The Best Beauty Tips to Steal from Teenagers
Protect Your Skin
While P.R.E.P.’s new beauty line was created to teach young girls the importance of sun protection, adults should also stock up on the brand’s lightly scented, mineral-based SPF 30 Face + Body Lotion ($18.50; prepyourskin.com)—it’s jam-packed with good-for-you antioxidants and oils, without any harsh chemicals to irritate skin. (Sleeping over your new guys place? Be sure to stash these 7 Beauty Products For Your Adult Sleepover.)
Think breakouts and acne flare-ups only apply to teenagers? Think again. They're just as prevalent in grown-ups (in fact, 1 in 5 women suffer from adult acne, according to the American Academy of Dermatology), so slather on Neutrogena Rapid Clear Stubborn Acne Cleanser ($8.50; drugstores) in the a.m. and p.m. to combat any blemishes.
Get Smooth Lips
Mwah Coconut Chick Lip Balm ($4; ulta.com) may smell like your favorite tube of coconut goodness you loved as a kid, but this lip healer carries a moisturizing punch worth using now too. It’s loaded with hydrating vitamin E and rich fatty acids, so your mouth will never feel dry or chapped.
Slather on a Floral Scent
Hints of soft florals make the uber-hydrating Sonia Kashuk Body Lotion in Pink Innocence ($9; target.com) extra girly, but the shea butters, avocado, and sweet almond oils make it a moisturizing must-have. (Find the best hand lotion for your needs with these 6 Hand Healers for Every Skincare Problem.)
Add a Pop of Color
Colorful eye looks are never too young—so long as you don’t go overboard—and a bright liner can instantly illuminate your gaze. Try a Kohl's formula, which is easier to blend, and a subtle purple hue like Flower That’s So Kohl's! Kohl's Eyeliner in Tell Me No Lilacs ($8; Walmart stores).
Add Some Shimmer
You don’t want to look like you washed your face with shimmer, but sweeping subtle sheen along the top of your cheekbones with a highlighter looks chic and grown-up—in a good way. We like Bobbi Brown Brightening Brick in Pink ($46; barneys.com).
Smell Fruity Post-Shower
Hate when the scent of your body wash rinses off right after you use it? Olay Fresh Outlast Body Wash in Cooling White Strawberry & Mint ($5.50; drugstore.com) contains essential oils that cling to the skin, so you’ll feel clean and smell delicious post-shower.
Wear a Fresh Perfume
Glam up Your Nails
You may not have loads of spare time after school like a youngin’ might to create intricate nail designs, but every once in a while you deserve a fun mani. Stickers like Kiss Gel Dress ($6; drugstore.com) instantly up your cool chick status in less time than polish.
Add Some Jewelry-Inspired Body Art
Temporary tattoos have long been a staple at children’s birthday parties, but the latest iterations are much more sophisticated. Take Shimmer Jewelry Tattoos ($10; buyshimmer.com) for example, which includes 70 gold and silver metallic jewelry tattoo designs that you can subtly wear as body art.