Want a great gift for a preteen girl? How about a starter makeup kit! This can be one of those generational gifts that you can add to each year. Start with a makeup case and a few basics at around age twelve, and continue to give a gift of makeup each birthday and Christmas to help her build her kit! But, timing is important as you roll out new and fun makeup and fashions for your teeny-bopper.
For example, nine-year-olds should not be characterized as “pre-teen” yet. They are still kids. Girls of this age are hero-worshippers, desiring the lives of the teenagers they see at home, in their neighborhoods, or at church. And in pop culture they idolize the latest K-Pop group or Disney star. Parents and grandparents of these impressionable children should remember that they are children, no matter how old and mature they seem at times. Hold off on the makeup and certain grown up teen fashions for now, no matter how much they beg. There is plenty of time for them to grow up. They need a year or two more of childhood. So, the gifts you purchase for them can still honor their growth and can be a bit more sophisticated, less babyish, more stylish, and “cooler” than the toys of the past. So even though makeup may not be on your list for this age, items can be a bit more mature that the kid-toys of the past. Our favorites are the All-New Fire HD Kids Edition Tablet and the Nintendo Entertainment Center (NEC Classic Edition) with Game Console and Controller. Other really cool choices are the Wonder Workshop Dash – Voice Activating Coding Robot for Kids and the classic Nintendo Entertainment System Game Console with Controller.
Ten-year-old girls feel like they have arrived! They are in double digits in age for the first time in their lives. And, for birthdays and Christmas they are not just about “toys” anymore. They are into fashion, technology, and the arts. You can give them a few fashion items to play with, but combine these gifts with toys, computers, music, and games as well that will help in her physical, intellectual, and social development. Our favorite is the latest model of the Apple iPod Touch (32GB) in Pink. It’s adorable and very reliable and sturdy. But, all the other items on the lists below are all are sure to please as well. A lot of girls this age are into arts and crafts so our recommendations below are heavy into creativity. So, check out the Alex Craft “My First Sewing Kit” and the Cool Maker “GO GLAM Nail Stamper” Nail Studio.
After this, you can begin moving eleven and twelve year old girls slowly into the world of make-up and fashion. Remember though, that there is nothing more complicated than a preteen girl. Issues of appearance, growing up, cliques, and maturity cause complexity and sometimes outright insecurity for girls of this age. A loving family can help, as can a few supportive friends. Having a moral center, belief in God, and a commitment to integrity can also add a solid foundation. Gifts for this age group are moving from children’s toys to more mature items. This may be the year to trade in the kid’s bike for a ten-speed. Or to replace the kid’s computer with a real laptop.
But this article is about MAKEUP for KIDS, so here are some basics you can choose from: It all starts with a Makeup Case. Get one that has appeal to a teeny-bopper, but also is classy enough to grow with. She may have this item for years so get one with good quality. Here are some links to a few great suggestions for makeup cases!
Skin & Eye Primer are the next items after choosing a Makeup Case. So, click below for suggestions to help her to minimize pores and help her makeup to last and look great.
Then, Foundation & Concealer are the next items to consider. Make sure and match her skin tones, but provide a range of shades. And for young and fresh skin the concealer may not even be necessary. Click below for some suggestions:
- STILA Stay-All-Day Foundation & Concealer
- Clinique Beyond Perfection Foundation & Concealer
- PUR Love Your Selfie Longwear Foundation & Concealer
Contouring Powders or Creams are next. Keep track of the trends in color each year to provide your preteen with appropriate and beautiful facial highlights. Some suggestions are included here:
- Aesthetica Cosmetics Contour & Highlighting Kit
- Eddie Funkhouser Contour & Highlight Palette
- Beauty Junkees Contour Highlighter Makeup Brush Set
Eyeshadow. The dramatic impact of eyeshadow makes makeup miraculous and fun for a preteen. Mix and match with light and dark colors, warm and cool shades, and a combination of flat matte and shimmering glitter. Click here to see some that we love:
Lipstick Assortment. Include basic reds and pinks, but don’t forget some fun colors as well. A preteen girl may like some unusual shades! Oh…and don’t forget the lip gloss! Go here to get the best at a great price.
Choose Eyebrow Pencils instead of Creams. Click here to choose an assortment of browns and blacks close to the color of her brows. Also, pencils are easier to manipulate than creams for a teeny-bopper. And, by all means, DO NOT let her pluck her own eyebrows yet!
Eyeliners and Lip Liners. These need to come with some instructions. Teach young girls about being subtle with these implements, but every now and then let her go crazy with the winged eyeliner look! Click here for some of my favorites.
Powders and How to Use Them. Setting powder and finishing powers along with an assortment of brushes can help even a twelve year old look classy. Technique and subtlety are important, so buy her a the following recommended supplies here!
Setting Spray. For a preteen you probably do not need setting spray. Unless of course she will be entering a lot of pageants and will need flawless makeup that will last a long time. Because of this we are not recommending any setting sprays in this article.
An Assortment of Brushes, Tweezers, Eyelash Curlers, Cotton Swabs, Cotton Rounds, Face Wash, Moisturizer, Tissues, and Makeup Remover. All are available online at good prices and a lot have free shipping so click here to get started!