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Would the Josie Maran Argan Match Foundation in Fair/Light match a Color IQ in 2Y04 or 2Y05?
I have tried a sample of the Light/Medium and I absolutely loved it but I fear it may be too dark for me.  I would really like another opinion before I buy a whole bottle and find that I can't even be matched in this particular foundation.  Thanks in advance for any advice or help!
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melissabt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
You're very welcome!:) see post
MUFE Step 1 Skin Equalizers
"'As painters always start with a smooth, perfectly prepped canvas to ensure a perfect end result, makeup artists need unified, flawless even-textured skin as a the starting point for perfect makeup results every time. ' -Dany’s words.   Discover the first step of your complexion routine for a perfect result: STEP1 Skin EQUALIZER . Like a makeup booster, the new primers prepare the skin for a perfect complexion just like a painter prepares his canvas with a basecoat. STEP1 Skin EQUALIZER is an equalizer that can balance out every skin to provide perfect texture and the best possible base to apply foundation.   The new generation primer improves the skin texture with a lighting or transparency effect, without changing the carnation; it acts like a brightness modulator. The 6 formulas answer to 6 issues: shining, dehydration, dryness, redness, dilated pores and fine line, lack of radiance.   STEP1 Skin EQUALIZER is an entire range which allows tailor-made primers for each woman."     Has anyone tried these yet?  Looks like there's something for everyone.  I recently switched from my old Smashbox primer to Too Faced Primed and Poreless, and I feel like it just emphasizes my pores.  (Strange, because it gets such great reviews, but I swear they weren't this big when I used my old stuff.) I'm interested in the Smoothing Primer.  I'm sure by the time my No Buy is over, there will be plenty of reviews, but I'm curious now!
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melissabt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
I cannot wait to try these! We will be getting them on .com next month:)! see post
Primer- How long to wait after applying..
I'm always curious if I am applying my make-up the most effective way possible. Right now, I use Smashbox iconic photofinish primer (mostly because I have about 6 free tubes of it from random promos). I forgot to use it yesterday and my makeup by the end of the day looked patchy and cakey. I was surprised that this product actually does make a difference for me!    So question for y'all:  How long do you wait after applying face primer before putting on your foundation? I do it almost immediately and I am not sure if that is right or wrong  
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HALL OF FAMER lnum / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Haha I just take my time, that's all. Nothing fancy. :P see post
Concealors
I need a recommendation for concealors.   I am looking for one for really dark circles under the eyes. I'm 44. so I need something that conceals and/or brightens fully  but will not settle in fine lines or get caked in begginings of creppey under eye area.    I also need a great concealor for dark spots.   i am fair skinned, with dry skin and blue undertones.   thank you!
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IT GIRL pripri32 / IT GIRL IT GIRL / replied
I love the nars radiant creamy concealer for dark circles. I have a similar skin tone and wear vanilla light 2 during winter or honey light 3 during summer. i have very... see post
Kat Von D Lock it Foundation or MUFE Velvet? Dry skin?
Hello all! Recently I purchased the Kat Von D lock it foundation in shade light 42. I was so joyed to see, or I should say,I was so joyed at the lack of seeing a noticeable difference between my face's skin tone and my neck! Finally I had found a product that matched my pale skin! Now let me tell you, I am new to higher end make up, skin care, and liquid foundation. But I believe I have dry skin to combo skin. I've been washing my face rdaily with a mild cleanser, moisturizing, priming with the kat von d primer, exfoliating 2-3 a week with a damp towel, and making sure not to apply too much of the foundation on my face. (one pump, with a few extra dabs to red areas all while using a damp bb.) But for some reason, it still looks off. I've seen plenty and plenty of pictures of flawless complexions using this product, but mind doesn't compare. I've tried no primer underneath, I've tried primer underneath with foundation on top, I've tried primer underneath, foundation then powder, I've tried primer underneath, then mixing primer with the foundation. I really want to like it, but I'm wondering if I should try MUFE velvet foundation instead? I want a full coverage (Scarring and LOTS of red) matte, pale foundation, and bonus points for being long wearing! Please some opinions and advice!  Below is a picture of today of the Lock it foundation (and my attempt at learning how to eyeshadow.) mixed with the kat von d primer.
