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A Makeup Starter Kit for the Graduating Girl

Here are six items to build a starter makeup kit for the graduating girl in your life. Help her face college or the real world with confidence and an easy, natural look.

Got a graduating girl in your life? Whether it's a daughter, niece, little sister, or girlfriend, send her off with a beauty survival kit to help her look more polished and put together. Here are all the items to prepare any young girl for growing into a fabulous young lady!

1. A nice set of brushes
All the best products in the world will go to waste without the proper tools. Real Techniques makes affordable, versatile brushes. The Travel Essentials and Starter Set are both excellent sets to start a collection.

2. Lightweight Coverage
I don't like to see young girls with lovely skin sporting full coverage foundation. Trust me, kids, you have the rest of your life to do that! Benefit's new Big Easy is the perfect BB with a powder finish and SPF 35 to preserve that youthful skin!

3. Versatile Eyeshadow Palette
You'll want to give her plenty of room to play and to create both wearable and fun night-out looks. The Too Faced Pardon My French set is excellent with 9 silky shadows, mascara, liner and their ever-popular Shadow Insurance eye primer.

4. Self Tanner
It greatly pains me to see young girls still frequenting tanning beds. Stop the madness and introduce them to an awesome self-tanner like bareMinerals Faux Tan. It's my favorite, non-sticky, natural sunless solution!

5. Lip Gloss Wardrobe
Young girls and lip gloss go together like chocolate and marshmallow. For busy babes on the go, a swipe of lip gloss is all you need for color and moisture, and the Buxom Nudes & Brights set has every color she'll need from job interview to girl's night out!

6. A Deep Cleansing Brush
A Clarisonic brush is an awesome skincare basic to get girls started on faithful and thorough cleansing from the get-go. I've used my Clarisonic Mia for 3 years now and it hasn't failed me once. My skin has improved, and I feel confident that I'm cleaning every ounce of makeup off at night. I just wish it had existed when I was entering college!

For more makeup advice and insights from Ivy, go to Wake Up for Makeup.

Ivy Boyd

I have a Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design, but it's creating works of art on faces that I love most. By day, I am a Senior Education Consultant for Sephora as well as a freelance makeup artist. The rest of the time, I'm creating content for my makeup and beauty blog, Wake Up for Makeup, reading product reviews, watching tutorial videos and reading makeup artist books. I live and breathe this stuff and if you could eat makeup, I'd probably do that too. I also love painting abstracts, running, attending music festivals and acting weird with my husband and our two awesome cats. I'm here to tell you what products are legit, how to better use the ones you have, give you ideas to shake up your routine and guide you through some fun tutorials I know you can dominate.

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