wikiHow to Apply Scene Makeup As a Preteen

Three Parts:Getting the Scene Eye Makeup RightApplying Scene Makeup to the Rest of Your FaceApplying the Finishing Touches

Scene makeup emphasizes bright colors and bold contrasts, but as a preteen you don't want to go overboard with it. The key is learning how to apply natural looking makeup with scene techniques to get an understated version of that bold look. If you've never used makeup before, be sure to get permission before you proceed.

Part 1
Getting the Scene Eye Makeup Right

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    Start with a clean face. Before applying makeup, you should always have a freshly washed and moisturized face. This will keep breakouts to a minimum and your makeup will go on more easily and look better once it’s on.
    • After you apply the moisturizer to clean skin, wait about 10 minutes before you start applying your makeup. This will give the moisturizer time to absorb completely into your skin.
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    Choose eyeshadow colors that work best for your skin tone. Scene makeup emphasizes bold eye makeup choices, but as a preteen you don't want to go too overboard with it. Using the best palette for your skin tone allows you to be a little daring with your eye makeup without looking overdone.
    • Regardless of your skin tone, get some natural-looking, soft eyeshadow colors - those look good on everyone. Think soft nudes, pearly beiges, soft browns, and shimmery champagnes.
    • If you have pale skin, light red tones and soft greens are good for eyeshadow.[1]
    • If you're tan, pale yellows and vibrant greens are good eyeshadow choices.
    • If you have dark skin, go with soft golds and purple berry shades.[2]
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    Choose and apply your main eyeshadow color. Brush the eyeshadow of your choice over the entire eyelid, starting at the inner corner of your eye and working outward. Then sweep that same eyeshadow color under your eye, very close to the lash line.
    • With scene makeup, lots of older girls will wear multiple neon shades at one time. Until you get the hang of it, try experimenting with two.
    • Eyeshadow brushes are best for applying scene eyeshadow, as opposed to eyeshadow wands. Wands are the tiny little tools that all eyeshadow compacts come with.
    • Eyeshadow brushes are purchased separately and they basically look like paintbrushes. You can get one for cheap in any makeup department.
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    Add a little more color. Use a little more of your main shade to go over what you've already done to brighten it up. If you want to add another color, choose one that's darker than your main shade and work it into the crease of your eyelids. This will make your eyes really pop with color, which is what you want when doing scene makeup.
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    Apply pencil eyeliner in a dark brown or black shade. Starting at the inner corner of your upper eyelid and working outward, gently draw a line all the way to the edge of your eye, where your eyelid ends. Follow the natural shape of your eyelid, very close to your lash line.
    • The older scene girls will be using heavy black eyeliner all the way around their eyes, so you'll want to go for that look, just less intense. The idea is to make the colorful eyelid pop with the addition of the dark eyeliner color.[3]
    • You can draw a line lightly under your bottom lash line if you want to go for a slightly bolder look. Another step bolder would be to connect the two lines, creating a rounded edge on the outside corner of your eye.[4]
    • Use an eyeliner pencil or a kohl pencil. As a preteen, liquid liner maybe be a little too dark and unnatural looking. It’s can also be pretty hard to work with - it takes a bit of practice to get right. Master the eyeliner pencil first!
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    Curl your top eyelashes with an eyelash curler. If you don’t have an eyelash curler already, invest in one. Yes, it looks a bit intimidating, like some kind of torture instrument! But they are very easy to use and can make a huge difference in your final look. Curling your eyelashes really opens up the eye, and remember - scene makeup is all about the eyes!
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    Apply one coat of dark brown or black mascara to your top and bottom lashes. Brush the mascara wand softly across the lashes, starting close to your lid at the bottom of your lashes and sweeping out to the ends of your lashes. You can gradually move up to more layers of mascara once you get into the groove of makeup, but start slowly and naturally with one coat for now.
    • Wait until your mascara dries completely before moving on to the rest of your makeup - about 3 to 5 minutes.

