Teens talk about makeup

January 22, 2001

Teens talk about makeup

Above:Valerie has at least 20 makeup items in her bag every day.

Above: Valerie Schmidt, 15, is a sophomore at South Hagerstown High School.

Above: Jennifer Fields, 14, is a freshman at Clear Spring High School.

Above: Ashley Tyler, 13, and Catherine Kaniski, 12, touch up their makeup.



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By KATE COLEMAN / Staff Writer

Valerie Schmidt carries at least 20 makeup items in her bag every day. She has not left home without "her face" - her makeup - for the past four years.


The 15-year-old South Hagerstown High School sophomore was one of several area teens who responded to a recent Herald-Mail invitation to tell why they should be chosen to participate in a makeup "rap session." Those involved were eligible to win $50 in a random drawing.

Valerie won the prize, and she and the others shared their thoughts and some tips on wearing makeup at Campus Cutters, Vicki Arnold's Hagerstown hair salon.

Valerie's friends call her "the human CVS" and come to her for makeup tips. She loves makeup because it can make someone feel beautiful, and she wants people to feel better about themselves.

"It may be seen as materialistic, but if you need to wear makeup in order to feel you are showing your inner beauty on the outside, then so be it," Valerie said.

"I enjoy wearing makeup to add some fun to my day," e-mailed Ashley Tyler, 13, a Northern Middle School seventh-grader. It can help her stand out and people can think, "Wow. She looks nice."

However, she said she doesn't wear makeup for other people. She does it for herself.

Ashley doesn't feel uncomfortable going without makeup. "After all, inner beauty is more important than outer beauty - despite what the media tries to make you believe."

Catherine Kaniski, 12, came along with Ashley. Also in seventh grade at Northern Middle, Catherine loves the big makeup kit she got for Christmas. "I have tons of eye shadow," she said. She likes the pink and purple shades. "It's light, and it brings out your eyes," she said.

Jennifer Fields, 14, wanted to be included in the session to share her ideas and hear those of other teens. She also wanted a chance to win the prize - so she could buy makeup, of course. She has her eye on some Peony blush. She recently read that Britney Spears uses it. "I love her makeup," Jennifer said.

Jennifer, who has been home-schooled, and is now a freshman at Clear Spring High School, keeps a neat box of file cards with pictures and makeup tips she's downloaded from Internet Web sites.

Beauty can be hazardous. At her birthday pajama party, one of Catherine's friends gave her a makeup kit that included a pack of pore-cleaning strips.

Catherine, 12, following the directions, wet her face and applied a strip. "It would not come off," she said.

She doesn't use an eyelash curler, either. A friend accidentally poked her in the eye.

Danielle Faulder of Hagerstown wasn't able to attend the session, but e-mailed that she has a variety of makeup. "I think that YOUR own look is what's hot." There are a lot of makeup trends. "Why stick to one when there's lots to try?" asks the 16-year-old South High junior.

Geornese Willis loves lipstick. She didn't make it to the rap session because she was called to her job as a shampoo girl at JC Penney Styling Salon in Frederick, Md. Geornese, 17, a Frederick High School senior, is a cosmetology student. She's learned "everything," including hair styling, and manicure, acrylic nails and pedicure techniques, in the three-year program.

Geornese called herself a makeup "fanatic." She spent $33 on a makeup book she reads all the time.

The teens spend between "less than $5 a month," to "$20 this week," on makeup. Ideas come from "every beauty magazine I can get my hands on," the Web and browsing at makeup counters.

They all like makeup, but they have other interests - soccer, singing in chorus, reading, writing and ballet. Career ambitions range from marine biology, to fashion design, professional soccer and operating a cosmetics company.

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