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Specific question for those that currently use NARS Sheer Glow!
Hello all!   So my current best foundation color match is NARS Siberia. I've been using the Sheer Glow for the past three months and I'm still trying to "figure it out". I feel like the formula is really finicky and I have yet to find a good combination of primers and/or setting powder/spray to make it both last well & mesh well with my skin. I don't think it's a skincare problem as my skin has been relatively normal-dry these past few months (no big skin changes and my daywear moisturizer is relatively 'basic'. I save my layers of hydration for overnight).   So far things I have tried:   - Too Faced Hangover: helped hydrate dry patches that Sheer Glow emphasizes but doesn't help longevity. Sheer Glow still applies a little patchy over this - Becca Ever Matte: too matte for Sheer Glow which tends to emphasize any dry patch - Hourglass Mineral Veil: seems to be the best combo so far, but doesn't help with Sheer Glow longevity. Still totally starts breaking down/melting by hour three. - A single drop of argan oil: makes Sheer Glow apply so smooth and evenly BUT foundation is totally breaking up on my face a couple hours into wear. - RCMA No Color Powder (talc + silica): is okay, but makes Sheer Glow a little dry looking, doesn't totally help with lasting powder - CoverFx Illuminating Setting Powder: doesn't make Sheer Glow look dry, but definitely doesn't help with lasting powder - Urban Decay All Nighter spray: makes Sheer Glow tacky, maybe helps lasting power when in combo with a powder as well   For the sake of a control, all foundation application has been to dot it on with fingers and blend with beautyblender.   I've tried various combinations of one of the primers + powder + spray, primer + no powder, no primer + powder, etc. etc. It's been a long somewhat scientific process, haha.   I would just love for this foundation to work on me! I love the color and I can put up with the sheerness of it if I can just get it to work Most days in the morning I've been in too much of a rush to play this long layering game with Sheer Glow and I've been slapping a little Tarte shape tape everywhere and pretending it's foundation, lol   TLDR:  My question to those who currently use NARS Sheer Glow and it looks good on their skin. What combination of primer / powder / spray /technique do you use to make it wear nicely?
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I do have like 1/6th a bottle of Naked Skin left, I'll try mixing that to see how the finish is. Mixing with a liquid luminizer is a good idea too! Thanks for the tip! see post
Best compact foundation with NO sunscreen or talc??
Every cream compact foundation I used to use has either been discontinued or reformulated and I am lost, currently using Estee Lauder Double Wear Makeup to Go as it's the least annoying of the liquid foundation and cushion compacts I have already tried and tossed but it would be better if it was just a solid cream instead of annoying liquid.   I am seeking a non-drying cream compact foundation with no sunscreen or talc, is this now totally impossible?
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DMK Cosmetics makes an amazing cream compact foundation. It is all I use when I'm having any skin issues because it seems to actually help my skin. Their line is semi di... see post
Foundation Matching
I wear Estee Lauder double wear in shade Ecru 1N2 which is a shade too dark for my skin. I want to try the Estee Lauder double wear light . What shade would you recommend ?
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Hi @amber18,   The shades in the Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place Makeup might be too dark I think. I would try the  COLOR Ivory Nude 1N1 - light ... see post
make-up routine...looking for a change
I was posting to see if anyone has some recommendations on make-up routines/products. I've been currently using Smashbox Studio Skin foundation, Born This Way concealer and finishing it with a Becca loose powder. I'm never really happy with how my skin looks using these products (primer and finishing spray included). I have acne prone, combination skin, with some scarring. I wanted something a little more basic, then having to spend so much time on my face in the morning! 
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Hello @nnejlogan, First off, your makeup looks perfect in your picture! Such a lovely look and not to mention the stunning eyeliner. 🙂   I will add another vote for ... see post
What blush to use with cherry red lipstick (Burberry)
I am brightening up my look with Burberry Cherry Red Lipstick......what would be a great blush to use? I have light skin, am in my 60s so don't want to look like an old painted doll. Thanks!
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A light/soft blush that matches the undertone. Cherry red has a cool undertone so a sheer cool pink/red/nude would work. You want just enough to compliment the lips so i... see post
Does Milk Makeup Sunshine Skin Tint have SPF?
