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StephanieAustin
Blush similar to Sephora blush?
I usually use the cream Sephora blush in No 3. Pink Poppy. It is out of stock in the store and online. What would be a blush that is similar?
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marygxx
A Matte Lipstick For Fair Skin?
I'm looking for a matte lipstick that would flatter my light complexion. I am most comfortable with shades of pink. I want a color that's not too bold, and is more for wearing in the daytime. I've been told that the Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color in True Pink would suit me, but I would like some more ideas. Any suggestions of colors I should wear? Any tips on picking a lip color that suits my skin tone?
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laurabt
laurabt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi marygxx, I recommend Buxom® Full-On™ Lip Stick in Amsterdam, NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Bahama, or Marc Jacobs Beauty Lovemarc - Matte Lip Gel in 144 Flirt. ... see post
bknight12
eyeshadow primer
will concealing my eyelids and then applying an eyeshadow primer work to keep my eyeshadow on all day?  
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DiVWA
BEAUTY MASTER DiVWA / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
I disagree with the comments that concealer doesn't work for shadow primer. I do agree that primer helps keep eyeshadow on all day. But I alternate using primer with usi... see post
crazycray
My eyelashes don't curl
My eyelashes don't curl... at all !! Is there a certain mascara I can use? I curl my lashes and they stay for a couple seconds but then go flat again. Help??
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ghkim
HALL OF FAMER ghkim / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
make sure you are curling your lashes when they are bone dry. if you are just out of the shower or trying to curl them in the bathroom soon after a shower, then they may... see post
Leallen
Concealer Question
Does anybody know a good concealer that covers dark under-eye circles and doesnt crease? I am fair skin toned and currently use cliniques line smoothing concealer, but it still creases under my eyes even when I use a setting powder on top.
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jemly
BEAUTY BUFF jemly / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
hydrating concealer with good fair skin tone options. NARS radiant creamy concealer. i went through a phase last winter where my under eye circles specifically got insa... see post
Attie
Foundation for multiple concerns
I have truly oily skin (like an oil slick within 2 hours after washing my face) & can't use intense cleansers because I also have hormonal skin from breastfeeding.  I've found a skincare routine that's acceptable for the time-being, but cannot settle on a foundation I like.  My MAC foundations have been oxidizing to horrid shades & I cannot for the life of me find a MUFE HD shade that comes close to matching.  I've become so overwhelmed by being unable to be matched in stores that I don't know if I'm even trying good foundations for my skin.  But here's the final catch: I'm allergic to aloe.  So anything by Clinique is completely out of the question & so are several other brands.  I'm hoping someone can help!
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andyhtrieu
BEAUTY GURU andyhtrieu / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
The MUFE Mat Velvet is great for oily skin, but the shade range isn't great. I don't have a shade in that foundation. Something comparable to that would be the Estee Lau... see post
Ferret123
Senior Portraits of a No Makeup Kind of Girl
Senior portraits are coming up and I don't know what makeup to put on. I never wear makeup except some cover up, so I want a look that isn't too much makeup and has a natural almost bare look, but will look good on camera. Also I have round eyes and an oval shaped head, oh and short wavy hair. Thanks for your advice!
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Ferret123
Ferret123 / NEWCOMER / replied
Thank you all for your great advice! I now have a lot to go on :) see post
lilmissmodel14
Best summer time moisturizer? Combo skin (dry, oily) (ALSO any face mask/scrub faves?)
So I've tried so many different products and I haven't found the perfect fit yet...      The clinique dramatically different lotion just seemd to sit on top of my skin and not really moisturize.      The clinique dramatically different gel was nice and light but too light that it disappeared within an hour or two and left my dry again.      The first aid beauty moisturizer that comes in a cyliner pump container was okay, sometimes it burned sometimes it was good but never the perfect moisturization I needed.    The simple rich moisturizer from drugstores (green bottle) didn't seem to work too well either, it was a bit too dense and sat on top of my skin as well and also burned at times.   My skin has been pretty weird lately. Recently it has been more acne-prone, sensitive and dry but usually it's pretty good, no acne and more on the oily side. I've been using my clarisonic mia 2 with the murad clarifying cleanser, sometimes the st. ives apricot scrub (drugstore), sometimes the body shop blue corn face scrub, and the lush mask of magnemity (sorry wrong spelling).   I'm 17 years old Asian girl with yellow undertones. (if this info helps out)   I just want a more balanced face that isn't overly sensitve, dry or dull in appearance. Any suggestions would be wonderful. Thank you so much!   **looking for anything under $70 would be great** Open to trying anything at this point.
