The 10 Best Starter Beauty Products for Tweens and Teens

There’s a good chance you remember the first time you shaved your legs. Whether you snuck off to the bathroom and stole your mom’s razor or asked her for her advice while she watched over you, doing her best to make the experience easy and painless—it’s just one of those beauty memories that stands out for most of us.

There’s just something about the first time you pick up a beauty tool or apply a swipe of lipgloss—it’s a fun experience, a defining moment that signals growing up and taking your looks into your own hands, and, for many of us, the beginning of life-long self-care rituals.

As moms, mother figures, big sisters, and care takers ourselves, we want to make sure our favorite tweens and teens start with the best beauty experience possible. That’s why we’ve assembled a little beauty starter kit.

Check out all our favorite starter products below. Then, tell us about your best beauty memories in the comments section and create your own #bondingoverbeauty list to help other Influensters plan starter beauty kits for their daughters and sisters.

1. COVERGIRL Clean Matte BB Cream, $6.94, at Amazon

COVERGIRL Clean Matte BB Cream

This light, blemish-disguising BB Cream is a great introduction to the world of facial makeup. It will provide your tween or teen with sheer coverage while also letting her natural skin shine through. 

2. COVERGIRL Clean Matte Pressed Powder, $5.29, at

COVERGIRL Clean Matte Pressed Powder

If your tween prefers powder, this lightweight pressed powder will tackle shiny spots and keep skin looking fresh. 

3. Gillette® Venus® Swirl™
 Flexiball Razor, $12.99, at Target

Gillette Venus Swirl Flexiball Razor

The Gillette® Venus® Swirl™ razor is ideal for both beginner and veteran shavers. It features rollerball technology that allows the super comfortable blades to capture hairs that other razors miss. Plus, it’ll keep you cut free.

4. Smith’s Rosebud Salve, $6, at Sephora

Smith's Rosebud Salve

Just a hint of color and a nourishing formula make this balm a great choice for beginners. Plus, the fancy tin will have your teen feeling very grown up.

5. COVERGIRL Makeup Masters Eyelash Curler, $3.99, at Target


COVERGIRL Makeup Masters Eyelash Curler

Not ready for her to wear mascara? An eyelash curler can give lashes a boost without adding product into the mix.

6. Maybelline Great Lash Mascara, $4.49, at Target


Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

If she’s ready for mascara, this cult classic is affordable and buildable so you can find the best look for her together.

7. NYX Cosmetics Face and Body Glitter, $5.99, at Ulta


What tween doesn’t love a little glitter? This pot of sparkles from Too Faced is sheer, youthful, and so much fun.

8. Sinful Colors Nail Polish, $1.99, at Target


Sinful Colors Nail Polish

Ignore the brand name, these polishes are anything but sinful. For around $3 per bottle, your beauty beginner can experiment with different shades and swap out her polish as often as she likes.

9. NYC New York Color NYC HD Color Trio Eye Shadow, $11.99, at


NYC New York Color Eyeshadow

If your tween is almost a teen and ready to graduate to using eye shadow, this palette of neutrals will give her a natural look that will ease her into the beauty world.

10. Sephora Collection Ultra Shine Lip Gel, $12, at Sephora

These glosses will have your tween feeling glam but looking age-appropriate. A high shine finish and sheer wash of color make them perfect for makeup newbies.

What's your first makeup memory? Let us know in the comments section!

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Bethany C.
Bethany C.
Hi I'm Bethany, I'm the Director of Content at Influenster and an incurable beauty junkie.