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ilovpurses
Beauty over 50
Well that was the most depressing hour of my life. I decided to google "beauty over 50" and I just feel like shooting myself lol. Apparently I'm supposed to wear tinted moisturizer (no foundation), 1-2 at most neutral eye shadows (no color under any circumstances) and forget about lipstick with color. Yes maam - keep that whole face as boring as neutral as possible.   You guys have no idea how this does NOT jive with my personality. I've worn makeup my entire life and I cannot tell you how often I've had ppl come up to me if I'm at a makeup counter and ask me for advice because they thought I worked there.    I understand at my ripe old age of 50 I shouldn't be glowing in the dark decked out with sparkles and glitter but my God, I just bought the Marc Jacobs Siren palette and I love it!! But apparently I should gather up all my non neutral makeup and bury it in the backyard.   Say it isn't so. 
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gogreyhound
BEAUTY MASTER gogreyhound / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
All of us over 40 people should post pix of ourselves so we can ooh and aah over our ageless beauty! :)   see post
Leallen
Concealer Question
Does anybody know a good concealer that covers dark under-eye circles and doesnt crease? I am fair skin toned and currently use cliniques line smoothing concealer, but it still creases under my eyes even when I use a setting powder on top.
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Titian06
HALL OF FAMER Titian06 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi, Leallen!  I like Diorskin Skin Perfecting Hydrating Concealer.  It covers well, is hydrating (which is the reason I bought this), lasts forever, and has some lumines... see post
abbyclemens01
Semester Long Study Abroad Trip: Product Suggestions for Face Makeup Routine
I am a 20 year old college student and am going on a semester long study abroad trip to Europe this fall, and would like suggestions for a quick, easy, and long-lasting face makeup routine? Also, I have acne prone and dry skin, so I would need products that cover my blemishes, would not worsen acne, and would moisturize my skin. Thank you! 
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katekat
IT GIRL katekat / IT GIRL IT GIRL / replied
I did a semester in London when I was in college. What I did, and it worked out great actually, was I brought my regular stuff with me (what I had on hand) and then I ju... see post
Ferret123
Senior Portraits of a No Makeup Kind of Girl
Senior portraits are coming up and I don't know what makeup to put on. I never wear makeup except some cover up, so I want a look that isn't too much makeup and has a natural almost bare look, but will look good on camera. Also I have round eyes and an oval shaped head, oh and short wavy hair. Thanks for your advice!
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andyhtrieu
BEAUTY GURU andyhtrieu / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
Foundation - I recommend using a tinted moisturizer, BB/CC cream, or a light weight foundation because it will even out your skin tone. SPF is okay as long as the activ... see post
jeannetteb
Oh my Gosh.....a little help,Please....
Ok started looking for a highlight pencil for under my eyebrow.....am probably going with Anastasia Brow Duality, over Benefits High Brow... but as I started looking at the Benefits line, I found it somewhat confusing....so do people actually buy stay don't stray, as well as erase paste, as well as the eye brightener.....anyways, my question,  which of these Benefits products should I start with? I am looking for a great face moisturizer, primer, brightener and tint, all in one would be FABULOUS! And it doesn't have to be just the Benefits line. And the best eye primer, brightener so that my makeup stays put? Thanx!!!!! MOST appreciated! Also, I am 57, so I would like to keep it age appropriate, Thank You!!!!
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Shrewdle
BEAUTY PRO Shrewdle / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
Yes, I second beauty4ashes...you look amazing jeanetteb! see post
beth1
I am 62 and have hood eyes and when I use mascara I get raccoon eyes. How do I make my eyes
notcreative
HALL OF FAMER notcreative / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I have never tried powder on my lashes, but I agree with everything else in the above post.  When you find the right mascara for you, it will not transfer to your face. ... see post
ilovpurses
Help choosing a bronzing powder.
I recently have fallen head over heels for Guerlain and purchased both the Lingerie de Peau foundation and BB (amazing products!).   They are both a titch light for my present summer complexion but just ever so slightly. I've been using BareMinerals Ready Bronzer in Skinny Dip and it is nice but just wondering if there are better/other options. I don't want a glitter bomb face and I am prone to oiliness - OK massive oiliness. Any suggestions? I thought Guerlain was known for their bronzers but I haven't seen overly positive reviews. Thanks. 
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blooming
BEAUTY BUFF blooming / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
I love anything Guerlain :-)  I have the sunshine blond in 4 I think.  This has a bit of sparkle like the meteorite primer.  I don't see any sparkle unless I'm in my 10x... see post
meagboho
Can I Pull Off...?
