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chicchib
Foundation for a light to medium skin with yellow undertones/Armani Maestro in 5.5
Hi girls! I was looking for the best foundation ever at Sephora and the girl who helped me out recommended the Armani Maestro Foundation in 5.25. I guess I have a light to medium skin with yellow undertones, but still haven't figured out how this really works I usually wear during winter MUFE in 127/140 and 160 during summer (also Teint Jolie by YSL in Foncè). I'm afraid the 5.25 shade would be too dark for me during winter and, being its price quite expensive I wanted to be completely sure about it. I totally trust you experts, can't wait to have your suggestions about the perfect foundation for me!
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emmohh
BEAUTY BOSS emmohh / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
You may want to look into buying the next shade lighter.    I personally LOVE Luminous Silk and when I went through the whole buying process at an Armani Counter at Ho... see post
JCLucia
Terrible skin at a young age
My skin is my biggest concern for a while now, but after trying a lot of different products by myself I've decided to seek help from an expert. I live in a small middle of nowhere town so I'm not close to any dermatologist. I hope to get help online though.   I'm 15 years old, but I already have wrinkles on my forehead and slightly visible lines around my eyes. Any anti wrinkle product that's effective? If the ones I have won't disappear I would just like to know if there are any products that would prevent new wrinkles. Next concern is that I have dark circles under my eyes, concealing is not helping just making it worse, is there any product/ I've heard that oils help/ that would make them a bit less dark? Then, I'm oily in the T zone and I always have at least one pimple on my face in that area and blackheads. The rest of my face is normal, not dry but not oily. Should I care differently for one area than the other? I have no idea how to choose a proper skin care.  Discoloration is another thing. I no longer pick my pimples, but I did and they left marks, discoloration or scars that are like these little holes. Is there any way I could deal with that? I've thought about getting laser treatment for it after I'm no longer a teenager, but is there any product? I also have marks on my back from acne on my back, so it would be great if I could use it for that too. Then I have broken vessels or what to call it around my mouth and the lower part of my cheeks. I noticed them a few years back but it's possible I had them before that, I don't know what caused them and when they appeared. Again, will only laser help or is there anything else? I haven't been using anything on my face, washing it with water sometimes and putting olive oil on it which left the normal part of my face nicely moisturized and healthy, but didn't help the rest. Is it normal to have so many things wrong with my skin? Is there any hope for me? What should I use/ do? Thank you!!
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zabw17
My skin is a disaster. Help!!
For nearly a year now, my skin has transformed into what I call an awful mask. I have red bumps (not pimples) throughout my face, dry patches that even pure coconut oil won't help. My fine lines have definitely gotten a bit worse and I just have a rough, uneven texture with enlarged pored and a loss of elasticity. My chin is often oily though and I get breakouts a lot in that area. I feel like I don't even know which problems to start with and products i used in the past that are no longer working. My skin is also very fair and sensitive. I'm getting anxiety due to how bad my skin is and I really just need advice on what products will help. I'm also on a bit of a budget. Thanks for reading, I hope to hear back soon. (SN: I'm 26 years old).
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BrideSona
BEAUTY PRO BrideSona / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
The chin acne and oiliness can be hormone related. Have you gotten your hormone levels checked? I was also getting a lot of oiliness in my chin area and found out it was... see post
ntweety
What is a dupe for Makeup Forever Blush in 12?
maltipoo66
HALL OF FAMER maltipoo66 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi!  I did a little research for you and this is what I've found. So this is your blush:   This is Smashbox Blush Rush in Passion:   This is a swatch of Tart... see post
dondi
Bare Minerals Serum Foundation
I am currently using Bare Minerals Serum Foundation and love it.  How does it compare to Dr. Perricone's No Foundation Foundation in terms of consistency and coverage?
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arielaaaaaaaa
HALL OF FAMER arielaaaaaaaa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I think they are pretty close in coverage. I find both to be a good light medium coverage, and second layer really amps it up. The Dr. Perricone foundation is not as run... see post
meganlisa
Can I change a review? I gave Vice 3 a 4 but wish I'd done 5 (it's a 4.5).
Can we somehow change a review? We used to be able to write more than one but now that doesn't seem to work anymore (so we could average them). 4 is too low…but I just decided at the last moment that 5 was too high and went with 4.
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jcmb
BEAUTY GURU jcmb / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
Yeah, I think they no longer let us write multiple reviews which I kinda think stinks for some reasons like if you've tried more than one shade of something and maybe on... see post
Beebler111
Blackheads?
I have tried everything for the blackheads on my nose and chin. Nothing seems to work! Drugstore and dermatologist ointment. I'm hoping sephora has something I don't know about. I have heard a product called Glam Glow works well? Suggestions?
