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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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HALL OF FAMER DesertRose0706 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Tom Ford for everything except foundation.  Foundation goes to Estee Lauder. 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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HALL OF FAMER heartsmyface / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Mine all look different to me still.  That's a good sign right?   Yours actually look quite varied as well.   I think you're good.   the divergent stuff, I put that ba... 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
Live Contouring Q&A with Sephora Pro Artists
  This chat is now closed! Thank you for your participation!   Contouring isn’t one-size-fits-all. Two Sephora PRO artists are here to help—exclusively on BeautyTalk! Visit this thread on March 31 from 12pm–1pm PDT to get contouring advice from Sephora PRO artists Karoline Karakeosian and Eliza Davila. Ask them anything about how to wield the power of shadow and light, from how to find your face shape, product recommendations, application tips, and more.   Be sure click "Follow this thread" on the right side of this post to be notified via email when one of your questions is answered.
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KarolinePRO SEPHORA PRO / SEPHORA PRO SEPHORA PRO / replied
its was a pleasure answering everyone's questions today thanks for your participation !!! until next time xoxoxoxo  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
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
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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BEAUTY SAVANT KP183 / BEAUTY SAVANT BEAUTY SAVANT / replied
These are my 3 all time favorites, if you have the extra cash to try high end foundations DO IT! I used to waste so much money, probably more than these cost, on drugsto... 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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Kerribad / NEWCOMER / replied
 thank for you the responses. I also have a clarisonic that i use regularly. should i continue to use this and what cleanser would be good to use with it?   Also, i am ... 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
I am 40 and have dry skin and fine lines/wrinkles. Need a foundation.
I am 40 and have dry skin and fine lines/wrinkles. I am looking for a foundation that won't make me look more wrinkly and dry than I already do. Any suggestions for a foundation that will provide coverage without drying out my skin?
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laurabt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi sharlanc, I agree that the Armani Luminous Silk is a great option! I also recommend checking out the Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup Oil Free Broad Spectrum SPF 15 and ... see post
Tarte Brazilliance vs. St. Tropez (Self-tanners)
Currently debating between Tarte Brazilliance vs. St. Tropez (Self-tanners). I have never self-tanned before, and I am extremely pale. My main concern is not looking orange and price.   Main question: Can St. Tropez be applied to the face? If not, that will be the deal breaker for me as I cannot afford to go buy an additional face-tanner for $30.   I know St. Tropez Dark would probably be the best color option because of the green color-guard base but the face application is still an issue. Thanks!
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HALL OF FAMER kbmatthews / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
What is your skintone colour? Can you tell us what colour foundation you usually wear? You said you'd go for the Dark version of St. Tropez, making me think you're not a... 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
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
When will the Too Faced Sugar Pop palette be available online, please?
Does anyone know when we'll b able to buy it, because it is such a great palette!!
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HALL OF FAMER StyleLynn / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
It's available now on Sephora! :)   http://www.sephora.com/sugar-pop-eye-palette-P393184?skuId=1664903 see post
When will Too Faced Melted Metal lipstick be available at Sephora?
Keep checking for this, but no sign of it - any ideas on when it will launch? 
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SIGHTSEER amethystrain / SIGHTSEER SIGHTSEER / replied
I just bought Melted Metallic Violet at Sephora inside JCP yesterday! :D Check your store locations! see post
Anyone try the new eyelash curler?
I just bought the new eyelash curler for round eyes on here. Anyone else try it and have tips? It was super weird so I feel like I'm missing a technique to use the gadget or I don't really have round eyes...
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BEAUTY WHIZ makeupandroses / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
I think I just don't have the round eyes for it. I thought I did but it's not working well. My eyelashes don't hug it right. They get pulled down for some reason...I sur... see post
Major Melasma skin
  hi there, as you can see from the attached pic (yuk) I have very bad Melasma. I need help I'd finding a foundation that will cover this, but look natural. I have never had 'clear'  as I have freckles across my nose, but I also don't like the heavily made up look as it doesn't sit on my skin well. I have to wear SPF 50-100 (winter-summer) so my skin doesn't darken. I used Clinique Stay matte powder in Stay Honey, which is a little dark for me during the winter, but fine in the summer (it matches my neck colour). I've read about the MUFE colour pallete and using a peach shade to neutralise dark areas. Which number should I use?   i was colour matched by Boots ( avery large UK chemist, they have their own very good cosmetics ranges) In Boots No 7 Stay Perfect Foundation I am deeply 'honey' and 'wheat'   Unfortunately I cannot get samples of products here (Ireland) the dapartment stores don't really give them (Estée Lauder especially) I wasn't really impressed with the girl on the counter, the colour she applied was very yellow, and I looked jaundiced.    Can you guys help? I've seen so many videos on YouTube where girls have coverd very bad acne scars....   I dream of one day wearing blusher....but at the moment it just highlights my blotches on my cheeks :-(   Sad single and ugly :-(  Ruth  
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HALL OF FAMER greenchilli / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I am so glad you found the video informative ballerina! 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 the best makeup brands to wear for photography sessions?
I'm looking for any information about the best brands and colors, I have very fair skin and brown eyes, to wear when having professional photos are being taken as I will be having engagement pictures being taken soon, I normally wear very little makeup and stick to neutral colors. I almost never wear lipstick/color as I can never find one that isn't sticky/clumpy or needs to be reapplied after an hour. Any input/opinions will be helpful!
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BEAUTY GURU GennX / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
A 45minute custom makeover appointment can be booked online or over the phone at any free-standing/standalone Sephora, you do have to buy $50 of product or a $50 gift ca... see post
Best face and eye primers?
I am on the primer hunt and I would love opinions! I need a face primer for very combination skin. I tried a sample of the Hourglass primer but I can't decide if I want to spend so much on it unless it is worth it. I am also looking for a good eye primer for oily hooded lids. I can't decide if I want the MAC 24 hr eye base or the Nars eye primer.
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HALL OF FAMER ballerinagrl / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
My favorites for face are Estee lauder's Matte Perfect, Estee Lauder's Luminous, and Kevyn Aucoin's Sensuous. For eyes my favorite are Laura Mercier's Eye Basis, Lancome... see post
I don't know what makeup i should wear for a natural look, Im a beginner
I already use Laura Mercier foundation primer - radiance and the smooth finish flawless fluide. my color for that was Vanille. What more do I need for a natural look? please help! 
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BEAUTY WHIZ crosswinds / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Hi HEN12310,   Other than primer and foundation which you are already using, I do suggest a concealer, an eyeshadow, a blush and mascara. My picks for you are Nars cre... see post
Which one should I buy?
I have been thinking about buying the hourglass ambient lighting palette for overall glow to my face. I am also hearing great things about Guerlain Meteorites compact and now am confused. I need help from you ladies which is a better option? Thanks!
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RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi crosswinds,   I agree with the other ladies here. If you want a highlighting powder you can use just for the cheekbones, the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders ar... see post
What are the best eyeliners to use with green eyeshadow and blue eyes
BEAUTY GURU GennX / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
Sorry the pics are a bit big, so I put them up separately first so now on to the text stuff.   I don't know how blue your eyes are, I have green eyes but they are a we... see post