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ashleynne
I'm trying to figure out if a facial primer is a necessity anymore?
I currently use the Body Shop's Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream. It does a great job controlling my oil throughout the day and making my face nice and matte before I put on my foundation. A couple of times I decided to skip the primer and just applied my foundation after moisturizing. Honestly the only thing I noticed was that my nose got really oily but the rest of my face was perfectly fine. Do you think I can do without? Or should I just apply primer to my nose only? Not sure which direction I should go.
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kenny
HALL OF FAMER kenny / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I think it is definitely a personal decision. If you find your makeup lasts all day without primer, then there may be no need for it. You can always just keep blotting p... see post
bunragon
Separating foundation on oily skin
I've used Lancomes 24hr foundation for a long time and it has worked out pretty well but sometimes it just doesn't. In the morning I use Benefits primer for oily skin and a silicone based primer from Sephora on certain acne spots and use my beauty blender to apply my foundation. It has worked all summer but never during school. Any suggestions? I used to use a brush to apply my make up or fingers but I tend to switch it up. I use Urban Decay's setting spray but they don't help much either. I'm also the lightest shade possible with a neutral tone.    help
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Titian06
HALL OF FAMER Titian06 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi, @bunragon !  You say it worked during summer, but not during school.  I'm wondering if either (a) your not letting your face dry (from either washing it or your show... see post
AlyssaRI
NC25 matches what Hourglass Immaculate color?
Hi!  I tried an Hourglass sample but the Nude color was way too red for me.  Mac NC25 is my foundation color and for many years thats all I've ever used.  I liked the way Hourglass felt going on and it seemed a lot less cakey to me even though it was the wrong color.  What would be the best Hourglass match to NC25?  Thank you! Let me know if you think I'd like something else besides Hourglass.  
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melissabt
melissabt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi AlyssaRI,   The shade that you currently wear is more of a light complexion with a yellow undertone. Try the shade Ivory - fair to light with yellow underton... see post
dpholen812
can you please post a step by step foundation and concealing tutorial. thank you.
andyhtrieu
BEAUTY MASTER andyhtrieu / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
These videos will be very helpful and answer all your questions :)     see post
MrsDLux
BHow to get NARS Sheer Glow foundation to stay put?
I've tried it over a BB cream (Dr. Jart+ Dis-a-pore), over Clarins Instant Smooth, and over the new Smashbox pore-reducing primer, and it tends to travel all over my face after about 3-4 hours. Has anyone had good luck with a better primer (ie- does Hourglass primer help?)? I also tried adding Urban Decay All Nighter after my powder today, and I'm still touching up like crazy.    I'm not typically oily, so this is kind of a new experience. I wouldn't even try to make this work if I didn't like the color and initial finish so much. (But if anyone has a suggestion for a foundation with a similar finish but better staying power, I would happily take it.)
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MrsDLux
IT GIRL MrsDLux / IT GIRL IT GIRL / replied
Thanks! I'll have to check out the matte powders. I used to use a more matte foundation, so adding the KGD powder brightened it back up... now it seems like I'm doing th... see post
ChelseaMS
Professional Day-to-Day Foundation
Hi Everyone!   I wanted to post to look for some advice on foundation/powder for my day to day work wear. I work in a professional setting (attorney) and I don't like putting on my usual liquid foundation (NARS) everyday, especially as I am at the office for 10+ hours on some days. I have combo skin that is fairly sensitive. I want some coverage (but it doesn't have to be full as I will still wear my concealer where necessary).   I was thinking maybe a powder foundation, potentially Josie Maran?   Any help, tips, and/ or advice will be greatly appreciated.   
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clemon
BEAUTY BOSS clemon / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
I am really liking cushion foundation/bb creams right now. They are easy and fast to apply and great for on the go and in the purse. I haven't tried that many, Amorepaci... see post
nikree
I need a foundation that is REALLY waterproof.
