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Teen Makeup Gifts: A Beginner Beauty Kit

Teen makeup gifts are a great direction to go if you have a tween or teen interested in makeup. A beginner beauty kit not only makes a great birthday or Christmas gift for teens, it is also a good way to establish good makeup choices and practices. I’ve put together some of the best makeup products for teenage girls. A gift basket filled with teen makeup gifts is a great gift idea most every tween or teen would love.

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What makeup should I buy for beginners?

It is important to give tweens or teens who are starting out with makeup a good mix of basics, but you also want to add some fun makeup “bling” so they will be excited! I found a good mix of makeup for teenage beginners that will help them with natural makeup and the occasional fancier face!

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First, a Beginner Makeup Kit storage container

There are so many cute options to hold makeup in this beginner beauty kit.

This clear makeup container is simple and lovely and will help teens organize their makeup if they have a desk or counter available. 

Another blingy and useful option is this 360 degree rotating makeup organizer.

Teenage makeup lovers will love all of the color options and the convenience of this makeup caddy

Another fabulous option is this makeup train case. It folds up and out into several layers of storage and even has a mirror. Teens will love all of the compartments!

This makeup caddy is pretty cool (although pricey). It has an LED mirror that you can place on top.

This zippered makeup travel case would also be a great beginner teen makeup kit.

Next: Teen Makeup Kit Essential Tools

A teen makeup kit is such a good way to supply your teen with good products and knowledge so they can apply makeup well from day one. 

Even though there are millions of YouTube makeup tutorials, this Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual would be a great starting point of sensible makeup basics for tweens or teens who are just dipping their toes into the world of beauty products. 

Another great book to include in teen makeup gifts would be this Makeup Artist Face Charts book. It has beauty and makeup tips and practice faces they can practice makeup looks on (and record the makeup they used).

This is a set of two makeup sponges that come with a holder (one for you, one for your daughter?) 😉

An alternate to makeup sponges are triangle make-up puffs. They have an elastic to keep them on your teen’s finger, and give a beautiful finish to foundation application.

Another great product for a teen makeup kit is a quality makeup mirror This is battery powered so it can be moved to any place a teen is doing her makeup.

This is the bamboo makeup mirror I bought for my teen’s makeup gift basket! It is beautiful and minimalistic and looks great in her room where she applies her makeup.

two teen girls are smiling. One girl is applying blush to the other girl's cheeks. they are both smiling.

Makeup Brushes for Beginner Teen makeup Kit

A set of makeup brushes: It might be tempting to buy lots and lots of makeup brushes for teen makeup gifts (because you can get huge sets for pretty cheap), but for teens or tweens just starting with makeup, I would recommend a simple brush set like this so they don’t get overwhelmed.

A set of duo-ended makeup brushes will give your teen makeup brush options while saving space. This set is for powder and contouring.

This EcoTools brush set is environmentally friendly and is a great price.  

This 16 piece makeup brush kit also comes with 2 makeup sponges, woot!

While these aren’t essential brushes for a teen beginner makeup kit, they might enjoy this set of brushes for the eye, including a mascara comb that gets clumps of mascara out of the eyelashes.

Makeup brush balm and cleaning mat: With sensitive teenage skin, keeping makeup brushes clean is important! This is a balm that your teen rubs the brush in and then rubs on the cleaning mat.

Last: The Best Teen Makeup Products

Choose one product from each of the following categories to add to the best teen makeup gift basket.

The Best Moisturizers for Teens

A good moisturizer is an important building block for successful makeup application. Tweens or teens don’t need primer quite yet because their skin doesn’t have fine lines.

This Neutrogena oil-free moisturizer is good for teens who have oilier skin prone to acne breakouts.

This Nip+Fab Moisturizer is created just for teens. It gives moisture with zero shine.

This moisturizer is made from natural and organic ingredients and is just for teen girls. It won’t clog their pores.

