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Smashbox or Makeup Forever Primer for redness?
I'm torn between these two primers because I cannot decide which one would be better for my redness. I have normal/oily skin with occasional dryness, and very light skin. Also, I only use powder foundation and concealer. Will using primer under my eyes affect or help with dark circles and/or fine lines?   Thanks in advanced!
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BEAUTY MASTER to90 / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
I've used both of these and like them both depending on your needs. The mufe is a bit thicker and is better at covering redness.. but the smashbox is a better primer in ... see post
CONCEALER HELP!!!
Hey everyone I'm looking for my HG concealer. I have under eye hollows and nothing manages to cover them up. I don't have any dark circles. Would really appreciate and products and tips that would help   Thanks in advance!  
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How to apply lipstick like the girl in the contouring for square shape face video?
I really like how lipstick was for the girl on the how to countour video for square shape face. I just want to know what was used on her and how to apply it? thank you btw it also reminds me of lipstick application in Movie GIA  interview scene with Gia
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Do I still use my bronzer with contour kit?
Hi, I just bought the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit. Do I still apply bronzer after using the contour kit, before using the kit, or not at all?
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Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash or glamglow youthcleanse daily exfoliating cleanser?
I'm in my early twenties and all the beauty blogs have me sold on the benefits of exfoliating at least a couple times a week. I'm trying to find one that's gentle enough for 20 something combination skin. Both the products I'm looking at right now are paraben-free, have good ratings....and they're expensive, so I can I get some advice on which to go for? If one of these could help with blackheads and making my skin brighter that would be great too
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Stardust417 / NEWCOMER / replied
Thanks! I'll give that a try~ see post
Alternative Foundation for sensitive skin
I recently purchased the Diorskin Nude Air foundation and though I love its light texture and matte finish, I'm weary of using makeup with fragrance and a large amount of alcohol (I've read that less than 5% is okay) because I have sensitive (combination) skin and via Paula's choice, I've become a bit of a purist, worrying that makeup with irritant ingredients could be damaging my skin even if I don't feel it. Could you recommend some fragrance-free alternatives that are similar to Diorskin Nude Air Foundation?
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BEAUTY SAVANT KP183 / BEAUTY SAVANT BEAUTY SAVANT / replied
I really love the YSL touche eclat foundation, the nude air is one of my other favorites - completely different formulas but the YSL is also really light weight and natu... see post
dermawater?
I got a sample bottle of this the other day. What is the deal? It seems to do exactly what my actual water does?
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ZannaBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi Tracib1981,   If you are referring to the Dr. Jart + Dermaclear Micro Water, this product is a  pure and natural all-in-one cleansing water that removes makeup an... see post
Camu Camu Power Cx30 Vitamin C Brightening Moistirizer Peter Thomas Roth
My skin type is combination. I'm using Camu Camu Power Cx30 Vitamin C Brightening Moistirizer Peter Thomas Roth for almost 1 week. I love this moisturizer. My skin feels smooth but no greasy after applying this cream. The problem is it makes my face sometimes redden and easily break out ( tiny white head acnes). Do I should stop to use it? Thanks!
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ZannaBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi Baothao,   Please see my response to this on your other post here > http://community.sephora.com/t5/Customer-Support/Camu-Camu-Power-Cx30-Vitamin-C-Brightening-Mo... see post
Dewy/radiant foundation!
Hey everyone! Which is the best/silkiest/most natural/hydrating/dewy/radiant of these foundations? Armani Luminous silk, YSL touche Eclat, dior Capture Totale and Guerlian Lingerie de Peau?
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HALL OF FAMER laynebr / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
All of the above are great choices. It all comes down to personal preference and your skin type.  Guerlain's works well with oily/combo skin Armani & YSL tends to work... see post
What is Emulsion?