Part 2
Applying Scene Makeup to the Rest of Your Face

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    Apply a foundation that matches your skin tone. You’ll notice that the older scene girls are using lighter foundation makeup on their faces to make their complexions look paler, but that can look very unnatural. For now, go with a natural skin tone. Use a sponge applicator to apply a very thin layer of foundation all over your face. Make sure to cover your skin evenly.
    • You want this to be as sheer and natural looking as possible. You can try a BB cream instead of a true foundation if you want something much easier to work with – and those creams look far more natural, as well.
    • You apply BB cream with a sponge applicator, just as you would regular foundation. You can buy them in the same area of the store where you’d get the foundation.
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    Cover any blemishes on your face with a tiny dab of concealer. Choose a concealer that matches your skin tone, just as you did with the foundation. Dab the concealer lightly onto the blemish area and blend the edges to make it look more natural.
    • Skip this step if you don’t have any blemishes! Concealer can look heavy and unnatural if you use too much of it, and you want to avoid that completely. Don’t try to cover up your freckles or anything like that.
    • Wait about five minutes before moving on to the next steps. This will give your foundation and concealer time to absorb completely into your skin.
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    Apply blush to the apples of your cheeks. Start by smiling into the mirror. See those round cheeks pop up? That’s where you want to apply the blush. Use a big fluffy brush to apply your blush with light circular strokes on the apples of your cheeks.
    • You only need to use a little bit of blush to brighten your face, especially since the older scene girls are going so pale with their makeup. It’s more scene looking if you use just a hint of blush.
    • Choose a soft, natural looking rose color for your blush.
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    Lightly dust all over your face with translucent powder. Use a big fluffy brush for this, as well. Not the same one you used for your blush, however! You’ll want to keep those brushes separate.
    • Dusting the translucent powder on last “sets” your makeup, which means it keeps it in place and makes it last longer.
    • Powder also gets rid of any shine you have on your face. The older scene girls will be going for a very matte (not shiny) complexion.

Part 3
Applying the Finishing Touches

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    Check to make sure your eyeshadow looks even on both eyes. Now that you’re at the end of the scene makeup routine, you’ll want to step back from the mirror and take a look at your face as a whole. It’s easy to get distracted by one particular thing when you are focused on applying makeup to different parts of your face, but the important thing is the final, overall look.
    • If the color is uneven, lightly apply a little more eyeshadow to the eyelid that needs a color boost. Step back from the mirror and check again before adding any more. You probably only need a tiny bit to even them up.
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    Make sure your eyeliner looks even on both eyes. If you find that your eyeliner is thinner on one eye than it is on the other, lightly add a bit more until they are evenly matched. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but it needs to be as close as you can get.
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    Check your foundation along the jawline and hairline. You want to make sure there is no visible line around the edges of your face left by the foundation, because that would look very unnatural. If you do notice a line, take a sponge applicator and dab at it until it looks evenly blended.
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    Do minimal lip color.[5] Most scene makeup involves a pale mouth, so avoid dark lipstick completely. It’s the eyes that you really want to emphasize with color. Apply a plain lip balm or a light berry-colored gloss to your lips as the final step.


  • Look on YouTube for basic makeup tutorials. Videos can be really helpful for additional demonstration.
  • Don't be afraid of color! Scene makeup is all about color, just don't go overboard.
  • Practice this makeup look at home before wearing it out somewhere.
  • Practice makeup looks with your friends and have your friends evaluate your makeup.
  • Research scene makeup looks on the internet to get new ideas.
  • You want to use the highest quality products that you can on your face. However, when it comes to some of the pricier items, try out a cheaper version first to make sure you like the look.


  • Don't share makeup products with your friends, especially eye makeup. Bacteria can get passed around like that, and could cause an eye infection.
  • Ask permission before you dive into your mom's or any other adult's makeup stash. The temptation will be hard to ignore (it seems like they have all the best stuff!), but don't do it unless you ask first.
  • Get a parent's permission before you start using makeup for the first time.
  • Don't wear this makeup to gym class or during sports! There are waterproof versions of all of these products, but chances are you don't have them yet.

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