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BEAUTY BOSS LarissaLaDonna / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
I use the KVD everyday and I love it. I think,if you used two pumps and a brush,it would give you the coverage you're looking for. I also,use her concealer for under my ... see post
Foundation and Concealer
Hello. My name is Alina and I have decent skin but problems with sensitivity when it comes to products that could cause me to break out. I have medium to fair skin and having pimples isnt exactly the easiest to cover when its winter or when I'm pale. Is there anything that you would recommend?
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Make Up For Ever Duo Mat in 202 - Comparable formula/Shade
Hello! I currently wear Make up For ever Duo mat in 202 - I love the mattifying effect but every time I need to purchase a new compact, my shade is out of stock. Are there any other comparable brands/ shades to MUFE 202? Thank you!
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RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi IssPattee,   I am sorry that the Make Up For Ever Duo Mat Powder Foundation in the shade 202 is out of stock. I just checked out inventory system and it looks lik... see post
Help! Changing foundation!
My mineral makeup is getting too dry for me now. What would you recommend for semi dry aging skin, dark age spots, under eye circles, and cool undertones. Others I have tried felt like my skin could not breathe. But I need full coverage. Help! Would Dior Star be good? What shade? Any other suggestions?
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AJack55 / NEWCOMER / replied
Thanks! what would be the right color for me? I am fair skinned and have cool undertones. also, what about a concealors? For dark under eye circles and for dark spots?... see post
what a good foundation for combination skin.
what a good foundation for combination skin. very oily in T zone and whole forehead. Any good primer too?
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ZannaBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi Meme1992,   If you are looking for a good foundation for combination skin, I would recommend Make Up For Ever's Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation! I also have oil... see post
Nlush?
I'm trying to find a blush suited for me, I wear medium-tan sand in Tarte and have oily skin. Also what's the best method to apply it, I don't want to look like a clown.
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ZannaBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi lalazine,   I would recommend NARS' Orgasm - peachy pink with shimmer as it dark enough to be noticed, but not obnoxiously pink like a clown! It's also going to h... see post
Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation.
Im kinda excited about this. Out now on nars, and will be available at sephora Feb 1, $48 comes with a pump   I hope to find a shade in this, gobi in the original sheer glow was too light and i think the next shade up was a touch dark   "This new formula creates instant polished perfection with full coverage in a single, weightless drop. Its uniquely fluid, oil-free formula defies the expectations of long-wear foundation, delivering full, natural-looking coverage with unexpectedly weightless, 16-hour wear. Ideal for all skin types and tones in 20 global shades that leave skin at its most beautiful. Yet this formula is also, dermatologist tested. fragrance, paraben, alcohol free. The innovative new formula features a unique Weightless Long-wear Technology that moves with skin, delivering up to 16 hours of wear while always feeling light-as-air and an Even Tone Technology that immediately neutralizes redness, dullness and discoloration to improve skin’s appearance over time."
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HALL OF FAMER etscore1 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
What's your shade in Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua? I'm trying to figure out my shade in the NARS and am probably somewhere around Deauville.  see post
Has anyone seen the Revlon Colorstay with a pump yet?
I heard this foundation would get a pump added to it.  Has anyone actually seen them like that in stores?  I haven't. 
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What is the best drugstore foundation that is almost full coverage and for combination skin?
Hi! I am looking for a holy grail foundation for those of us with combination skin! I am not too oily on a daily basis but am far from being bone dry either. I am looking for a drug store one that is full coverage and would fit me everyday for school,work, athletic events, etc. Any suggestions? 
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HALL OF FAMER guzelkiz / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I vote ColorStay also.  Not just the best drugstore full coverage foundation but the best full coverage foundation of all hands down! see post
Wedding day makeup...
