out our easy pro tricks that will make you look and feel your very best.

How to Apply Makeup Without Your Parents Noticing

Worse than the sparse arch is a harsh, overdone brow, says Linter. The culprit may be the wrong tool, like an eyeliner pencil that is soft and goes on too strong. “A brow pencil is designed to be hard and go on softly, so your brows look natural,” Manhattan-based makeup artist Sandy Linter says. Try IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil ($24,

How to Apply Makeup Without Your Parents Noticing

As hormone levels dip and your skin gets drier, you may reach for a cream foundation. Not so fast: “Thicker, creamier formulas are usually made to provide fuller coverage, which means they’re packed with more pigment,” says Portland-based makeup artist Jessie Powers. “And pigment is basically powder.” If you like a creamy formula’s coverage, try it with a richer face moisturizer or a hydrating primer, like Laura Geller Spackle Under Make-Up Primer ($32,

How to Apply Makeup Without Your Parents Noticing

Skin grows more pallid with age, so if you’re wearing a matchy-matchy foundation, it can leave you looking pasty. (Yep, time to ditch the rule that says you should match.) Linter puts life back into her skin with a slightly warmer tone. You can also just mix an exact-match shade with the next darkest hue on the back of your hand, and then apply with a foundation brush.

How to Apply Makeup Without Your Parents Noticing

“As soon as you’ve reached the years when you really need a concealer, it can let you down by sinking into lines,” says Linter. To keep concealer from drawing attention to wrinkles, apply it only on the inner halves of your under-eyes to cover up any darkness. Or just skip the concealer, as Linter often does, and use a brush-on highlighter pen like Sephora Collection Smoothing & Brightening Concealer ($14,

How to Apply Makeup Without Your Parents Noticing

Forget stroking blush from mouth to ear; that technique only emphasizes gauntness as you get older, says Powers. An instant trick to lift cheeks: Swirl blush ever so slightly higher on the apples.

How to Apply Makeup Without Your Parents Noticing

Avoid a cartoonish look and only brush your highlighter in specific, face-flattering areas. “Wearing highlighter in the wrong place can give you the opposite of a luminous effect,” says makeup artist Jami Svay. “Use it where the light naturally touches your face, like the brow bone, bridge of the nose and along the cheekbones.”

How to Apply Makeup Without Your Parents Noticing

Oily lids can spell ruin for eyeshadow, but piling on extra will only make your eyes look weighed down. Your best bet: First apply a thin layer of a clear primer like Urban Decay Anti-Aging Eyeshadow Primer Potion ($24, ).

How to Apply Makeup Without Your Parents Noticing

If brown and bone are your go-to eyeshadows, take note: “Brown has yellow or red pigments in it, either of which can actually make eyes look tired,” says makeup artist Laura Geller. Also be careful with once-“safe” shadows like bone; they’re often too light to cover discoloration on lids. Your new go-tos: sage and jewel tones.

How to Apply Makeup Without Your Parents Noticing

Avoid tugging at the outer corners of your eyes, says Geller. “This can cause skin to crinkle, and your line will not be as smooth.” Instead, point your chin up and look down, so your lids are half-closed but you can still see them, and use a liquid liner, like Lancôme Artliner ($31,, which won’t pull at skin.

How to Apply Makeup Without Your Parents Noticing

“Lashes can make eyes look more youthful and awake,” says Powers, but one common mistake is skipping the eyelash curler. Use it to curl each lash at the root, holding for 15 seconds.

How to Apply Makeup Without Your Parents Noticing

It’s the easiest way to refresh your look. If you’ve been wearing neutrals since the ’90s, try red. If you’ve been loyal to red, try a pink. Play with the color, but go easy on texture. “Anything that’s severe — a lipstick or hairdo — will age you. So wear a red, but a sheer one,” says Linter.

Heather L. Brannon, MD, is a family practice physician in Mauldin, South Carolina. She has been in practice for over 20 years.

Casey Gallagher, MD, is board-certified in dermatology and works as a practicing dermatologist and clinical professor.