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infinitise
HALL OF FAMER infinitise / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I normally have dry combination skin, but this summer is super hot. my face is red and sweating just walking to a grocery store. (It was like 97 degrees for a week)    ... see post
abbyclemens01
Semester Long Study Abroad Trip: Product Suggestions for Face Makeup Routine
I am a 20 year old college student and am going on a semester long study abroad trip to Europe this fall, and would like suggestions for a quick, easy, and long-lasting face makeup routine? Also, I have acne prone and dry skin, so I would need products that cover my blemishes, would not worsen acne, and would moisturize my skin. Thank you! 
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katekat
IT GIRL katekat / IT GIRL IT GIRL / replied
I did a semester in London when I was in college. What I did, and it worked out great actually, was I brought my regular stuff with me (what I had on hand) and then I ju... see post
fabulouslycrazy
Help with my skin!
Helloo there. I've got some problems with my skin. I've got redness from my nose and down the sides. And some color difference around my mouth. I've tried all sorts of bb-creams and much more. I just can't find anything that fits my skin color. When I cover up my face completely hit feels quite heavy, even though it is bb-creams I use. I want something simple, so I don't need to cover up my face. Hope you can help me, thank you.
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TrysBeautyItems
HALL OF FAMER TrysBeautyItems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi there! Have you tried redness relief skincare? Clinique redness relief and Origins Mega Mushroom lines do this. These help protect the skin and over time lessen the ... see post
Rin418
Color match question
I currently wear Bare Minerals original in fairly medium. I want to try Too Faced new foundation powder the one infused with the cocoa powder. I love everything they make with it... Bronzers, eyeshadow palette. Anyway, what color would most match my bare minerals color??
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Rin418
BEAUTY WHIZ Rin418 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
That was the color I was leaning towards as well. I went to Sephora and they don't have it yet to test it out. I will order the light/medium and try it out. If it's no g... see post
beth1
I am 62 and have hood eyes and when I use mascara I get raccoon eyes. How do I make my eyes
notcreative
HALL OF FAMER notcreative / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I have never tried powder on my lashes, but I agree with everything else in the above post.  When you find the right mascara for you, it will not transfer to your face. ... see post
ilovpurses
Beauty over 50
Well that was the most depressing hour of my life. I decided to google "beauty over 50" and I just feel like shooting myself lol. Apparently I'm supposed to wear tinted moisturizer (no foundation), 1-2 at most neutral eye shadows (no color under any circumstances) and forget about lipstick with color. Yes maam - keep that whole face as boring as neutral as possible.   You guys have no idea how this does NOT jive with my personality. I've worn makeup my entire life and I cannot tell you how often I've had ppl come up to me if I'm at a makeup counter and ask me for advice because they thought I worked there.    I understand at my ripe old age of 50 I shouldn't be glowing in the dark decked out with sparkles and glitter but my God, I just bought the Marc Jacobs Siren palette and I love it!! But apparently I should gather up all my non neutral makeup and bury it in the backyard.   Say it isn't so. 
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gogreyhound
BEAUTY MASTER gogreyhound / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
All of us over 40 people should post pix of ourselves so we can ooh and aah over our ageless beauty! :)   see post
ilovpurses
Help choosing a bronzing powder.
I recently have fallen head over heels for Guerlain and purchased both the Lingerie de Peau foundation and BB (amazing products!).   They are both a titch light for my present summer complexion but just ever so slightly. I've been using BareMinerals Ready Bronzer in Skinny Dip and it is nice but just wondering if there are better/other options. I don't want a glitter bomb face and I am prone to oiliness - OK massive oiliness. Any suggestions? I thought Guerlain was known for their bronzers but I haven't seen overly positive reviews. Thanks. 
