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poshitupbeauty
Q. Foundation that isn't cakey?
I am 14 years old and I am looking for a good foundation, bb cream, etc. that is around $35 or it could be under and that I could wear everyday that doesn't make me look cakey. I have normal to dry skin. 
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Poisonivy9
BEAUTY MAVEN Poisonivy9 / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / answered
A. My absolute favorite is Tarte bb cream primer in the white tube.  It is right in your price range, has nice coverage, never gets cakey, and looks amazing!  Also, a littl... see post
EmilyAngelique
Q. Great basic palette?
Okay so I've been having some problems blending out my shadow. They just aren't a dream to blend. I'm also lacking a few good basics. I'm looking for a great palette that has awesome basics, blends easily, and as good transational colors that work well with almost any color. Nothing to cool or warm. I don't mind if it had a couple.non neutral colors. Any suggestions please??? Thanks for your help!
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aviscardi
HALL OF FAMER aviscardi / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. the too faced chocolate bar palette and lorac pro are great basics ( have those in my trade thread, i have too many neutrals lol). or the lorac 2 if you prefer more cool... see post
amessimer
Q. Frustration and Confusion
If I have breakouts & have tried all types of acne skin care and nothing seems to keeps face clear am I using the wrong like of skin care? Should I go with hydrating or regular? I realize when you break out it doesn't mean you have acne, but I'm not familiar with anything else because it's really all I've tried. Maybe I'm drying and irritating my face too much where it gets the opposite effect? I have no idea but PLEASE HELP!!
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / answered
A. Hi amessimer!   I suggest seeing a professional to seek further help with your skin. You can either go to an esthetician or a dermatologist. They will be able to ana... see post
sangriana
Q. Buxom Lash vs Urban Decay Lush Lash mascaras
Hello, I am wondering how the Buxom Lash mascara and Urban Decay Lush Lash mascara would compare. They have very similar hourglass brushes. I have been using Buxom Lash, and really like it. Should I stick with Buxom Lash or try the Urban Decay one?
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / answered
A. Hi sangriana!   I love both of the mascaras, but I definitely prefer the Urban Decay Lush Lash mascara over the Buxom mascara. The Urban Decay Lush Lash mascara has ... see post
Bianca1717
Q. Im gonna be a freshman in highschool this year and I wanna start wearing more makeup
Hi. I cant decide if I should just get a good tinted moisturizer and then put a setting powder on over it or if I should get a foundation plus setting powder? I have redness on my cheeks ( eczema), so its something i'm insecure about and want to cover up but I want to find the right way to go about doing it. What would be your suggestion?
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andyhtrieu
BEAUTY MASTER andyhtrieu / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / answered
A. It's really up to you. In high school, you don't really want to look too overdone and made up just for school. I see too many girls at my school with full on glam makeup... see post
ariannalynn
Q. Lightweight powder foundation for pale pale skin?
I've been searching for years for a lightweight powder foundation that is light enough for my pale skin tone. The latest I tried was Urban Decay Surreal Skin Mineral Makeup in Illusion and it was too orange and dark, although I loved the way it feels. The closest I've ever been able to find is L'oreal Paris True Match Naturale in Soft Ivory 456/n1-2, but I'm not totally satisfied with it either. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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tiffanybt
tiffanybt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / answered
A. ariannalynn wrote: I've been searching for years for a lightweight powder foundation that is light enough for my pale skin tone. The latest I tried was Urban Decay ... see post
skk150
Q. Bridesmaid/junior bridesmaid makeup & hair?
I'm going to be a junior bridesmaid or bridesmaid in a wedding in April (I'm 14). I'm not sure if we'll get our makeup professionally done, so I'm wondering what makeup I should wear so I can plan ahead. I have very pale/cool combination skin with blue eyes and auburn/brown hair (naturally curly and medium length). I obviously don't want to stand out too much as it's the bride's day to shine, but I also don't want to fade into the background and be just a face in the crowd. I don't know what color our dresses will be. So, to sum it up, I need makeup products & ideas to use for a bridesmaid's hair and makeup. Thanks!
