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Makeup for Beginners: How to Apply the Beauty Basics

For makeup newbies, a pile of everyday products can be intimidating (like really, how do you apply bronzer without looking like an Oompa Loompa?). We've rounded up nine beauty basics, complete with tutorials on how to apply them. It's a lesson in makeup for beginners that will save you from relying on trial and error.

How to Hide Under-Eye Circles

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To cover up fine lines and make eyes look wide awake, an under-eye concealer is a must for women of all ages. Concealers with a yellow base work well for counteracting dark circles, while concealers with hints of pink are great for adding luminosity to the under-eye area.

How to Do a Smokey Eye

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The classic smoky eye is one of the sexiest makeup looks for a date or a night out with the gals. While traditional gray and black shadows work for just about anyone, you can also choose shadows that will complement your eye color.

How to Fill in Eyebrows with Makeup

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One of the most powerful face-framing features is the eyebrows, so filling in sparse areas is essential for an overall makeup routine. (We look to Cara Delevingne for eyebrow inspiration.) When selecting a pencil, it's important to play with different shades to find one that fits your look best.

How to Use a Lip Pencil

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Lip liners can be used to keep your lipstick or lip gloss in place, but they can also be used as allover lip color. If you're pairing a lip pencil with another product, make sure you select one that will blend well with your lipstick.

How to Apply False Eyelashes

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Though you may not wear fake lashes for an everyday look, this is still a beauty lesson every girl should master for special occasions. You can choose from a variety of styles, such as individual lashes or full lash strips, to find ones you feel comfortable in.

How to Apply Lipstick with a Brush

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The tools that make up a beauty routine can be just as important as the products. Use a lipstick brush for more control and a smooth application. Synthetic brushes work best for applying wet makeup, like lipsticks and lip glosses.

The Proper Way to Apply Blush

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Even beginners know blush is a key product in any makeup routine. Without it, skin would look dull and lifeless. When selecting a blush, think about your skin tone and undertone to find a hue that imitates your natural flush.

How to Choose the Right Eyeliner

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Pencil, gel, liquid, kohl: There are tons of eyeliner options to choose from, but no matter which you choose, this must-have product is perfect for making the lash line look fuller. For a more natural look, go with pencil liner. But if want to go bold, choose liquid.

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