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A foundation that does not oxidize on combination skin?
I have combination sensitive skin and I've tried several foundations. I'm having a hard time finding one that won't oxidize on me. Right now I'm using NARS All Day Luminous. For the first couple of hours it looks fine, but then it becomes darker and more orange toned. Is there any foundation that won't oxidize on my skin? 
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ellie0mai / NEWCOMER / replied
  I have the same issue your saying. The absolute best in value and in actual product performance for me is the Jane Iredale amazing base foundation. When coupled with ... see post
Full Coverage Dewy or Satin Foundation for Acne-prone skin
I have always used matte full coverage foundation for my acne prone skin.  I have been using Kat Von D liquid foundation for the past few years and am now looking for something a little more dewy or satin in appearance that won't make me break out.  Have any of you gals with acne prone skin used full cover foundations that are dewy/satin and how did it work for you?  I do set my foundation with powder otherwise it separates/looks patchy/does not last very long.  So which powder could i use and still get a satin appearance? I currently use Sephora microsmooth baked foundation powder with a beauty blender  as my setting powder.
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AlysonM88 / NEWCOMER / replied
I live for Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation. It's full coverage without being thick and cakey. I have oily skin and it doesn't budge. To get a dewy look I actually pr... see post
Need a SERIOUS primer to keep makeup ON my face
I have searched for a good, effective primer for a long, long time. Tried them all, MUFE, Tarte, Becca, etc. Actually easier to list what I have NOT tried! No matter what my foundations break-up/break-down all down my t-zone and actually slide right off of my face.    I have combo/sensitive skin, with an oily t-zone (rest of my face is totally normal). PLEASE help me find a primer that will actually KEEP my makeup on my face!
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Foundation for SUPER dry skin
My skin is extremely dry and flaky. I live in Arizona so it doesn't seem to matter how much water I drink or how much moisturizer I use--it never gets better. I use Elizabeth Arden's 8-hour cream as an overnight mask and that does my face the most good, but it's still extremely dry. I also use coconut oil, evening primrose oil, and castor oil as moisturizers, which are somewhat helpful. My problem is in finding a foundation that won't dry me out further. I have rosacea and very pale skin so I need medium/full coverage, and I'm almost always the lightest shade that almost any brand offers for their foundations. I've tried liquid and powder foundations and while mineral powder generally works better, either option still leaves me with patchy foundation by the end of the day. My skin looks like the desert floor. Does anyone know of a foundation that would work with my skin issues?   And, even though this isn't in the right category, extra points if someone can recommend a good, heavy-duty moisturizer (or several). Thanks!!
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BEAUTY WHIZ lapetitesauvage / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
I agree with kelloua on chemical exfoliation!  For dry skin AHA is best.    Home made face spritz: mix 1 part pure glycerin with 9 parts distilled water, put in a tin... see post
Oily skin + foundation (Setting powder?)
I recently went in to pick up a new foundation to use in winter (I have a summer look I love with Dior Forever Flawless), but unfortunately I'm paler in winter and it doesn't have a match for my paler complexion. I picked up one that matched with my skintone in-store and that came recommended to me by Sephora staff (makeup forever ultra HD invisible cover stick foundation). I like everything about it except how shiny/oily it makes me look/feel after a few hours.   To that end, I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for a foundation that worked well with combination skin (I have dry cheeks in winter, but a fairly typically oily T-zone). (My color IQ is 1R04.)   Alternatively, I'm open to the idea of keeping the make up forever foundation if I can find something to mattify it: is there a pressed/setting powder that someone might recommend? (Flash photography is a concern of mine - I do need something that won't show up oddly with a flash.)   Thank you so much for your help!
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JaneanBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi frametheface,   I suggest the Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk UV Foundation SPF 20. This foundation provides a satin matte finish. Depending on how oily you get, you ... see post
foundation help
i'm looking for a new foundation that won't make me break out, has full coverage, and doesn't look cakey... any suggestions?