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lylysa
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Hi, Skk150! You may want to check with the bride and see how far along she is in terms of choosing colors for the wedding and even consider if she has any particulars. T... see post
bcvalo11
Q. need help with Kat von d's powder foundation match?
if im a c40 in mac's studio fix powder plus foundation what color would i be in KVD's lock it powder foundation?
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miabt
miabt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / answered
A. Hi bcvalo11,   You can try the Deep 62 or 66, depending on how deep of a shade you want. The 62 might match you a little better, but some people like a little more w... see post
Bianca1717
Q. Which naked palette would look best on me?
I dont have a picture to attach but, I have dark hair, dark brown eyes, and really pale skin/cool skin tone.
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melissabt
melissabt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / answered
A. Hi Bianca1717,   For your skintone, I think that Naked 2 would be the best, it has easy to wear pretty taupe brown shades that I think will look great with your skin... see post
wpld
Q. Hydrating Eye Makeup Remover Wipes
I've always had to use Almay's  moisturizing eye makeup remover pads because all others dry out the skin under my eyes.   I can no longer use them because I have learned they test on animals.  Anything else out there comparable?  
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IAmLadyLiterary
HALL OF FAMER IAmLadyLiterary / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. @miabt according to any cruelty free list MUFE is not cruelty free because they do not meet the standards.  Cruelty free means that they do not test themselves, commissi... see post
Bianca1717
Q. Bronzer for fair skin?
I have pretty fair skin and ive tried a few drug store bronzers and they all look ridiculously  dark on me. Any suggestions for bronzers that arent too dark? The ones i tried look like ive wiped mud on my face.
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IAmLadyLiterary
HALL OF FAMER IAmLadyLiterary / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. I am a little lighter than an NC15 (and less yellow) and my two all time favourites are Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil if i want a matte/contouring bronzer, and Too Fac... see post
Bianca1717
Q. What makeup products would match kylies eyes, and lips in this picture?
like what eyeshadow and lipstick could i use to copy this look?
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miabt
miabt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / answered
A. I have to admit, she is gorgeous!  Two shades of lippies that came to mind was the Buxom Full On Lip Tarnish in either in Mug Shot or Extortion (nude pink vs a pink nude... see post
channy149
Q. Foundation colour match help a aussie out please ;)
I am a MAC NW25 or MAC matchmaster 4 in colour I am wanting to try the Kat Von D lock it councation the Bobbi Brown long-wear even finish foundation the Tarte Amazonian Clay, Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup and Laura Mercier oil free I am in Australia heading to USA in 1 month if anyone can give me some suggestions iknow they do colour matching and colour IQ when I was in the USA 8 months ago they gave me all too light colours in the above foundation
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laurabt
laurabt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / answered
A. Hi channy, I don't have the ability to color match you based on brands that we don't sell. However, if you go to the Sephora + Pantone Color IQ here > http://www.seph... see post
wpld
Q. Questions About Oil Cleanser For Combination/Oily Skin
I was sent a sample of the oil cleanser from DHC and I loved it.  I would have never considered putting oil all over my face.  I would buy it but problem is they test on animals.  So, what would be the best oil cleanser for my skin type?  Also, does it defeat the purpose of the oil cleanser if I use my regular cleanser afterwords?  Thanks so much for the help!
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thechicgeek
BEAUTY PRO thechicgeek / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / answered
A. I have combo/oily skin also and I love,love,love the Moisture White Shiso Cleaning Oil from the Body Shop(which is cruelty free). This stuff does an amazing job dissolvi... see post
Newbie1210
Q. Foundation for Tanned Asian Skin
Hello. Looking for a full coverage foundation that matches my skin tone. I am a Tanned Oriental Asian ...kind of like Grace Park, Michelle Kwan...any recommendations? Thanks!
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kariyava
HALL OF FAMER kariyava / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. It sounds like you may be a perfect color match for Becca's olive color.  They have a bunch of different formulas, but the ultimate coverage creme has the most coverage.... see post
MysticalAngel
Q. Bridesmaid Makeup: HELP!!!
So I'm going to be a bridesmaid for my friend's wedding in August. I just picked up my dress last week and I love it. I've been looking for makeup ideas on YouTube, Pinterest, Tumblr and I really have no idea what to do.   Here is a picture of the dress:   And here is a picture of me wearing it, so you get an idea of my skintone. (Please excuse the horrible picture, my camera was having a tantrum that day lol.) I'm about a NC 40-42 or 2Y09   Thanks!!!!!!
