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The 7 deadly sins of makeup

Sonja Holbrook is a regular columnist on who enjoys writing about topics like men and dating.

Thou shalt blend

Don't scoff -- you know you've been guilty of at least one of these cardinal sins of cosmetology. There are some things you simply don't do, and if your mama never told you, prepare to be educated. Ranging from unbelievable to the unforgivable, these mistakes will send you on a one-way flight to the Purgatory of Personal Paint. Pens out, please. You will be quizzed later, and you won't be able to plead out.

Thou shalt blend4. Fake n' Bake

"Sun-Kissed." "Bronze Goddess." No matter what you call it, it's still orange, and you still look like an Oompa Loompa. Unless you have brown DNA, you won't have the Hawaiian Tropic copper skin that so many women seem to covet.

The redemption

If you can't be happy with what your maker gave you, then slather on some SPF 30 and go for a walk in the sun. But if you must use bronzer, do it correctly: Swirl a stippling brush in the powder, tap-tap, and gently dab your brush where the sun would naturally hit your skin -- apples of your cheeks, chin, forehead and down the bridge of your nose. Then take a kabuki brush and sweep the color into your skin.

Voila! You look bronzed w/o the UV rays, tanning bills or aerosol fumes.

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