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Translucent Powder Recommendation Needed!
Hi everyone!  I'm currently looking for a translucent powder to use for some shine control…I don't wear foundation, I'm just looking for something to minimize the shine left from my moisturizer and control some t-zone shine throughout the day. I'm currently using the BareMinerals touch up Ready veil and although it does a good job managing my shine, it is incredibly drying on my skin and it always LOOKS like I have powder on my skin, which is not a very good look. Any recommendations for a natural looking powder? Thanks in advance!
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HALL OF FAMER Sonny4President / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied see post
Paraben-free concealer comparable to UD's 24/7 concealer pencil
I was heartbroken to discover that my favorite of all favorite concealers contains parabens. Because of a recently discovered auto-immune disorder I've been having to overhaul my beauty products and eliminate toxins and harsh chemicals, and parabens are on the list of major offenders.   So I ask you, beauty insiders:   Is there a concealer pencil that you have tried or have heard of that is comparable to the Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencil that does not contain parabens? 
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Hey Kelkelkelsi,   Great question. a great option for you would be the concealer from Hourglass. The line is mostly paraban free and mostly vegan, give or take a few p... see post
Hourglass Ambient Lightening Powders
I have recently become interested in the Hourglass Ambient Lightening Powders. However, I am not sure which would be the best for me. I have oily-combination skin, acne scarring, quite a bit of redness and dull-like skin.  Help please!
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I also use the diffused light to set my foundation. I also have the trio palette which I use more as a highlighter for a glow. see post
Trick to finding a bronzer that won't apply with an orange tint?
I swear, every bronzer I try is too orange or warm looking. I recently bought Becca Pressed Shimmer in Topaz and hated the orange glow it gave my face. I have olive skin and wear 6.0 in Urban Decays Naked Liquid Foundation. I'm thinking of trying Hoola from Benefit or Laguna from NARS. Any suggestions?
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BEAUTY WHIZ missrubybabii / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
shimmers and bronzers usually have an orange tint i would try any matte powders such as too faced chocolate soleil powder, hoola by benefit, or mac sculpt see post
I have dry skin and am looking for a new foundation/primer. Any recommendations?
Currently I use MUFE set with the MUFE powder and smashbox photo finish primer but my makeup lasts 5 hours tops!
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I don't have the driest skin, but I've been having issues with flakiness around my nose and cheeks primarily. In-store I was recommended the Hourglass No. 28 Primer Seru... see post
Concealer basics?
Okay, I have a question about concealer. Do you use a different type of concealer for under eye circles than you would use for blemishes? I don't have terrible darkness under my eyes and I'm not too concerned with covering it up. But I do occasionally have blemishes just under my chin and I would like to cover them up.  I've been using Tarte's Amazonian Clay concealer because A) I love Tarte and B) it's what the MUA used during my makeover last month. But she used it under my eyes. She didn't actually use anything for the blemishes I had at the time.  TIA! 
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I also love Tarte and use the Maracuja Creaseless Concealer under my eyes. I actually went into my local Sephora when I had a massive eczema breakout around my eyes righ... see post
Paraben Free
I'm trying to buy a paraben free tinted moisturizer. I normally buy Laura Mercier in shade nude.  What is a good alternate brand/color that's paraben-free?
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Hey Rebecca! BareMinerals new Complexion Rescue is also paraben free. I have also used the NARS that Randee suggested and it's great, but I think I actually like BM bett... see post
Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation.
Im kinda excited about this. Out now on nars, and will be available at sephora Feb 1, $48 comes with a pump   I hope to find a shade in this, gobi in the original sheer glow was too light and i think the next shade up was a touch dark   "This new formula creates instant polished perfection with full coverage in a single, weightless drop. Its uniquely fluid, oil-free formula defies the expectations of long-wear foundation, delivering full, natural-looking coverage with unexpectedly weightless, 16-hour wear. Ideal for all skin types and tones in 20 global shades that leave skin at its most beautiful. Yet this formula is also, dermatologist tested. fragrance, paraben, alcohol free. The innovative new formula features a unique Weightless Long-wear Technology that moves with skin, delivering up to 16 hours of wear while always feeling light-as-air and an Even Tone Technology that immediately neutralizes redness, dullness and discoloration to improve skin’s appearance over time."