Hi, I have a Shiseido sample that's called "Benefique Emulsion" - there is Emulsion 1 and 2 (2 different sample packets), and I was just wondering what exactly is EMULSION??  Is it Lotion?  Also, Shiseido carries "Softener"s.. Is this the same thing as Toner?  Ty 4 your help!!  :-) :-)
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BEAUTY WHIZ michjkim / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Ok, thank you so so much 4 that explanation.  Really clears things up for me cause for the longest time I was really confused about it.  Ty!! >'.'<!! see post
Need Shade Advice on Supergoop CC Cream!
Hi everyone! I want to get the Supergoop CC Cream but I'm not sure if I should get Fair to Light or Light to Medium. For a reference I'm Cool Beige in Bobbi Browns Long Wear Foundation. Any help would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks! Katie
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ZannaBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
HI jkryan89,   I would recommend Light to Medium in the Supergoop! CC Cream Daily Correct Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Sunscreen as that shade it very similar to the Bobbi ... see post
Help!! Need awesome shampoo!
I have long, dark hair that is oily at the scalp and dry at the ends.  I need a shampoo that will help control my dandruff and oily scalp, and add moisture or at least add shine to my ends.  Would prefer a shampoo that is free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.   Thank you my lovelies!!
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BEAUTY BUFF natalia15 / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
I have oily hair as well, and I use Phyto Phytopanama Daily Balancing Oily Scalp Shampoo (it is a shampoo, but also a treatment for your scalp to control how much oil it... see post
Help with face serum
So I have been told by friends that after they wash their face and before they apply moisturizer, they apply a serum to make sure that their face is properly hydrated. I tend to be a bit on the oily side but sometimes can be a bit dry, especially in the winter. I was wondering if anyone had any advice or recommendations on whether I should try and integrate a serum into my daily routine and any brands of serums that are good? I tend to favour natural, paraben free products if possible. I use the clear complexion boscia cleanser and face cream. Thanks!
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BEAUTY MAVEN vAnEsSaXO / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
Hi ZannaBT,   Thank you for your reply and recommendation. I will definitely have a look at this Ole Henriksen serum. I found something by Boscia that sounds promising... see post
I'm a male, do I need to do anything different than a female would when applying makeup?
ZannaBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi KatieBishop,   I agree with a lot of the other contributors in that everyone, regardless of male or female, does their makeup differently. I would play around wit... see post
Contouring and Acne
I have alot of acne and spots. I currently own Anastasia contouring kit. How should I apply it on my oily and acne prone skin? because if I apply just the cream contour it doesnt cover my spots. Please help.
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DharaBhatia / NEWCOMER / replied
Thank you so much ladies! This helped a ton.    I am currently using Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Liquid Foundation by Benefit.  For concealer I use Makeup Forever HD. ... see post
Kat Von D foundation
I recently purchase kat von d lock it foundation in M54.  It seems to really oxidize on me.  At first it seemed perfect and after a while it's orange.  Should a go a lighter shade? I do not live close to a sephora so i just went with a shade I thought would work based on my current foundation.
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RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi mloredo,   If you are finding that the Medium 54 of the Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation is oxidizing after it wears on your skin for a few hours, you may want... see post
foundation advice
I am looking for a lightweight, non oily, long lasting natural foundation. One that doesn't seep into every line on your face with sheer to medium coverage. Suggestions?
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Rayray35 / NEWCOMER / replied
Thank you everyone for your feedback/suggestions! I will look into these :)   see post
Chest Breakout
I'm looking for a product to treat chest and back breakouts. I've tried switching my soaps to Cetaphil gentle bar soap, all natural Tea tree oil bar soap & Neutrogena Body Clear body wash.   I've had some luck with the Tea tree oil soap but nothing that has completely cleared the breakouts. My breakouts are mild and nothing too serious but its frustrating when you want to wear a certain shirt but can't.   I've looked at Peter Thomas Roth buffing beads and Murad Acne body wash but can't decided between the two. How often do I use the product and if I dont use it every day, what product should I use on the other days. I also read about how body puffs harbor bacteria and should not be used.