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Tretinoin (brand names Retin-A, Avita, Renova) is a derivative of vitamin A and is the treatment of choice for comedonal acne, as well as whiteheads and blackheads. It works by increasing skin cell turnover, which promotes the extrusion of the plugged material in the follicle. It also prevents the formation of new comedones.

Tretinoin is the only topical medication that has been proven to improve the appearance of wrinkles.  

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How Retin-A Works

The effect of increased skin cell turnover can be irritation and flaking. For this reason, many people stop using Retin-A after a couple of days or weeks—and then think that it didn’t work.

It is important to realize that Retin-A is very effective for whiteheads and blackheads, but it may take six to nine weeks to see a noticeable difference in acne. And it takes at least six months to see a noticeable difference in wrinkles. In fact, the best benefit is seen if Retin-A is used for at least a year.  

How to Use Tretinoin Cream

If you’re wondering how to use tretinoin cream, here are some guidelines that help ensure that you get all the benefits.

  • Apply Retin-A in a thin layer at night. A small amount goes a long way.
  • In the morning, wash your face with a mild facial scrub or rough washcloth. This will help reduce the noticeable flaking.
  • After washing, apply a good water-based moisturizer. (Yes, guys, this applies to you, too.) The moisturizer will make the drying effect of the medicine more tolerable.
  • If flaking occurs during the day, use a washcloth to remove it and apply more moisturizer, or just apply moisturizer.
  • Try using a moisturizer that also contains a sunscreen. If not, apply sunscreen anytime you are in the sun—even for a short amount of time. Tretinoin makes you more susceptible to sunburn.

When you first start using Retin-A, apply it every other night or every third night. The flaking and irritation side effects are usually the worst in the first two weeks of application. As your skin adjusts to the medicine, you can apply it more frequently.  

If you notice an increase in irritation or flaking, it’s OK to take a break for a couple of days. Just don’t stop using the medication completely without consulting your health care provider.

Common Side Effects

If you have sensitive skin, common side effects of Retin-A include:  

  • Red, swollen, blistered, or crusted skin
  • Burning, warmth, stinging, tingling, itching, dryness, peeling, or irritation where the medicine is applied
  • Changes in skin color (darker or lighter)

Tell your doctor if you experience any of these side effects. You may need to discontinue use as Retin-A should not be used on broken skin.

Associated Risks

As mentioned earlier, tretinoin makes you more susceptible to sunburn. If you do get a sunburn, do not use the medication on sunburned skin. Wait for your skin to recover completely from the burn before using it again.

In addition, Retin-A may negatively interact with other topical medications, especially those containing sulfur, resorcinol, or salicylic acid.   To prevent dangerous interactions, make sure to tell your doctor about all the medications—topical and oral, over-the-counter and prescription—that you use.

Talk to your doctor about how to use the medication if you’re thinking about becoming pregnant, if you’re pregnant, or if you’re breastfeeding.

There is some risk in using Retin-A during pregnancy; therefore, it should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus. Similarly, caution should be exercised when using Retin-A during breastfeeding.  

For those who are put in a situation where they are not ready for anyone to see/know about their self-harming habits, here are a few ways to hide the cuts/burns. As a companion to this post, please check out my “What to say if someone sees” post that I made last month.

Trigger warning: There is a video and picture where you see someone’s SH scars.

Things to hide them with:

On the wrist/forearm:

  • bracelets
  • tattoos (if you have no objections to getting a tattoo and have the money)
  • bandanas/arm bands
  • long sleeves
  • concealing tape/adhesive tape/Mircropore tape (they sell these in colors that match many skin tones. The best way to do this is to cut the tape in a similar shape to your scar. Sometimes putting a light coat of makeup (a very light-weight cream concealer will work over the tape SOMETIMES.)
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On bigger parts of the body (thighs, biceps, abdomen, etc):

  • shorts that cover a decent part of your thighs, 3/4 sleeves, long sleeves, etc.
  • band-aids: A few band-aids aren’t suspicious. Putting the whole box on is. After you have the band-aids on for a week or so, you can try to cover it with makeup (this works best in small areas).
  • An ace-bandage (on a bicep or thigh if you could make it believable) .

