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If you know your way around the Beauty Insider Community, chances are you’ve seen a few of our Sephora Pro Artists sharing their looks on the Gallery and dropping their beauty routines in some of our favorite challenge threads.  @ElizaPRO@ShawnPRO, and @ProAmy are Makeup Artists with years of industry experience with a bounty of product knowledge to share. These beauty geniuses are subject matter experts and they give life-changing advice on how to build your basket and put your haul to good use!


We've created this thread to allow you all to better connect with our Sephora Pro Artists here in the BIC! This is a place for you to ask them ANYTHING beauty-related. Don't forget to bookmark this thread by clicking the bookmark icon at the top right of this thread. It will come in handy for those moments you wish you had a beauty expert on speed dial for questions like "is it a good idea to layer these skincare products?" or "what's the best brush for my foundation routine?"


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Hi @Josette66 ,


I personally LOVED that product as well!! The recommendations below will be similar in finish and contain the SPF that the Dr. Perricone. The only thing is that you will want to try to match to your skin tone. Which is not hard. You can visit your local Sephora for a personalized match or try to select a shade closest visually by looking at the foundation swatches and how the shades look on the model as well as the actual undertone description. I know that the Perricone isnt the easiest to match because it did change color.


Check put these amazing options below!


Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 Foundation

Plant-based Squalane: Hydrates and visibly improves elasticity without clogging pores. 
-Niacinamide: Visibly smooths texture, minimizes the appearance of pores, softens lines, and promotes even tone. 
-Hyaluronic Acids (Macro and Micro): Penetrate at different levels to visibly plump and boost skin’s moisture levels. 

ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 Foundation Paloma ST9  ( this is not the exact shade but wanted you to have the product link.)



Dr. Jart+
Premium BB Beauty Balm SPF 40

A cult-favorite, all-in-one beauty balm that visibly perfects the complexion while shielding skin from UV damage.


(Very similar in concept to what you are used too. Consistency is more like a balm but is very flattering for evening out the skin tone and blurring texture)  Only Comes in light and medium and deep. You would select one that best matches your skin. Maybe medium if you are more light-medium in complexion...the light is very fair. 


Dr. Jart+ Premium BB Beauty Balm SPF 40 



Drunk Elephant
Umbra Tinte™ Physical Daily Defense SPF 30

A tinted physical sunscreen that delivers powerful broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection and aids in the prevention of free-radical and oxidative damage. 


Highlighted Ingredients:
- Sunflower Shoot Extract: A powerful ingredient that helps neutralize free radicals and exhibits strong antiglycation properties.
- Astaxanthin-Rich Algae Extract: A carotenoid with potent antioxidant properties that defends against oxidative damage.
- Raspberry Seed Oil: Offers antioxidant protection from damaging environmental aggressors.


Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte™ Physical Daily Defense SPF 30 


(This one is similar to what you were using as well but very little tint) Extremely natural.



Hopefully these will give you a great starting point!

Happy Shopping!



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Hi! I have a very uneven skin tone and my face always looks dull and dry. I do not have a skincare routine but currently I am using a foaming cleanser from ponds, Neutrogena hydro boost moisturizer and a Neutrogena sunscreen- spf 110 ( always leaves a very bad white cast on my brown indian skin). I want to fix this. Please suggest me some good products that can help me with dullness and hyperpigmentation. 

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Hi! How are you! Thank you so much for reaching out to the thread) The best thing to have with a skin routine is consistency. below are some recommendations of some products to help you with your skin concerns.

  • Idie Lee Brughtening Cleanser is Clean and vegan and will help to brighten, exfoliate and even the skin. Make sure you use this 2x a day am and pm:)

Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser 12.6 oz/ 375 mL

  • This toner has vitamin C and will work to help brighten any 

Dr. Zenovia Skincare Vitamin C Brightening Toner 4 oz/ 120 mLL

*Use this am and pm

-Abscorbic Acid: Supports natural collagen production while visibly brightening and evening skin tone. 
- REG-ulate 360 Complex™: Restores a healthy appearance to hormonally imbalanced skin with a blend of medical-grade actives including resveratrol, vitamin E, green tea, bakuchiol, and genistein (a plant-derived phytoestrogen).
- Micro-Nutrient Sea Salt: Visibly enhances skin tone and neutralizes pore-clogging impurities. 


#SEPHORA COLLECTION Ultra Glow Serum: Glow + Strengthen Vitamin C Serum 30 ml/ 1.01 fl oz 

  • Use this as your treatment for am and pm - It's super gentle and brightening.

for mositurizer that wont leave a white cast on your skin check out

Fenty Skin Hydra Vizor Invisible Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 1.7 oz/ 50 mL 

- This formula is going tp target pores, dark spots and dryness


At night you may want to switch this out for a formula without SPF check out SEPHORA COLLECTION Firming Night Cream with Peptides 1.69 oz/ 50 mL 


For eyes start using and eye cream am/pm 

This makes under eyes look bright and refreshed and definitely makes a difference with any under eye makeup.