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TrysBeautyItems
HALL OF FAMER TrysBeautyItems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Are you positive they are blackheads and not sebaceous filaments?   sebaceous filaments tend to appear around/on the nose and won't go away. SF is just oil blockage an... see post
ChelbyCheekers
Which Brush is the best?
Hi there, so I went into my local store and had to trade out my Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation for a darker shade, and when the Beauty Advisor applied the foundation to my face, I loved the brush she was using, but failed to ask her which one it was so I could purchase it. I also use the new bareMinerals Acne Preventing powder foundation, and am wondering which brush I should use for that as well? Thank you! 
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ChelbyCheekers
ChelbyCheekers / NEWCOMER / replied
I actually forgot to put that down, Im sorry, I use the Liquid foundation. Is there another brush in the Sephora collection that could be used in place of the Bare Miner... see post
h0tnurse
pregnancy safe hair care
What brands or products are pregnancy safe regarding hair care? Is the 5 in 1 perfect hair day safe? What shampoo and conditioner can i use?  Thank you. Karen
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi h0tnurse!   I recommend reaching out to your doctor for a list of specific ingredients that you need to avoid now that you are pregnant. see post
yolikarcher
Night cream with retinol
I need a good anti age cream/serum for night with retinol.  Any recommendations? I am in my late 40's.
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yolikarcher
yolikarcher / NEWCOMER / replied
Thank you all! Going to give some of those a try. see post
ChristinaLE
Applying My Foundation
Hello my fellow makeup lovers! First, Happy Valentine's Day to you all!! <3 OK, I need help. I have red acne marks, that are slowly fading, but for the time being I am trying to make do. Anyway, I just got Tarte's amazonian clay foundation, which I like a lot! I have combo skin, and used to always use powders, so I am fairly new to this whole liquid foundation thang. I was using a stippling brush, but I didn't love it I need a lot of coverage so because I use a good amount of foundation...It doesn't look "cakey" but it looks like I have a lot of makeup on...Sooo, with all this Beauty Blender craZe goin on..I wanted to try so bad! Unfortunately, Sephora only had the The sculptor makeup sponge in the store.. it's ok...I do like it better than the stippling brush, but it soaks in so much of my foundation, and I am wasting my precious Tarte Amazonian Clay! So, my question to the experts is, Should I just go ahead and buy the orginal beauty blender...OR is there a fabulous brush out there I need to buy. I've seen tutorials on youtube, of the beauty blender, and it looks amazing. BUT, I need to remember I have something I am trying to cover, so please keep that in mind...I use more foundation than I would like, but I feel like I have no choice. I use MUFE green primer, btw. Thanks! xo
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ChelbyCheekers
ChelbyCheekers / NEWCOMER / replied
I was just going to ask the same thing! I went in yesterday and I forgot to ask what brush she used on me :/ but This helps! I am just not wanting to spend a lot on a br... see post
Sljahrling
Redness Corrector
When I cry my nose and cheeks turn a nice shade of red. I would like to prevent this from showing through my makeup at an upcoming wedding. Can you recommend a redness correction lotion as I have BB creams, light foundations and heavier foundations so I don't need any more foundation products.    
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi Sljahrling!   I recommend using a redness reducing primer underneath your foundation to help prevent your skin from looking too pink or red underneath your founda... see post
ilovpurses
Philosophy Just Release Me eye makeup remover
Any idea if Sephora will bring this back? It's my favorite eye makeup remover ever. Thanks. 
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ilovpurses
BEAUTY BOSS ilovpurses / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
WHEW! Relief! Thanks Randee, I'll pick up at least a couple when it reappears. Thanks!  see post
Poisonivy9
Consumers Choice...
Ok, so I have seen people comment in various threads about items they would like to see coming out for the Holidays.  That gave me an idea, and after  trying a couple of searches and coming up with nothing, I decided to pose these questions to everyone on Beauty Talk:  If you could create your own Sephora Favorites set, what would it be?  Or, if you were asked to create the next amazing palette, what brand(s) would you use and what would be in it?  These are just starting points, but lets all get creative!  If it were up to us, the consumers, what awesome things could be created to get everyone excited?   I will start things off!  If I could create a palette for Hourglass, it would be a large palette (but not TOO large) that has all of the Ambient powders and all of the Ambient blushes.  They would be smaller in size, but a great way to try them all and play around!  Or could make 2, each with all the Ambient powders then add blushes for warm skin tones in one palette with blushes for cool skin tones in the other.   What are your ideas?