I'm just wondering if milk makeup sunshine skin tint has SPF? Some review say that it does, but it doesn't say anywhere on the product description. I received a sample with SPF 30 and I'd like to purchase it again, but only if it has the SPF.
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StephieY / NEWCOMER / replied
I'm in Canada. It does say on the Milk website that it contains SPF. So you're probably right on the regulations thing!   see post
Can you bake your face using HD powder?
I simply cannot seem to find the answer to my question on the internet! Are you able to bake your face using HD powder or do you need to use a translucent setting powder? I know that HD powder is considered a "finishing" powder, but is translucent powder a finishing power or a setting powder? Thank you for reading!
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HALL OF FAMER Insomniacmuffin / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
oh good question @cbk5027 I imagine you can bake with it since it comes in a loose powder as well.. but maybe someone else will jump in and have better insight see post
Too Faced Born this Way vs. Tarte Rainforest Foundation?
I need help! I want a natural everyday foundation. I have combination skin with not a lot of texture. I am in the color IQ 2y08 if someone could give me the best color match for it.    Which of these two is best??
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HALL OF FAMER Insomniacmuffin / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
glad you found one you liked @aggiechick   foundation is so tricky! I've tried stuff other people swore buy, and it either sat on my skin funny too, or gave me 'revers... see post
Foundation for Vacation?
I'm going to Mexico and i wanted to know what was the best, full coverage foundation that won't melt? Thanks!
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HALL OF FAMER Insomniacmuffin / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I am going to mexico too!! (May)    I am tempted to try that "Milk of Magnesia" trick... see post
Best primer under stick foundation?
Hi everyone! So the past few weeks I've been really into stick foundations - both the hourglass vanish and the lancome teint idole. Both I love and find very similar except you need to swipe the lancome twice as much to get the same coverage as hourglass. That being said, the big problem is I can't get the foundation to "stick" to my nose or t-zone. I have applied with brush and beauty blender - brush application essentially wipes the foundation away, so beauty blender has been my go to.   I have tried pore minimizing primers - e.g. porefessional, tarte timeless smoothing, as well as guerlain l'or (whichcauses my foundation to stick in weird areas making it patchy...only with these foundations though, I love it otherwise), and the foundation just slides around my face and breaks up. I set with laura mercier translucent and then spray UD all-nighter. I LOVE these foundations, but I am scared to touch my face because it will remove my makeup. I have also tried no primer, just my moisturizer (see below), which is better but it still ends up sliding off my nose relatively quickly.   I consider my skin to be normal to dry. My skin routine is as follows:   Night time: Cleanse (amorepacific) w/ foreo luna 2, tone (pixi glow tonic), facial sleeping oil (kiehl's), moisturize (first aid beauty)   Day time: Same as night time but no oil. I was using a serum before moisturizing but I took that out because I thought it was causing my makeup to slide around, but I think it's the silicone primers.   My next step is to try the veil mineral primer by hourglass.   Does anyone have any advice on how to keep my foundation in place? Also, I should mention that this problem happens with most foundations, nothing seems to want to stick! But it's particularly bad with stick foundations. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!  
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Hey @ln998177 I have both of these stick foundations and love them! I agree I reach for my Hourglass more because the coverage of the Lancome is not the same. I use two ... see post
UD Foundation Shades vs. Kat Von D Foundation Shades?
I am currently wearing a 3.25. in Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless foundation. Once spring arrives, I'll wear a 3.5. I have cool toned skin with pink undertones. What shade would I wear in Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation? I purchased 52, but it's a little dark and will probably work fine in summer, but I'm hoping for a better match now.
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HALL OF FAMER Insomniacmuffin / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi @KPotsAndPans sorry you hadn't gotten an answer.. if you are still searching you may want to repost the question in the Kat Von D Thread.. it gets more traffic/views ... see post
MUFE Ultra HD to Estee Lauder Double Wear
I've been wanting to try out the Double Wear foundation from Estee Lauder, but don't have a Sephora that carries it in-store to get matched. I decided to just purchase online and return it if need be, but now I need help finding a shade.   I've been using MUFE Ultra HD in the shade Y255 and it matches me perfectly. Can anyone recommend a double wear shade they think will work for me?   Please and thank you!        
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HALL OF FAMER Insomniacmuffin / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi @Komorebi11 you can try matching yourself on sites like Temptalia which have a searchable database crossmatching system.. I find it to be quite reliable! see post
Is the KatVon D setting powder(not brightening) the same pale shade in the travel size? Travel size appears much darker on the sephora site.