A Note about long sleeve clothing: please be smart about what you wear and when. If you are in Florida during the summer wearing a sweatshirt to cover your cuts, there’s a high chance you could pass out from heat exhaustion. Try something else like a bandana or scarf around your cuts. You could be starting a new fashion trend!

How to cover your scars with makeup:

  • Use Mederma cream to help fade the scars (multiple treatments often)
  • Check out this video for the best method of hiding scars HERE

I like to use Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer from Sephora (I’ve used this product to cover up my wrist tattoo for job interviews and scars. It works on scars of any kind, not just SI ones). I also recommend Airbrush legs by Sally Hansen, and DermaBlend by VICHY (again– for any kind of scars really.) **THESE PRODUCTS MIGHT NOT WORK ON EVERYONE, DEPENDING ON SKIN TONE, SKIN TEXTURE ETC.
Before and after (Dermablend & powder foundations):

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  • Want to enhance your natural beauty – and get the most age-defying look possible? Heed this expert advice before you open your make-up bag.

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    Let’s face it – we’re all smart enough to know that make-up alone can’t make us look 20 years younger.

    Despite what the makers may claim, it comes down to a simple fact of science: our skin ages, full stop.

    And while we’re well-versed in the art of anti-ageing skincare techniques and products, we’re less sure of how our make-up can help us look younger.

    For many of us, we’re stuck in a bit of a beauty rut, applying the same look and even the same products as we did 5, 10, even 20 years ago. Crepey, caked-on foundation anyone? Dehydrated skin? Thought so!

    But with a few simple tweaks, you can make your beauty habits work harder for you. And while they can’t roll the clock back (or your birth date) permanently, they can help you to look more radiant, more rested and more youthful. Think of it as your freshest face possible.

    We asked award-winning make-up artist Sarah Brock for her age-defying beauty tips.

    1. Great make-up starts with super skincare

    “Avoid dry, cakey looking skin by applying skincare which will keep your skin hydrated, plump and younger looking all day,” says Sarah.

    Start by applying a rich anti-ageing cream all over your face, which will make skin look instantly younger, then apply a tinted primer to even out skin tone. It’ll help to smooth fine lines and wrinkles too, so your foundation doesn’t fall into the cracks.

    2. Ditch the heavy foundation for a dewy glow

    Sarah suggests trying a lighter, more dewy base to make skin look younger and fresher.

    “CC Creams are great for a more mature skin as they cover redness and imperfections, refine the skin texture and can also make enlarged pores look reduced,” she suggests.

    Sarah’s tip? Look for one with anti-ageing Vitamin E and that all important SPF to protect the skin from further damage.

    3. Conceal and moisturise

    “After applying your CC Cream, make sure that you have a concealer to hand to add more coverage to areas that need extra help, like areas of rosacea, pigmentation, thread veins and dark under eye circles.

    “Many concealers are designed to just cover blemishes – these concealers have a drier consistency, which means that they can make skin look older and can make wrinkles look more obvious.

    “One of the best concealers on the market is the Clarins Instant Concealer: it covers all imperfections without drying the skin.”

    4. Blush like a babe

    A pop of colour to the cheeks is an instant ticket to being ID-ed for your bottle of Sauvignon Blanc – but not necessarily if you use a powder formulation.

    “Cream or liquid formulations are definitely the best option. Choose a formulation that has no sparkle or glitter, as this will sit in lines and wrinkles.”

    If you’re worried you’ll look a bit Aunt Sally with too much rouge, opt for a softer peachy tone instead.

    5. Face powder is the enemy

    “Over the age of 30, face powder really can become the enemy if you apply too much and if you use a formulation which is dry and cakey,” warns Sarah.

    “Too much powder will make skin look instantly older and makes wrinkles stand out. Just use a small amount to set your make-up – dust down the T-zone to remove shine and on the eyelids to stop eyeshadow creasing.”

