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Looking for a new full coverage foundation...
I am currently shopping around and looking for suggestions for another full coverage (obviously will settle on medium to buildable full) pressed powder foundation to set my makeup.  Currently I'm using both Kat Von D Lock It and Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation however I don't like that sometimes KVD will oxidize and sometimes the Too Faced doesn't last all day.  I've tried Tarte's Amazonian Clay, Clinique's Sheer Powder, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk, and NARS All Day Luminous.  I have combination skin but don't have an issue with oil breaking through my makeup.  I've been to three Sephora's and they just recommend ones I've already tried and at one store they told me they were too busy to get me a sample of one I wanted, oh well.  I do have a love/hate relationship with Benefit and MUFE but am willing to try   If it makes any difference the makeup that would be set with the powder is NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, Bobbi Brown skin corrector, MAC Pro Long wear concealer, Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation, YSL highlighter, and ABH contour
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HALL OF FAMER Titian06 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
@AlyssaSpins - Since you're already wearing Estee Lauder, you may want to look at the Estee Lauder pressed powders:  Stay in Place Pressed Powder and Oil Control Pressed... see post
Makeup Primer
Hey gang,   I've been using Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pressed Powder, and while I like it, I don't LOVE it. I also have an issue with how cheaply made the compact and applicator are so now that I'm out again, I thought I'd switch. Any recommendations on another primer? I'd prefer a powder, but I'm not married to it. My skin is really dry so I always have to take that into account too.    Thanks!
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HALL OF FAMER Titian06 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi, @Flamingirl - I've been using Hourglass Veil Mineral primer for years.  My skin is oily in the T-zone and dry on the cheeks.  I use maybe a pea size or slightly larg... see post
Pigmented Setting Powder vs Translucent
I have been seeing tons of makeup artists using pressed powder foundations to set their liquid foundations.  Besides adding a little bit of more coverage, why do they do this?  I have always used the Laura Mercier translucent setting powder to set my Chanel Perfection Lumiere foundation.  Both help my oily skin stay matte all day long.  I am very curious to try a good pressed setting powder that is not translucent, any suggestions?
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StephanieBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Ok, thanks for getting back to me! Based on that, I recommend trying the UD Naked Skin powder foundation or the Makeup Forever Duo Mat.   see post
Sephora dropping Lancome's Bienfait Teinté BB Cream?
I received a sample of Lancome's Bienfait Teinté BB Cream (in shade 1/Porcelaine) and returned to the store a week later to buy it - only to find it's not carried there anymore! I also see that it's out of stock online. Will Sephora restock this item or are they phasing it out?
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HALL OF FAMER pocketvenus / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Thank you for letting me know! I hope it's restocked soon :)  see post
I am looking to replace my Hula bronzer with a similar tone but with a little shimmer..
SianBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi HillaryBlush!   Have you tried the NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna? It's one of my favorite bronzers! It's around the same shade as Hoola with a little shimmer :) ... see post
Benefit Porefessional smudging?!
Is anyone else having this issue? I apply my moisturizer and wait til its soaked in and i then apply Benefit's porefessional only on the t-zone and around my cheeks where I have more visible pores.. I use other primers for the rest of my face. My foundation goes on seamlessly but when I go in with concealer (usually Tarte Shape Tape) and I start to blend it out, my foundation starts to move around and come off!! I have waited for my foundation to dry and I still have the same problem... I always have to go in with more foundation to fix it! Does anyone else have this problem? I've tried using the Nars Creamy concealer to see if it was just the Shape tape causing the issue but the same thing happened.. I started to think maybe it was my beauty blender causing the problem but I never had this problem until I started using the Porefessional primer.
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Since you mention skin being drier, be sure you're skin care regimen is providing ample hydration to skin. Since many pore-focused primers do tend to mattify (due to the... see post
Color Match for new Sephora Matte Perfection Powder Foundation
Hello, if i use Sephora Mattifying Compact Foundation in shade 33 Walnut which shade shall i take in Matte Perfection Powder Foundation?  
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StephanieBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi Emma 33333,   It looks like your closest shade would be 26 Neutral Sand. I hope that helps!   see post
Under eye concealer/tarte shape tape opinion
Am I the only one who can't stand Tarte Shape Tape? UGH it is so drying for me, and I have purchased two tubes of it now on two different occasions because I have been so convinced by all the raving (especially from girls with dry skin) that I should love it.   Alas, I am in search of a good long-lasting, full coverage, yet hydrating concealer for the under eyes. I have tried and am not a fan of Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer or Urban Decay Naked Skin. However, I am open to any other suggestions! Thanks!