I need some expertise from all you beautiful people!! I am getting married in 34 days, omg the count is on. I still don't know what I'm doing for my wedding makeup.   I have combination skin. I'm currently in Canada where is cold an snowy, but will be getting married in St. Thomas, USVI. I usually just moisturize with Origins Energy-Boosting moisturizer, followed by Stilla one step correct, and Bareminerals original foundation (this I'm starting not to like as i find it applies quite cakey). Or on days where my skin doesn't have many imperfections I only wear tarte BB tinted 12-hour primer with SPF 30.    I'm wanting some ideas so that my pictures look flawless and beautiful, especially in the sun since we are getting married on the beach! Any tips or suggestions you have would be amazing, Thanks  
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BEAUTY MAVEN Amberlea21 / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
Thank you ALL so much for the great tips! I will be defiantly looking into these products over the next few days so I can test them out before the big day!! :):)  see post
Has anyone experimented with airbrush makeup?
My mom and I keep seeing commercials for it pop up and both of us have gotten really interested in it. The downside is that they seem to be really expensive so buying a set out of the blue wouldn't be convenient without doing some research. Has anyone tried an airbrush kit? Were the results better than normal foundation? Is there a good brand to try? Is it worth the investment? A lot of commercials show the models looking significantly younger, does it really make you look more youthful?
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HALL OF FAMER heartsmyface / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I love this stuff but I never spray it on my face.  It is **bleep** cold, a waste of product and makes a mess.  If you spray it on a plate and apply it with a beauty ble... see post
Make Up Forever HD Liquid Foundation
I just purchased Make Up Forever HD Foundation in color 118...what shade in the Make Up Forever Pro Finish Powder foundation should i get to top it off?
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melissabt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi Kristen3147,   I find that these powders run a tad dark and based on the foundation shade that you currently wear, I recommend  117 Golden Ivory!   http://w... see post
Kat Von D's wish blush is being discontinued
I had this on my wish list and today I got the sad email that it will no longer be sold online and it's discontinued. I called the sephora nearest me and I was lucky to find the last one left.
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IT GIRL 4everacting / IT GIRL IT GIRL / replied
I think she's creating new blushes like she did with her lipsticks. I know she's coming out with new metallic liquid lipsticks! see post
Is there a 100% natural face makeup remover?
I have a mini bottle of Josie Maran cleansing oil that I've been using to remove my makeup, but I'm going to run out really soon. I'm not a huge fan of it because it did not remove makeup very well, but I loved how natural the ingredients were. I'm on the hunt for a new product to use, so does anyone have any recommendations for a natural face makeup remover? I'm open to any product as long as it is natural and removes makeup effortlessly (with the Josie Maran one I had to really tug and drag on my skin to make it work, which I don't think is very good for the skin). Thanks!
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HALL OF FAMER ivyxox / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I second this! I use unrefined organic coconut oil to remove my face makeup every day. I massage coconut oil on my dry face and wash it off with a hot cloth :) For eyes,... see post
BM Complexion Rescue
Has anyone tried this yet? I'm dying to try it!    http://www.sephora.com/complexion-rescue-tinted-hy drating-gel-cream-P393356?skuId=1687912
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Natural MakeUp Look
I really like natural makeup look, it tried several ways to achieve these look , but end up more dramatic look. Can you some help me to get this look? My hair is black and brown eyes. Use less eyeshadow would be nice. Can you also recommend name brands and colors too?  
