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Q. Foundation Help
Hello ladies!      I am in desperate need of your help. I am on the hunt for a foundation (and/or concealer combo) that will not crease or break up on my face. Recently I've noticed that my old stand-by's tend to break up or crease heavily around my nose and eyes.       I've spent far more than I probably should have trying to find a combination of primers, foundations, powders etc to stop the issue. I've ensured that they're all match based (oil, water), tried some YouTube techniques, even bought new brushes because I thought my beauty blender wasn't hacking it anymore.      I'm fed up and swimming in a sea of foundations that don't seem to want to cooperate. Any ideas and suggestions would be great!     Thank You!
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BEAUTY MAVEN hilllllllllla / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / answered
A. Like @Eliza1214, I have also been on a foundation kick lately. Literally have been wearing a different one each day and setting/ baking the areas I tend to crease with L... see post
Q. Are MAKE UP FOR EVER products cruelty free?
I should have looked into this before buying - I love their HD foundation and am now wondering how animal friendly they are. Anyone have any insight? TIA
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HALL OF FAMER tenngal / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Make Up For Ever does not do animal testing.  So, feel free to buy MUFE brand because it's cruelty-free! As a fellow animal lover, I'd like to say thanks for caring! ... see post
Q. flakey under eyes
My foundation/concealer has been flaking off under my eyes and leaving a spot without makeup which ruins my whole look, what can I do to stop this??
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MariekeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / answered
A. Hi @smarston17,   It sounds like your undereye area may be a little bit dry. If you like the concealer and foundation you're using, I'd recommend looking into an eye... see post
Q. Does the 10 hr wear perfection foundation give me a natural look?
I am looking for a new foundation and I found the 10 hr wear perfection foundation.I was wondering if it would give me a natural airbrushed look.
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Q. Applying Foundation
Applying foundation is one makeup technique that could take a lifetime to perfect. But seriously, who has a lifetime? I've started this thread to see what everyone does to apply their foundation.   For me, personally, I usually just use my fingers. I've found that using my fingers warms up the product and makes it easier to blend over my face without having to use too much and ending up with a gunky and caked on look.    Post your technique and any tips you may have for applying your favorite foundation
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MTMama1 / FRESH FACE / answered
A. I have tried several methods but recently started using a damp stippling brush. I like light even coverage and found that a very lightly damp brush helps me use less fou... see post
Q. Perfect Glow Makeup
How to get a perfect glow makeup? What products do you need? Please lists me some products for this makeup look ( not that expensive ). I would like to try a new makeup look, i want to look tan and have this good highlight/glow.
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HALL OF FAMER jesscheems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. If you want to look tan and have a glow, a nice luminous bronzer would probably work for you!   Shimmery blushes overtop other blushes or highlight on the highest poin... see post
Q. Looking for foundations similar to Kat Von D's in L42 :)
Hey there! I currently am trying to find a new everyday foundation as my lovely KVD is quite heavy and my skin is starting to react to it, maybe because it's getting cold outside, I don't know.   I am pretty pale, like ghostly, more on the pink side. I'd really love to see swatches of Cover FX in N0 and in P10, MUFE HD and Water Blend in R210, and anything that could be like, REALLY pale and pinkier, next to KVD's foundation in L42 or MUFE Mat Velvet in #15. Actually, I'm not even sure if R210 is very pale, I only tried Y205 a whole day and I didn't feel like my usual self because it is yellow.   I really need a light coverage. I also still have my white mixer if I can't get my hand on something perfect, tho I'd prefer not having to use a lot. Thank you!
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HALL OF FAMER Titian06 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Hi, @Kellycious!  The Color IQ for KVD in L42 is 1R02.  The foundations that have a color with the same Color IQ can be found at the link below.  Click on the foundation... see post
Q. Foundation tips?
Recently I've noticed my foundation leaves an extreme patchy cakey finish on my face (not cute whatsoever). I feel like I've tried so many foundations & primers from Sephora and cannot find the perfect combination or foundation for that matter. The primer I've used is too faced hangover and smash box pore minimizer. I've tried bare minerals matte foundation, tarte Amazonian clay, lancome, too faced born this way. NOTHING WORKS!!! I even set my face with a translucent powder and use urban decay make up spray. I'm dry around the corners of my nose, but extremely oiley in my t-zone, especially around the corners of my mouth. If anybody can give me a recommendation on anything I'd really appreciate it!!