I always laugh when I read these articles online that say "10 ways to waterproof your makeup" because they inevitably mention humidity and I just sit there and think "you don't even know humidity." I've tried 90% of these "tips" and they don't really help either.   I live in Louisiana where humidity is 100% most of the summer and temperatures exceed 100 degrees. For some reason, my face sweats horrendously bad. I was at the farmer's market this morning for about an hour and when I got back to my car, I felt like I had taken a nice oil shower because my face was so oily and sweaty.   Football season starts in two weeks which means I will be outside tailgating and in a stadium for about 10 hours a day in this disgusting weather and I need something that will withstand the heat/humidity/sweat.   My face is super oily. Like disgustingly oily right now. The only foundation that I have been able to find that keeps my face matte for more than three hours is Kat Von D and that foundation does NOT hold up to sweat. It breaks up and basically falls apart in no time.   So, my question is...any foundations that possibly WILL work for 10+ hours. I usually prefer full coverage, but I'm willing to sacrifice coverage for a foundation that doesn't have my face melting off.   I have tried: MAC Prolongwear, MAC Full Coverage (with powder), Kat Von D Lock-It, Smashbox BB Cream, Bare Minerals, various drugstore foundations...   I'm currently looking into: Hourglass Immaculate Powder, MAC Face & Body, MUF Mat Velvet, MUF Face and Body, Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation, Airbrush foundation, Stage Makeup...literally anything that will prevent a melt down. I'm down on my hands and knees begging somebody to help me (ok, not really, but I totally feel like I'm that desperate.)   Also, any tips/tricks for combatting a sweaty face. I use a primer, setting powder and setting spray. It helps a bit, but not much.
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neonlily
neonlily / RISING STAR / replied
Have you tried Smashbox Studio Skin 15 hour? I just purchased it and have extremely oily skin and was in +30 C weather this weekend in a wedding. It held up almost all d... see post
jcmb
BECCA shimmering skin perfector in champagne gold
I was looking on the Ulta website and saw a new BECCA pressed powder shimmering skin perfector in champagne gold. I wondered if anyone has seen swatches of this. I already have Moonstone, Opal and Rose Gold so the question is do I need it?? LOL...of course. But I was really wondering how different it is from Moonstone. I'm not sure how to link a picture but you can find it on Ulta or the BECCA website. It says it's limited edition (ha ha, so was rose gold) and it has the same stamping on it as the holiday rose gold had on it.                                    
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jcmb
BEAUTY WHIZ jcmb / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Well I broke down and ordered it today from Ulta along with a new release Butter London Lippy (my first ever, plus I just bought the new cream blush in the store on Mond... see post
fatimamummy
ILLAMASQUA Gleam? has anyone tried it.
I know many of you have ILLAMASQUA blushes, these are on sale @ the Bay. I can't go there personally and swatch them so I'm relying on your opinion. Which shades are the best in both powder and cream blushes given that I have medium complexion. And what do you say about ILLAMASQUA gleam
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guzelkiz
BEAUTY WHIZ guzelkiz / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
I have both  versisions Gleam - Aurora and Supernatural (the bronzy one) and I absolutely adore them!!  see post
Barnaby
Sephora foundation
I use Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation in Fresco 2C3.  How does Sephora 10 hr wear perfection compare?  What would be the appropriate shade?
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lylysa
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I haven't gotten a chance to try the Sephora foundation in order to compare it to the ELDW; however, I have tested other Sephora complexion products like their powder an... see post
sarnaman
I purchased makeup forever HD foundation
having a hard time matching the color I purchased a while ago....on bottom it has the numbers N118 and TD14A  I reordered the 118 and is not the same color it is too light any suggestions?
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andyhtrieu
BEAUTY MASTER andyhtrieu / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
If it's too light for you, you probably got tan. You can try using the shade 120 or 123 instead.  see post
immah
sephora airbrush foundation mist
hi... i want to try out the sephora airbrush foundation...but im not so sure about my shade...im an asian n currently using NC41...any suggestions?
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meowers
Applying Foundations
What brush is best to pply Mac Studio Fix?  
