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Smashbox Live Chat with Lori Taylor and Vlada Haggerty
This thread is closed. It will open on April 5th at 12pm PDT.    Smashbox Pro Artistry Lead Lori Taylor and Lip Artist Vlada Haggerty are teaming up for a BeautyTalk Live Chat. From lipstick tips to foundation tricks—ask them anything. Visit this thread on Wednesday, April 5, from 12-1pm PDT to learn from these talented artists.    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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Dry skin with breakouts, (foundation)?
Hey, I'm looking for a good foundation with buildable coverage. I've tried so many, my skin is mainly dry, sensitive, and I get my fair share of breakouts, I have a lot of red patches that need to be covered. I only buy makeup that is cruelty free. I've tried the born this way foundation most recently. 
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ZannaBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi JaimeSweet,   Can you let us know what you didn't like about the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation so we can help offer some suggestions to best address your con... see post
Estée Lauder Double Wear shade match for IT CC Cream light.
Hi   im in light for the IT Cosmetics CC Cream. It's a good match for me. I tried the ELDW in 2W1 Dawn, I love the finish but it's too orange for me, I need something 'greyer' at least when I swatch it next to the ITCC the ITCC looks greyer lol.    Any ideas, I'd like to order online rather than go swatch/test in store.    Thanks in advance 
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BEAUTY GURU CheerMomma / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
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BOBBI BROWN CORRECTOR VS. BENEFIT ERASE PASTE
Which of the two is better for under-eye and does not crease?
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keelybt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi Anonymous011, I have been using the Bobbi Brown Corrector for about 5 years now. I love it! It neutralizes the deeper pigment and stays in place. It does work best if... see post
Peter Thomas Roth OR Perricone MD??
Hi,   I have normal/combination skin - sometimes can get a little oily but dehydrated - and I was wondering if Peter Thomas Roth products or Perricone MD would be better for my skin. Right now I am using Shiseido and find it is making my skin a little bit oily.     Thanks!
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keelybt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi Britmor, It's more important to focus on the type of product rather than the brand. Which products are you using by Shiseido?  see post
My color match is 1R02, is there an urban decay all nighter color close to that?
keelybt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi 1234Christina, The closest shade would be  0.5, which is slightly darker. see post
, butWhat color of Anastasia Dipbrow should I use?
My brows are not dark, but they are not light either. I thought the taupe would be perfect, bit it has an almost grayish look on my brows. I think I need a warmer shade and was thinking about trying the soft brown.    My natural hair is dark blonde, and I use the L'Oreal Preference Dark Blonde hair tint which turns it a soft auburn color.    I ordered the taupe in Anastasia and I have been playing with it the past few days but I just can't come up with the right touch or something. I was noticing that even on the heel of my thumb where I clean my brush off, it looks more gray than anything else. I am pretty certain I am going to return the taupe, but I'd sure like some help in choosing the right shade to reorder.   I've been reading some other Q&A's and am wondering if I should try the blonde. Is it a warmer color than the taupe?
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SPECIAL GUEST nikilet / SPECIAL GUEST SPECIAL GUEST / replied
 Thank you for this information, but is the soft brown warmer? As I said, the taupe looked fine but is much grayer when applied than it looks in the jar. see post
Tarte Brazilliance face tanning towelette- is applying my face creams afterwards okay?
I purchased the Tarte Brazilliance skin rejuvenating maracuja self tanning face towelettes and I have a question regarding those. I apply acne creams to my face every morning and night and I want to know if it is okay to put those on after I have applied my self tanning towelette to my face and my face has dried. Please let me know since I have already applied my tanning wipe to my face and neck
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MariekeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi @ABlankina,   If you've applied self tanner to your face, I recommend waiting as long as you can before you moisturize your face. If you apply it too soon you can... see post
How do I know which Ole Henriksen face lotion is right for me?
I narrowed down my choices and I don't know what the difference is between the Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator and the Counter Balance Mattifying Moisture Crème. As you can tell I have oily skin and I also have some large pores in my nose area. I know they both are for my skin type. Anyone's help would be appreciated.
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MariekeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi @ambee789,    The Moisture Creme is going to be a bit of a thicker texture than the Hydrator and that's really the big difference. I think the creme would be best... see post
Tinted Moisturizer or BB Cream for Oily Skin in VERY humid weather??
Hello!  Long story short: my goal is to find a tinted moisturizer or BB cream that [1] has SPF [2] controls oil/shine [3] is simple to use (i.e. no primer or finishing spray/powder needed) and [4] doesn't make me look like a melting clown in humid weather.   I will say the best product I've found so far is Clinique CC cream. I love that I can apply it right after washing my face, add a little blush, and go! The only problem is that it provides moderate coverage so I don't think I look natural. I would even be open to a non-tinted moisturizer that offers shine control and tones down redness. I'm going to be in south east Asia so I'm really trying to find a simple routine because space is a hot commodity in my backpack!   Thank you in advance for your advice! I appreciate it!!