Hey peeps!  I've noticed quite a few of these posts, and was thinking it might be nice to a have a thread for people to ask other's opinions on how certain features/skin tones look with products we may want to try.   Or...it'll end up being just another enabling thread...  
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meagboho
BEAUTY PRO meagboho / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
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Attie
Foundation for multiple concerns
I have truly oily skin (like an oil slick within 2 hours after washing my face) & can't use intense cleansers because I also have hormonal skin from breastfeeding.  I've found a skincare routine that's acceptable for the time-being, but cannot settle on a foundation I like.  My MAC foundations have been oxidizing to horrid shades & I cannot for the life of me find a MUFE HD shade that comes close to matching.  I've become so overwhelmed by being unable to be matched in stores that I don't know if I'm even trying good foundations for my skin.  But here's the final catch: I'm allergic to aloe.  So anything by Clinique is completely out of the question & so are several other brands.  I'm hoping someone can help!
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carolang
HALL OF FAMER carolang / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
My skin is similar to yours. I better age well for having to deal with this ;)!   I really enjoy the Murad SPF 15 Mattifier. It is quite thick though, so I like to ble... see post
niknik2304
Help finding right color and foundation
I just bought the LAURA MERCIER Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 - Oil Free in nude because that was a choice when I did the color IQ. It looked ok in the store but when I went home to try it on it made me look slightly pale than my neck and chest. This might be an option for winter, but not summer. i also didn't like the white cast it gives off when taking a flash photo. Can anyone help me find the right shade and a foundation with minimal SPF? Thank you!
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niknik2304
niknik2304 / NEWCOMER / replied
I can't tell.  see post
Nushkies
Newbie
I need some help please! I'm looking for a concealer. I don't live close to any stores so I can't go in for a match but I wear Sephora Collection 8hr mattifying powder in number 40 (hazelnut). Any suggestions for what color/shade I should order. I'm not biased toward any brand in particular. Thanks!
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Nushkies
Nushkies / NEWCOMER / replied
Thank you all so much! I really appreciate it! see post
fabulouslycrazy
Help with my skin!
Helloo there. I've got some problems with my skin. I've got redness from my nose and down the sides. And some color difference around my mouth. I've tried all sorts of bb-creams and much more. I just can't find anything that fits my skin color. When I cover up my face completely hit feels quite heavy, even though it is bb-creams I use. I want something simple, so I don't need to cover up my face. Hope you can help me, thank you.
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TrysBeautyItems
HALL OF FAMER TrysBeautyItems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi there! Have you tried redness relief skincare? Clinique redness relief and Origins Mega Mushroom lines do this. These help protect the skin and over time lessen the ... see post
andyhtrieu
My sister needs help
My sister needs help balancing her skin out. She has an oily AND dry t-zone because of a minor acne. She has dry skin at the center of her forehead, between the eye brows, on her nose, and her skin.   She has a hard time sticking to skin routines because she sometimes goes out and doesn't come home, so her basic routine is: Neutrogena makeup remover wipes Clean & Clear Daily Pore Cleanser  Paula's Choice 2% BHA exfoliant Simple Light Moisturizer or Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion Tretinoin (only when she needs it) I don't have a solution for her ):   She also can't wear some liquid foundations because they emphasize dry skin
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi Andy!   You have already received some great suggestions, but I will give you some advice as well! I think the makeup remover wipes are only good for incredib... see post
RyCoBlake
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder VS MUFE HD Microfinish Loose Powder?
I'm 51 years old w/ a fair/light complextion and dry skin. I want a setting powder that does not turn my sheer to med. foundation coverage completely matte but allows some of the 'dewy' moist look to remain. Which of these powders is best for that OR is there another powder you would recommend?
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RyCoBlake
RyCoBlake / NEWCOMER / replied
Thank you all so much for your helpful replies! I really appreciate everyone's input and opinions and will be buying the Laura Mercier to try first since that seems to b... see post
Rin418
Color match question
I currently wear Bare Minerals original in fairly medium. I want to try Too Faced new foundation powder the one infused with the cocoa powder. I love everything they make with it... Bronzers, eyeshadow palette. Anyway, what color would most match my bare minerals color??
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Rin418
BEAUTY WHIZ Rin418 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
That was the color I was leaning towards as well. I went to Sephora and they don't have it yet to test it out. I will order the light/medium and try it out. If it's no g... see post
lilmissmodel14
Best summer time moisturizer? Combo skin (dry, oily) (ALSO any face mask/scrub faves?)