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HALL OF FAMER Blackwhiskey / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
So I'm currently obsessed with Dior palette in Montaigne. You can go soft or dramatic but it still looks natural. If you can try swatching in a store, you should check i... see post
What's your liquid/BB/CC/powder foundation shades?: 2Y07 edition :)
Despite the Color IQ, which has helped tremendously, I (and many others) still find it slightly difficult to really get a good color selection sometimes. The Color IQ probably doesn't take into account the fact that some of us are in between foundation shades nor the fact that foundations simply oxidize sometimes.   I thought I'd make a list of foundations and powders that I have used and sampled that have matched me fairly well. I'll continue to update this list alphabetically if you, BTers, who have the same skin tone as I do come up with more shades from other lines, because I can only try and use so many foundations (and some brands are just difficult to access.)   In MAC terms, I'm between NC25-NC30 . NC27 if such a thing existed   (*L - Liquid, P - Powder, BB and CC- self-explanatory ) -Becca Ever Matte (L): Olive -Becca Luminous Skin (L): Camel -Benefit Some Kinda Gorgeous (P): Light -Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even (L): 3.5 Warm Beige -Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation (L): 3.5 Warm Beige - Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum (L): Mix 51 and 53 -Burberry Sheer Luminous (L):  05 -Burberry Velvet (L): 203 -Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua (L): B30 -Chantecaille Future Skin (L): Cream - Chantecaille Just Skin (L): Glow -Diorskin Airflash (Aerosol): 021 -Diorskin Forever (L): 021 -Diorskin Nude (L): 021 -Dolce and Gabbana Perfect Finish Creamy: 100 -Estee Lauder Double Wear (L): 2W1 Sand - Estee Lauder Double Wear Light (L): 2N1 Desert Beige -Fairydrops Candy Bar (BB): Mix of Light Ochre and Ochre -Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk (L): Mix of 4.5 and 5.5 - Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk (L): 5.75 - Giorgio Armanin Maestro (L): Mix of 4.5 and 6.5 -Guerlain Lingerie de  Peau (BB): Mix of Light and Medium -Guerlain Lingerie de Peau (L): Mix of 02 and 03 -Guerlain Parure de Lumiere (L): Mix of 02 and 03 -Guerlain Pressed Meteorites (P): 02 -Hourglass Immaculate (L): Nude -Jouer luminizing tint (L): golden -Jouer moisture matte (L): nude -Kat Von D Lock It (P): 52 -Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo (L): 52 -Koh Gen Do Aqua (L): Mix of OC-2 and BE-1 -Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation (L): 123 -Koh Gen Do Triple Lighting (P): OC-2 -Lancome Teint Idole 24H (L): 250W -Laura Mercier Creme Smooth: Sunny Beige - Laura Mercier Silk Creme (L): Medium Ivory -Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer (L): Nude -Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless (L): 5 - Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge (L): 2 -LORAC Porefection (P): PF3 -Marc Jacobs Genius Gel (L): 32 - Marc Jacobs Perfection (P): 300 -Missha Perfect Cover (BB): Mix of 21 and 27 -MUFE Face and Body (L): 32 -MUFE HD (L): 140 -MUFE Mat + Velvet (L): 40 -NARS Sheer Glow (L): Punjab - Revlon Colorstay Whipped: 320 -Revlon Photoready (L): Nude -Peter Thomas Roth (CC): Light-Medium - SK II Facial Treatment Cream: 420 -Smashbox Camera Ready (BB): Light -Smashbox Camera Ready (CC): Light -Stila One Step (L): Tone - Tarte Amazonian Clay (L): Light-Medium Honey (Peach/Neutral undertone) or Light-Medium Sand (Yellow undertone) - Tarte Maracuja Miracle (L): Light-Medium - Urban Decay Naked (L): 3.0 for warmer tones; Mix 3.5 and 4.0 for neutral tones -YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat (L): B40 -YSL Top Secrets BB Cream (L): Mix of Light and Medium -YSL Youth Liberator Serum (L): Mix of BR40 and B30       (***Updated 12/5/2013***)
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BEAUTY MASTER amnali / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
im NC30...go for w3 or w4 in loral lumi foundation :) see post
Foundation for hot and humid weather?
Hey everyone! So I'm moving to a state with a completely different climate than the one I currently live in. Right now, my skin is a bit oily with some dryness to it due to some acne medication. Next month, I'll be moving to a state with a MUCH warmer and humid climate so I'm looking for a new foundation! I currently use Revlon's 24 hour one, but I'm wanting to switch to something that doesn't feel so heavy! I'm thinking of maybe the Bare Minerals selections.   Any suggestions?
