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A Makeup Starter Kit for the Graduating Girl

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.


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