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jessimitch / FRESH FACE / answered
A. I have been in the same boat as you, but just recently switched up my routine and figured out the culprits!    First off, the Smashbox pore minimizer primer is SUPER d... see post
Q. Tips to stop foundation from drying out skin?
I have normal/combination skin with normal cheeks and nose, dry mouth and eye area, and an oily forehead. But whenever I wear foundation, it completely dries out my face (especially my cheeks, mouth area, and eye area) and makes it feel really tight. I make sure to layer my skincare and put on moisturizer underneath, but I still feel dry. So far I've tried the Smashbox bb cream, Smashbox bb water, Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation, and the Custom Cover fx drops mixed with the Maybelline blur and smooth primer (which I wear under all my foundations). Does anyone have any good hydrating primers or makeup tricks that could help with this? Or do you have any suggestions on lightweight light-medium coverage foundations I could try (preferably $50 and under with a decent shade range; I have dark skin)?
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HALL OF FAMER ChicDabbler / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Oh UD Naked foundation was sooo drying on me! I have that happen as well, especially in the winter. There are two things that helps me through the winter. Hourglass no.2... see post
Q. Nose Countour
Hi! I have a bump in the middle of my nose due to my bone structure. How can I contour my nose to make the bump less noticeable/ my nose a little flatter?
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Q. I need foundation help please!!
HI, I am going away next week and I am in search for a foundation that looks great in flash photography. I currently use Vitalumiere Aqua (Chanel) and I am quite happy with it but I look awful in pictures. I have very sensitive skin that tends to be on the dry side and I tend to break out with new products. I tried the new MUFE water blend foundation and it made my face greasy, and it made my face look very pale in flash photos.  I did love the feel of it. Can you recommend any products that are:   -lightweight -medium coverage -wont cause me to break out -looks great in flash photos.        Thank you so much!
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MariekeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / answered
A. Hi Amaw087,   Based on your concerns I'd recommend the following products:    Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35 is a BB Cream that's going to make your skin ... see post
Q. Best bronzer
Hi, I would like to order a bronzer powder but I don't know which one could suit me better. I have a dark skin with golden undertones. I don't want to spend more than 40$. Any ideas? Thanks.
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MariekeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / answered
A. Hi Desireedomi,    I would recommend Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit or Too Faced Soleil Matte Bronzer.    The ABH Contour Kit is a great option as it comes... see post
Q. DIOR Forever Perfect Foundation Undertones
I am currently in the process of switching foundations and have been trying out different shades in the Dior Forever Perfect line.  040 was too dark so I tried 035, but the undertones seem a bit too neutral (I have yellow undertones). What are the official undertones for 034 and 035,? I cant find them anywhere online.
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keelybt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / answered
A. Hi Sarah5579, Those are both on the cooler side. I'd recommend going with 031 Sand which has a warmer base. see post
Q. How do I color match foundation online?
I would like to purchase Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation but am not sure how to color match online. I am an Mac NC20. Thank you for the help. 
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biankaboo / FRESH FACE / answered
A. I'm a nc15 in mac but idk what id be in kat von d   see post
Q. Medium Coverage Foundation for Oily Skin
Hi everyone!  I was hoping you all could give me some recommendations for a good medium coverage, quick to apply, every day foundation.  For days when I need/want more coverage I use Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet+ which I love!  For days when I have less time or want less coverage I'm currently using Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream.  I love the ease with which it can be applied but I'd like a bit more coverage as well as more help in controlling oil. I have very pale skin which has made foundation shopping difficult in the past (MUFE MV #15).  It seems like so many lines just don't offer shades light enough for my skin tone.  I have combination skin that tends to get pretty oily on my nose and chin.  Also, I use the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer and, even though its expensive, I haven't found anything that works better. Thanks in advance for any recommendations!