So I've tried so many different products and I haven't found the perfect fit yet...      The clinique dramatically different lotion just seemd to sit on top of my skin and not really moisturize.      The clinique dramatically different gel was nice and light but too light that it disappeared within an hour or two and left my dry again.      The first aid beauty moisturizer that comes in a cyliner pump container was okay, sometimes it burned sometimes it was good but never the perfect moisturization I needed.    The simple rich moisturizer from drugstores (green bottle) didn't seem to work too well either, it was a bit too dense and sat on top of my skin as well and also burned at times.   My skin has been pretty weird lately. Recently it has been more acne-prone, sensitive and dry but usually it's pretty good, no acne and more on the oily side. I've been using my clarisonic mia 2 with the murad clarifying cleanser, sometimes the st. ives apricot scrub (drugstore), sometimes the body shop blue corn face scrub, and the lush mask of magnemity (sorry wrong spelling).   I'm 17 years old Asian girl with yellow undertones. (if this info helps out)   I just want a more balanced face that isn't overly sensitve, dry or dull in appearance. Any suggestions would be wonderful. Thank you so much!   **looking for anything under $70 would be great** Open to trying anything at this point.
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monalisa12
monalisa12 / NEWCOMER / replied
I have also tried the first aid moisturizer, and like you it was "ehh" for me! I have dry sensitive skin and something I've been LOVING is the Ren Evercalm moisturizer! ... see post
Shaelynn
What are some of the best products for dealing with dry, dehydrated skin?
I have dry and dehydrated skin from living in the cold winters of Canada and from drinking little water. I've started becoming healthier and began drinking more water, which has made my skin a lot better but it's still red and a bit dry. What are some really good products that will fix this and give me that naturally beautiful skin that all the SA's have? I thought it would be best if I asked here. When I got my last makeover the people helping me, as nice as they were, didn't do too many favors for my skin. Despite using products to stop the dryness my skin was dryer when I walked out than when I walked in. 
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lylysa
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Whether you begin to incorporate oils which are rich in essential fatty acids or humectants such as hyaluronic acid/sodium hyaluronate (which draws 1000x its own weight ... see post
Caligirl91
What brands are paraben and phenoxyethanol free?
What brands are paraben and phenoxyethanol free? Thanks!
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi Caligirl91, To view a list of brands that we carry that are gluten free, please visit this Sephora Advice page: http://community.sephora.com/t5/Products/Animal-... see post
CBringing
Smudge Pot
I'm using stila smudge pot for eye liner.  Can I add water to get a thin line if smudge pot seems dry? Thanks
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gogreyhound
BEAUTY MASTER gogreyhound / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
yes, that is my biggest concern. When the items are manufactured, they have just the right amount of everything, including preservatives. Adding water will introduce new... see post
rubydanielle
facial sweat
i tend to get a lot of facial sweat when i go out. is there a product that help prevent some of the sweat?
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi rubydanielle! Can you give us some insight as to what makeup you are currently wearing? Also, what is your skincare routine prior to makeup application? Is your s... see post
feversea
Is there a primer that's similar to Kat Von D's Rehab Priming Elixir?
Hi everyone! I recently received an email from Sephora that Kat Von D's Rehab Priming Elixir has been discontinued, and I am just heartbroken. I don't think anything else goes with the Lock-It Tattoo Foundation as much as it did. Does anyone know why it went out of stock or if it will ever be back in stock? I'm afraid that I'm just gonna have to suck it up and find a new holy grail primer.   I have oily and acne prone skin. I have tried many primers out there. Benefit's The Porefessional and Too Faced Primed & Poreless- makes ANY makeup melt off of my face and I think it feels like grease. Smashbox More Than Primer Blemish Control feels a little sticky on my skin. Bareminerals Prime Time oil control primer is okay. Make Up For Ever's HD Microperfecting primer is good. But neither of these did what the Rehab Priming Elixir has done for me. Can anyone recommend something similar?
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi feversea!   I recommend trying Too Faced's Primed & Poreless Pure Oil-Free Skin Smoothing Face Primer For Sensitive Skin. I think this primer has a similar textur... see post
CORPORATEK
Blush colors for Auburn hair, Hazel eyes, Yellow/Neutral undertones
Hi,   I feel like I always choose blush colors that are too light (aka Nars Sex Appeal) that just disappear on my skin.   Any recommendations for Auburn hair, Hazel eyes, Yellow/Neutral undertones, Very fair, slightly ruddy???!!!!   THANKS!!!