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i got a proper sample in siberia and will be trying it tonight and then tomorrow as well ! see post
Impossible Holy Grail
So I've been on the hunt for a HG foundation since I got into makeup about 3 years ago. I've found tons of eyeshadows I love (I was a UD junkie for a while, but I've branched out into Too Faced, Smashbox, Nars, and I'm saving up money for the new Hourglass palettes), and found my HG concealer (Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, you are a blessing from the angels). I've tried about 80% of the mascaras on the market, and have fallen in love with a few of them (I don't think I'll ever find a HG mascara, because my standards are frankly way too high). But the one product I can never find a good match for is foundation. I'll find a product that will do nice things for a while, but after a few weeks of wear, it won't wear the same on my skin anymore. It'll start oxidizing, it won't build the same, or it'll look more orange than it used to. Things like that. To add to it, my skin tone is somehow wildly all over the place. I've done ColorIQ more times than I can count, and I've gotten a different number every time, ranging from 5R02 to 5Y06. I've thought I've found my HG foundation half a dozen times. Urban Decay Naked Skin, Nars Tinted Moisturizer, Nars Sheer Glow, Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, Hourglass Immaculate Mattifying Foundation, Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation, Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation, BareMinerals Ready Foundation... Feels like I've tried it all.   Does anyone else have a product they just can't find a HG for?
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I'm new to makeup so I don't really have any HGs yet. I was thinking of declaring my HG mascara, but every now and then I have a morning where getting my mascara to come... see post
boscia BB cream
I'm wondering about the boscia BB cream.. I've bought it in stores many times but I don't live near one now. There's always been a small one that was around 22$ and I am looking for the bigger size so I' wondering if yours for $47 is the larger size? Thanks!
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They only sell one size now, 1.75 oz/50 g, of the BB. see post
My daughter is a perfect match for makeup forever hd foundation 117 but we haven't been able to get the product due to stock issues, we have went to two stores and asked for a comparable product and neither consultant would suggest anything else, they just provided a sample pot. I have checked online and there is no stock! Can you suggest another product?
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Rachel11111 / NEWCOMER / replied
I'm having trouble finding hd foundation 118.    Its out of stock online and at the two Sephora stores in my city.  ARe they discontinuing these colors?   Just wondering... see post
Foundation hack that Changed my life. Powder before Foundation.
I saw this on YouTube and it really did work. It's kind of weird though. Using loose powder before applying your liquid foundation. What you do is put on your moisturizer and.or primer as usual then you powder your face with loose powder, not pressed powder in a compact. It can be loose powder such as Nars Loose Setting Powder or even one that has color to it like Urban Decay Ultra Definition Loose Powder which is what I use. So you powder your face then apply your liquid foundation or BB cream. The powder gives the liquid something to stick to and holds your skin care in place underneath the foundation. I found that I use less foundation this way also. After the foundation you only need to powder again in you T zone. My foundation stays in place and doesn't slip and slide. Even not coming off so easily on shirts. I love this hack, it may not work for everyone but it's worth a try. Good luck! 
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BEAUTY BOSS vegchililover78 / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
I wanted to say thanks for posting this! Today I tried out your tip using Besame's Brightening Vanilla Powder. I like the results! see post
Bare Minerals Rescue gel cream
In the Bare minerals rescue would like to know the color recommendation. Wear medium tan in the powder ready compact and bare satin 06 in the Bare Skin
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Hi 1olive1,   Based on the shade that you currently wear, I recommend  Natural 05! see post
Make Up For Ever Duo Mat in 202 - Comparable formula/Shade
Hello! I currently wear Make up For ever Duo mat in 202 - I love the mattifying effect but every time I need to purchase a new compact, my shade is out of stock. Are there any other comparable brands/ shades to MUFE 202? Thank you!
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Hi   I have 202 in my trade thread if you're interested? it could tide you over til you get a different one see post
Laura Mercier Contour Palette
I just purchased the Laura Mercier contour palette... I was wondering what the best brush/brushes would be to apply and blend it?  It is a creme contour...