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heyyyyyyy / NEWCOMER / replied
Try the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Concealer!  Its got a beautiful texture and is full coverage, but is not matte at all! see post
BECCA shimmering skin perfector reaction?
    BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector came with a christmas skin giftset. I just used it for the first time yesterday. First, I thought it smelled terrible. Second, it didn't feel so good going on. Third, it made my skin red, splochy, and my pores huge. Clearly, I had some reaction to it. I do have sensitive skin, but not overly terribly so. Anyone else have the same problem?  What in the product might be causing the reaction?     
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi, strawbearlyjamms!    While it's not out of the ordinary to have reactions to new products, it appears that perhaps the tube of primer you tried may have spoiled du... see post
Ben Nye Super White?
I'm pale and want a powder to help highlight. I have been thinking about Ben Nye Super White powder but am worried it might be too light. Has anyone tried it? Thanks!!
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twb21553 / NEWCOMER / replied
Hey, I'm super pale too. I just started using NARS Siberia for my foundation and got Ben Nye Superwhite banana powder the same day. At first I was scared that this was g... see post
Foundation for semi oily skin with dry spots, breaks out easily, help!
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi, sadiedog!   While foundation formulas have come a long way, it's important to be sure you're doing all that you can prior to an application to ensure your makeup i... see post
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Long Wear Foundation
I'm thinking of buying this foundation based on a recommendation but it's pricey so I wanna get as many testimonials as I can, so for anyone who has used this foundation: have you found any problems with transferring, settling, creasing or cakey-ness?
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JaneanBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi @oliviahegger,   I love this foundation! I think I am on my 4th bottle now! It matches me so well and lasts longer than any other foundation I have used in the pa... see post
Foundations Shade Match
I have been wanting to get the Make Up Forever Matte Velvet Foundation and the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation but I don't know what shades to get. My old foundation are Smashbox Studio Skin in 0.5 and Clinique Superbalanced Silk in 01 Silk Porcelain. I have a hectic and busy life right now and I don't have time to go in store and get shade matched. Please Help!!!!
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HALL OF FAMER Mcakes / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I used the Color IQ to match from your old foundation shades and for the MUFE Matte Velvet I got No. 20 Ivory for you: http://www.sephora.com/mat-velvet-matifying-found... see post
Foundation swatches to find shade
Hi, guys!   I live in the MIDDLE. OF. NOWHERE right now so I can't actually get to a department store, Sephora, Ulta, CVS....anything, which makes it impossible for me to find a matching foundation. I ordered a bunch of color samples from Choix to see if any match me, and of course, not a single one does. But I was wondering, if I swatched them (and some foundations I ownI) on me in natural sunlight and posted a picture, would anyone be able to help me out? Or just give opinions on what shades in any formula that I should look into?    It's a bit sad always looking like a floating head in photos. My face always looked either too dark or too pink! I think everyone understands the struggle to a point.
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BEAUTY MAVEN CorinneRose / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
Thanks for replying! I feel a bit dumb now, but I finally found out that I have olive skin which was my biggest problem.  I kept trying "yellow" foundations, but they we... see post
how to set foundation??
second question of the day   How do you set foundation? I've heard of baking and I know the LM one is good but im thinking about trying the airspun drugstore powder first   option 2: but if I don't need to bake what do I do? I was thinking about trying the NARS light reflecting pressed setting powder or do I try a colored pressed powder?   I really need advice.
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HALL OF FAMER Harpier82 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
You should be able to bake and set with the same translucent loose powder.  It's about how you apply the powder.  Use a damp beauty sponge or a velour puff to press the ... see post
Hi, If Im 4y07 in the color iq what would be a good color for the nars concealer?
vaneessita / FRESH FACE / replied
NARS  Radiant Creamy Concealer see post
I need help picking a foundation :)
I plan on going into sephora and getting color iq and getting a sample (am I allowed to to get more than one sample at a time?)   A little about my skin: I have some acne. Mostly patches and everytime I use a foundation it sticks to those patches even though I do exfoliate. My skin does get a little red. I have combination skin... but I do tend to get a little oily throughout the day   What im looking for: Maybe something matte but also looks fresh and dewy. Something that wont look cakey, esp around my nose creases which i've always had problems with. Also something that will cover up pimples without making them look cakey. Im also looking for something to wear this summer so not something heavy and gross.   If someone could list some down below that would be great!    