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LindsayBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Great, thanks so much for the info.   I would recommend the Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation Mattifying Oil Free, the MUFE Mat Velvet + Mattifying Found... see post
estee dlauder double wear
I recently bought the estee lauder double wear and im in love with it but I need a shade lighter.What color should i get? I feel it is a little too warm.
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LindsayBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi lyissa,   Dawn 2W1 is the next lightest shade with the same undertone, however this is two shades lighter than Tawny 3W1, so I would recommend trying on in-st... see post
Kat Von D liquid foundation...need a pressed powder!
Hi there, I just bought the Kat von d liquid foundation...what pressed powder would be a good choice?:-)
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi, Lilshopper1!   I responded to this inquiry posted in the Ask The Experts area:   http://community.sephora.com/t5/Ask-The-Experts/MAKE-UP-FOR-EVER-Duo-Mat-Powder-... see post
Morphe Brushes Monthly Brush Club!??
Hi All!     I was looking at getting some new brushes and was looking between Morphe and Sigma for a new foundation brush and I came across that liveglam is starting a Morphe Brush subscription box service that is just for brushes. What do you guys think about it? I don't know if it's really worth it as I don't know too much about Morphe (I was leaning toward Sigma) and if it's worth $20 a month. But I need a overhaul on my brushes as they are getting a little ...shabby and I "want" some new pretties     (any rec. for brushes though for dry skin, using MUFE HD in 120, YSL touche eclat primer, Diorsnow fresh creme global transparency and Besame brightening (for reddness that seems to always peek through)    Cheers      
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BEAUTY PRO clove760 / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
I think I'd rather sign up for Glossybox then the Morphe :) Thank you!  see post
Three questions
1. I was told recently that if you are using a matte foundation you should use a moisturizing primer. Is this true? 2. I have oily aging skin (I'm 37) and recently all my foundations sink into the fine lines & wrinkles on my forehead and cake around my nose. Any suggestions? 3. Concealer under my eyes has a cakey dry look lately which REALLY accentuates my fine lines & wrinkles there. Any suggestions?   HELP!!!!! Lol!
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
#1, choose a primer based upon your skin type and preferences. While the recommendation to sport a moisturizing primer under a matte foundation isn't out of line, it's m... see post
Medium Coverage Foundation Similar to LM Tinted Moisturizer?
I recently tried Laura Mercier's Tinted Moisturizer and loved the radiance, but found the coverage a little too light. Is there a liquid foundation (or BB/CC cream) that gives the radiance and lightweight feel of LM's tinted moisturizer, but with a little more coverage?   (For reference, I use Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation in Light, and used LM's tinted moisturizer in Cameo)
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DaneeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi LilBitObsessed,   I'd recommend trying the Diorskin Nude Skin-Glowing Makeup SPF 15 or the Hourglass Illusion® Hyaluronic Skin Tint. Both provide medium coverage ... see post
Do I have the wrong foundation/makeup routine?
Hey guys, so I don't know why it happens but every time I put on my makeup it looks cakey and flaky and my skin looks dry in places. After make up I end up with new pimples/acne. I usually use my Chanel Ultra light skin perfecting foundation followed by the makeup forever hd concealer (340) and bronzer, highlighter stick from smashbox . Is it because I don't use a primer that I get the cakey look? I also have a combination skin (oily tzone).    If if someone can help me, I am willing to change the foundation etc. any advice in changing this regime would be appreciated. 
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SPECIAL GUEST Hafsak / SPECIAL GUEST SPECIAL GUEST / replied
Thank u for replying and you are absolutely correct. I think my skincare routine is a but messed up, I have found a new routine that seems to be working but i have only ... see post
Concealers?
I bought the Mac Prolonged Wear Concealer in the shade NC30, I was fine with it at first, but I noticed that throughout the day the concealer oxidizes on me. I have really oily skin and dark circles, so does anyone have any recommendations for concealers for people with oily skin. If it helps I'm a 9 in Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder.
