Такой юной девочке ни к чему подобный «маскарадный» вариант макияжа.

How do I translate it? It doesn't make sense to me.

To such a young girl...

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    “Ни к чему” means “is unsuitable” (in more literal uses one could say “ни к чему не подходит” — “matches nothing”). Does this make it clear? Jun 13, 2018 at 0:42
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    and there's a derivative adjective никчемный - useless; good for nothing Jun 13, 2018 at 6:35

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"Ни к чему" is an idiom, it literally means "completely useless", "inapplicable", etc. It is often used as "inappropriate", which is your case exactly: "Such thick makeup is completely inappropriate for such a young girl."

UPD. The commenters raised a good point: "completely useless" here means "completely useless [for you]/[in this situation]". It doesn't mean the object in question is fundamentally useless. Maybe simple "does not need" is a better translation, e. g. "Such a young girl does not need such thick makeup."

  • ...or: "isn't needed" (which isn't quite the same as "useless").
    – yury10578
    Jun 13, 2018 at 4:00
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    or is of no use Jun 13, 2018 at 6:33

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