    Sarah recommends looking for one with anti-ageing properties which don’t dry out the skin and have a very fine texture.

    “Sisley Transparent Loose Face Powder is beautiful – it’s more expensive, but it will last you for years, as you only need the tiniest amount.”

    6. Your eyes change shape as you age

    As we age, our eyes can change shape. Hooded eyelids and more wrinkled skin can make applying eye make-up a real challenge.

    Sarah’s tip? “Step away from bright coloured eyeshadows, which can make your make-up instantly look very Dynasty and Dallas. Avoid dark heavy colours, which can make hooded eyes appear too dark and smaller, too.

    All you need is a ‘wash’ of natural, light coloured shadow on the eyelid and then apply eyeliner after to make eyes ‘pop’ and look instantly younger.

    “Always apply more eyeliner to the top lash line than the bottom as this can drag the eyes down – many women avoid eyeliner as they think it is difficult to apply, but just make sure that your eyeliner pencil is soft.”

    7. Always use black mascara

    Forget coloured mascara – black mascara is a must-have for every woman, says Sarah

    CODE VLM Black Mascara is amazing – it makes the white of the eyes appear whiter (which will always make eyes look more youthful) and lashes appear thicker.”

    A good way to add depth is with a tinted primer. Don’t forget to use eyelash curlers first, as this will make look eyes look even bigger. If you are losing lashes as you age, which does happen, you can always apply some false individual lashes after mascara.

    “Or,” suggests Sarah, “invest in a lash enhancing serum to use at night which will make your own lashes stronger and longer, and less prone to breaking.

    8. Don’t forget your brows

    As we age, our brows can get thinner, too – so creating a full, good brow can take years off any woman. Sarah suggests using a shadow rather than a pencil to fill in the blanks. “It is softer and more natural looking.”

    9. Choose a lip colour slighter darker than your own

    A youthful looking lip is full, plump with a healthy ‘hint’ of colour. If you love bright, bold lip colour than go for it – but the most flattering lipstick shade for a more mature lip is one a shade darker than your natural tone.

    “Lips can lose volume as we age, so start by applying a really good lip balm before lipstick, which stops lips drying out and makes them look softer and more plump,” says Sarah.

    “Many women think they can’t wear lip gloss as they age, but my top tip is to choose a formulation which is between a lipstick and a gloss, so you get the colour of a lipstick but a slightly glossy effect too, making the lips look fuller and younger.”

    How to Apply Makeup Without Your Parents Noticing

    Claire Gillespie

    My almost-8-year-old daughter has never mentioned makeup to me. She’s seen me apply it; she’s seen false lashes and an array of rainbow colors on her 16-year-old cousin’s face, and she’s seen several of her classmates turn up to the school disco with glossy lips and painted nails.

    I’ve always secretly been relieved that she’s shown no interest in makeup, even when so many of her peers do. Not because I want her to stay a baby forever, but because I don’t want her to try to grow up too quickly. But I’m preparing myself for the day when she comes downstairs with her cheeks smeared with whatever she’s found in my makeup bag.

    Author Laurie Endicott Thomas, a medical researcher, editor and journalist, tells SheKnows that young girls “generally want to wear makeup for simple reasons… They want to bond with their friends by doing the same thing that their friends are doing… or they want to show that they are not babies anymore.”

    Boys, on the other hand, generally have a very different reason for wearing makeup, says Endicott Thomas. “For boys, wearing makeup is generally a gesture of defiance against a society that is hostile to them. It can be a way of fitting in with a clique of misfits. Makeup and ‘weird’ clothes can even be an odd sort of protective coloration. If he wears makeup and unusual clothes, he can feel that he is being attacked because of something superficial rather than being rejected for who he is.”

    Before you impose rules about makeup on your kids of any gender, consider the child’s actual age as well as their emotional and developmental age, Carrie Krawiec, licensed marriage and family therapist, tells SheKnows. And don’t worry about what is acceptable in other families, she says, as long as you set an expectation for what is appropriate in your own. “Because there are varieties of makeup, you may consider ranking them in order if how you see them from an age perspective, like perhaps lip gloss and blush may be seen as acceptable for younger kids, but eyeliner as [for] older [children],” says Krawiec.