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NikkoBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi @Tayonce,   If you're looking for a foundation that's lightweight, but has great coverage, I suggest trying Clinique's Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer. T... see post
Makeup to Cover Heart Surgery Scars
I've been reading reviews on Kat Von D's foundation & to me it seems that it would cover my 8 inch heart surgery. If it has the full coverage to cover serious acne scars then it should cover the scar on my chest. I have pale skin.     Does anyone else think so?
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BEAUTY BOSS khaleesi / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
Just a heads up, if you are going to give Dermablend a try, the Leg & Body cover is currently 40% off in store and Ulta. Just an FYI in case you want to give it a try, w... see post
Setting spray for creasing?
Hi, I'm sort of new to this makeup thing. But I have found myself in complete love with It Cosmetics' Bye Bye Pores collection. I am looking for a setting spray that would hydrate my dry skin that occasionally peels under my foundation and settles into my fine lines. Without foundation my fine lines are virtually invisible. I am thinking about Ibuki's Quick Fix Mist or Glamglow's Glowsetter. However, I am open to other options. I just want one that would help my face to not look like a dehydrated leather purse... Please Help!
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Powder Foundation for 2y11
I need help finding a good powder foundation that does not look to pink or off color to my skin. I have used ColorIQ and I was 2y11 and 2y10 with yellow and gold undertones (clearly) Thanks!
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DaneeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Here are two pressed powder foundations I recommend for you based on your Color IQ # 2Y11:   Sephora Collection Matte Perfection Powder Foundation in 54 Warm Amber ... see post
bobbi brown comparable foundations?
hello, was wondering if anyone had some recommendations for a liquid foundation that was similar to bobbi browns skin finish, but more matte? preferably with very pale shades, I'm warm ivory in bb color. 
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what foundations compare to bobbi brown skin finish?
i love the texture and its the one foundation that I've had a good shade match with (warm ivory) but i get so SHINY. i set with powder and UD all nighter... i want something similar but maybe matte? matte ish? i really like that its a natural foundation, looks a lot like skin imo.
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Foundation Issues
I have combination to oily skin and buy my foundation accordingly. I have a foundation that I thought I really liked only I've been finding that at the end of the day while my foundation looks really good from a distance, it looks cakey and broken up close up. I'm confident that my primer, powder, and setting spray aren't the problem. Am I applying too much or is the formula just all wrong?
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HALL OF FAMER Harpier82 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
@oliviahegger  I would definitely say that relative to the UD foundation and price it's worth it.  However, $47 is pretty pricey.  I would say "yes," but I would also st... 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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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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contour products
I have the Sephora contouring 101 face palette, but I have seen that a lot of brands now have cream contouring palettes. I have been interested in getting one, but I'm unsure if I need one or what the pros and cons are to them.
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SPECIAL GUEST oliviahegger / SPECIAL GUEST SPECIAL GUEST / replied
You should also take into account your skin type. If you have combination to oily skin then a cream contour might not be the best choice, it tends to slide off or break ... see post
Foundation
Hey there! I was just wondering what the best/cheapest powder foundation is. Thanks!
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi, redlipstick123!   The term "best" is quite subjective and with everyone's tastes being different, what one person may find it to be "best for them", may not necess... see post
best concealer??
i currently looking for a full coverage concealer. right now i use make up forever concealer which it does work but it doesn't seem to really cover my acne or dark spots. when i apply it my red spots are still really visible no matter how much i use. any suggestions? thank you
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BEAUTY MASTER melanito / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
I agree with vote for Kat von D concealer. It lasts all day, covers well and doesn't cake on me.  I however am using the old old school tube version which I still have i... see post
Foundation Question
I have a friend that has been using Bare Minerals for quite some time and her skin looks amazing! It also only takes her 5 minutes to apply her entire face.  I hate having to take so much longer to apply my liquid foundation then having to set it.  I am wanting a powder foundation, that will give me a natural finish and medium coverage. I have combo skin that gets worse in the summer. Looking for any recommendations. Price isn't an issue just wanting something that works. Also not needing it to contain sunscreen as I use a sunscreen prior to my foundation.  Thanks in advance!!
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ValBuchanan / FRESH FACE / replied
Too Faced Cocoa powder foundation to me is super good. It gives a nice medium finish and its never chalky, which is what I found from using the KVD lock it powder founda... see post