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blooming
BEAUTY BUFF blooming / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
I love anything Guerlain :-)  I have the sunshine blond in 4 I think.  This has a bit of sparkle like the meteorite primer.  I don't see any sparkle unless I'm in my 10x... see post
niknik2304
Help finding right color and foundation
I just bought the LAURA MERCIER Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 - Oil Free in nude because that was a choice when I did the color IQ. It looked ok in the store but when I went home to try it on it made me look slightly pale than my neck and chest. This might be an option for winter, but not summer. i also didn't like the white cast it gives off when taking a flash photo. Can anyone help me find the right shade and a foundation with minimal SPF? Thank you!
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niknik2304
niknik2304 / NEWCOMER / replied
I can't tell.  see post
jeannetteb
Oh my Gosh.....a little help,Please....
Ok started looking for a highlight pencil for under my eyebrow.....am probably going with Anastasia Brow Duality, over Benefits High Brow... but as I started looking at the Benefits line, I found it somewhat confusing....so do people actually buy stay don't stray, as well as erase paste, as well as the eye brightener.....anyways, my question,  which of these Benefits products should I start with? I am looking for a great face moisturizer, primer, brightener and tint, all in one would be FABULOUS! And it doesn't have to be just the Benefits line. And the best eye primer, brightener so that my makeup stays put? Thanx!!!!! MOST appreciated! Also, I am 57, so I would like to keep it age appropriate, Thank You!!!!
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Shrewdle
BEAUTY PRO Shrewdle / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
Yes, I second beauty4ashes...you look amazing jeanetteb! see post
poemelyric
What would I be in Dolce and Gabbana Matte Foundation
I'm going to Finland in October and right now, my color  IQ is only showing the colors that would look good in during my summer shades.  It says that I should wear Golden Honey because in the summer, Kat Von D Deep 66 kinda matches my skin tone (it's still a little bit dark but is passable).  But when I tried to look up my old MUFE fall/winter color (dark beige), it also gives me golden honey.  I don't think that's right but the next color up is soft tan and I know that would be too light (I don't consider myself tan"). No one is carrying D&G in store for me to try out (no stores that I could find) so what would be my best bet for a fall,matte color?  I want to try to stay with D&G because I'm dying to try their line since I'\ve heard that they are spectacular.
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi poemelyric!   I just used our Color IQ to try and find the best match for you in Dolce and Gabbana's The Foundation Perfect Matte Liquid Foundation Broad Spectrum... see post
Nushkies
Newbie
I need some help please! I'm looking for a concealer. I don't live close to any stores so I can't go in for a match but I wear Sephora Collection 8hr mattifying powder in number 40 (hazelnut). Any suggestions for what color/shade I should order. I'm not biased toward any brand in particular. Thanks!
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Nushkies
Nushkies / NEWCOMER / replied
Thank you all so much! I really appreciate it! see post
Karinalovestats
Trying out the new Too Faced BB creme foundation
Hi has anyone tried the Too faced BB creme foundation? If so may I ask what skin tone you are and what color you got?
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blushnglow
BEAUTY PRO blushnglow / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
Thanks! Your reply helps a lot :) see post
Caligirl91
What brands are paraben and phenoxyethanol free?
What brands are paraben and phenoxyethanol free? Thanks!
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi Caligirl91, To view a list of brands that we carry that are gluten free, please visit this Sephora Advice page: http://community.sephora.com/t5/Products/Animal-... see post
RyCoBlake
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder VS MUFE HD Microfinish Loose Powder?
I'm 51 years old w/ a fair/light complextion and dry skin. I want a setting powder that does not turn my sheer to med. foundation coverage completely matte but allows some of the 'dewy' moist look to remain. Which of these powders is best for that OR is there another powder you would recommend?
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RyCoBlake
RyCoBlake / NEWCOMER / replied
Thank you all so much for your helpful replies! I really appreciate everyone's input and opinions and will be buying the Laura Mercier to try first since that seems to b... see post
liveinlovexx
Clarisonic plus body brush issue! Has anyone had this happen?
I bought the Clarisonic plus a few weeks ago, and so far I like it, not so much love yet but its growing on me! Anyways, I recently had an issue where I tried to use my body brush in the shower and it kept stopping within a few seconds after turning on. I hadnt charged it in a while and when I checked the battery light it was on the lowest one and it was flickering, so I shrugged it off blaming it on low battery. However the face brush stayed on, yet I am guessing it doesnt need as much power. Well today I used my Clarisonic Body Brush in the shower again, worked just fine, had like three lights on. When my fiance went to use the body brush later that night it worked for the first three minute cycle, flashing two lights, but then kept turning off mid cycle. This time the brush still had two lights remaining... Obviously not being fully empty. Thoughts as to why this is happening? Has anyone else experienced this? Thanks!