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MariekeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / answered
A. Hi LissLou,   I have oily combo skin too and I find my tzone almost impossible to stay matte, but I've found some products that are really helping!    For founda... see post
Q. Foundation
I need help finding a foundation for everyday use. I have tried dozens and can not find the right one. I have read that for acne prone skin to try a tinted moisturizer but did not like the coverage it gave me. Everything I try either breaks me out or is not enough coverage. Help please!! 
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JaneanBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / answered
A. Hi @Jordy3,   Have you tried Lancome's Teint Idole Ultra 24H Long Wear Foundation? This foundation is  oil-free, fragrance-free, transfer-resistant, noncomedogenic, ... see post
Q. Contouring
My foundation shade is 3yo3 , What La Girl Concealer shade can i use for concealing & contouring. HELP??  
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Q. Lancome Tent Idole Ultra vs what else should I try?
I went to Sephora for a Custom Makeover on Friday, specifically looking for a new foundation. I'm 42, very oily skin, large pores, fine lines under the eyes and some moderate forehead lines. I'm looking for a foundation that provides moderate coverage (lighter than medium coverage), has a good matte finish, will last all day without breaking up, won't settle into the creases, and can be applied with a beauty blender or sponge.   The associate used Lancome Teint Idole Ultra foundation on me. It did stay all day for sure, but it felt like such heavy coverage I was wearing a mask and the finish was way too dewy, even with an oil control primer and setting it with Laura Mercier translucent setting powder.    What other foundations should I try? I have been using Benefit Hello Flawless Powder -- I love how light it feels and it starts with moderate coverage, but as soon as I get oily it looks terrible in the forehead wrinkles, breaks up and slips off my face. Even with primer and setting spray.   Thanks for the advice!
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HALL OF FAMER Titian06 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Hi, @kimberlita!  I have been wearing the Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24 foundation for the past couple of years.  My skin is combo/oily so this is probably not the best f... see post
Q. LAURA MERCIER VS NARS !?
Which would you recommend? I have combination skin, I do not wear foundation everyday since I feel like it always is cakey/ clogging my face. It also looks very dry and flakey sometimes. I have tried so many different. (Laura Mercier, Tarte, Clinique, Makeup Forever, MAC, Low end foundations, Smashbox,etc) I cannot seem to find one I love. Ive heard good things about both NARS Luminous Weightless Foundation. Ive also heard good things about Laura Mercier Candleflow Foundation. My favorite thing to use right now is Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer. My perfect color is BISQUE. Which foundation would you recommend? and If recommending Nars which color is closest to Bisque? I Believe the description for bisque is Light with pink/yellow undertones. (Although I think I am sort of more medium toned) but it matches! Thanks !!!
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HALL OF FAMER simplycaren / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. I have the exact same problems you have. I've tried everything. Different brushes, primers, foundations and I'm still unhappy. I did just recently find Tarte's new water... see post
Q. What's the best concealer for me to highlight with
Hi I use the born this way foundation in color  natural beige and I want to get in to contour my face but I'm not sure which concealer to use to highlight my face and to contour  I been looking in high end and drugstore like maybe line and  la color pro but I can't find the color that goes with me 
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Q. Face Primer Help!
Previously I've been using the Porefessional primer with my cream moisturizer. But I've changed to a gel hydrating moisturizer (Clarins HydraQuench Gel Cream) and every time I use the primer afterwards it seems to combine and clump together into little balls of primer (kind of like those dead skin face peels). I even tried waiting until the moisturizer sets in my skin and dries to apply primer, but there will still be a little bit of clumping happening. I'm sure it's not because the primer is getting old, because I got it only a couple months ago and it also works fine with my Murad Oil Control Mattifier moisturizer.    Which types of primers should I be looking for that works well with gel moisturizers and doesn't clump?
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HALL OF FAMER TrysBeautyItems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Clarins is water based, Porefessional very silicone based..they're working against eachother. Try a primer like Smashbox light - it's water based.   http://www.sephora... see post
Q. Kat Von D vs Make Up For Ever Foundation
Does anyone know the comparable shade of Make Up For Ever that would match Kat Von D shade 49 light?