HALL OF FAMER Insomniacmuffin / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi @renparenp sorry you haven't gotten an answer yet..    You may want to repost your question in the Kat Von D thread, it gets a lot more traffic and someone there su... see post
how to set foundation?
I am looking for a cruelty-free product that doesn't give flashback. Which is better-colored setting powder or a translucent powder? and pressed or loose powder? just what is the best way to set foundation?
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HALL OF FAMER Insomniacmuffin / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
hi @Tayonce here is a great thread for all things cruelty-free.. consider reposting your question here and surely someone will have an answer :D   http://community.sep... see post
Colour correcting for dark under eyes - orange, salmon or yellow?
So, according to the laws of colour correcting..   Salmon/peach - dark circles  Yellow - concealing blue/purple bruises, veins and under eyes Orange - dark hyperpigmentation and under eyes.    I am medium skin with warm undertone, e.g. Wheat - 3N2 in Estee Lauder Double Wear. I have medium dark circles AND veins.   How would I colour correct this?   Thanks    
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@ANR2020, I've also got dark circles and some blue and purple veining and I use a combination of yellow and orange. You will need to experiment a bit to find what works ... see post
Pressed Powder Foundation?
I'm in desperate need of a pressed powder foundation for those days when I am just not feeling a full face. I often set my face with a loose translucent powder on full face days, so I'm unsure as to what would be the best pressed power to use?   I would be using this alongside UD naked concealer and some liner/mascara/dip brow.  My skin type is pretty normal, but gets oily from time to time.    I don't want anything too heavy or cakey obviously. I was considering too faced pressed foundation, but many of the reviews say that it really only works best as a setting powder after using liquid foundation.   So, whats the best out there?    Thanks!  
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I'm thinking of giving in to one last sale purchase for this powder because of this post, LOL. But I have too many powders unopened right now. Ahhhh, maybe during the No... see post
Anastasia Nicole Kit
This is probably a long shot, but does anyone know when the restock of the Nicole kit becomes available?   Thanks!
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yeah, I've had that issue more than once too. It's frustrating.  I hope you find one though! :) see post
Using MAC studio fix in NC55....I've noticed that most foundations separate around my mouth area. Any tips to prevent?
Froyos / RISING STAR / replied
Yes, I am using the first aid beauty smoothie coconut primer.  see post
DRUGSTORE Q - Maybelline age rewind concealer UK NUDE shade - Australian/US shade equivalent?
I have the Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer in the shade 'Nude, which the UK stocks 2 shades - Light and Nude. Now in Australia, there are 3 shades to choose from '110 - Fair', '120 - Light' and '130 - Medium'.    I know 110 is too light, but cannot tell if 120 or 130 would match my original UK 'Nude' shade.   Thanks!
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Yes, turned out to be the 130 Medium shade :) see post
Drugstore foundations Not matching my skin
I have oily skin and I have the Loreal Matte Foundation in 102 shell beige which is the wrong undertone and too dark and the Maybelline Matte foundation in 115 ivory which is the wrong undertone and too dark and orange as well. I bought a foundation whitener and it doesn't seem to help. I have tried mixing the foundations in different combinations to make it match my skin but it didn't work. More than anything they are either too dark or not my skin undertone. There aren't very many foundations in the drugstore good for oily skin. I would buy a foundation from Sephora but I am a broke university student. I am going into a Sephora today to get colour matched and maybe get samples of foundations. What should I do? Try to buy another foundation to mix into the 2 I already have? I just don't want to waste the 2 foundations even though I have already spent the money.
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It's not so much that I am too pale its that not many drugstore mattifying foundations are my undertone. I went to Sephora and got the sephora 10hr foundation in 16 Lig... see post
what color would i be in the nars foundation? I wear a 320 medium buff in the maybeline fit me
HALL OF FAMER Insomniacmuffin / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi @QveenCici sorry you hadn't gotten an answer yet, but if you repost the question in the Nars Thread you likely will get a faster response. :D   http://community.sep... see post
Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer
I need some help matching a shade.  What color Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer would match Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Pearl?    Thanking you in advance for your time and insight.
