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Urban Decay Shimmering Powder
Which shade of the Urban Decay Illuminated Shimmering Powder is best for medium/deep skin tones? Aura or Luminous?
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Best creaseless concealer?!?
Hey everyone!  I'm on the hunt for a new concealer.. I only need it like maybe like once or twice a week if my under eye area is dark.(either from lack of sleep or crazy hormones, LOL!) So I don't use it every day, but I do like to have it on hand. I am almost out of the Josie Maran Argan creamy concealer crayon and I did like it, but whenever I apply it, it creases in my under eye area and looks terrible!    I did get a sample of the Amazing Cosmetics concealer and I LOVE it. Although it's a little too expensive for my personal liking even though it is amazing. (Hehe)   So I'm looking for something a bit cheaper and that is so close (say dupe?) To the Amazing Cosmetics concealer.  Any suggestions??  Thanks a million!
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BEAUTY BOSS Jesuslover14 / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
thanks! I've heard a lot about that product! :D see post
Foundation: UD Naked Skin v. NARS Sheer Glow
Hi all, I'm hoping for some of your pro's and con's for both foundations. I've purchased NARS Sheer Glow before and really loved it - it was pretty close to a perfect formula for me! I haven't owned Urban Decay's Naked Skin foundation but have used on multiple occasions and am interested in trying it out.  Is there a large gap in quality or wear? Which do you prefer and why?   They are pretty close in price (Naked retails for $39 and Sheer Glow for $45) but at times that slight difference can seem like a lot to a college student.    Thanks!  
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BEAUTY WHIZ natalia15 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
I've went through 3-4 bottles of Urban Decay Naked Skin in 3 years. You have to shake it before use and it's one of the best natural finish looking foundation's I've eve... see post
My Color IQ is 4y09 - what's the best all day foundation and primer? brand? :)
BEAUTY PRO BlueBrownWit / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
I have most of the same concerns as you, except for combo skin and wrinkles, but I do make a lot of facial expressions so I look for foundations that won't crease on my ... see post
Any suggestions for foundations suitable for sensitive skin?
I don't have acne, but my skin easily breaks out with new products or products that are too harsh. I prefer medium to light coverage and something that doesn't feel heavy on the skin. I would characterize my skin as combination.
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BEAUTY BUFF makeupmad / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
I love MUFE's new Ultra HD Foundation for that very reason.  It is unscented and I can't feel it when it is on.  I feel like I'm not even wearing makeup.  I break out fr... see post
Looking For New Foundation!!
Hi,   I have been having a hard time finding a foundation and concealer that really fits me. I would like one that leaves my face matte but does not make face look "caked" or dry. I have also been having trouble with foundations leaving my face looking oily. Right now I use a smashbox primer, NARS powder foundation, and sephora concealer. I love my primer its great. I feel like my foundation, for as expensive as it is, could be A LOT better. It leaves my face looking a few shades lighter, it also is supposed to be 12 hour wear but after a few hours my face looks suuuppeerrrr oily. My concealer is okay, I bought it because I tried a sephora brand contouring stick and LOVED it so I figured why not?! right. So I guess I would just like suggestions of other brands maybe that are full coverage and actually mean FULL coverage without making me looked caked or oily. Also suggestions on how to apply the foundation would be great!! I just want to know what everyone else is using to look flawless!! haha 
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BEAUTY BUFF makeupmad / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
Hourglass Immaculate Liquid to Powder Foundation would probably work.  I have it in Natural and I think it makes my skin look airbrushed (in my husband's words, "plastic... see post
Hourglass Ambient vs Becca Perfector?
  Hello all! So lately I've become obsessed with getting a good deal on a Becca Perfector. I missed out on the mini promo and almost scored a great deal on one on HSN before it was sold out.   I normally shy away from powder highlighters, as I've had a few that look cakey/too glittery. I have pretty decent skin, so I just wear a pore primer and some bb or cc cream. I am waiting for the triple points in a few days to make a purchase, and I have heard great things about the Ambient Lighting Powder (which also has a mini version!) So my question is, does anyone have both, and which do you prefer? Or why did you go with one instead of the other?  
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BEAUTY WHIZ bloom9159 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Randee pretty much hit the nail on the head.   The Hourglass powders are, in fact, actually finishing powders that are mean to give your entire face a glow and seem li... see post
Born This Way Foundation for Oily Skin
I had been meaning to try the new Too Faced Born this Way Foundation but all the reviews I have read and seen on youtube are from people with dry skin and I have oily skin.   What are your experiences with this foundation and oily skin??   Please let me know! I havent had a chance to stop by sephora for a sample but I will one of these days.  
