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Each new year is a new opportunity to put your best face forward, so make it count this year! High school is a time to experiment with different looks and develop your own personal style, so don’t be afraid to try a little something new.

Generally speaking, you want to keep your look as natural as possible in school. Heavy cat eyes and glitter that you see on the runways are all well and fine for girls’ nights out, but school makeup should accentuate your best features and show the entire school what a bombshell you are.

The age-old secret to a beautiful makeup look is beautiful skin. Find a gentle face scrub that clears your pores and leaves your skin looking radiant. Once a week, try a facial mask that will remedy a problem you find with your skin (recipes are easily available online and you can usually find everything already in your kitchen). Always make sure that, after a day out, you wash off all your makeup before going to bed – makeup can clog pores with oils. If you want to give your skin a summery look all year round, try a tinted moisturizer on your face that will give you a warm glow every day without looking fake.

Simply speaking, you only need a few products to create a healthy, natural look. Start off with a little moisturizer so your makeup will stay on longer and spread more evenly on your face. Dab on some cover-up over any blemishes and under your eyes and blend it into your skin, then apply a skin-toned powder with a fluffy, round brush to your face to even out the color and leave it looking flawless. A sweep of rose-colored blush on the apples of your cheeks and a coat of mascara on your eyelashes will make you look happy and awake. Cover your pout in a natural colored lip gloss or lip stain. There will be no need to touch up your yearbook photos.

Switch things up when you’re feeling bold! Makeup is wonderful because it is playful and flirty – it allows you to express yourself in a whole new medium. If you want to stand out from everyone else, try something new; possibly create a light cat eye with black or brown eyeliner, try out darker shades of lip color, or use a colorful mascara to play off the color of your eyes. The key is to only have one stand-out feature on your face at a time, so if you choose to accentuate your eyes the rest of your makeup should be simple.

You want to avoid anything too “adult.” While the prospect of growing up is very appealing to young ladies, lipsticks and foundations are heavy and have the tendency to look cakey on the skin. If you still feel like learning how to use them for special occasions, then go to your local department store and ask them to give you a makeover – they’ll explain what they’re doing and how they’re doing it through the entire process, and give you tips on which colors will be most flattering for your complexion.

There’s no better time for experimenting with your make-up palette than during the winter months when everything is gray and drab. Since not all of us live in gorgeous climates like Miami and San Diego, we tend to have to bundle up in layers to keep warm and those layers are usually not in very bright or exotic colors. In order to give yourself a little splash of color during the long, “blah” days of winter, try turning up the volume of your make-up!

Red lipstick has become something of a pariah in the past decade or so, but it is making a comeback and this Winter loves seeing a lady in red. Contrary to popular belief, red lipstick truly can be worn by anyone regardless of skin tone and hair color. With a subtle eye or even a smoky eye, red lipstick brings out the silent movie siren in all of us and makes any dreary winter ensemble look fresh and seductive. Glamour and the look of retro Hollywood are very hot this winter, and nothing says glamour better than a brilliant, red pout.

Smoky eyes never seem to go out of fashion, but this winter the smoky eye look isn’t just created with grays and blacks. Luscious browns, purples, and intense emerald hues are hot off of the runways for the winter making smoky eyes anything but boring. However, if you plan to use jewel tones for your smoky-eyed look, it is best to stick with a subdued lip in order to not look overdone. A nice neutral lipstick or high shine gloss is all you need so that your eyes remain the focal point and your look remains classy.

Blushes and bronzers are a wonderful way to make winter pale skin stay looking sunkissed and glowy. Colder weather tends to dry out the skin and leave it looking pasty and dull, but a nice cream-based blush or bronzer can work wonders with the dual benefits of moisturizing your skin while giving it a natural color. Browns, berries, and roses are the colors of choice for the long winter months and when applied on the apple of the cheeks rather than under the cheekbone, make you look like you’ve been to the tropics for the weekend. If you can’t get away to St. Tropez, you can at least look like you did!

Golds, mauves, berries, red, rich espresso browns, jewel tones, and even deeper shades of pink as well as grays are all wonderful colors to experiment with for the winter. Any charcoal or dark brown outfit can really pop when you pair them up with beautifully shadowed eyes, brilliant lips, and fresh blushing cheeks. Your make-up pallet for the winter can truly add warmth to your look even when the sun won’t be making its appearance for a few more months.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with bolder colored cosmetics this winter. It’s the perfect time to try out new looks and get daring with your colors. Perk up that turtleneck and wool suit with some jewel-toned eyes or a fire engine red pout. You just may end up with a new look you’ll love!

Whether you are a freshman or a senior, this new school year is a new start for you, so be sure to accentuate your best features in your look.

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