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Hi Meenz6,   I know that Laura Mercier recommends just using your fingers to blend this palette into the skin. If you do want to use a brush to blend the shades in t... see post
Q. Color match help?
If I am a  COLOR   14 Light Delicate Beige (P) in the  SEPHORA COLLECTION   10 HR Wear Perfection Foundation   What would I be in the Sephora CC cream? 
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A. Hi Rubyblue3,   I would either go with the  Fair (P) or the Medium (N). I think that the Fair would be a better match however, it might be slightly lighter than the ... see post
Would the Josie Maran Argan Match Foundation in Fair/Light match a Color IQ in 2Y04 or 2Y05?
I have tried a sample of the Light/Medium and I absolutely loved it but I fear it may be too dark for me.  I would really like another opinion before I buy a whole bottle and find that I can't even be matched in this particular foundation.  Thanks in advance for any advice or help!
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You're very welcome!:) see post
MUFE Step 1 Skin Equalizers
"'As painters always start with a smooth, perfectly prepped canvas to ensure a perfect end result, makeup artists need unified, flawless even-textured skin as a the starting point for perfect makeup results every time. ' -Dany’s words.   Discover the first step of your complexion routine for a perfect result: STEP1 Skin EQUALIZER . Like a makeup booster, the new primers prepare the skin for a perfect complexion just like a painter prepares his canvas with a basecoat. STEP1 Skin EQUALIZER is an equalizer that can balance out every skin to provide perfect texture and the best possible base to apply foundation.   The new generation primer improves the skin texture with a lighting or transparency effect, without changing the carnation; it acts like a brightness modulator. The 6 formulas answer to 6 issues: shining, dehydration, dryness, redness, dilated pores and fine line, lack of radiance.   STEP1 Skin EQUALIZER is an entire range which allows tailor-made primers for each woman."     Has anyone tried these yet?  Looks like there's something for everyone.  I recently switched from my old Smashbox primer to Too Faced Primed and Poreless, and I feel like it just emphasizes my pores.  (Strange, because it gets such great reviews, but I swear they weren't this big when I used my old stuff.) I'm interested in the Smoothing Primer.  I'm sure by the time my No Buy is over, there will be plenty of reviews, but I'm curious now!
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I cannot wait to try these! We will be getting them on .com next month:)! see post
Primer- How long to wait after applying..
I'm always curious if I am applying my make-up the most effective way possible. Right now, I use Smashbox iconic photofinish primer (mostly because I have about 6 free tubes of it from random promos). I forgot to use it yesterday and my makeup by the end of the day looked patchy and cakey. I was surprised that this product actually does make a difference for me!    So question for y'all:  How long do you wait after applying face primer before putting on your foundation? I do it almost immediately and I am not sure if that is right or wrong  
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Haha I just take my time, that's all. Nothing fancy. :P see post
I need a recommendation for concealors.   I am looking for one for really dark circles under the eyes. I'm 44. so I need something that conceals and/or brightens fully  but will not settle in fine lines or get caked in begginings of creppey under eye area.    I also need a great concealor for dark spots.   i am fair skinned, with dry skin and blue undertones.   thank you!
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IT GIRL pripri32 / IT GIRL IT GIRL / replied
I love the nars radiant creamy concealer for dark circles. I have a similar skin tone and wear vanilla light 2 during winter or honey light 3 during summer. i have very... see post
Kat Von D Lock it Foundation or MUFE Velvet? Dry skin?
Hello all! Recently I purchased the Kat Von D lock it foundation in shade light 42. I was so joyed to see, or I should say,I was so joyed at the lack of seeing a noticeable difference between my face's skin tone and my neck! Finally I had found a product that matched my pale skin! Now let me tell you, I am new to higher end make up, skin care, and liquid foundation. But I believe I have dry skin to combo skin. I've been washing my face rdaily with a mild cleanser, moisturizing, priming with the kat von d primer, exfoliating 2-3 a week with a damp towel, and making sure not to apply too much of the foundation on my face. (one pump, with a few extra dabs to red areas all while using a damp bb.) But for some reason, it still looks off. I've seen plenty and plenty of pictures of flawless complexions using this product, but mind doesn't compare. I've tried no primer underneath, I've tried primer underneath with foundation on top, I've tried primer underneath, foundation then powder, I've tried primer underneath, then mixing primer with the foundation. I really want to like it, but I'm wondering if I should try MUFE velvet foundation instead? I want a full coverage (Scarring and LOTS of red) matte, pale foundation, and bonus points for being long wearing! Please some opinions and advice!  Below is a picture of today of the Lock it foundation (and my attempt at learning how to eyeshadow.) mixed with the kat von d primer.