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lylysa
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
:P You're welcome! I hope giving the moisturizer a shot can help or at least make some type of difference, and again, try to seek some different primers as well.  see post
guzelkiz
Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Foundation
Anybody have any experience with wearing this all day? Does it last? I'm assuming that this foundation needs to be set with powder since it is so fluid. I don't have a habit of setting my foundation since I have very normal (not dry not oily not combo) skin.    Thanks for the input everybody =)
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guzelkiz
BEAUTY WHIZ guzelkiz / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Thanks Andy. Yes I will definitely set it next time =) see post
Kirsten27
can i use a brush with foundation that is thick like TARTE Amazonian Clay
can i use a brush with foundation that is thick like TARTE Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15   if yes what brush would you suggest?   or if not suitable for brush (which sucks cus i love it and have a spare bottle) what would u recommend with same coverage?   do you clean foundation brush everyday? i am always in such a rush.   thank you
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Jessicaclara
BEAUTY BOSS Jessicaclara / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
Sephora does not sell Real Techniques. If you're in the US you can purchase them at Ulta. If you're in Canada you can find them at Wal Mart or online (through a few webs... see post
laura819
Making my foundation work?
I am hoping someone can help me.... So, for my entire life I have had oily skin. So, naturally, all of my foundations are geared toward that. Well, all of the sudden, those foundations now look TERRIBLE on my face - my skin has decided it is no longer oily, but is at best, normal, and more often, dry. When I try to use my old go to foundation (Nars Sheer Glow), you can see so much flakiness on my face. I am way to scared to even TRY my MUFE Mat Velvet+. What can I do to make these foundations work for me until they run out? I hate wasting product and am trying REALLY hard to use things up before buying more. I have been using Too Faced Primed and Poreless with my foundation - is there a different primer that would work better? That primer is almost gone anyway so I wouldn't feel bad picking up a new primer. The only thing I have found that works at all is to mix foundation in with my moisturizer, but the coverage is so sheer then. I know someone on here will have a good solution for me!
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lylysa
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
You're welcome, Laura! :D see post
crod1991
Ben nye powder? What is it?
What is it? What is it used for and is it worth it? I have always been curious. Lol 
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SportyGirly125
BEAUTY PRO SportyGirly125 / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
You can buy it from Amazon, Camara Ready Cosmetics, Makeup Mania, Rickys NYC, stage and theater makeup to name a few.  These are all online. see post
Annalily11
Dupes for NW10
MAC's studio fix fluid in NW10 is so far the only foundation I've found that matches me. Although I like the foundation I don't want to be glued to it with no other options if I ever want/need to change things up. Does anyone know any good dupes? Preferably shades a tinsy bit lighter as NW10 is a touch too dark, not enough to bug me, but something I did notice (but I'm probably the only one picky enough about my appearance to notice). I'm interested in all finishes and coverage amounts, as part of my goal in asking is finding different foundations for different occasions. 
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ashleynne
So I'm thinking of getting the hourglass Ambient lighting powder... Which one would fit me best?
I have very fair skin/pink undertone. Few fine lines, pores, acne, and deal with oiliness. Honestly they all sound good, I just want what would be the most flattering for my face. I've seen you guys rave about it and I'm thinking it should maybe make my christmas list this year!
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mrsbaine
HALL OF FAMER mrsbaine / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I'd try dim or ethereal light.  see post
Hockey4Life
Clinique Even Better Foundation or BareSkin?
I'm an 18 year old and am currently using Clinique's Even Better Foundation which I love, but I sometimes feel like it applies a little too much coverage for me. I'm almost out of it and I've been looking at either rebuying the Even Better, but I've also been looking at Bare Minerals BareSkin along with Clinique's Stay Matte Foundation. I do have slightly oily skin and am looking for something that will last but will also not be too heavy on my face.
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mrsbaine
HALL OF FAMER mrsbaine / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I'm with Andy. If you didn't have oily skin, I'd say try the Bare Minerals; it may be too thin for you. Try using a beauty blender with the Clinique for a more even appl... see post
kateye7
My quest for everything Guerlain Meteorites and a question about Izzys
So I am guerlain fanatic like many of you BTers. Recently I have become more adventurous by trying to find hard to find items (items only sold overseas). Only problem I am having is to find Authentic so I usually buy from mainstream department stores. I recently purchased the Pearls Blanc from Harrods (UK). But searching for the Aqualillies I could only find one shop - Izzys beauty supply and was wondering if anyone has purchased anything from there and if it was in fact Authentic.