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Poisonivy9
BEAUTY SAVANT Poisonivy9 / BEAUTY SAVANT BEAUTY SAVANT / replied
Ok, if they ever make something like this, I definitely want it!  I love Dior! see post
crflh
sephora dual action collection brush set
What are your thoughts on this set? I just ordered it but am a bit fearful that they will not be up to par with the quality of the sephora pro brushes which are fantastic! I can't stand when brushes shed so I am hoping this are okay but have any of you tried this set ?   http://www.sephora.com/dual-action-brush-set-P3777 72?skuId=1492750
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi crflh! I am a huge fan of all of the Sephora Collection brushes. I think that these brushes are great if you use any sort of cream products because they are per... see post
sssha01
EXFOLIATING
Hey Beauties! Looking for a facial exfoliating wash gentle enough for acne and combination skin---how's the Glamglow exfoliating treatment? I've heard good things about the Boscia exfoliating cleanser, but that dries out my skin, since I have combination and not oily---any suggestions?
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melissabt
melissabt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi sssha01,   I really love the Glamglow especially for oily skin. If you are looking for an exfoliating wash, I recommend the Algenist Multi-Perfecting Detoxifyin... see post
calcutta
Face Primer
I need help picking out a primer, but I'm limited to the brand Murale's site.   My skin has occasional breakouts and enlarged pores on the cheeks and under the nose. My skin is also somewhat oily.   Are Stila's Stay all day 10 in 1 primer (not available at Sephora) and One Step Correct good options? If so, which one would be better for my skin type?   EDIT: I'm not limited to just Stila's face primers, any other suggestions are welcomed, as long as Murale carries that brand.
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calcutta
BEAUTY GURU calcutta / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
Thank you for your suggestion Andy, but like Lylysa said, Murale doesn't have all the products available.   I'm looking into getting the Murad Skin Perfecting Primer A... see post
etscore1
Non-contouring bronzer placement
I'm going to lose my mind the more and more I read, hear and learn about bronzer!   I just bought Chanel Les Beiges and am NOT looking to use it for contouring, but rather to give a little bit of warmth to my light, neutral-if-not-ever-so-slightly-cool undertoned face. I got it in shade 30, which is very similar to my natural skin color, but warmer and a couple very minor shades darker. It doesn't help that I tend to get pink/burn in the sun, so that is the color that I'm accustomed to seeing on the top of my nose, temples, etc. that I am now hoping to replace with bronzer.    The last piece of advice I received from an SA I trust at Sephora said to go out into the sun, and wherever you feel the sun hit your face would be where bronzer should be applied. But that also seems like where I already apply blush and/or highlighter. Which has led me to create this thread, trying to figure out how to use them together.    Would love some insight or direction to a good diagram on how to use blush/bronzer (not as a contour)/highlighter together. Because what the SA said makes total sense to me, but there isn't enough room on my face for everything!
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lylysa
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I'll use both to take multiple calls/inquiries haha! see post
Rayna06
Best brush to apply powder highlighter? help!
I just bought the Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Highlighter and I'm in love with the texture and the fact that it's not glitter explosion! But: I don't have a brush that will apply it right. All the brushes I own don't pick up the product or apply the product the way a highlighter should. So tell me what brush I should use! And I am open to all brands not just sephora brand! Thanks so much in advance
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michelleshops
HALL OF FAMER michelleshops / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I use the Sephora fan brush and I really like it.  The brush is wide but narrow so I don't feel like I'm covering my entire face in highlighter.  I have oily skin so I w... see post
the3S
what is the best makeup for someone with rosacia?
I have Rosacia and am getting married soon, what is the best makeup to minimize my pores and get rid of the redness so I look good on my wedding day?
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi the3S!   What products are you currently using to help treat the Rosacea? Are there any particular ingredients that you know cause your skin to become red or sens... see post
newhope
Sensitive/Mild Facial Cleanser & Moisturizer without salicylic acid/ benzyl peroxide?
Hi, I've been battling with acne for a while. Just went to see a new dermatologist and am prescribed some topicals that will be doing the job of drying my skin for me. She told me not to be using facial cleansers or moisturizers with any of the ingredients for acne such as salicylic acid or benzyl peroxide or I'll be drying my skin out even more which will be producing more oil.     Before today's appointment, I've been using Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion (for oily/acne prone skin) and washing with Estee Lauder perfectly clean foam cleanser.    Any product recommendations? My skin is pretty sensitive, so anything really light that doesn't contain "acne" concern ingredients would be great! 
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Titian06
HALL OF FAMER Titian06 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi, @newhope !  My favorite basic, gentle facial cleansers are First Aid Beauty Facial Cleanser and Philosophy Purity Made Simple. see post
NancieNano
does the clarisonic mia 2 winter hydration set come with a travel case
does the clarisonic mia 2 winter hydration set come with a travel case?
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relr
relr / NEWCOMER / replied
I was just looking for that and here someone answer that it didn't come with a travel case http://answers.sephora.com/answers/8723/product/P389098/questions.htm see post
VentureBros2021
What order should I apply my skincare?