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I use the KVD everyday and I love it. I think,if you used two pumps and a brush,it would give you the coverage you're looking for. I also,use her concealer for under my ... see post
Foundation and Concealer
Hello. My name is Alina and I have decent skin but problems with sensitivity when it comes to products that could cause me to break out. I have medium to fair skin and having pimples isnt exactly the easiest to cover when its winter or when I'm pale. Is there anything that you would recommend?
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Help! Changing foundation!
My mineral makeup is getting too dry for me now. What would you recommend for semi dry aging skin, dark age spots, under eye circles, and cool undertones. Others I have tried felt like my skin could not breathe. But I need full coverage. Help! Would Dior Star be good? What shade? Any other suggestions?
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AJack55 / NEWCOMER / replied
Thanks! what would be the right color for me? I am fair skinned and have cool undertones. also, what about a concealors? For dark under eye circles and for dark spots?... see post
I am in serious need of some foundation suggestions. I have somewhat oily skin (not awful though) and a few acne scars so I need something that is matte and has good coverage. I would prefer if it wasn't oily and I would LOVE if it made my skin look airbrushed.   Any suggestions?   Forever Grateful!!
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what a good foundation for combination skin.
what a good foundation for combination skin. very oily in T zone and whole forehead. Any good primer too?
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Hi Meme1992,   If you are looking for a good foundation for combination skin, I would recommend Make Up For Ever's Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation! I also have oil... see post
I'm trying to find a blush suited for me, I wear medium-tan sand in Tarte and have oily skin. Also what's the best method to apply it, I don't want to look like a clown.
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Hi lalazine,   I would recommend NARS' Orgasm - peachy pink with shimmer as it dark enough to be noticed, but not obnoxiously pink like a clown! It's also going to h... see post
Has anyone seen the Revlon Colorstay with a pump yet?
I heard this foundation would get a pump added to it.  Has anyone actually seen them like that in stores?  I haven't. 
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What is the best drugstore foundation that is almost full coverage and for combination skin?
Hi! I am looking for a holy grail foundation for those of us with combination skin! I am not too oily on a daily basis but am far from being bone dry either. I am looking for a drug store one that is full coverage and would fit me everyday for school,work, athletic events, etc. Any suggestions? 
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I vote ColorStay also.  Not just the best drugstore full coverage foundation but the best full coverage foundation of all hands down! see post
Wedding day makeup...
I need some expertise from all you beautiful people!! I am getting married in 34 days, omg the count is on. I still don't know what I'm doing for my wedding makeup.   I have combination skin. I'm currently in Canada where is cold an snowy, but will be getting married in St. Thomas, USVI. I usually just moisturize with Origins Energy-Boosting moisturizer, followed by Stilla one step correct, and Bareminerals original foundation (this I'm starting not to like as i find it applies quite cakey). Or on days where my skin doesn't have many imperfections I only wear tarte BB tinted 12-hour primer with SPF 30.    I'm wanting some ideas so that my pictures look flawless and beautiful, especially in the sun since we are getting married on the beach! Any tips or suggestions you have would be amazing, Thanks  
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Thank you ALL so much for the great tips! I will be defiantly looking into these products over the next few days so I can test them out before the big day!! :):)  see post
Has anyone experimented with airbrush makeup?
My mom and I keep seeing commercials for it pop up and both of us have gotten really interested in it. The downside is that they seem to be really expensive so buying a set out of the blue wouldn't be convenient without doing some research. Has anyone tried an airbrush kit? Were the results better than normal foundation? Is there a good brand to try? Is it worth the investment? A lot of commercials show the models looking significantly younger, does it really make you look more youthful?
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HALL OF FAMER heartsmyface / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I love this stuff but I never spray it on my face.  It is **bleep** cold, a waste of product and makes a mess.  If you spray it on a plate and apply it with a beauty ble... see post