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BEAUTY BOSS jriskus / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
Thanks, @JennBeth! I think I'll pick up the travel size to try during the sale next month.   CC creams are usually too much coverage for me, but I like the sound of th... see post
Color Correcting for Rosacea on Cheeks
Hiiiii! I have struggled for the longest tie trying to figure out how to properly cover up my really intense rosacea on my cheeks, right below my cheek bones. I have tried so many different green and yellow creams/powders/serums and nothing seems to work. It'll get all flakey when I started to put my foundation on or it just won't cover it enough. Any advice?
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MariekeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi @emmakate8,    If the color corrector and your foundation in combination aren't working to cover the spots, I'd recommend looking into adding a hydrating conceale... see post
Should my cleanser and facial toner be from the same company?
I'm looking to switch up my skin care routine. I currently use clinique for my cleansing and toning needs but have been looking in to the olehenriksen face the truth gel cleanser as well as the fresh rose deep hydration facial toner . Do you guys think it's okay to use products that aren't from the same company? Has anyone ever experienced skin irritations from doing so? Any advice would be great! Thanks! 
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MariekeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi @bbmacd,   You can definitely combine products from different product lines! Most of the time people use products all from the same line because they really like ... see post
Peel for acne scars
Hello beauties,   For my birthday, my husband surprised me with a gift certificate to a spa for a facial.  I had never been to a spa, nor have I ever had a facial--so I was both excited and a little nervous because I didn't know what to expect.  It turned out to be a positive experience for me, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.    My esthetician was wonderful, and she provided some tips on what I could do to help heal my acne scars.  I have a couple small ice pick scars on my cheeks, but I have several hyperpigmentation scars--once again, on my cheeks.  I'd like to think I do a good job of covering my acne scars every day, but when the makeup comes off, I feel self-conscious about my face.  I've converted to natural, chemical-free skincare products, such as: Trader Joe's, MyChelle, Derma E, and Mad Hippie.  Unfortunately, I suffered from severe acne in my teenage years but couldn't afford to see a dermatologist, so I researched and discovered that drinking water and changing my diet could make a difference in my complexion (and it did)--but I was left with scars.  The esthetician did not recommend facial scrubs, as she said they would be too abrasive for my skin type--but she said I'd greatly benefit from a peel that contains lactic acid, salicylic acid, or glycolic acid.  I currently use Derma E peel twice a week which I love, but it contains alpha hydroxy acid.    I am asking for recommendations on a peel that contains lactic acid, salicylic acid, or glycolic acid.  I would like to get rid of these acne scars once and for all, and I know I've come to the right place for expert advice. Thank you so much in advance!   Love & blessings, Daskala
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BEAUTY BOSS Daskala78 / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
In another post similar to mine, Murad Post-Acne Spot Lightening Gel was recommended.  Any thoughts on this product for helping to fade acne scars? see post
help with my makeup!
HI, since day 1 of using makeup, i've always had an issue with cakeyness, where u can see my dry skin and all my pores/redness. I am currently using the NARS all day luminous weightless foundation, underneath I prime with makeup forever step 1 primer in green because i have rosacea so my skin is red and blochy, i use a drugstore contour which has never been an issue, and i use the nicole glow glow kit which as well, is not the problem. I finish it off with the urban decay cooling setting spray. I use two beauty blenders, one regular one and one edged one for my concealer (concealer is the sephora branded concealer in the lightest shade). I ALWAYS cover my face in a layer of coconut oil and exfoliate with a st ives apricot scrub. what am i doing wrong? I only apply one layer of foundation. Is there a product someone in my case recommends? LIke any moisterizer or anything. People comment on how cakey my makeup is. I know it's my shade for the foundation so it isnt that. Thank you.
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BEAUTY PRO GhostInTheShell / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
It sounds like your makeup is not absorbing correctly into your skin. It's possible the coconut oil (if you use it before applying makeup) is causing a oil and water iss... see post
Looking for a new foundation and color for my 40s skin
Hi, I'm 43 years old and I'm looking for a liquid foundation that provides full coverage with matte finish that is light weight, sweat-proof (really holds all day) and is natural looking. My skin is light to light medium but I typically like a little more color to help cover reddish checks and yellow undertones. Help please! What foundation and color would you recommend?    