Hi, I just wanted a professional opinion on how to get the most benefits out of my skincare routine and your opinion on what time (night time or day time) i should apply these as well. I will tell you beside the products what time of day I have been applying them but i still want your opinion on the matter. These are the products i use: *Clinique liquid facial soap for oily skin (day and night) *Clinique clarifying lotion type 3 for oily combination skin (day and night) *Clinique dramaticaly different moisturizing gel for oily skin (day time) (should i use at night also?) *Clinique Repairwear laser focus serum (day time) (should i use at night also?) *Clinique Repairwear laser focus wrinkle correcting eye cream (day time) *Clindagel (prescribed acne medication that is a thin liquid) (night time) *Mario Badescu glycolic eye cream (night time) *Tarte Maracuja Oil (night time)   -thank you- and for my acne medicine my dermatologist said i can apply it under or over moisterizer at night, hope that helps with giving me a good answer
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
You could be right, shapeshifter. I have heard differing opinions. I always apply my SPF after my moisturizer because that is what I am used to, but I could also be wron... see post
mcsxo
How to apply Bare Minerals original foundation
Ok so I recently bought Bare Minerals original foundation...I figured it would be an easy foundation for days I don't feel like doing much. I put on a primer, liquid illuminator and a little bit of cream concealer then went to apply the foundation with the tarte airbrush finish brush (recommended by TiffanyD to use with this foundation) and it looked terrible! It went on patchy and clinged to dry spots that didn't exist before I put it on. I do have dry skin, but have learned to moisturize well before applying foundation. I feel like I made a crucial mistake somewhere along during the application because I know this is a very loved foundation by many people. Anyone have any ideas?
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi mcsxo!   Definitely make sure your primer, liquid illuminator and concealer have a bit of time to settle into the skin before applying the foundation. I would wai... see post
ladysparkles
What is my closest match in YSL Fusion Ink Foundation?
I did the Color IQ in a Sephora store and my match is 1Y02. None of the shades of YSL Fusion Ink Foundation come up as a match, but I'd like to try the product. What shade would be the closest match for me?
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi ladysparkles,   I recommend trying YSL's Fusion Ink Foundation SPF 18 in the shade B20 Ivory.  see post
caif
I need a face wash that can take off my eye makeup as well
Hi there -   I'm a huge consumer of mascara and eyeliner. I used to have a great face wash that could handle the chore of removing my eye makeup as well as clean my face, but it was discontinued.   I want one product - a face wash - that can do the trick. I don't want to use eye makeup remover after I wash my face.    Any thoughts?
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sulfate
BEAUTY GURU sulfate / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
Good for you!!!!  I'm glad that was helpful. FYI, John Masters makes my favorite shampoo/conditioner as well.   I'm a vegetarian who tries to be vegan (and fails), so ... see post
ashleenicoleex3
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation
I'm looking for the shade that would match me best in the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation. I'm NW20 in the MAC Pro Longwear Foundation, N1 in the MAC Face & Body Foundation, 3.0 in the Urban Decay Naked Sin Foundation and 30 in the Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet +. Does anyone have any idea or suggestion on what shade I would be?
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laurabt
laurabt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi ashleenicolee, I recommend the color Fiji or Ceylan in the Nars Sheer Glow! :) -Laura   see post
shelbs1992
WEDDING HELP!!
I am very very simple when it comes to putting on makeup, and I am attending an outdoor wedding on October 4th at Ahmanson Ranch, which I guess is really really nice. I was wondering if there were any tips you could give me to just do a simple, but fresh and pretty look for an outdoor, country themed wedding... I am wearing a royal blue dress, beige heels, I have blue/green eyes, tan skin, and dirty blonde hair.
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laurabt
laurabt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi shelbs, Since you're not used to wearing eye shadow, but do usually wear eyeliner, I suggest stepping up your eyeliner to a liquid, and adding a subtle light sheen ... see post
mysticcrystal
Need help in picking the right shade for Amazing Cosmetics Concealer
Hi. I just bought Amazing Cosmetics Concealer in Light Honey. It was way too light! The Sephora near me does not carry Amazing Cosmetics. Can you help me find the right shade? For reference, I currently use Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in SC-3. The darker shade in the Laura Mercier SC-3 is a good match for my skin. I also use Benefit Hello Flawless in Never Settle Petal.
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laurabt
laurabt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi mysticcrystal, It's hard to match concealers without seeing you in person. Are you planning on using this under your eyes or to conceal blemishes on your face? I su... see post
morgangrace
I need help picking a foundation shade!
I am really wanting to try Dior star foundation but not sure what a good color will be for me! Please help.  I am shade  360 bisque in Lancôme teint idole ultra 24h foundation   BD 55 warm praline in YSL fusion ink foundation  and NW 35 in MAC 
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laurabt
laurabt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi morgangrace, Dior colors that end in 0 have neutral undertones, colors ending in 1 have yellow undertones, and colors that end in 2 have apricot or pink undertones.... see post