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MaliBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / answered
A. Hi @engineer22,   Your Color IQ is #2Y07. In the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation,  COLOR 127 = Y335 - Dark Sand  is a SkinTone match for ... see post
Q. what is a good full coverage foundation?
I really want to buy a good full coverage foundation, and would appreciate your suggestions! <3
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NikaBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / answered
A. Hey Etisha2303! I agree with both @ambazinga and @angel7594. Lancome  Teint Idole and Estee Lauder Double Wear are great full coverage foundations. Three more contenders... see post
Q. foundation for oily skin
I have extremely oily skin and I'm trying to find a foundation that will keep me matte without looking caky and heavy on my face. The Clinique Stay Matte Oil-Free foundation,  BECCA Ever-Matte Shine Proof Foundation, Tarte Double Duty Beauty Confidence Creamy Powder Foundation,Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation, TESTS LAUDER Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup, and Clinique Superbalanced Silk Makeup sound like they could be good options but I was hoping to get an idea of which is closer to what I'm looking for. 
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HALL OF FAMER angel7594 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Hi noelleeckman,  I like Lancome Teint Idole Ultra, and Estee Lauder Double Wear. Both provide my skin with a non cakey (or heavy) matte finish that lasts all day. I ha... see post
Q. Color IQ HELP!
Hi guys!   I got Color IQ matched to Y101 a few months ago and I picked out MUFE HD Foundation in shade Y205 (Alabaster). It's a perfect match!   I am looking to try some new foundations. I already own KVD in the wrong shade and I like the full coverage, so I want to try it in a shade that works for me. I also want to try the Urban Decay Naked Foundation. What colors would you suggest in those foundations that are a Color IQ match for Y101?   Thanks!
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DaneeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / answered
A. Hi alexabrooke,   Based on your Color IQ # 1Y01, your match in the KVD Lock-It Tattoo Foundation would be the shade Light 42 Neutral! As for the Urban Decay Naked Sk... see post
Q. Tinted Moisturizer WITHOUT Sunscreen/SPF?
Aloha!  I'm looking for a tinted moisturizer WITHOUT a sunscreen in it.     Any and all physical and mineral sunscreens seem to break me out in awful, painful cystic acne.  Chemical sunscreen, on the other hand, plays well with my skin.  I have my own SPF50 sunscreen that I use for sun protection.   Any reccs?  I'm about an NC 20ish, golden undertones, light skin.  Thanks in advance!
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MaliBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / answered
A. Hi lostaloha,    Here are a few options for tinted moisturizers without sunscreen. If any item or shades are not currently available, we recommend choosing the email... see post
Q. Highlight
I'm looking for a highlighter that'll make me look like the inside of a seashell. Any suggestions? 
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BEAUTY MAVEN Tofu / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / answered
A. If you're looking for something opalescent, you might like KVD Thunderstruck as a highlighter. It has a mix of golden and pink tones depending on how you turn in the lig... see post
Q. foundation match
I have the same skintone as andrea russett. what shade would I be in the too faced born this way foundation?    
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Q. New Bronzer for Summertime
Hi fellow beauty lovers!    I am looking for a new bronzer for the summer time! I already own benefit by hoola which i love and is my current go to bronzer but I am just looking for something new for the summer! I own Laguna by Nars but feel like I may be allergic to some of the ingredients in it so i am staying clear of it. I also own chocolate by too faced and enjoy using that too sometimes but would like something different. I would prefer something powder rather than liquid as I have oily skin with acne scars/mild blemishes and have been told by my dermatologist to stay away from liquid products. Anything labeled non-comedogenic would be a major plus as well! Basically just looking for a powder bronzer for safe for oily skin! Any recommendations or advice would be greatly appreciated! Thank you so much!   P.S My skin tone/current foundation color is Clearly Pearl in bareMinerals Blemish Remedy Foundation. http://www.sephora.com/bareminerals-blemish-ready- foundation-P388677?skuId=1703016&icid2=D%3Dc6%3Apr ...  
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JaneanBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / answered
A. Hi @LizH97,   Check out Lancome's Star Bronzer NATURAL GLOW Long Lasting Bronzing Powder. This is a powder bronzer that is non-comedogenic and it gives a very natura... see post
Q. Concealer and Primer
What is the difference between Primer and Concealer?
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HALL OF FAMER studz / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Primer prepares your skin for the makeup application. There are different primers that target different concerns but the main goal is to smooth and even out your skin. I... see post