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ChicDabbler
HALL OF FAMER ChicDabbler / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Yup, Izzy is authentic, so is strawberrynet and Germ1123 from eBay. Those 3 are where I get my Guerlain LEs from (mini pearls, Blanc and wulong respectively). see post
michiny
Foundation
What is a good foundation for dry skin? I am looking for something that is medium to full coverage. Thanks. 
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immichaeld
BEAUTY WHIZ immichaeld / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
For a good coverage foundation yet one that is good for dry skin with moisturizing properties, try the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick! It is cream based so it will gi... see post
notcreative
Benefit Tints
I love Benefit and its tints (for my cheeks, that is).  They're not all created equally though.  Yes, they are a beautiful collection of red, pink, orange and purple.  While you can dot, dab or draw a line of Benetint, Cha Cha Tint and Posie tint and take a few seconds to rub them in, you must rub Lolli in very fast to prevent streaks.  I suggest applying it one handed with the other hand up there right away to blend.  You can also apply the tint to your finger and quickly rub it into your face.  Forget brushes.  With Lolli, there is no time.   A customer asked my Benefit brow specialist about the tints today.  When she did not know the answer, I filled the customer in.  She told me I just sold her on the product and proceeded to buy it.  Then, my Brow Specialist started asking me how to work the tints today.  I thought if I can help a Benefit rep, others may have questions.  She had only tried Lolli and had no clue the other three were easier to work with.  Hopefully, other people who start with Lolli are not afraid to try the other three.   Anyway, if you have questions about the tints, post them here.  Someone will fill you in.  If anyone is interested, I can provide swatches as well. 
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notcreative
HALL OF FAMER notcreative / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Okay, I will swatch them tonight. I sometimes wear cream blush or tints alone, and I sometimes add a powder blush over them (to set and add an extra pop of color).  I op... see post
crod1991
Estée Lauder new foundation
Has anyone tried it? And are the colors the same as double wear?
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Savvys
i need a undereye concealer that will cover my dark circles and is very long wearing
andyhtrieu
BEAUTY MASTER andyhtrieu / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
I love my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. It's full coverage, it never creases, and it lasts all day. If you find that it creases, all you need to do is apply a little bi... see post
fluffymuha
Is the YSL Touche Éclat worth it?
Any pros & cons you guys can share with me before I dive into yet another purchase?
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Manda
HALL OF FAMER Manda / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
YSL Touche Eclat is actually becoming one of my favorites, even beating out Guerlian's LDP. I find the formula wonderful to put on and moisturizing. The scent isn't stro... see post
StephaniLynn
Estee Lauder Foundation for Mature Skin?
Okay so my mom is using Avon's cream to powder compact right now and shes almost out of it so I want to make an order from Dillards so I can also gift her the GWP they have going on right now. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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jaha8005
BEAUTY WHIZ jaha8005 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
OMG get her the new EL Perfectionist Youth-Infused Foundation.  It's new.  It's like Double Wear on steriods! LOL - It's got the long wear of DW, but I feel it's geared ... see post
5390512
Combination-Oily skin Foundation & Primer
I'm 16 and want to buy a nice foundation and primer so my skin will look good at school all throughout the day! My T-zone gets very oily and my makeup wears off very fast! Need a good primer and foundation but cannot be too pricey! Was thinking of getting MAC studio fix fluid but still browsing my options! HELP (:
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comeoneileen88
BEAUTY WHIZ comeoneileen88 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
I would check out Benefit Cosmetics.  Their "Hello Flawless" foundation and "Stay Flawless" primer might work well for you, and they aren't too expensive.  I've used the... see post
lulupiee
Who tried the new estee lauder foundation ??
Estee Lauder Perfectionist Youth Infused Makeup   you thoughts about it, and if you did try it what is your skin like? 
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tatik78
hourglass ambient lighting powder
I am looking for a nice powder that I can use for touch ups during the day. Can is use hourglass ambient lighting powder for touch ups through out the day? I work 12 hrs and after 8 hrs I usually need to touch up my oily spots. Currently I use mineral veil by bare minerals. thank you
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tatik78
SPECIAL GUEST tatik78 / SPECIAL GUEST SPECIAL GUEST / replied
Thank you so much for you answers. I will try to choose one of the powders you, guys, suggested. So hard to choose from such a variety.  see post