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HALL OF FAMER Insomniacmuffin / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi @Mom2TC if you check out the site Temptalia they have a matching database that will help you find your color, and even has pictures so you can see :D   Hope that he... see post
Color change from Estee Lauder Double Wear to Estee Lauder Double Wear Light?
I recently purchased Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in shade "1C1 Cool Bone". I am very pale with golden/greenish undertones, but this was as light as it went. I received it and it was a bit too dark/wrong undertone as I thought. HOWEVER, I have extremely oily skin and it was the best foundation ever in keeping that under control. I used it for 16 hours with minimal oiliness, when my face would normally be an oil slick after 4 hours.    My question is, does the Double Wear Light have a different shade range, or one that is possibly lighter than 1C1? If not, can anyone recommend a foundation that is similar to this formula with a better shade range?
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HALL OF FAMER Insomniacmuffin / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
hi @BRachelleR sorry you haven't gotten an answer on this - did you end up a finding a similar formula with a better shade range? see post
What is the best primer to conceal large pores and help with oily skin? 
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HALL OF FAMER Insomniacmuffin / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
@lipsticklover20  I am in love with Dr.Brandt Pore No More primer.. does that perfect job of hiding my huuuuuge pores, keeping my makeup in place, and keeping me from oi... see post
Looking for a good good concealer which has acne fighting ingredents
What concealer can be used ON ACNE   Like the ones with acne medication in it.  I only know Clinique had one that looks like a really thin pencil that has Salicylic Acid but cant find it any more   Thanks!!
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HALL OF FAMER Insomniacmuffin / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi @JojoL did you end up finding a product that worked? If so, please share with us :D see post
Is the MUFE Ultra HD stick foundation oil based?
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HALL OF FAMER Insomniacmuffin / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi @gabfab6   sorry you haven't gotten an answer - but if you repost it in the Make Up For Ever thead you likely will get a quicker response :D   http://community.se... see post
Proven ways to cover dark circles under the eyes
Having dark circles under the eyes may be as a result of sleep deprivation, seasonal allergies or even an over indulgence in some activities the night before and it can happen to just any of us.  This article will discuss how we can conceal these dark circles under the eye to brighten the eyes and not necessarily making them go away. It is true that a well-done makeup will camouflage dark sides, but we must know that the use of a more long term approach like an eye cream should be considered. Another way to cover dark circles is calling Color theory into play by making peaches or pinks to counteract the gray, blue and brown tones in under-eye circles. This is according to  Sotomayor, a beauty expert. Most people can get dark circles covered up just fine with the use of a regular concealer on the said undertones to neutralize and brighten the dark circles. If all that didn’t work, then priming with a color corrector before layering concealer on it will do just fine. To prime; pink is good on fair skin and peach on medium to dark tones.   Apart from picking a concealer with a pink or peach undertone, Scali said that the right formula should go on smoothly and without looking cakey but it should dry down much so that it doesn’t  crease too much. To get this perfect outcome, apply your concealer after your eye makeup but before making up your lips, cheeks, and brows.This will allow the concealer an adequate time to set, and should you notice little crease right after its application; you have ample opportunity to smooth blend it as well as add needed quantity of powder if required.   Concealer application depends on the type of coverage. To apply for medium coverage, it is suggested that one taps it at the inner and outer corners of the eyes, then smoothen with a tidy and fluffy eye shadow brush. For an application for full coverage, a finger or a concealer brush should be used to tap a corrector into the inner corners of the eyes or whichever spot the color is darkest, and then with a brush, pat neutral concealer one shade lighter compared to the skin tone under the entire eye area. The major key here is to avoid rubbing it as rubbing it may wipe the product to the side while leaving problem area uncovered. Dust the area with translucent setting powder afterward to ensure that the concealer sits where you want it. Also, it is important to avoid the use of mineral powder for the best finish.      
