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    Most women are familiar with the basics of applying makeup. While personal styles may range from ultra-minimal natural looks to extravagant full-face styles; there are some tricks that you can incorporate into any routine to step up your makeup game. Look better and feel more confident with these five simple tricks.

    Blend

    This is one of the most foundational (no pun intended) tricks to creating a professional-looking makeup style. Whether applying your foundation, blush, bronzer, highlighter, or eyeshadow - blending is essential. Blending your makeup well will help you avoid sharp or blunt lines and will make everything look more natural and more professional. The number one area to keep in mind when double-checking your blending, that are often missed, include the edge of your foundation (especially near the ears), chin, and hairline.

    Clean Brushes and Sponges Regularly

    While it may seem like it goes without saying, making sure that your makeup brushes and sponges are clean before you begin applying your makeup is essential to creating a beautiful and clean look. Aside from the obvious health benefits (dirty tools can cause infections, acne, and other bad side-effects), ensuring that your tools are clean will help prevent muddy colors and make sure that last night's smoky eye doesn't interrupt this morning's peach-toned neutral look.

    Inspect in Different Lighting

    Everyone who wears makeup has experienced the unwelcome surprise of stepping in front of a mirror with harsh lighting only to see every single flaw in your makeup application highlighted in stark refrain. While your look may have seemed perfectly blended and set in the light of your vanity at home, avoid this uncomfortable situation by checking your look in different lighting before you leave home. Try checking it first in front of your vanity, then in the bathroom mirror, and, finally, check it one more time in natural light.

    Check Makeup from Different Angles

    While you're checking your makeup in different lighting, also make sure that you are rotating your face and head, checking the makeup application from several angles. One of the most common makeup mishaps is for a look to appear perfect when looking straight into a mirror, but, once you turn your head, you see a spot that is either completely missed or not well-blended. Make sure that you look closely, turning your head to each side as well as straight on to ensure that makeup application is even and well-distributed.

    Don't Forget to Have Fun

    There is immense pressure on women these days to ensure that their makeup and style conforms to beauty standards and societal norms. The most crucial advice on this list is simple - have fun and be yourself. Make sure that your makeup matches the occasion, but more importantly, make sure that it matches your personality and desires. The look that will make you feel the most confident and beautiful is the look that you love. Don't be afraid to stand out from the crowd.

    At the end of the day, the most essential idea to keep in mind is that the point of makeup is to make you feel and look beautiful. Keep these simple tips in mind the next time you sit down to apply your makeup and experience the joy of your resulting looks appearing more professional, polished, and effortlessly beautiful.

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