CereVe Day Moisturizer is the moisturizer my daughter’s dermatologist recommended to prevent breakouts. I also appreciate that it has SPF30 and is oil-free.

Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Absorbing Moisturizer is another moisturizer recommended by dermatologists for teen girl’s skin. If your teen’s skin runs oily this is a great option for a teen makeup gift basket.

Clean & Clear Hydrating Watermelon Gel Facial Moisturizer: Teens will love the smell and look of this moisturizer, It is oil-free so it will keep their skin clear as well.

The Best BB Cream/Foundation for Teen Girl Makeup Kits

BB Cream is a lighter alternative to foundation. I would say MOST tweens and teens don’t need either BB Cream or foundation, but if they are prone to breakouts or have uneven skin color BB Cream would be a good choice for a beginner beauty kit.

This Maybelline Dream BB Fresh is affordable and comes in 5 different shades. Since it is such light coverage and blends well, matching an exact shade isn’t as important as it would be for choosing a foundation.

bareMinerals BB Cream is a little pricier but goes on like a dream!

L’Oreal Paris Makeup Magic Anti Redness BB Cream Tinted Moisturizer: This is the number one bestseller for BB Cream on Amazon. It looks like a great option for a teen makeup gift basket.

Maybelline Hydrating Foundation is thicker for skin that needs more coverage.

E.L.F. Flawless Finish Foundation is lightweight, and medium coverage. It’s a very affordable foundation option for teen girls.

Powder Foundation can be a smart choice for a teen girl with oily skin. This comes in many different skin shades.

The Best Concealer for Teen Girls

Concealer comes in handy to cover up small blemishes that teens often have.

Nyx concealer consistently makes lists for the best budget concealer. This one comes in 24 different shades (choose one lighter than your teen’s skin tone). 

This Maybelline concealer is another great option to add to a beginner beauty kit and comes in a ton of shades.

A crayon concealer makes it easy for new makeup users to cover up spots.

E.L.F. Camo Concealer: This is an excellent concealer with full coverage and a matte finish.

Nyx Bare With Me Concealer Serum: This is an all over serum that would be a great option for a teen with breakout prone skin. Basically instead of applying concealer in specific spots, your teen girl would put this serum all over their face like a moisturizer that would help cover up the blemishes.

Miracle Patch Blemish Cover: My teens have used and love these pimple covers! They help reduce redness and swelling of pimples overnight. Your teen can place the patch on a pimple while they sleep and wake up to clearer skin. This has 96 covers.

A teenage girl looks into a mirror and applies mascara from a pink bottle.

The Best Mascara for Teen Girls

Mascara is a great first makeup option for teens especially those who are nervous about trying makeup.

Essence Lash Princess mascara is super affordable and has SOOOOooooo many amazing reviews! A great first mascara for a teen makeup gift basket.

Maybelline Colossal Mascara is a great entry-level mascara, inexpensive and it works great. 

Another Maybelline product, New York Sky High Mascara is a best seller that is affordable and a wonderful addition to a teen girl makeup gift basket.

Maybelline Great Lash Clear Mascara will give your teen a more natural makeup look and is a great beginner makeup tool.

Maybelline The Falsies Curling Mascara: This is the mascara I put in my daughter’s makeup gift basket. It works to help curl her long but straight down eyelashes.

BabeOriginal Essential Serum: This is an investment, but it works amazingly well! This is the serum I use and it absolutely helps your eyelashes grow thicker and longer. If your teen wishes for longer lashes, grab them this for their makeup basket! I put it on every night and it makes a HUGE difference on my formerly stubby eyelashes.

Blush options for a Teen Girl makeup Gift Basket

A subtle blush is a fun way for a tween or teen to add some color (especially if they aren’t wearing foundation).

Maybelline New York Fit Me! Blush has 10 color options and is a great price.

Another fun beauty product for teens is cream blush. It might take a few tries to get it perfected, but your teen will love this cream blush. 