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kevinbt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
HI Belle13! I think the Bare Minerals would be a great choice! It's definitely lightweight but still gives you a decent amount of coverage.  Another one you can look int... see post
Hourglass Foundation Dupe
I'm looking for a foundation similar to HourglassImmaculate Liquid Powder Foundation. I  received  this foundation as a sample and loved how it wore on my face. However I'm not too crazy about spending $55 on foundation. Has anyone tried anything similar to the Hourglass foundation for a lower price?
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BEAUTY WHIZ cuttygurl / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
try Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation see post
SEPHORA+PANTONE UNIVERSE Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio - Will it be back?
I'm just wondering if there's a chance this will come back into stock or if it's never going to be available again. I feel as though it might not be available again because there is no option to "email me when it becomes available again." What do you think?
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kevinbt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi Doakie! I'm sorry, but the Sephora + Pantone Collection items will not be coming back in stock.  Please check with your local store for available inventory!    Ch... see post
I use smashbox 15 hr. foundation color 2.4 in summer, in winter I mix half
I use smashbox 15 hr. foundation.  In summer I use 2.4 but in winter I mix 2.4 & 2.2 equal parts.  My question is would 2.3 be equal to my mix or would it be too red/orange I see it has a warm base.
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Foundation hack that Changed my life. Powder before Foundation.
I saw this on YouTube and it really did work. It's kind of weird though. Using loose powder before applying your liquid foundation. What you do is put on your moisturizer and.or primer as usual then you powder your face with loose powder, not pressed powder in a compact. It can be loose powder such as Nars Loose Setting Powder or even one that has color to it like Urban Decay Ultra Definition Loose Powder which is what I use. So you powder your face then apply your liquid foundation or BB cream. The powder gives the liquid something to stick to and holds your skin care in place underneath the foundation. I found that I use less foundation this way also. After the foundation you only need to powder again in you T zone. My foundation stays in place and doesn't slip and slide. Even not coming off so easily on shirts. I love this hack, it may not work for everyone but it's worth a try. Good luck! 
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BEAUTY WHIZ jeyrosella / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
I agree! I used to do this when I was a teenager and had extremely oily skin. Now that I am combination-everything (dry, oily, normal in places, sensitive, you name it!)... see post
How can I get the milky white complexion that I see many women sport?
      I am trying to find out how I may attain the "milky white complexion that many women sport. Is there a cream that I can use to get that complexion. I have heard the term BB cream being mentionned, so I went out to purchase it and it didn't work at all. In addition, apparently many of these women rub on their body too.
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HALL OF FAMER jemly / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
fantastic video ! see post
Looking for the right tinted moisturizer shade...
My color IQ number is 2R03. I am looking for a tinted moisturizer. I am most interested in Smashbox, Tarte, Too Faced, or Urban Decay.  Can anyone tell me what shade I would be in any of these??  Thanks so much!!!! 
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HALL OF FAMER ivyxox / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Tinted moisturizer typically does not have a wide range of shades, so you probably won't be able to  find the exact match to your skin.  Your skin looks pretty fair from... see post
bb cream for neutral skin tone
Hey ladies! I'm stuck in the hunt for BB creams! I have a neutral skin tone, and i feel like every BB cream i find is either too pink toned, or too orange! I LOOOVE the smashbox photoready BB cream! The light/neutral shade is perfect for me, but the price! Yikes! I am a shade N2 in Estee Lauder double wear, if that helps.   Does anyone know of a BB cream that has a good, not so pricey, light/neutral shade???   Thanks everyone!
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HALL OF FAMER Titian06 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi, Sarahhc!  I agree with makeuptherapy88.  Dr. Jaart BB Dis-A-Pore is the first BB cream I've found that works with my neutral skin tone.  I tried a sample of the Smas... see post
Best contour makeup? Wanting to spend under $30.00 bucks if possible?
 I have never contoured and have been wanting to try it any products that would be best also any tips?
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kevinbt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi kgtbug! I would look into the Sephora Collection Contouring 101 Face Palette. :)  It's only $28 and is perfect for the beginner contour-er.  Included in the kit are s... see post