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BEAUTY GURU 19910827 / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
Have you tried the Neutrogena Body Clear Body Spray? I have back acne and ever since I started using this I've noticed that I don't have as much acne as I used to.   ... see post
New foundation/tinted moisturizer for Natural illuminated glow?
I have combination skin threw a dry phase . So all my powders look gross and unnatural . I was thinking of switching to liquid or tinted moisturizer but don't know where to start what do you recommend for a natural illuminating glow  for this face of a mess?
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BEAUTY PRO BaseballMommy / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
I have terribly dry skin from retin A use and just the weather in general and was recommended Kate Somerville's Illumikate CC cream for skin care, color, and radiance be... see post
Vote for best brand...skincare..makeup...whatever....
I was just thinking....what is my favorite brand.  And for me it changes...then I like one brand's makeup and another brand's skincare and so on.  So what is/are your absolute top brand(s)?  By category or overall.  Mine change all of the time.  Today: Makeup: Chanel (some of the best and some of the worst but I always come back to Chanel.  Runner ups Nars (ditto) and Tom Ford (my new flirtation). Skin care: My korean brand obsession (I picked a country not a brand) and Algenist. Scent:  Tokyo Milk.   And you?
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BEAUTY PRO Bananya / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
Haha, yes! I keep finding it stashed in random bags sometimes. It's like a nice little surprise I inadvertently left myself. see post
Nars Duos and single eyeshadows
I recently brought Nars St Paul Vance duo eyeshadows and I have been in love with that shadow since and I would love to know what other Nars eyeshadows duos and single eyeshadows is a must have in my makeup collection. ( My skintone is 1y11 Nars Tahoe and I have dark brown eyes) 
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BEAUTY BOSS jammiex33 / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
i bought their Narsissist palette a while back and loved the shades Fez, Madrague 2, and Coconut Grove (although coconut grove can get patchy), so i bought the singles f... see post
All recommended foundations taking on an orange/pink cast on my skin. Help?
I'm having a lot of trouble finding a foundation that doesn't have a dark or orange-pink cast on my skin. For reference, I was recently "matched" at MAC to NC15 in Studio Sculpt though it seems darker and more orange than my natural skin tone. Blended out and covered with translucent powder, it is acceptable, but far from a seamless match. I went to Sephora and sampled several foundations recommended by a cast member. She suggested Nars Sheer Glow in Mont Blanc which looks a bit tan relative to my skin, even blended out. I do own Nars Chantilly concealer and when I arrayed all my concealers and foundations along my arm for swatching, it was the only one that almost blended. (It was faintly darker and pinker than my skin.) I also sampled Urban Decay Naked Skin in 1, which was sheer on me but too dark, almost like a dark orange stain in contrast. I tried two shades of Girgio Armani Luminous Silk. The 4.5 was several shades too dark and very pink-orange looking and the 3.0 was slightly darker and more orange than my skin. I found the 3.0 was very similar in color and value to L'Oreal's True Match W1, which is a color I have worn before (slightly dark on me) but a formula I don't really like for my dry skin.  In general I find foundations/concealers tend to oxidize a bit on me, and I am a little frustrated that sales associates keep recommending shades that are darker than my neck. Is there a reason for this? How much of a shade difference is acceptable? As for undertones, my hair is naturally very dark, my eyes are blue, and I look best in vivid, cool-toned colors. I have blue veins and my skin takes on a slightly gray cast in comparison to the foundations sampled above. But though I am cool-toned in general, my skin has an obvious yellow tint and very little pink or red.  What color range and undertones would you suggest for foundation? Can a foundation really "match" if it has that orange-pink cast I mentioned?
