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My daughter is ready to start wearing makeup. Where should we begin?

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When your teen is ready to take the plunge into makeup, the best way for you to help is by discussing proper skincare with her before introducing her to colour cosmetics. Make sure she knows how to correctly cleanse, moisturize and protect her skin by using an SPF. I recommend Simple Skincare’s Protecting Light Moisturizer with SPF 15, which is oil-free and good for sensitive skin.

It’s important that she also understands that makeup is best used as an enhancement or add-on and not as a complete cover-up or fix-all. A simple and light makeup routine should include items that will add definition to her features – such as her eyes, eyebrows and lips – without masking them. The three key products she can start with are a tinted lip balm, a black-brown lengthening mascara and a clear brow gel. The tinted lip balm can double as a hint of colour on her cheeks, should she want some. A mascara in a black-brown shade will look natural but still emphasize her lashes and the brow gel will keep her brows in place and help frame her eyes without any added colour.

Bahar Niramwalla is a celebrity makeup artist and beauty expert who has appeared on CTV, Global TV and City. Follow her on Twitter: @baharniramwalla. Have a beauty question? E-mail style@globeandmail.com.

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