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi  CORPORATEK!   The NARS Blush in Deep Throat would be beautiful on you! It is a very soft peachy pink. :)   I also think that the Sephora Collection M... see post
poemelyric
What would I be in Dolce and Gabbana Matte Foundation
I'm going to Finland in October and right now, my color  IQ is only showing the colors that would look good in during my summer shades.  It says that I should wear Golden Honey because in the summer, Kat Von D Deep 66 kinda matches my skin tone (it's still a little bit dark but is passable).  But when I tried to look up my old MUFE fall/winter color (dark beige), it also gives me golden honey.  I don't think that's right but the next color up is soft tan and I know that would be too light (I don't consider myself tan"). No one is carrying D&G in store for me to try out (no stores that I could find) so what would be my best bet for a fall,matte color?  I want to try to stay with D&G because I'm dying to try their line since I'\ve heard that they are spectacular.
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi poemelyric!   I just used our Color IQ to try and find the best match for you in Dolce and Gabbana's The Foundation Perfect Matte Liquid Foundation Broad Spectrum... see post
hannasilkwood
Best Cream Foundation?
I am always watching Wayne Goss on YouTube and love the idea of using a cream foundation. Any recommendations? I have combination - oily skin and am not very sensitive. 
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andyhtrieu
BEAUTY GURU andyhtrieu / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
I love RCMA foundations. It's extremely pigmented and you only need a little bit to cover your entire face. It's considered "stage" makeup to consumers, but it's an esse... see post
dibbs98
Reduce Redness After Working out
Is there a product either cream or wipe that will reduce redness immediately after working out? I have very light skin and when I workout I get very red and it can take 30-40 mins post workout to get back to normal. I would love to find a product that would help reduce that time frame to make working out over lunch and prior to work in the morning easier. Would love suggestions. 
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beauty4ashes
HALL OF FAMER beauty4ashes / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Does this mean you don't wear make-up & just looking for reversing the vasodilatation effect? The blood circulation on your face is good for you! I really wouldn't rec... see post
christineew27
Stye
I've been getting styes around my eyes lately and I know for a fact I've been cleaning and washing off my makeup daily and I never skip a day also I am very careful to keep my hands clean while removing my contacts. But why is it that I am still getting a stye?! And does anyone have this problems as well? I've heard that there are some chemical in some eye makeups that can cause others to have stye? If this is true, can anyone tell me what is the chemical that I would need to be aware of?
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beauty4ashes
HALL OF FAMER beauty4ashes / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I too recommend seeing your ophthalmologist ASAP for a thorough eye exam to rule out any underlying ocular surface or lid margin conditions. Recurring styes aren't to be... see post
lissa5314
Algentist Genius cream substitute
I love Algenist's Genius cream but sadly it's too expensive. Does anyone know of a comparable cream?
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lissa5314
SCENE QUEEN lissa5314 / SCENE QUEEN SCENE QUEEN / replied
Thank you Randee! I appreciate the advise.   Thanks again, Melissa see post
YeseniaLuv
Hi I'm new to make-up & I want to start wearing Make-up c: So please Help!
I'm completely clueless about Makeup ._. I've been completely natural my whole life, So I do want to start wearing Makeup but I have no idea wear to start :c  
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killahbabe
HALL OF FAMER killahbabe / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
If I were you, I'd be sure to test products slowly at first. Not because I don't think you should go from no makeup to a full face (I'm in favor of whatever you feel com... see post
gingaaa
Searching for a serum that has retinol, but no vitamin C or AHA's
My skin is very sensitive and retinol is the only anti-aging ingredient that I don't have an allergic reaction to.  Vitamin C and AHA's make me break out and sometimes give me blisters.  I've scoured ingredient lists when using the search tool, but would love some recommendations.  I wish there was an option to choose both ingredient preferences and dislikes when searching.  
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gingaaa
BEAUTY PRO gingaaa / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
I will defiantly look into this serum.  I've already built a pretty decent tolerance to retinol and really believe in its ability to smooth the skin.  Thank you so much ... see post
basmelech
beginner to makeup
hi! funny-- though i am turning 17 in less than two months i have not yet begun to wear makeup. i have dark brown hair, eyes and fairly dark coloring (always attempting to tan ). i am looking for a sophisticated, simple, a touch more than natural look (i dont find the purple eyeshadow, pink cheeks and lips attractive) for a makeup design. if you have the time, what do you recommend?  thank you. 
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lylysa
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi, Basmelech!   In addition to the advice provided so far, I would to like add that I hope your attempts at tanning is through means of self-tanners, sprays, gels, lo... see post