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Take Ali Hall, 13, captain of the cheerleading squad at Carver Middle. A pretty, popular girl whose bedroom wall is populated by Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync posters, she says she feels pressure to look good.

"Wearing makeup makes me feel better about myself when I think I'm looking bad," says Ali, smoothing her blond hair. "I hear other people talking about other kids, like, if they have a pimple, and they'll say, `Uh, she needs to cover that up.' I don't know if they're talking about me or not."

Then, of course, there's the boy factor.

"Boys are, like, a big issue now," Ali adds. "You want to get their attention."

Such emphasis on looking good to feel good is perfectly natural, says Elizabeth Brous, author of "How to Be Gorgeous" (HarperTrophy; $14.95), a new beauty book for teens.

"Girls that age are struggling with self-esteem, which is tied to their looks," says Brous, former beauty editor at Seventeen magazine. "A bad hair day or a bad skin day can make a girl want to stay home for a week."

But makeup isn't just about hiding pimples or attracting boys. Extreme makeup makes a statement all its own. So does wearing no makeup at all.

Barbara Bloom, 15, of Ft. Lauderdale, likes to experiment. When she goes clubbing, she goes all-out with body glitter and shiny little stars on her face.

"You get noticed with it," she says. "It's dark in the clubs so when the light catches the glitter, it brings attention to you."

In contrast, Hermrose Escarment, 16, of Pembroke Pines, Fla., opts for no makeup at all. No glitter. No shimmer. No stars.

"The Hermrose look is good," she says. "You shouldn't follow anybody and try to imitate their look. You should do what's right for you."

Here's the kicker. Even makeup guru Bobbi Brown agrees. What's going on inside is more important than what's happening on the outside.

"It is really important to feel like yourself," says Brown, co-author of "Bobbi Brown Teenage Beauty" (HarperCollins; $25). "It's important to feel comfortable with your own look, whatever that look is."

Indeed, teens frequently use too much makeup, and that's a mistake, Brown says. They should go for a natural look and skip the foundation because they don't need it.

A little lip gloss, a little mascara and perhaps a light eye shadow is enough, she says. To cover a blemish, a foundation stick will do.

What makeup shouldn't do is empty a teen's wallet, says consumer advocate Paula Begoun, noting that vulnerable teens are easy targets for cosmetics companies.

"These companies know kids today have disposable income, and they target them," says Begoun, author of "Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me" (Beginning Press, $24.95).

That explains why dozens of cosmetics companies now pitch their products to kids.

"The bottom line is, parents went through this themselves," says Butterworth, the father of a teen. "And they know this, too, shall pass."

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Source : http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2000-12-03/news/0012030461_1_teens-makeup-blush

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