You could also buy a blush palette for your teen girl, so she has lots of options.

E.L.F Multi Stick is a perfect pick for a teen makeup gift basket because it has multiple makeup uses…it can be used for blush, eyeshadow or lips.

E.L.F. Putty Blush is a buildable lightweight blush.

Nyx contouring palette can also be used as a blush alternative for a teen girl makeup gift basket.

Beginner Makeup Eyeshadow

Your teen will LOVE playing with eyeshadow. There are a lot of choices from subtle to super colorful. Here are some of my favorites for teen makeup gift baskets.

A neutral eyeshadow palette is a fun way to introduce eye makeup to a tween or teen just starting out with makeup. 

Creme Eye Shadow is another great introductory eye shadow for teens. It goes on creamy but dries to look like powder so it is very forgiving with a beginner eyeshadow makeup applicator.

This eyeshadow palette is far from neutral but teens will LOVE to have a lot of color options!

I LOVE these eye shadow palettes for specific eye colors! Not only will it help your teen know what colors work best for their eyes, it is also numbered to show teens where to apply the eyeshadow.

You could also gift a cream eyeshadow makeup palette, there are a lot of color options.

Revlon Colorstay Day to Night Quad Eyeshadow has so many color options and is a great price.

Lip Gloss for a Beginner Makeup Kit

Lip Gloss makes a perfect addition to a teen makeup gift basket because it provides shimmer and glam without

This is a variety pack of tinted lip balms. This will give your teen the feel of lipstick without it being so matte or dark (plus it has yummy fruity scents! 

You could also add go with clear lip gloss in the beginner beauty kit.

This 12 piece lip gloss set has so many colors and would be perfect for a teen beginner beauty basket!

Stay Glossy 6-hour Lip Gloss will stay beautiful for your teen’s entire school day!

Revlon Kiss Tinted Lip Balm Your teen will love the pretty colors of this tint and the moisturizing natural fruit oils.

Burt’s Bees Overnight Intensive Lip treatment will keep your teen’s lips moisturized and looking lovely!

Setting Sprays for Teen Beauty Kit

A setting spray will make your teen feel like they are just like the people in the YouTube Makeup Tutorials AND help keep their makeup looking fresh!

This dewy finish setting spray will keep your teen’s makeup perfect all day. 

Maybelline Facestudio Lasting Fix Makeup Setting Spray is another inexpensive option.

Milani Make It Last 3-in-1 Setting Spray has great reviews!

A girl is looking down with her eyes closed, she is splashing water on her face.

The Best Face Wash/Makeup Removal Options for Teen Makeup Gift Basket

These Erase Your Face makeup removing cloths are eco-friendly, reusable and only require water!  I bought these for my teen daughter and am now using them for myself! They are AMAZING! I use them to wipe off my makeup, and then wash with face wash. This would be perfect for a new tween or teen starting makeup. I would also add in some face wash for after the makeup is off.

Cetaphil Sensitive Skin Redness Relieving Foaming Facewash would be the best choice for a face wash for a teen with sensitive skin.

This two-pack of morning and evening face wash would be a fun addition to this Teen Makeup Kit. 

Beginner Makeup Kit Extras

Here are some fun Teen Makeup Gift “extras” you can add to a beginner beauty gift basket.

These adorable BOW terry cloth spa headbands would be perfect for putting on and taking off makeup.  (And again an extra one for mom). 😉 

When your teen wakes up with puffiness or redness, this IcyGlam Ice Roller will help her feel better! As a bonus, ice rollers are great for migraines or anxiety (use the roller on breastbone!).

Deep Sea Mud Mask has charcoal that will help reduce pores, eliminate blackheads and calm oily skin.

I hope this helps you put together a teen makeup kit that your teen or tween will love! Don’t forget to check out my sister teen beauty post with 20 of the Coolest Hair Care Products for a Teen Girl Gift Basket. 

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