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / answered
A. Hi MysticalAngel!   What a stunning bridesmaid dress! The color of that dress is really gorgeous and is very flattering on you! I would definitely choose blush and l... see post
smith2874
Q. Good summer lip?
Something that is easy and I can just swipe on without a mirror! And won't melt in my bag on a hot summer day! For summer; lip gloss or lip stick? I always feel like lip stick is too heavy, but I hate overly sticky glossy lips (so does my boyfriend!).
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Loretta55
BEAUTY MASTER Loretta55 / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / answered
A. Another idea was shown to me today by a Sephora MUA. Use a lip liner and after lining your lips fill on the lip lightly with the same pencil. Smudge this slightly and to... see post
alexandratsao
Q. black heads
black heads, i would like to clean up my rigid black heads what should i use?
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Saylah
Saylah / FRESH FACE / answered
A. Boscia pore strips to clean black heads see post
infinitise
Q. Liquid eyeliner that's smudge proof
I have asian eyes, and even with an eye primer, my eyeliners smudge all the time. I also have sensitive eyes, and my eyes get really watery .. so by the time I even get to the train station, half my eye makeup is ruined (I'm not even at school yet)   I'm wondering if anyone could recommend me a great liquid eyeliner that doesn't smudge, and is easy to use. I've tried the bobbi brown gel liner before but it hardened on me - didn't bother doing anything with it because I got so frustrated. I've had every pencil liner there is, but all of them both smudged and washed away with water. I've tried Stila's felt tip liquid eyeliner - is easy to use and is great, but it does smudge and isn't very long lasting. using LORAC liquid pen right now, works well, but I think it can get a little better than this one and a bit more accessible (so that I can just go to a store and buy it in person rather than waiting a week for sephora to deliver) tried Clinique's cream liner - smudges and washes away with water Smashbox felt tip pen - was great, but didn't last very long as if I bought it half empty..
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calamityjane85
HALL OF FAMER calamityjane85 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. I like Kat vond but I still have to be careful in the inner corner, because it will still run and smudge but not near as bad as the Stila.  see post
Diana1909
Q. What face primer should I try?
My skin gets super oily (even with powder!) after only a few hours and my foundation seems to never set, it always comes off if I touch my face. I also have acne prone skin, so if there's a primer that smooths out the skin, that would be great, but my main concern is the oiliness.   
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gatsby3
BEAUTY SAVANT gatsby3 / BEAUTY SAVANT BEAUTY SAVANT / answered
A. My two faves are the Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer and the Becca Ever Matte Primer. see post
tinkerchels
Q. Finding that perfect shade
I recently purchased the Discover the Amazon 3-piece set and absolutely LOVE the Amazonian Clay 12-hour full coverage foundation! The problem is, I now want to purchase a full-size bottle, but I don't know what shade of 'light' the set came with, as that colour perfectly matched my skin. Does anyone know the shade?   Thanks!!
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / answered
A. Hi tinkerchels,   The Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15 in the Discover The Amazon 3-piece set is in the shade Light Sand.   I hope this hel... see post
BreannaLeigh
Q. How can I insure that I will have a tan that lasts for my entire honeymoon?
Hi, I am getting married this June and would like a fake tan that will last for both the wedding and the honeymoon. I have tried the St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse and I love it. However, I do not see it lasting for an entire week, especially if I swim in the pool at all. Is there anything I can use in addition to the Bronzing Mousse that will help my tan last for the entire week? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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melissabt
melissabt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / answered
A. Hi Breannaleigh, Try using the Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Lotion. It will last a long time and the color is very natural. Also, make sure that you... see post
kayla2009
Q. Watery Eyes- No Allergies
I have watery eyes. I've tried almost every technique in the book from lightly patting application area with napkin, to switching eyeliners. My eyeliner just won't stay put. I've even tried applying eyeshadow over the eyeliner, and that just makes it smudge faster...I've tried gel liners, pencil liners, AND liquid liners...even the waterproof liners smudge...help?