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makeupjunkie40 / FRESH FACE / replied
Thank you both for the suggestions. I'll definitely give the Smashbox foundation a try. see post
Hyperpigmentations & Discolorations
Hi, I am 20 years old and I suffer from hyperpigmentation & discolorations on my face. I am also on a tight budget, so I was wondering what can I do to help have a clear skin? Thanks!
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SPECIAL GUEST GossipGirl425 / SPECIAL GUEST SPECIAL GUEST / replied
Thank you so much for all your help & recommendations!    I also forgot to mention that I also use  the oil-free acne stress control power clear scrub from neutrogena ... see post
Zits
Is there anything out there that can pre treat zits? Talking about the red and hurts part. I have sensitive skin.
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SianBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi EPaden!   If you're on the go, or need something a little more discreet, another option are the Peter Thomas Roth Acne-Clear Invisible Dots.    I love that ea... see post
I'm looking for a moisturing product for extremly dry skin. Please help!
I am also looking for a moisturizing skin product. I've heard from several people to try Cerave, Cetaphil, and Vanicream products, but not sure which is the best for extremely dry skin, especially on my hands. I have tried several things, but my skin is still very dry. Sometimes it's painful because it's so dry and cracked. Can anyone recommend a good moisturizing hand cream or butter that I could start using? I'm hoping to find something that finally works that I will be able to use daily.
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HALL OF FAMER natalie12 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Sephora now carries biossance. Their 100% squalene oil is wonderful! It's very light weight so it's not oily on your skin. It's very hydrating. If you want to try a samp... see post
My skin hates me
My skin has been AWFUL lately. Horrible breakouts on my chin, flaky skin (even though I exfoliate consistently), and my foundation has stopped going on smoothly and lasting all day. I need major help. Do I change my skincare routine or change my makeup? Or both? I've used BareMinerals for years and have always loved it but it's not holding up it's end of the deal anymore. I'm not perfect, I get lazy sometimes and don't always take my makeup off before bed but that happens like once, possibly twice a week. My typical routine is to take my makeup off with Neutrogena wipes, and then wash my face (just switched back to Neutrogena for blackheads), then I do spot treatment on my acne, and put face lotion on. Sorry for the long post but I'm desperate for some solid advice on what to do. 
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BEAUTY MAVEN aaras1234 / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
Hey sorry to hear.. I went through something similar 8-10months back, especially for someoen who NEVER had breakouts even in my teens I all of a sudden broke out. But am... see post
Looking for a moisturizing lip product
I'm looking for a moisturizing lip product with not too much color. I have pale skin and don't really like bright lip colors. I do like lip gloss, but I want to be sure it's moisturizing and isn't too sticky.   Could I get a few recommendations for Sephora's best lip products?
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BEAUTY MAVEN aaras1234 / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
Fresh lip serum works as magic absorbs like 'lip lotion' and you can top with your favorite shade or vice versa (just don't dab over long stays it ll immediately smudge)... see post
Blonde hairs turning black overnight HELP!
My hair is blonde, that real golden blonde when uncolored. But it changes hues during different seasons, getting darker in winter, and lighter in summer, sometimes changing overnight...   but lately i will wake to a black hair, a full black hair on my head, which i do not have normally, black from root to tip... is something wrong? what is the cause? I do not have grey hairs at all BTW... THANKS SO MUCH!!! Jo
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi, SweetiepieJo!   I would recommend scheduling a visit with your local physician or medical/health care professional to discuss this. While hair color can be affecte... see post
Pale foundation shade help.
I'm really struggling to find a foundation that is pale enough for me. My skin is pale, neutral-to-yellow undertones, and somewhat dry. Shades I've tried that are too dark: MUFE Ultra HD Y205, Estee Lauder double wear 1N1, Lancome teint idole 090N, Urban Decay naked 0.5. I'm starting to think I'm going to have to buy white pigment and mix it in.
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MariekeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi @clancybird,   Oh no! ): Kat Von D has a pretty fair shade in her foundation (Light 41 neutral) that you may want to try! I know a lot of fair people have tried t... see post
Foundation to Concealer Match
I just recently purchased Kat Von D's lock it foundation and I'm in LOVE!   I know the powder shades match up with the foundation number wise, but I'm not sure how to find my corresponding concealer shade? If it helps my Lock-It Foundation shade is Light 44 Cool. Thanks! 
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MariekeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi @EmmaR1331,   It looks like your best match is Light 5 in the Lock It Concealer Creme. I'd recommend visiting your local Sephora store and asking a Cast Member to... see post
Foundation shade
I am looking to get the clinique superbalanced silk foundation but don't know what shade... I am a light 42 neutral in Kat Von D Lock-it foundation. Thanks!!
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MariekeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi @katrinanina,   It looks like the lightest shade available in the Clinique Superbalanced Silk Foundation is Silk Porcelain which is one shade darker than your sha... see post
Sephora Foundation?