    This is the approach taken by Lara, a mom of two from San Diego, California. “My daughter started wearing light makeup (lip gloss and mascara) in fourth grade,” she tells SheKnows. “Initially, I thought she was too young, but when I realized most of her friends already wore makeup, I didn’t want her to feel excluded. I do have rules about what sort of makeup she can and can’t wear, though. I’m trying to teach her that ‘less is more.’”

    Sasha, a mom of three from Chicago, Illinois, has a very different approach. “My daughters know my stance on makeup, which is none at all until they are 16,” she tells SheKnows. “I know that might seem strict to other parents, but I want them to grow up with confidence in their natural beauty and not feel that they have to hide behind or change their appearance with makeup.”

    If you do let younger kids wear makeup, you might want to have some rules about when it’s acceptable and when it’s not. The ability to wear makeup could be a treat your child earns for showing maturity and responsible behavior. “Identify and explain to your child that wearing makeup is a privilege,” suggests Krawiec. “If there are things you would like your child to improve upon, such as cleaning their room or completing homework, consider using makeup as a privilege that can be earned.

    While there are no hard-and-fast rules, remember that if you are overly restrictive of your child’s self-expression, they may rebel. Before you pick a fight with your child about makeup (or anything else), ask yourself a few simple questions: Will this affect my child’s health? Will this affect my child’s grades? Will this cause my child to hurt other people?

    “If you answer no to all three questions, that’s a good indication that you probably shouldn’t pick that fight,” she says. Doing so can cause you to risk aligning yourself with people who might judge (or, especially with boys, even bully) your child over their decision to wear makeup. “So even if you ‘win’ the battle, you lose, because you have harmed your relationship with your child for no good reason,” warns Endicott Thomas.

    If you’re concerned about negative responses from other people — particularly if your son is wearing makeup — Krawiec recommends having some standard responses up your sleeve, such as “This was a decision we made as a family based on our child’s interests and our guidance as parents.”

    Ultimately, you don’t have to answer to other people. Being supportive of your child — with certain reasonable boundaries in place — is far more important than whether someone thinks your daughter or son is too young to wear a little lip gloss.

    Your ultimate beauty cheat sheet.

    How to Apply Makeup Without Your Parents Noticing

    Sweeping on mascara might seem intuitive, but there’s actually a lash-maximizing technique that when employed correctly can take your eyes from whatever to woah. Ditto brow pencil and even lipstick. Here, Kimberly Soane, the director of artistry at Bobbi Brown, offers up 10 easy tips for every product in your kit.

    Never put concealer or foundation on your eyelids as a base, it will cause your eye makeup to crease.

    How to Apply Makeup Without Your Parents Noticing

    Use your fingers to apply your foundation if you want sheer coverage and a brush for medium to full coverage.

    How to Apply Makeup Without Your Parents Noticing

    Always apply powder where you are shiniest first–usually your T-zone–with a very light dusting everywhere else.

    You should put bronzer on your neck, face, and chest to even out your skin tone. Be sure to take a step back and make sure everything is the same color.

    How to Apply Makeup Without Your Parents Noticing

    When applying blush, smile, then dust the apples of your cheeks, then sweep pigment towards the tops of ears, then down toward the jawline.

    How to Apply Makeup Without Your Parents Noticing

    Trace brow pencil or powder along the tops of brows for an instant facelift.

    How to Apply Makeup Without Your Parents Noticing

    For even lipstick application, start at the cupid’s bow and extend out to the corners of the mouth before blotting.

    How to Apply Makeup Without Your Parents Noticing

    Prep lids for any eye look with a matte base shadow that matches the lightest part of your face. Dust the pigment all over lids and up to the brow bone.

    How to Apply Makeup Without Your Parents Noticing

    Instead of looking straight ahead at the mirror, get as close to it as possible, tilt your head up, and bring your chin toward the mirror. Look down as you apply, starting at the inner corner and working your way out.