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HALL OF FAMER Insomniacmuffin / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Where are you getting these articles from @bpmakeuptips?    Thanks for sharing :D see post
10 Tips to Reverse Highlight and Contouring
It seems that the trend of contouring and highlighting have found a permanent place in people’s hearts. With the right moves, you can make your face into different looks. Hence, the believe that contouring is here to stay. Unlike the contouring of those old times, one can achieve a much more natural look now. Let us quickly consider some tips for reverse highlight and contouring. 1. Matte Contour only: Why we do contouring is so that a viewer’s eye is deceived by the look of the re-shaped face. By all means, avoid using products that shimmer because, already, you have the dark colors to recede and the light colors to highlight. 2. Avoid going excessively dark: Generally, to be able to use much of dark colours, you need to be very confident in the art. If you are not yet much of a pro, then use only a single shade or two that are darker than your skin tone. 3. Be careful about your shade: To achieve a natural contour look, make use of a product within your regular colour range. For instance, a warm tone shouldn’t go outside of products of the same tone because it will rid your contour of the expected natural look.   4. Blending with powder or cream: The idea here is to stick to what you are good at. There is no hard and fast rule about the use of a bronzer or any cream contouring products for that matter. So, if blending powder is an advantage you have, then go all out for it. Do not feel restricted because a majority of the people use cream contouring. 5. Picking the features to contour: Most of the time, contouring the whole face may be of no need. We must know why and what we want to contour. The highlights and contour are to be lightly applied to select areas. 6. Applying where shadows naturally abide: contour should be applied to places with shadows. For example, the temple of the forehead, the nose’s downside, underneath the cheekbone and the jawline are areas on the face that have shadows naturally, and they are the exact areas that need contouring. 7. Reversing the order: While the regular application is to apply the foundation first before the contour shade. Reversing the order of application gives a more natural outcome. So, applying the contour before the foundation is not a “no-no,” it is, in fact, a recommended technique. 8. Smile: To find the cheekbone, all you need do is just to smile to find the cheekbone and apply contour shade right beneath the cheekbone. Using the fish face approach often results in erroneously applying the contour too low on the face. 9. Where and how to apply your highlights: We all know that there must be a highlight for every contour right? The highlights balance out contouring. So, we should apply highlights on the high areas on the face, the areas where light hits on the face; for instance, the top of cheekbones, nose bridge, under the lower lip, top of the brows and middle of the chin. 10. Blend out smooth: For a perfect highlighting and contouring, there need be a lot of blending to ensure that no streak or lines are left on the face. This can be done by using a sponge or a brush. For a more beautiful result, blend in circularly motion.  
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HALL OF FAMER Insomniacmuffin / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Thanks for the tips @bpmakeuptips see post
Laura Mercier Silk Creme Color Help
I bought the oil free one in Bamboo Beige knowing it was too dark. It has very true olive undertones - not yellow or warm. It is very hard for me to find a true light olive color. However, I am acually fair. Right now I am tanned and this color is still 1-2 shades too dark. I thought I'd mix it with lighter foundations I own.    Would Beige Ivory be a better match? In the store it didn't seem much lighter but it did seem less olive, and I need lighter but still olive. The lightest color is only a tad too light, but it's too bright yellow...I need a more earthy green tone.    FYI, I am closest to Mac NC15 in winter and NC20 with a tan. In winter, Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet in 10 Beige is a good match, albeit lacking my distinct olive undertone. YSL in B10 is okay. UD in 2.0 is pretty good. All of these are a tad too yellow (as opposed to olive) and light for summer. I need very GREEN yet fair/light, which almost no one makes until you get to the light/med range.    I dont like the wear of Makeup Forever, and their supposedly light olive 117 and 120 shades look more yellow on me. Similarly, the often recommended Nars colors are too yellow. I am a neutral, slightly warm leaning, earthy yet pale olive.    Any ideas?
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HALL OF FAMER Insomniacmuffin / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
@iheartart  On a completely different direction - you could instead buy the Make Up For Ever drops and color correct your current foundation to the right shade. The nice... see post
Hi.. I am struggling with my makeup routine! No matter what I try I can't seem to have a flawless finish with my foundation. My skin is combo of dry and oily in t zone mostly. Currently using   esteem lauder double wear. cleaning face with origins checks and balance moisturizing with jack black double duty applying makeup with a densely packed brush with a drop of boscia beauty oil   Once I apply the makeup, I can't add any other products such as concealer, contouring, brightening or illuminating creams it results in shifting my foundation and leaving it looking patchy and colour has shifted   My nose especially, I have a hard time keeping makeup on without it flaking off   Please help! Thank you
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Reneervg / NEWCOMER / replied
primer honestly makes a huge difference. If you're looking for something affordable, try Nivea men's aftershave balm, it honestly works so well, and as for beauty oil go... see post