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HALL OF FAMER Blackwhiskey / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
no, her abbreviation is bvdv. bailey. i was so disappointed at how much she was trying to hype up that foundation.. ugh. lol.  see post
Color Match
I currently wear Make Up For Ever HD foundation in the shade N178 and I am looking to purchase the Kat Von D Lock It Foundation. Unfortunately, I live in a small town and we do not currently have a sephora here that I can just go into and match my color and it is really hard to match the colors via photos. Is there anyway that you all can tell me my perfect shade? Every time I think I found it, I look at a YouTube video and it throws me off the trail lol. Online, D71 looks correct but in one video it looks too like and online D74 looks a little too dark. I would also like to make a disclaimer that I do not have any pink or yellow undertones.
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RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi MzAlexus,   I think the best match for you in Kat Von D's Lock-It Tattoo Foundation would be the shade Deep 71. :)   see post
Oily skin, liquid foundation
I have fairly oily skin, I don't have much acne, my skin is fairly clear I just get a very oily face and find my face looking greasy after the day is over. I use the Urban Decay Naked Skinliquid foundation and find it very poor for my skin type. What would you recommend for my skin type?
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BEAUTY PRO ohsotattooed / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
Hmmm....maybe switching up primers? That helped me as well. And I had to play around with different setting powders before I found something that worked well.  see post
Cover FX Custom Cover Drops Mixtures
Does anybody have a combination with the custom cover drops for oily skin? I've been experimenting but would love to hear your advice!
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MUFE Questions
If I mix MUFE HD foundation 120 and 125, what color would you recommend in the new HD Ultra Foundation. Also, what color would you recommend in the MUFE full cover concealer?  
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BEAUTY MASTER studz / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
Do you mix equal parts of each or is there more of one shade than the other?   120 is now Y245 and 125 is Y315   They have some new shades that are in between those ... see post
oily but dehydrated skin foundation!
hi guys! so i have combo skin, it's mostly dry/oily in the t zone. i use an oil cleanser and a great moisturizer but i was wondering what kind of primers and foundations i should lean toward? i don't like matte foundations on my skin they tend to look way too cake. i lean towards liquid foundations/dewy ones! thanks for all the help!! 
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Clinique CC Cream or Tarte Face Powder causing itching?
I have been using the combination of Clinique's CC Cream and Tarte's Amazonian Clay Powder for about a year and a half now. One the biggest issues I have found with my face makeup is that one I get hot, or start to sweat, my face starts to itch HORRIBLY. I was wondering if anyone else has had this experience with either or both of these products? I am very happy with their performance otherwise and am looking to switch to something that wont itch to distraction every time I put it on. I live in Florida, so it is hot and humid more often than not. 
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Tarte has quite a few Amazonian clay infused powders, can you specify which one is it that you use exactly?   If it's the Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation powder (bel... see post
Marc Jacobs Beauty Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate
Can't wait to try this. Sounds like the Nars all day luminous, which i love~ the only thing I'm not crazy about is the MJ has a dropper? Has anyone tried this yet?   I am waiting for it to show on the color iq to see what shade id be. I never loved the genius gel it just wasn't enough coverage for me so this looks like something id like. They have so many shades id most likely have to swatch in store       http://www.sephora.com/re-marc-able-full-coverage- foundation-concentrate-P398803?skuId=1711282
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HALL OF FAMER lipstick4soul / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I did the same aviscardi and took a chance and ordered shade 10 (ivory light) which is a shade too light for me. Honestly never had that happen- usually foundations end ... see post
I don't know which Too Faced Soleil Matte Bronzer shade I should get!
So I'm a medium shade, kind of tan because I live in the tropics. I really want one of these bronzers but can't decide which one... I feel like the Dark Chocolate is dark enough but is it me or it's kind of orangey? but then the Chocolate is kind of light... Is it a build-able color?   Can someone help me please?   Xo,
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Triana / NEWCOMER / replied
Now I'm confused, I matched my Color IQ comparing my color on MAC wich is NC43, and somewhere online I got that I might be 2Y09. So, it seems I should get the Dark Choco... see post
In search of Primer and Foundation for dry skin.
Hey there! I have fairly dry skin and I am in search of a primer and foundation that works well together. I currently use Urban Decay Naked Skin, and I am looking for something a little different, I would like a little more coverage but nothing that will make me look too cakey. I went to Sephora last night and got recommended the Makeup Forever Ultra HD foundation, and the Too Faced Hangover X Primer and it just didn't work for me, I found them to be way too thick and not very complimenting on my dry skin. Another thing is I am very pale and have lots of freckles and sometimes get redness throughout the day. If anyone would be able to help me please any suggestions are appreciated.