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Try Smashbox's Hydrating Under Eye Primer since it's more gentle than an acne-fighting formula. Keeping the eyes hydrated will be a crucial first step in ensuring that s... see post
NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint
I was chosen by Sephora to receive lab samples of all the shades in this new product from NARS.  I'm so thankful to Sephora for reaching out and sending me this.  I thought I'd start a thread where I can share my opinion about this line once I start testing it.  I'm sure I'm not the only BTer to receive this so feel free to voice your opinions here as well.  
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HALL OF FAMER greenchilli / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Shanoli,   I am not sure what my Mac shade might be, but an educated guess is somewhere between NC42-NC44.    Annapurna -is definitely more peachy, and Cuba is neutr... see post
Vent + need advice
I've had it with Sephora, guys. Some of you might have seen my posts last month when it took me three visits to the store to buy a bb cream and a bronzer (the MUAs basically kept telling me I'm out of luck with my skin tone and kept suggesting products that didn't suit my skin tone at all).   Anyway, yesterday, I went to Sephora to look at Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder and pick a new blush. They didn't have all the testers for Hourglass, so I didn't get to buy one. I picked up NARS in Orgasm because I ran out of it and wanted to get one more blush. The person helping me convinced me to get NARS in Torrid. It looked like a lovely shade and since the light at the store is crappy, I trusted her advice and bought it.   This morning I took a look at Torrid and it's SO not a match for me. I have a light/fair skin with cool undertones and I think Torrid would be more suitable for someone with medium skin tone. It looks orange on me, even pulling some red. Ew.   So, I decided to drive to another Sephora location, since the one by my house proved to be useless time and time again. I went during the day, so that I could see the products on my skin in natural light. I want to use the Hourglass powder all over my face.  The MUA showed me Radiant. It's obviously way too orange for me but she just said: "Well, I use it as a highlighter, it should work for you". Um, are you serious? The girl has medium with yellow undertones... I asked her to try Dim Light or Diffused Light on me. She applied the Dim Light and it looked fine, I think. I asked her about Diffused Light and she applied it OVER Dim Light, so while my skin looked nice, I have no idea which shade I should get.    I also asked for advice on blush. I told her that I re-purchased NARS in Orgasm and that I got Torrid but didn't like the colour. I asked about Tarte and Too Faced blushes because I've heard good things about them. She said that her favourite blush is TF in Captivating. I said that I don't think it'll work for me because it looks really warm. She proceeded to apply it to my face anyway. It looked horrible. She kept saying it's her favourite shade but, again, she has a very different skin tone from mine.  When she asked me what I think, I told her that it's definitely not a match for me. To this she responded "Maybe you should just stick to Orgasm then". WTF?    So yeah... This was not a pleasant experience and I'm pretty sure I'll just stick to online shopping.     I am a brunette with brown eyes, fair/light skin with some pink (I use Bobbi Brown tinted moisturizer in Light and Nars concealer in Custard). Help me make a decision: 1) Hourglass - which shade? After looking at more swatches, I'm leaning towards Diffused Light.  2) Blush. I love NARS Orgasm but would like to try something new.    TIA!  
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IT GIRL snowwhite77 / IT GIRL IT GIRL / replied
Sorry to hear about your bad experiences although I've had similar ones. I'm fair with neutral undertones and I've been very happy with Tarte's AC 12-hr blush in Glisten... see post
cake face tragety..
I have been having the worst of luck with my face you guys. I CANNOT figure out why my foundation AND concealer cake up on my RIGHT AWAY. I moisturize, exfoliate, prime, I use a damp beauty blender to apply both my foundation and blend out my concealer, and set with Kat Von D shade light palette. I have used a wide variety of foundations for both dry skin and for oily skin (I am dry to normal) and just cant figure it out. Some one please help!!
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BEAUTY BUFF kay634 / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
Could it be the primer you use? For instance: my sister loves the smashbox primer, but whenever I use it my foundation starts to ball up and look cakey. So it could be a... see post
Which concealers is better for oily skin, Urban decay naked skin concealer or the NARS creamey concealer?
JaneanBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi Larks1006,   I have used the Nar's Creamy Concealer and I have very oily skin. I set it with a loose setting powder and it lasts all day.    Urban Decay's con... see post
conceal... don't feel...
Okay, so I've had a nice breakout along my chin, and I'm really struggling to hide it. I've never mastered concealing pimples, so I'd really appreciate some help. Any tips would be appreciated, and also some product recommendations. I'm 1Y01 for color purposes, and I use KVD's foundation in Light 42, so finding a concealer that's light enough has also been a bit of a struggle.    I have a green concealer stick, and I've tried using it, but I apparently have no idea what I'm doing because it doesn't work. My breakout is pretty inflamed though, so any tips on how to counteract that is also appreciated. Thanks!
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BEAUTY BOSS Paiigee / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
That's how I did it this morning, and it didn't do much. It may be the concealer itself though. It's something I randomly picked up at Walgreens because I saw it and tho... see post
Makeup Forever HD cream blush most similar to Josie Maran Berry Bliss coconut glee
I'm currently using Josie Moran coconut gelee blush for daywear, but want to but Makeup Forever HD cream blush to wear to a wedding because of its staying power.  Can anyone recommend the Makeup Forever color that is closest to Josie Maran's "Berry Bliss"?   Have narrowed it to number 310 (Rosewood) and 510 (Raspberry).  
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HALL OF FAMER LolliLove / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
No problem!  I hope the color match works out.  Ooo, 410 is on my list of things to buy (as if I needed another blush) - I had a sample of it once and really enjoyed it.... see post
What has happened to the new Kat von d blushes??
Hiya  Does anyone know what has happened to the new Kat von d blushes I can seem to find them? Spoiler (Highlight to read) Spoiler (Highlight to read) Spoiler (Highlight to read) 😢 😢
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SPECIAL GUEST princessparis / SPECIAL GUEST SPECIAL GUEST / replied
Looks like I'll just have to wait patiently hoping they are reformulating 👍🏼 see post
Do you apply KAT VON D liquid foundation with their powder foundation?
Just bought KAT VON D liquid foundation...can I apply the powder foundation over it to finish me off?
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BEAUTY BOSS Paiigee / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
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What shade in makeup forever HD stick would I be if I am a 140 or y305 in the regular hd foundation
HALL OF FAMER Titian06 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi, mairaolivera!  There is nothing even close to 3Y05!  All of the sticks are either 1Yxx or 1Rxx.   The closest match is 125 = Y315, which is Color IQ 1Y05.  This co... see post
OOoh CRAP!! My beloved Dr.Jart foundation compact is no more!! What ever shall I do???
fjfjdksi / RISING STAR / replied
Yes!!!!! That was my favorite foundation of all time!!!!!! It made my skin look naturally flawless and it was so moisturizing!    I go into Sephora periodically to see... see post
Help! looking for a bronzer
Hi! Im asian with light and fair skin tone, which is a good bronzer shade for my skin tone and a good brand that isn't too expensive?
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boober18 / FRESH FACE / replied
Thanks for your help! see post
Powders, and blushes, and highlights! Oh my!
Excuse the cheesy title, I'm trying, guys.    I I know there's another thread where blushes and highlighters and such were being discussed, but it's a bit of a mess in there, and I have a few different things I want to discuss.    I currently use a pretty cheap, drug store setting powder. I've never thought a high end powder is necessary, but the more I browse the boards, the more I think  maybe it is.  (Bunch of enablers, you all.)   The same thing is true of blushes and highlighters and bronzers. I love my high end foundation, lipstick, and eye make up, so I don't know why I haven't dove into other high end products.    So, my question is really, do they make a difference? Can I get some side by side comparison of drugstore vs "designer"?
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HALL OF FAMER trishavt / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
The answer based on my experience is yes and no. For some brands there's a noticeable difference in quality irrespective of brand name recognition. When I was 15 I got ... see post
Mineral Makeups
Hi! I was told by my dermatologist that mineral makeup is the way to go to avoid breakouts. I've heard bare minerals is good but I'm just wondering what other kind of mineral makeups are out there. I'm looking for a full regime too with powder, foundation, concealer etc. to finally get some good quality makeup! Let me know what you guys recommend, thanks!
