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20 Beauty Basics Every Woman Should Know by the Time She's 30

20 Beauty Basics Every Woman Should Know by the Time She's 30

By Megan Beauchamp
(Image: Lilly Wallace)
These are the commit-to-memory beauty basics that every woman should know, but if you don't, you're in luck! Each you-should-know basic links to a step-by-step tutorial, so you can fill in any gaps you may have in your beauty knowledge.

1. How to Choose the Right Shade of Bronzer

When you're trying to achieve an effortless glow, the last thing you want is to look streaky, dirty, or worst of all, orange. Knowing how to choose the right shade of bronzer is the key to creating a healthier looking complexion, enhancing your facial structure and getting a sun-kissed glow. (Now, if you've mastered how to use liquid bronzer, you're a true pro.)

2. How to Choose a Blush Color

Choosing the right shade of blush is paramount for attaining the perfect natural flush without looking overly done. Make sure you also choose the right finish (powder, cream, stain) to achieve the desired effect.

3. How to Reduce Puffy Eyes Naturally

Instead of shelling out a pretty penny for the latest de-puffying remedy, you can solve the problem naturally using items you already have in your kitchen. These four natural puffy eye solutions will have you looking bright eyed and alert in no time.

4. How to Apply Makeup to Achieve a Natural Look

We don't have to tell you a beauty routine that simply enhances your features will never go out of style. In case you haven't done so already, master a natural look for your go-to, casual, everyday makeup.
5. How to Remove Makeup Properly

Are you still using makeup remover wipes? Though they're convenient, they may be causing more harm than good. Knowing how to properly remove your makeup can go a long way in helping you attain and, more importantly, maintain healthy, radiant skin.
6. How to Heal a Blemish

No matter how tempted you are to squeeze that offensive spot that's taken up residence on your face, fight the urge. Though there are no overnight cures, these three tried-and-true remedies will have you blemish-free in no time.

7. How to Create a Messy Ponytail

This simple style is an easy go-to for second-day hair. Mix up your usual version with three fresh ways to style a messy ponytail. It's time you move beyond the basic pony anyway.

8. How to Apply Contour Makeup

You don't have to be a Kardashian to get that perfectly contoured look. These simple tips will have you giving Kim a run for her money without the help of a professional makeup artist.

9. How to Upgrade Your Basic Manicure

You've mastered the art of the DIY mani. Now, as Beyoncé would say, let me upgrade you. Two tone nails are just about as easy as your run-of-the-mill mani and they have that nail art vibe without any of the hard work.

10. How to Get Beachy Waves

Though one of the perks of heading to the shore is perfectly undone waves, there's no need to hit the beach to achieve the look. You can get perfectly tousled waves a la Blake Lively with a curling iron and a little know how.

11. How to Create a Special Occasion Hairstyle

Another wedding? You don't even need to bother scheduling an overpriced blowout appointment because now you have a special occasion hairstyle in your beauty arsenal for just such events.

12. How to Apply Makeup for a Special Occasion

Instead of turning to the pros every time you need to look your best, you've perfected a go-to special occasion beauty look that's appropriate for any range of events from your company's holiday party to your best friend's wedding

13. How to Read Cosmetic Labels

Cosmetic labels may be confusing, but everyone should be aware of what they're putting on their body. These three tips will arm you with the knowledge you need to decipher those intimidating labels and seemingly unpronounceable ingredients.

14. How to Apply Makeup for Pictures

Whether you're taking a new photo for your LinkedIn profile or your online dating profile, you know how to apply makeup for pictures in a way that makes you look and feel camera-ready and confident.

15. How to Make a DIY Mask

If your skin is dull, dry or sun-damaged, a simple face mask will remedy the problem. The best part? You can easily put together a DIY mask for glowing skin using ingredients you already have in your kitchen.
16. How to Look Great When You're Tired or Sick

Maybe you have an important meeting at work or maybe you absolutely have to attend that networking event, whatever the case may be, you're not feeling your best but you still need to look presentable. You don't panic because a few beauty tips and tricks will help you fake looking healthy, well-rested. (But be sure to actually rest ASAP.)
17. How to Get Silky Soft Hair

How do you get your best hair ever? You've discovered the secret to soft, smooth, manageable locks (and it's not as elusive as you may have thought).

18. How to Make a Simple Toner

Contrary to popular belief, toner is not placebo water. Toner has the power to restore your skin's pH level, allowing you to achieve a balanced complexion. DIY your way to blemish-free skin with a homemade toner that only requires two household ingredients

19. How to Choose Foods to Improve Your Hair, Skin and Nails

Makeup can help improve your appearance, but nothing can replace the nutrients your body receives from healthy foods. Make sure you're getting the most nutritional bang for your buck by opting for the top five foods to eat for healthy hair, skin and nails.

20. How to Break the Top 5 Worst Skin Habits

Avoiding the top five worst skin habits is tougher than it may seem. No one likes waking up with a blemish and just waiting it out, but you know better.
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