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HALL OF FAMER meganlisa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Try a BB or CC cream and just skip foundations.  I prefer the BB or CC anyway...and they tend to be a little more neutral in undertone.  Then use a good concealer and a ... see post
HELP! Need skin care regimen for clogged pores and black heads
I am looking for a new skin care regimen. I have combination skin and my main problem is clogged pores and blackheads all over. I want something that will solves my skin issue but that will not dry me out since i am already dry on the sides of my face while the center is oily. I am looking to find a face wash or cleanser, a toner, and a moisturizer. Please help me with recommendations. I have tried everything under the sun, even a dermatologist for years did not help me. 
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BEAUTY WHIZ flyte / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Hi!   I have similar issues, but on my chin mostly. I tried a lot of things until i finally found something that saved my chin. I was getting clogged pores and cystic ... see post
PUFFY AND DRY UNDEREYES
Hi, I'm having major issues with my under eyes.  I have bags and dry skin under my eyes.  When i apply concealor i have lines that show through my makeup.  I am looking for a eye cream that can help hydrate and decrease puffiness and also and eye concealor that will help for coverage. PLEASE HELP!!!!!
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BEAUTY WHIZ Tracib1981 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
I am using a sample of hope in a jar eye that i got Friday. and i think i am going to buy the full size. I love it and it seems to do an amazing job hydrating. i also st... see post
Color Match for Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
Hi I recently went to a Sephora counter to get color match to the Armani Luminous silk foundation and I was told I was shade # 4 but I feel the foundation is a tad bit light on my skin and I would like to know what color should I choose if I where to purchase online I love the foundation though.  For reference I normally wear a MAC NC25 or NC30 or a Booby Brown Skin Foundation # 3  also i have used YSL eclat luminous foundation in shade #BD40.  I'm a light medium skin with yellow neutral undertones if that helps.  Thank you for any help i can get. 
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kevinbt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi mramirez261! I would try the shade 4.5.  This is going to have a more yellow base and may match your skin more appropriately.  I think that if you went down to a 5 th... see post
Foundation matching
Hey everyone! I've been looking for a foundation - I got matched instore to Nars luminous all day in Mont Blanc (2Y02), but I have fairly dry areas on my normal skin so I wanted a more dewy/satin or glowy foundation. I absolutely don't want matte! My question is, do you think the sheer glow in mont blanc is the same shade as luminous mont blanc? Plus, what is the best/most dewy/radiant/hydrating foundation out there? Thanks! <3 <3 <3
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littlekedi / NEWCOMER / replied
Thank you so much!! If I'm a mont blanc in nars sheer glow, what would I be in this luminous silk foundation? I'm getting conflicted opinions. Also, how does this compar... see post
foundation shade.
I match the estee lauder double wear shade in tawny. Any idea what shade will match me with make up forever hd foundation??
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ZannaBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi shell1231,   According to Sephora's Color IQ color match, you would be  140 Soft Beige - for medium skin with dark yellow undertones in the Make Up For Ever HD... see post
Foundation help!
I'm a beginner in foundation, I do currently own the covergirl liquid foundation but I feel as if I need a powder foundation to set it? Do I use liquid foundation and then powder foundation or just powder foundation on its own? I need major help this is so overwhelming. Follow up question. I have oily-combination skin, so what is the best option for me with foundations?
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ZannaBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi Kruton,   I recommend using your liquid foundation first and then you can apply a setting powder on top, rather than a powder foundation as you don't typically ne... see post
What are your favorite highlighters?
Highlighters and contouring are the talk of the season. I wanted to start a thread where everyone can list their skintone and highlighters they own/like for different occasions. It could be a useful resource for anyone looking for highlighters. Are you guys in? I will start.   Skintone: Medium/ Mac NC30ish Highlighter Liquid- Becca Opal (Love it, most used), Benefit high beam (too light, good for fairer skintone) Cream- Benefit Watts Up (Good match, don't use it often) Powder- Kevin aucoin celestial powder in candlelight (Love it, most used)    
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candacebt HOSTESS / HOSTESS HOSTESS / replied
MK89 Your collection is amazing!   I just bought Becca Blushed Copper as well, and I use it with a very light touch on my lower cheekbone right above my contour shad... see post