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HALL OF FAMER SydBristow / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi there!  Your skin sounds a lot like mine!  Pale with freckles and it can get incredibly dry - even more so when I use retinol, then it actually can peel.  I also have... see post
Foundation matches my face, but too dark for my neck, help!
How do you all blend your foundation into your lighter neck? Mine is MAC Pro Longwear in NW 20 and it's hard to cover the neck with because of its longwear consistency. I tried the shade lighter and looked like a ghost. But I don't love the foundation line- so 8th grade!  I have a bronzer I brush onto my neck, but isn't pigmented enough to do the trick. What are your tricks, HG bronzers, etc for this prob?
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What is the difference between bare minerals original and bare minerals mattte??
HALL OF FAMER gogreyhound / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I second what Randee said, and can add that I have been told and have read that the matte BM has no Bismuth Oxychloride, which for some people is an irritant.   :) see post
Hourglass Create Your Own Palette Coming to Sephora?
I was at Sephora yesterday and asked an SA if she’d heard when the Hourglass Holiday Ultimate Ambient Lighting Palette would be released. Unsurprisingly, she didn’t know a release month. She did inform me that Hourglass has mini pans in the works – like what the flagship store has to create your own palette. She didn’t know if it would be limited to the ambient lighting powders or if you could mix and match powder, blush, and bronzer. Has anyone else heard about this?
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RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi conditioning,   I haven't received any specific information on Hourglass "create your own" palettes. I do know that the Hourglass freestanding stores offer this a... see post
Natural and SUPER lasting foundation
I am looking for a foundation that would last in the SUPER hot and humed climate of Costa Rica while looking natural and not paisty/cakey. Also, it ihas AWESOME ingredients. (I have super sensitive skin) Also, I already use Dr. Jart BB spf 45 for my sunscreen and primer. Any ideas team?   PS, I have combination skin and falls on the lighter and cooler side of shades. THANK YOU  
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RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi Heidi1996,   I recommend trying Tarte's Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage SPF 15. This has an amazing matte finish and has extremely full coverage. This founda... see post
Viseart Concealer palette, is it good? which one should i buy?
I hope i can get some reviews from BT, anyone used it? which one should i buy 1 or 2? I have yellow undertone. I'm really confused.
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RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi sravanthi,   What is your skin tone like - are you light, medium, tan or deep? If I have a little more information regarding your skin tone, I will be able to rec... see post
Using 40 watts illuminating foundation however have a summer tan what shade should I move to
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi suzy52,   I recommend visiting your local store and testing the other shades of this foundation out in person. Your summer shade in the Stila Illuminating Powder ... see post
Powder/Foundation
What is a good powder foundation for combo oily skin? I use Kat Von D and it is starting to slide right off. It seems like it is just a layer on top of my skin that can be wiped off. How can I change this or what is a good recommendation?
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HALL OF FAMER knadala / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Benefit Cosmetics hello flawless face powder, if its a particularly hot and sweaty day, use Marc Jacobs perfection powder. see post
New Foundation - which do you recommend?
I am trying to change my routine to include a foundation that is natural looking (light coverage, except areas with discoloration).  I have tried the following three because they are a color match for my skin (SO hard to find in most foundation lines).   They are...  Cover Fx Drops, Urban Decay Naked foundation and YSL's Touche Eclat.   Do you prefer any of these foundations?  Why?  I tried them all at the store and they all seemed nice.  I would love to hear your thoughts!  Thank you!!!!  
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HALL OF FAMER knadala / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Benefit's Hello Flawless Oxygen liquid foundation: comes in a range of colors, lightweight, buildable coverage, very natural looking finish. see post
anastasia dip brow pomade question
I like my brows more on the thin side and I usually use a Maybelline pencil to define them and fill in sparse areas. I'm dying to try the Anastasia pomade lately but I'm worried it's mostly for thicker looking brows? Need opinions from those who have tried it please.