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BEAUTY BOSS virgo87 / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
I have only tried Bare Minerals once and it wasn't bad. I used Pur Minerals a lot when I was in my late teens/early 20's. The new 4 in 1 powder foundation has ingredient... see post
Color Selection Help
I wear bareMinerals Original foundation in the "light" color, but am interested in switching to the bareMinerals Blemish Remedy Foundation to help with my acne.  Which color is closest to what I'm currently using?  Many of the colors look very similar on the screen.   Thank you for your help.
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi, SeaStarr2!   The BM Original formula has Light described as " Light - for light skin with yellow-olive undertones" to find it's corresponding match in the BM Bl... see post
What to do about Besame Cosmetics face powder?
.Hi  I purchased the Besame Cosmetics Vanilla face powder recently and I need some advice on it. I don't wear foundation, but the reason I bought it is because I thought it'd be nice to put on after my moisturizer- and I do notice that it seems to soak up any extra oils on my T-zone. And I also wanted to use it for brightening the under eye area after concealer, and I also LOVE anything vintage and retro. SO, with that said and done, I have tried it as an under eye brightener and I don't notice a huge difference. Which is kind of disappointing. I'm not sure if I should keep it, but are there any other ideas or ways I could use this face powder? I don't see a big difference on my face either except my T-zone.  I know this post is all over the place, but I don't know what to do with it. The packaging and retro look got me intrigued to buy it. LOL. If there is any other way or a certain way of how to apply(which I have tried the puff it comes with, and my own brushes)- anything would be appreciated. Thanks
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HALL OF FAMER Jesuslover14 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Thanks I'll consider your advice:) see post
Foundation Comes Off Face Easily?
Hello everyone! I currently am using Bare Minerals Powder Foundation and I noticed that when I touch my face with a shirt or even hug someone my foundation will cling onto the fabric! I use Rimmel Stay Matte Powder which I heard was wonderful and I know it does work for me because when I forget to put on powder I can tell. My face is naturally oily and if I don't put on powder my face feels gross even before I walk out the door- that's how I know if I forgot to put powder on because if I don't I don't get that feeling.   So my question is, is this a common thing even if I wear powder or my powder isn't working? Also wondering if anyone would suggest I switch to the matte formula of the bare minerals foundation or I should just upgrade to a high end powder first?   thanks!
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
The transfer of makeup is something that can happen as when product is applied to bare skin, the direct contact with oils, dry/rough patches, enlarged pores, and even fi... see post
Am I the only person who does not like Clinique's Even Better foundation?
I loved this makeup when I tried it in the store, and I like how it looks when I put it on. But after a matter of minutes, it looks terrible! It doesn't stay on very well, so the initial coverage (which is great) fades or somehow makes me look like I am 10 years older and sickly. It emphasizes every patch of dry or flaky skin. I switched from Lancome's Teint Idole to this foundation - and was definitely encouraged to do so by the significant price difference between the two - and the reason I switched from Lancome is because they stopped making it in my skin color. I tried getting someone at Sephora to do a color-match or color ID test thingy for me, but the result was essentially inconclusive--like I was in between colors or something I don't know. I don't know what to do or try. I pick at my face terribly, so I tend to avoid powders bcs they only make any texture on my face look worse. I also tend to avoid oil-based makeup because they tend to clog my pores, giving me the sort of blemishes I then pick at relentlessly.  Any suggestions in terms of make-up foundations/concealers = much appreciated!   by the way, I have been using Clinique's Even Better foundation in "Linen" - I am naturally pale (and a red-head) but I go tanning every now and then to avoid looking like a corpse (yes, tanning is bad, but I definitely don't get enough sunlight, and I go once or twice every 2-3 months) anyway, I tend to find that makeup is either way too dark, or like, white. Helppp!
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