    How to Apply Makeup Without Your Parents Noticing

    Sweep the wand through the roots of your lashes and zigzag as you work your way up.

    Follow these steps when you apply for New Zealand citizenship.

    Understand the types of citizenship

    There are 3 main types of New Zealand citizenship. The type you can get depends on your situation.

    Check you meet the requirements

    Use the self-check tool to find out if you are eligible for New Zealand citizenship.

    Get your documents ready

    When you apply for New Zealand citizenship by grant, you need to provide documents to prove your identity, such as:

    • your birth certificate or birth record
    • your passport or travel document.

    Depending on your situation, you may need to provide additional documents.

    You also need to get an identity referee or witness to support your application.

    Apply and pay

    You can apply online, in person or by post.

    The online service is not yet available for citizens of Samoa.

    Applying for citizenship by grant costs:

    • $470.20 for adults aged 16 and over
    • $235.10 for children aged 15 and under.

    Wait to find out if your application is approved

    It takes 5 to 10 months to find out if your application to become a New Zealand citizen has been approved.

    Get your citizenship certificate

    In response to COVID-19, there will be no citizenship ceremonies until further notice. If you have been approved for citizenship, you will instead receive your citizenship certificate by courier post.

    Get your NZ passport

    You need New Zealand citizenship to apply for a passport.

    Once you are a citizen, you can apply for your New Zealand passport. This is a separate process.

    Office 2016 for Mac support is ending soon

    Upgrade to Microsoft 365 to work anywhere from any device and continue to receive support.

    If you want your document to be read but not edited, you can save it as a PDF file. When you do, the PDF will retain your formatting and often be a smaller file than the original document. Tagged PDF files make it easier for screen readers and other assistive technologies to determine a logical reading order and navigation for the file, as well as allowing for content reflow when using large type displays, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and mobile phones. This tagging can be done automatically when you save a file as PDF format.

    Save your document as a tagged PDF

    On the File menu, click Save As. Or, you can also save a file by clicking the Save icon in the ribbon.

    In the Save As box, type a name for the file.

    Give the PDF a different name than the original document. That way, you’ll have two files: a Word document you can continue to edit and a PDF file you can share.

    If you don’t change the name, your document will be converted to a PDF and you won’t be able to change it back without using specialized software or a third-party add-in.

    In the File Format box, click PDF.

    Email a PDF copy of your document from Word

    You can send a PDF copy of your document directly from Word.

    On the File menu, click Share > Send PDF. Word will create a PDF file and attach it to a new email message.

    See also

    For information about saving documents as PDFs in other versions of Microsoft Word, go to Save as PDF.

    Create accessible PDFs to learn more about tagged PDFs

    Check with your college or training provider that the course qualifies.

    Ask them for a ‘Learning and funding information’ letter – you need this to complete the application. It contains the details about your course.

    Apply online – you’ll need to register first. You can apply by post if you cannot apply online.

    You’ll get a letter confirming your loan – usually within 2 weeks if you apply online (postal applications take longer).

    What you need to know

    You cannot apply until you get a ‘learning and funding information letter’ from your college or training provider.

    You can apply for a loan without a National Insurance number but you must have one before the loan can be paid.

    Apply by post

    If you cannot apply online, apply by post – the address is on the form.

    Proof of identity

    If you’re a UK national, include your UK passport details in your application as proof of identity. If you forget, use the ‘UK passport details form’.

    If you do not have a UK passport (or it has expired), send your original birth or adoption certificate to Student Finance England.

    Include your name and address. You should also include your customer reference number if you have one. This is an 11-digit number. You can find it on letters or emails you’ve had from Student Finance England.

    If you’re from an EU country, send your EU passport or identity card the first time you apply.

    Supporting information

    Use the ‘Evidence return form’ if you need to send extra information to support your application, such as proof of residency status.

    Change an application

    Once your application has been approved you can log in to your account to make a change online.

    If you just want to change your loan amount you can use the loan request form instead.

    Apply for Apple Card on your iPhone, then learn how to add it to your other devices.

