Look Amazing in Middle School Without Makeup

You might not want to wear makeup in middle school, or you might not be allowed to because of your parent’s or school’s rules. Everybody is beautiful in their own way and it is not necessary to wear makeup to look the best you can. Keeping good hygiene, styling your hair, wearing clothes you like, and improving your confidence can make you look and feel good without makeup.


Creating a Hygiene Routine

  1. Establish a skin care routine. Keeping your skin clean and healthy will make you glow naturally without any makeup. Use a facial cleanser to gently wash your face every day. Rinse it off with warm water and pat your face dry with a towel. If you have oily skin, use a cleanser specifically for oily skin. For dry skin, use a cleanser for normal to dry skin.
    • Use an exfoliating cleaner once a week to wash away any dead skin.
    • Moisturize your face every day with a lightweight, non-clogging moisturizer.
    • If you have acne, use a skin care regime for acne and never pop your pimples.[1]
  2. Keep your lips moisturized. Even if you can’t or don’t want to wear lipstick, you can still accent your naturally beautiful lips by keeping them healthy. Exfoliate your lips using a Make an Exfoliating Lip Scrub. Moisturize your lips daily with chap stick or lip balm to keep them soft.[2]
  3. Take care of your teeth. Your smile is an important part of your appearance. It is also important to take care of your teeth for your health. Brush your teeth twice a day for about two minutes. Make sure to clean your tongue as well as your teeth. Also use floss and mouthwash daily.[3]
  4. Keep your fingernails healthy. Make sure your nails are dry and clean. Wash them daily and scrub underneath them to remove any dirt. Trim them with clean nail clippers and round them with a nail file. Make sure to remove any hangnails.
    • You can apply a protective layer of nail hardener to keep your nails strong.
    • When applying hand lotion, rub the lotion into your fingernails and cuticles.
    • Try to avoid biting your fingernails.[4]
    • If you want and are allowed to, you can apply a colored polish to your nails.
  5. Shower daily to prevent body odor. Because you are starting to get older, you will likely sweat more than you did when you were younger. Make sure to shower or bathe every day to remove dirt and to help you smell the best you can.
    • Apply deodorant daily to help with body odor.
    • You can apply a lotion after you shower to improve your smell.
    • If you want to and are allowed to, you can shave your body hair in the shower.[5]
  6. Groom your eyelashes. Even if you can’t wear makeup, you can still make your eyelashes stand out. You can try natural remedies (such as castor oil and petroleum jelly) to help your Make Your Eyelashes Grow.
    • You can apply a clear mascara to your eyelashes to enhance their natural color and length.[6]
    • If you are allowed to, you can curl your eyelashes to help them appear longer and fuller.
  7. Pluck your eyebrows. If you are allowed to, you can pluck your eyebrows to help accent their shape. Tweezing your eyebrows is easier than waxing. Make sure not to over pluck and to be very careful to stick to your natural shape.
    • Ask for help! Don’t start plucking until you talk to a parent or older sibling about how to pluck your eyebrows and have them help you.
    • Make sure you have your parents’ permission.
    • Ask a parent to take you to a professional salon to get your eyebrows done if possible.

Styling Your Hair

  1. Get a haircut. Getting a haircut can make your hair easier to style, give your hair shape, make you feel more confident wearing it down, and can make it healthier. Make sure to get your hair cut every few weeks to keep it looking the best it can look. You can just get a trim or you can get a completely new style.[7]
    • Ask a parent to get your hair cut. Don’t cut your hair yourself.
  2. Keep your hair clean and brushed. How often you should wash your hair depends on your hair type and lifestyle. You should probably wash your hair daily if you exercise often, live in humid and hot place, have an oily scalp, or have thin hair. You can wash your hair only a few times a week if you have thick, dry, or curly hair.[8]
    • Try dry shampoo for days you need to remove grease but don’t have time to shower.
    • Brush your hair daily to avoid tangles and damage and to make your hair shiny.
  3. Try hair products. If you have trouble keeping your hair in place, you can use hair products to help. You can try using mousse or gels to pump up curly and wavy hair. Hair spray is great for getting rid of flyaway hairs and frizz. If you have thin hair, you can try volumizing products to make your hair appear thicker.
    • Make sure to only apply a small amount of hair products.
  4. Use styling tools. If you are allowed to, you can try using heat tools to style your hair. Use a blow dryer to dry your hair and smooth it out. You can use a curling iron or wand to add texture, waves, or curls to your hair. Flat irons can make unruly, wavy, or curly hair straight and smooth.
    • Make sure to ask your parents’ permission before you use a styling tool.
  5. Try different styles. Mixing up your hair style can make you look and feel amazing, with or without makeup. You can put your hair in different types of braids, ponytails, Create an Updo, or buns to mix up your hair from your regular routine.
    • Try using different hair accessories like berets, clips, and headbands in your hairstyles.

Wearing Clothes You Like

  1. Wear clothes that make you feel confident. Wear clothes that make you feel good. If you dress how you want to (but still follow your school’s rules and your parents’ rules), you will look and feel amazing. Go to your favorite stores and get clothes that you like and you are comfortable in.
  2. Get fashion inspiration. If you are struggling to figure out what clothes you want to get, you can look for fashion inspiration. Movies, television shows, magazines, style blogs, and Pinterest are full of fashion inspiration.[9]
  3. Be confident in a school uniform. You might not have a say in what you get to wear to school because you have a uniform. Remind yourself that everybody has the same thing on! So if you don’t feel like you look your best in a uniform, remember that everyone probably feels the same way.
    • If you are allowed to, add accessories like jewelry, fun socks, unique shoes, headbands, and hair ribbon to make your uniform stand out.[10]

Feeling Good About Yourself

  1. Have positive body language. Have good posture. If you stand and sit with your back straight, you will look and feel more confident. If you look confident, it will help you be confident and self-assured.
    • Smiling can help you look more attractive and feel better about yourself.[11]
  2. Try not to judge yourself. When you look in the mirror, try to appreciate and admire your physical features. Don’t judge yourself and criticize yourself. Instead, find something about your appearance that you like and focus on that.[11]
  3. Ignore the media. It might be hard to not look at women on television and in advertisements, but try to ignore them. Don’t compare yourself to who you see in the media. It is important to know these women are altered using Photoshop. Everybody is beautiful in their own way, so try not to compare yourself.[11]


  • Remember beauty is what is on the inside, not on the outside.
  • Try to be confident about your appearance.
  • Wear what makes you happy, and don't care what popular people or boys think.
  • Find skincare that suits your skin type. Although when you are young you might not have identified your skin type but ask someone in the drugstore or wherever you get your skin care products and ask the people who work there .


  • Make sure to ask your parents’ permission before trying anything new (such as plucking your eyebrows, shaving, getting a haircut, or using hair styling tools).

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