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5 items every girl needs in her makeup bag

When you begin collecting makeup and filling your bag, there's a lot to think about: How many different types of eyeshadow do I need? Is bronzer absolutely essential? What about brushes? You don't have to fill your bag all at once, but when you're just starting out, you'll want to make sure you have these five essentials:

1. Brushes
Before you can start practicing your makeup technique, you'll need the right tools. Make sure you have a brush for foundation, another for concealer and one for applying eyeshadow. Once you're ready to branch out a bit, stock up on precision eyeliner and blending brushes to expand the number of looks you can create.

2. Concealer
When you're young, there's really no need for all-over foundation. Instead, just use a dab of concealer to hide imperfections like dark circles under your eyes or pesky blemishes. To find the perfect shade, test out different formulas on the inside of your wrist.

3. Blush/bronzer
While you could try the old-fashioned method of pinching your cheeks to get some color, bronzer and blush are much more fun! When it comes to blush you can experiment with hues from rose to peach, while bronzer will give you an instant sun-kissed glow.

4. Eyeshadow
This is where makeup gets really fun. You can transform yourself into an entirely different person depending on which shadow you choose. To ensure you have plenty of different options, consider buying a palette with dozens of various shades - then you'll always have access to a hue that suits your mood.

5. Mascara
If you really want to make your eyes pop, you're going to need thick, long eyelashes, and the only way to accomplish this feat is by using mascara. This beauty tool can give your lashes length and volume. Black is the classic color of choice. Try using an eyelash curler to give them extra oomph!

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