    How to Apply Makeup Without Your Parents Noticing

    Apply on your iPhone

    Apple Card is a new kind of credit card created by Apple. Integrated into the Wallet app and designed for iPhone and a healthier financial life, Apple Card sets a new level of privacy and security.

    When you buy an Apple Product with Monthly Installments, you can also apply for Apple Card online. If you want to access all Apple Card features, you need to add Apple Card to your eligible iPhone or iPad.

    What you should know about Apple Card

    • It takes just minutes to apply.
    • If you apply and don’t accept the offer or your application is declined, your credit score is not affected.
    • There are no fees, including annual, late, over-the-limit, or other hidden fees.*
    • You can see your initial credit limit and Annual Percentage Rate (APR) before you accept your offer.
    • Easily track and manage your spending with Apple Card in Wallet.
    • Get a percentage of your Apple Card purchases back as Daily Cash.

    *Variable APRs range from 10.99 percent to 21.99 percent based on creditworthiness. Rates as of April 1, 2020.

    How to apply for Apple Card in the Wallet app

    1. See if you’re eligible

    To get Apple Card, you must meet these requirements:

    • Be 18 years or older, depending on where you live.
    • Be a U.S. citizen or a lawful U.S. resident with a valid, physical U.S. address that is not a P.O. Box. You can also use a military address.
    • Own a compatible iPhone with the latest iOS version. 1
    • Use two-factor authentication with your Apple ID.
    • Sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID.
    • If you have a freeze on your credit report, you need to temporarily lift the freeze to apply for Apple Card. Learn how to lift your credit freeze with TransUnion here.
    • You might need to verify your identity with a Driver license or State-issued photo ID.

    2. Start your application

    First, make sure you’re signed in to iCloud with your Apple ID. Then, open the Wallet app on your iPhone and tap the add button . Select Apple Card and tap Continue.

    3. Fill out your information

    Follow the steps on the next few screens to provide this information:

    • Your first and last name, date of birth, and phone number
    • Your home address
    • The last four digits of your Social Security number and country of citizenship
    • Your annual income, which can include self-employment income, retirement income, investment dividends, and more

    If you’re asked for more information, learn what to do.

    4. Agree to the Terms & Conditions

    Tap Agree to accept the Apple Card Terms & Conditions and submit your application to Goldman Sachs for evaluation.

    5. Accept your offer

    When your application is approved, you are shown an initial credit limit and APR offer. To accept the offer, tap Accept Apple Card. You have up to 30 days to accept your offer and your credit score is not affected until after you accept.

    If you accept, Apple Card is added to Wallet on your iPhone.

    To decline your offer, just tap Decline Offer.

    After you accept your offer, you can start using Apple Card to make purchases with Apple Pay. When you make purchases with Apple Card, you can start to get a percentage of each purchase back as Daily Cash. You can set Apple Card as your default payment card for Apple Pay, App Store, Apple Music and other Apple services, and also request your physical titanium Apple Card after accepting your offer.

    If you’re asked for more information

    In some cases, Goldman Sachs 2 needs additional information to evaluate your application. You could be asked to provide your full Social Security number. To protect your identity, you might also be asked to capture your driver’s license or State-issued photo ID:

    • Scan the front of your Photo ID and tap Continue.
    • Scan the back of your Photo ID and tap Continue.

    To rescan your Photo ID, tap Scan Again. 3

    Goldman Sachs might ask you to provide additional information on financial assets. In some cases, Goldman Sachs might request additional information about your relationship with Apple to further evaluate your application.

    You can choose not to provide additional information at any point. If you choose not to share additional information, Goldman Sachs is unable to approve your application.

    If you’re approved with insufficient credit

    If you apply for Apple Card when you buy a new iPhone, iPad, Mac, or other eligible Apple product and choose Apple Card Monthly Installments, see what you can do if your application is approved with insufficient credit.

    If your application is declined

    If your application is declined, you might be invited to enroll in the Path to Apple Card program.

    If you need help applying for Apple Card, contact Apple Support.