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notcreative
HALL OF FAMER notcreative / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. An eyelid primer can prevent eyeliner from smudging on the eyelid.  I suggest the one from NARS as inferior ones like the one from Urban Decay does not work for all ladi... see post
pansey
Q. Dark skin and white SPF
I have dark skin and I SPF lotions are white and changes the way my foundation looks and if I want to go bare skinned with out make up I look like a ghost?
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laynebr
BEAUTY GURU laynebr / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / answered
A. I'm a WOC and nothing works better then the Goldfaden MD sunscreen mist. As the name states it's a fine mist I usually apply it after my make up is done. It's like an in... see post
aidynn
Q. Cool skin and hair with warm eyes?
Sorry for the length, but I've spent days researching to try to find my skin undertone and my "season" and I'm still lost. I have VERY ashy light/medium brown hair that a hair stylist once said "wow, it's so mousy it's practically gray"...however, it sometimes shows some hints of gold in the sun (happened much more so when I was a kid, I'm 25 now). My skin is very pale and translucent now with very pink cheeks due to moderate rosacia, though as a kid I tanned in the summer. My veins are blue, though I swear my skin has some yellow cast to it, and I look better in silver jewelry - but that could just be my opinion. So for the most part, my hair and skin seems cool....however, my eyes have a medium, warmish muted brown inner iris with an olive green outer iris - warm colors right??? I've tried wearing every color of the rainbow in both warm, cool, jewel, and muted shades..none of them really looked horrible or great on me, though light pinks make my skin seem a little brighter I think. No hair colors have ever been stunning on me either. Makeup is a crapshoot - colors look ridiculous on me IMO. Cool neutrals look grey and fake on my eyes, but look better with my skin, and warm neutrals make my eyes glow, but with my skin tone and hair, make me look sallow (?) and like I was punched in the eye and have a yellowy brown bruise. I need to figure this out before I spend a lot of money on the wrong products, but I'm at a loss of how to look my best at this point. I'm also disabled, so it would be difficult to come to a store for a consultation.
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keelybt
keelybt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / answered
A. Thanks for replying Aidynn!  Cover FX Total Coverage Cream Foundation SPF 30 is a great foundation that will cover everything.  With this product, a little bit goes a v... see post
Jahnina
Q. NARS powder foundation dilemma
I always use NARS (fiji)  powder foundation SPF 12 but its sold out EVERYWHERE for some odd reason!? I absolutely love NARS fiji is my perfect color match but I am in desperate need of a new powder and sense I can't get NARS anytime soon....   Any suggestions on some other good brands I was thinking Chanel but I don't know? I also wonder what would be the color match for other brands for me any suggestions?   Oh and I am 21 with semi dry skin if that info helps. 
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younbrit
younbrit / FRESH FACE / answered
A. I'm having the same problem as you now.  I literally cannot find NARS fiji powder foundation anywhere!  Did you end up trying the recommendation for the Becca Perfect Sk... see post
scarletb
Q. Fact or Fiction: Makeup Expiration Dates
I admit, I'm the worst at throwing away my makeup... how bad is it really?? Any wiggle room?
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kalex
HALL OF FAMER kalex / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. I honestly pay close to zero attention to supposed expiration dates. I have lipsticks and eyeshadows that I've had for years and they still have the same smell, consiste... see post
Bianca1717
Q. What foundation would you recommend?
I have dry skin and everytime I use a foundation whither it be powder, liquid, etc, it always cakes up, especially around my mouth and upper lip and I just need a good foundation recommendation that wont cake on.
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knadala
HALL OF FAMER knadala / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Benefit Cosmetic's Hello Flawless liquid foundation. The formula is light and is made to allow your skin to breathe will providing coverage. I am currently on my second ... see post
sueshee
Q. Best concealer for under eye wrinkles
What is the best under eye concealer that is not drying and won't settle into my wrinkles and crows feet?
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / answered
A. Hi sueshee,   I love the Sephora Collection Smoothing & Brightening Concealer. This concealer is extremely lightweight and never settles into the lines around the ey... see post
Nkhnor
Q. Foundation
My foundation makes me look grey, why is that?
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Mia007
Mia007 / FRESH FACE / answered
A. it is possible that it oxidizes. I have heard about this before. Perhaps you should mix it with another brand and see if that fixes the issue. Good luck.   see post