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beauty4ashes
HALL OF FAMER beauty4ashes / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I too have had my Clarisonic Plus for years with no problems.  Can't use it for my face so I only use it in the shower for neck/décolleté once a week.     see post
rubydanielle
facial sweat
i tend to get a lot of facial sweat when i go out. is there a product that help prevent some of the sweat?
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi rubydanielle! Can you give us some insight as to what makeup you are currently wearing? Also, what is your skincare routine prior to makeup application? Is your s... see post
hannasilkwood
Best Cream Foundation?
I am always watching Wayne Goss on YouTube and love the idea of using a cream foundation. Any recommendations? I have combination - oily skin and am not very sensitive. 
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andyhtrieu
BEAUTY GURU andyhtrieu / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
I love RCMA foundations. It's extremely pigmented and you only need a little bit to cover your entire face. It's considered "stage" makeup to consumers, but it's an esse... see post
lissa5314
Algentist Genius cream substitute
I love Algenist's Genius cream but sadly it's too expensive. Does anyone know of a comparable cream?
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lissa5314
SCENE QUEEN lissa5314 / SCENE QUEEN SCENE QUEEN / replied
Thank you Randee! I appreciate the advise.   Thanks again, Melissa see post
meagboho
Can I Pull Off...?
Hey peeps!  I've noticed quite a few of these posts, and was thinking it might be nice to a have a thread for people to ask other's opinions on how certain features/skin tones look with products we may want to try.   Or...it'll end up being just another enabling thread...  
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meagboho
BEAUTY PRO meagboho / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
Hahaha awesome!  see post
sayreah
Moisturizer recommendation for acne prone/oily/dry patches
I need a recommendation for a moisturizer or moisturizer regimen for someone that is acne prone. I have oily skin but with pretty dry patches.
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laurabt
laurabt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi sayreah, I recommend these anti-acne moisturizers: Murad Anti-Aging Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 PA+++ Philosophy Clear Days Ahead™ Oil-Free Salicylic Aci... see post
CBringing
Smudge Pot
I'm using stila smudge pot for eye liner.  Can I add water to get a thin line if smudge pot seems dry? Thanks
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gogreyhound
BEAUTY MASTER gogreyhound / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
yes, that is my biggest concern. When the items are manufactured, they have just the right amount of everything, including preservatives. Adding water will introduce new... see post
celogrl
Need help with foundation shade.
Hello- I am interested in trying Too Faced's new Cocoa Powder Foundation.  Since my skin has been analyzed at Sephora as a 2Y05, hopefully you can suggest a great color match for me in this new powder.  Thank you!
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celogrl
SCENE QUEEN celogrl / SCENE QUEEN SCENE QUEEN / replied
RandeeBT- thank you!  I am off to order it now.  Foundation that smells like chocolate?  Count me in, lol. see post
theregularnew
Best primer for oily skin?
So, I have problem skin with acne and redness. Every morning I wash, apply benzoyl peroxide and then lotion.    I've tried a few primers like Prime Time, the Smashbox Photo Finish in light and original, and various samples that I can't remember. Within 2-3 hrs any makeup I use looks like it's melting off.   The only one I've found that keeps my makeup in place is the Smashbox Photo Finish More than Primer - Blemish Control. The problem with this is I hate the initial application of it. My face is already dry from washing and treating it, then this primer takes away any moisture I had from my lotion. I've mixed lotion in with it (as well as Macs Strobe Cream) and that helps some but not enough to give a smooth makeup application (it feels like my brush is dragging against dry skin, especially around pimples.) The only reason I keep using this is because the dryness of it does come in handy by the end of the day.    BUT, I'm hoping there is a better primer out there that can give me a nice moisturizing feel in the mornings while still keeping control of my oil in the afternoons. Any advice?   I use Lancome Teint Idole Ultra foundation. I also use Skindinavia makeup setting spray.
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi  theregularnew!    I have combination to oily skin and I love Laura Mercier's primers. For the days, I want a little more of a glow to my skin, I will use Lau... see post