What are everyone's thoughts about the sephora foundation? positive and negative? for dry skin. 
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
The 10HR Wear Perfection Foundation is totaly suitable for drier skin types as it moisturizes with the humectant sodium hyaluronate (which binds 1000x its own molecular ... see post
foundation for acne prone, senstive, normal to oily skin
Hello All, I have normal to oily skin that is sensitive and acne prone and I was wondering what is a great foundation to cover everything, blend to look a little natural, medium to full coverage, one that won't make me breakout and possibly luminous. I also would love if the foundation wouldn't crack and break up throughout the day I currently don't own a foundation I like I own one I own the makeup forever ultra hd and I use the Tarte shape tape concealer but that looks cakey. Thank you all so much and take care!!      
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JaneanBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi @blackhead123,   I suggest the Hourglass Immaculate® Liquid Powder Foundation Mattifying Oil Free. This foundation is  a liquid-to-powder foundation formula that ... see post
MAKE UP FOREVER FULL COVER CONCEALER SHADE
Hi! I currently live in the UK so don't have access to a sephora. I'm in the shade  Y235 in Makeup for ever Ultra HD foundation, and I was wondering what shade I would  be in their full cover concealer??? I have the shade 6 right now but it seems too dark. 
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AlexaFahlman / RISING STAR / replied
Thank you for your reply :)! Unfortunately, my skin has quite a yellow undertone- do you think that colour would still work?  see post
effective and affordable anti aging product
what is the most effective and affordable anti aging product? i need help finding one that actually will work overtime.
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keelybt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi Sav3134, What are you currently using? Are you looking to correct an issue or are you just looking for a product to help prevent? see post
Cover FX Custom Cover Drops Shade Recommendations!
When I have my self tanner on, my perfect shade match is Hourglass  Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint in Shell and Nars Creamy Concealer in Vanilla (Colour IQ: 1R04). I'm looking to match this with the Cover FX Custom Cover Drops.    I use LM Tinted Moisturizer in Porcelain everyday. Since it's a TM, I find the sheerness allows me to blend it out to match my skin tone.   I've tried using the colour IQ, but I know that it's not incredibly accurate but here's the results I found in the Cover FX drops shades (their lightest shades, I don't think P or G will work): 1Y02 - N10 1Y03 - N20 2R04 - N25 2R03 - P20 3Y03 - G20   So since the Colour IQ accuracy is questionable, I'm seeking your advice! Which one do you think would be the best match for me? Thank you  
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BEAUTY MAVEN chicfemme18 / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
Thank you keelybt! I think I'll go for the N20 :)  see post
No matter what I do my makeup won't stay all day!
I think it's time to turn to you all for help. I feel like I'm doing everything (fairly) right in terms of my skincare and makeup routine but no matter what I do my makeup just will  not  stay in place all day! It's enough to drive me crazy. First of all, I would say I have combination skin. My t-zone gets a little oily but not bad while some areas (particularly my chin) are a little on the dry side. I'll walk you through my routine and you let me know if there's anything I'm doing wrong. In the morning when I wake up I usually cleanse my face with the Lancome 'Creme Radiance' Cleanser and, of course, pat my face dry. I then pat toner on my face (alcohol free) and use Lancome Renergie moisturizer. I am 26 so I don't have saggy skin, but I have used multiple moisturizers and this is my favorite. Then I wait for the moisturizer to dry and proceed to use Lancome's La Base primer. Then when that's dry as well I put on my foundation with a clean beautyblender.I happen to use drugstore foundation so that's the only thing I can think might be tripping myself up, but I don't think so. I mean plenty of people use foundation from the drugstore and their makeup still looks great, so that can't be it, can it? Anyway, I typically use Laura Mercier translucent setting powder to set my foundation and then set everything when I'm all done contouring and all that with my setting spray. By the end of the day, though, my makeup has worn off my cheeks and nose (I don't touch my face at all) but I don't have an excessive buildup of oil or anything. On the rest of my face my makeup has settled into any fine lines I may have and it's just crappy.   By the way, at the end of the night I diligently remove all my makeup and use my clarisonic and my lancome cleanser to clean my face so I'm not neglectful or anything. Should I buy a higher end foundation instead? If that would help I'm going to go out right this minute and buy one. Other tips would be helpful as well.    P.S. if I do need to go buy a high-end foundation, what is recommended? I'm thinking MAC Studio Fix but I'm open to suggestions.  
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BEAUTY BOSS colormepinkenblu / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
@shea3834 It looks like you're using a silicone based primer. Is your foundation also silicone based or is it water based? Silicone and water don't mix so if the foundat... see post