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HALL OF FAMER knadala / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
The pomade is buildable, you can take a small amount and create a shadow of the shape you want. From there, you just decide whether you want to add more pomade and creat... see post
What's your liquid/BB/CC/powder foundation shades?: 2Y07 edition :)
Despite the Color IQ, which has helped tremendously, I (and many others) still find it slightly difficult to really get a good color selection sometimes. The Color IQ probably doesn't take into account the fact that some of us are in between foundation shades nor the fact that foundations simply oxidize sometimes.   I thought I'd make a list of foundations and powders that I have used and sampled that have matched me fairly well. I'll continue to update this list alphabetically if you, BTers, who have the same skin tone as I do come up with more shades from other lines, because I can only try and use so many foundations (and some brands are just difficult to access.)   In MAC terms, I'm between NC25-NC30 . NC27 if such a thing existed   (*L - Liquid, P - Powder, BB and CC- self-explanatory ) -Becca Ever Matte (L): Olive -Becca Luminous Skin (L): Camel -Benefit Some Kinda Gorgeous (P): Light -Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even (L): 3.5 Warm Beige -Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation (L): 3.5 Warm Beige - Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum (L): Mix 51 and 53 -Burberry Sheer Luminous (L):  05 -Burberry Velvet (L): 203 -Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua (L): B30 -Chantecaille Future Skin (L): Cream - Chantecaille Just Skin (L): Glow -Diorskin Airflash (Aerosol): 021 -Diorskin Forever (L): 021 -Diorskin Nude (L): 021 -Dolce and Gabbana Perfect Finish Creamy: 100 -Estee Lauder Double Wear (L): 2W1 Sand - Estee Lauder Double Wear Light (L): 2N1 Desert Beige -Fairydrops Candy Bar (BB): Mix of Light Ochre and Ochre -Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk (L): Mix of 4.5 and 5.5 - Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk (L): 5.75 - Giorgio Armanin Maestro (L): Mix of 4.5 and 6.5 -Guerlain Lingerie de  Peau (BB): Mix of Light and Medium -Guerlain Lingerie de Peau (L): Mix of 02 and 03 -Guerlain Parure de Lumiere (L): Mix of 02 and 03 -Guerlain Pressed Meteorites (P): 02 -Hourglass Immaculate (L): Nude -Jouer luminizing tint (L): golden -Jouer moisture matte (L): nude -Kat Von D Lock It (P): 52 -Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo (L): 52 -Koh Gen Do Aqua (L): Mix of OC-2 and BE-1 -Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation (L): 123 -Koh Gen Do Triple Lighting (P): OC-2 -Lancome Teint Idole 24H (L): 250W -Laura Mercier Creme Smooth: Sunny Beige - Laura Mercier Silk Creme (L): Medium Ivory -Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer (L): Nude -Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless (L): 5 - Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge (L): 2 -LORAC Porefection (P): PF3 -Marc Jacobs Genius Gel (L): 32 - Marc Jacobs Perfection (P): 300 -Missha Perfect Cover (BB): Mix of 21 and 27 -MUFE Face and Body (L): 32 -MUFE HD (L): 140 -MUFE Mat + Velvet (L): 40 -NARS Sheer Glow (L): Punjab - Revlon Colorstay Whipped: 320 -Revlon Photoready (L): Nude -Peter Thomas Roth (CC): Light-Medium - SK II Facial Treatment Cream: 420 -Smashbox Camera Ready (BB): Light -Smashbox Camera Ready (CC): Light -Stila One Step (L): Tone - Tarte Amazonian Clay (L): Light-Medium Honey (Peach/Neutral undertone) or Light-Medium Sand (Yellow undertone) - Tarte Maracuja Miracle (L): Light-Medium - Urban Decay Naked (L): 3.0 for warmer tones; Mix 3.5 and 4.0 for neutral tones -YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat (L): B40 -YSL Top Secrets BB Cream (L): Mix of Light and Medium -YSL Youth Liberator Serum (L): Mix of BR40 and B30       (***Updated 12/5/2013***)
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kateteach / NEWCOMER / replied
I'm trying to find foundation for photography.  I always seem to be inbetween shades.  Thank you for posting this! see post
Samples
I was wondering if sephora does samples of highlighters? I'm really interested in the Becca highlighter pressed but want to know if I'll like it with my normal makeup.
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BEAUTY WHIZ 221Tea / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Keep an eye on the Sephora Favorites collections as well. (If you're willing to pay for a sample, of course.) I find they're a really great way to try things out, and I ... see post
YSL's Touche Eclat foundation - hate it? love it?
I am considering shelling out the dough for this foundation.  I tried it in the store and got a nice color match and the light coverage I was looking for.  However, I would love to hear what anyone has to say about it - pro or con - because as we all know, foundation is tricky and I would be very reluctant to use, then return, something so expensive.
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Cleaning Brushes
I use a spray brush cleanser on my brushes once a week. I have noticed that I need to clean my foundation and concealer brushes more frequently for optimal use. Should I be cleaning all my brushes everyday? I've heard of some people using oils and conditioners and was thinking of just leaving my bushes in a container filled with a mixture of water and shampoo after application while I am at work then removing them when I get home and spritzing them with hair oil (maybe once a week) then air drying them till morning. Is this a good idea? I would still clean them with the brush cleanser once a week. Do you think hair oil should be lightly spritzed after each shampoo/water soak?
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BEAUTY BUFF beauty1bliss / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
Nifty. Definitely thinking About Purchasing! see post