SEPHORA COLLECTION Brightening Eye Cream with Caffeine and Hyaluronic Acid 0.67 oz/ 20mL 



You can use all of the above products at once or just select the ones that work for you. I hope this was helpful for you! I wanted to select some gentle products that really help to brighten and even your skin without leaving any residue!

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Thank you so much for such detailed reply❤️. I will definitely try out these products.

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@Aaliya96  Anytime:) You are so welcome! I hope these work well for you!!💟

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I’ve struggled with uneven skin tone since I was a teenager and finally found something that works. I’ve been using a serum with Tranexamic acid in it for two months now and I have never been happier with my complexion. Everything is nice and even, and not just noticed to me - family has commented on it! I would suggest finding a serum with as much as 5% Tranexamic acid in it and seeing if that helps.


Also - since you mentioned the white cast with sunscreen, consider switching to Supergoop sunscreen instead. It’s clear and really silky on your skin. I love using it in the morning before my make up since it’s almost like a primer in the way it preps my skin. 

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Hi i was wondering if someone could help me find the perfect lip liner shade to match my lips thank you! 

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Hi @Gthjhffhjb  


I would definitely take a look at MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Color Pencil: Eye, Lip & Brow Pencil 508 Total Taupe  & 506 Endless Cacao They are perfection. I actually adore this formula because its long lasting and you can use it for multiple purposes.

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I need help finding a foundation, BB cream or CC cream (I confess I don't always know the difference.) Despite my user name, I actually am... young in outlook only! I LOVED the now discontinued Clinique acne solution BB cream - it had a pale shade that wasn't gray or yellow, it had SPF 40, it wasn't perfumed, and it wasn't greasy so it stayed on all day. 


I can't believe they discontinued it!! (Sephora -- please come to the rescue and make a knock-off!!)


Is there a similar product (or layering of sunscreen plus something) that might approximate it? I am finding the newer Clinique products - even those labeled "cool" - to be quite yellow. When I layer creamy sunscreens with foundation, things "slip." I need something fair with pink undertones, great coverage, matte-ish, clean (acne and pore friendly), with high SPF.


Please help!  

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Hi, there’s a great spf toner product by Paula Choice called “Super-Light Wrinkle Defense SPF 30”. I believe you will like it. There’s no yellow or other shades in it, at it’s working as perfect “foundation” for me as well as the spf. (It’s also on sale on Paula choice website, not on sale at Sephora temporarily).

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HI @notoldyet 


Thank you so much for reaching out on this thread!! I understand the pain of losing a great formual but i think you will love this formula  Supergoop! CC Screen 100% Mineral CC Cream SPF 50 PA++++ 110C  or 100C- This is a natural skin finish and more on the matte side vs luminious. You still will want to prep your skin, but no primer is really needed unless you are very oily- If that is the case check out ONE/SIZE by Patrick Starrr Secure the Blur Makeup Magnet Primer 1.18 oz/ 35 mL  Pat on to tzone after skin prep, then applu cc cream with fingertips or a sponge.


Hope this was helpful for you!

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How can I make sure my brow pencil wont wear off or rub off? I go to work with full eyebrows, leave with partials, help.

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Hey there! This is my favorite trick and I only recently started doing this myself! What you need is a really good setting powder. Try the SEPHORA COLLECTION Translucent Loose Setting Powder 0.61 oz/ 17.29 g  and SEPHORA COLLECTION PRO Highlight Brush #98 . FIrst apply your brows as you usually would. Then load up your brush with a light amount of powder and pat and stipple product into brows. Think of it as "brow baking!"

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Hey - I can't claim I'm an expert, but have you tried using a pen instead of a pencil? I got mine someplace online a long time ago, then invested in a micro blade treatment and tattoo (!!) but I just checked and Sephora seems to have something like it: #Benefit Cosmetics Brow Microfilming Eyebrow Pen. It has three little prongs that make it easy to draw little strokes. I found they looked really natural and depending on the formula (I am not familiar with this one) they can last through the day.

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Or you can try layering a brow gel on top of the pencil let us know if it helps 

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I bought


After I apply primer and foundation, how do I apply these Colours, where and in which order? 

thanks for the help. 

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You contour with the dark shade on your temples jawline chin and down the sides of your nose whereever you want to contour really the gold shade is highlighter so you put one of the other two which are blushes on the cheeks and the highlighter on top of the contour

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Hello, I typically use Patrick star powder foundation shade 3N but I want to go a shade darker for the summer. Does anybody have tips on how to know what shade to go with? Or is my best bet just to go in store? Thanks in advance!!

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Hi @altshuealexis 


Hi there:) I LOVE this formula! Check out  Medium 1 - medium, neutral undertones:) That will give you the nect level of depth that you need!

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Hello beauty experts! I need some advice on what to do/products to use on my face, new to skincare and I have a flakey forehead(very dry) and fine lines at the age of 25!!! Any advice please as my budget isn’t overly free enough to experiment with many different options thanks girls xx

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I suggest you make an appointment with a dermatologist.  This way you can learn why you skin if flakey and devoping fine lines at such a young age.