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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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I have olive skin and my hair colour is chocolate mahogany. Which shade of the Sephora retractable eyebrow pencil would best suit me?

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I’ve been using Sephora 10hr Foundation for years and am matched with #20 Claire/Light Cream. However, my color is no longer available. I would love to switch to a similar color in your Best Skin Ever series, but I need help finding a match. I live in rural Montana and don’t have access to a Sephora shop where I can get a match done in person. Can anyone help me find my shade? Thanks!

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Hi @AreKraney , 

 

Thank you so much for leaving a question! While the two foundations are not exactly one to one in terms of shades, upon careful comparison, majority of the shades corresponds accordingly (e.g., Best Skin Ever Foundation 03 P - for fair skin with pink undertones = !0 HR Wear Perfection Foundation 03 Pearl - for fair skin with pink undertones). 

So using this system without shade swatching, I would recommend looking at shade SEPHORA COLLECTION Best Skin Ever Liquid Foundation 20 N . If you have pink undertone, I recommend shade 19.5 P - for light skin with pink undertones. 

 

I hope this helps! Let us know how it works out for you.

 

Best,

Shawn

Sephora PRO Artist

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  •  Hello! I’m in quite the quandary and need expert help! I’ve been using YSL Touche Eclat foundation in shade BR40 (cool sand) for years. You probably already know it’s been discontinued. I asked a beauty expert once already to match me with the equivalent shade of the Hourglass Ambient Soft Glow and they gave me shade 9.5. This looks like orange on my face. Not saying that this is necessarily a wrong formula for me, maybe just the wrong match. A little background: I’m 53, combo skin, few fine lines, prefer a dewy look. 
    PLEASE HELP! Lol. I managed to track down one last bottle on Mercari. Thanks in advance for any and all suggestions and advice.

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in this image I am wearing the Westman Atelier Foundation Drops and the Hollywood Filter Foundation on my cheek bones for added dimension/highlightin this image I am wearing the Westman Atelier Foundation Drops and the Hollywood Filter Foundation on my cheek bones for added dimension/highlightHello Merrie1970!

 

I personally loved that foundation too! I am 47 and have similar skin tone. You have a lovely smile 🙂 thank you for including a picture, it is so helpful to be able to give you accurate recommendations.

 

My #1 recommendation for a dewy look would be ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 Foundation Balos ST3 It's a medium coverage but build-able.

 

My next recommendation would be Westman Atelier Vital Skincare Dewy Foundation Drops Atelier XI.5 or X 1(it wouldn't let me tag the X 1 shade) this foundation is INCREDIBLE!!! a very little goes a loooooog way. I'm obsessed.

 

You could always go this route, too: Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter in shade 2. This one can be used alone or under/over any other complexion product to add a glow. I love it so much.

 

I know what it's like to have my favorite products be discontinued and I hope these suggestions will help you find a new favortie!

 

Sincerely,

Amy

Sephora PRO Artist

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Hi hun! Knowing the YSL is a more medium coverage foundation and your looking for a nice dewy look these are some of the products I would recommend. Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Medium Coverage Liquid Foundation with Hyaluronic Acid 11 Cool. It has a nice coverage and gives off a nice natural finish. The best part is that it is skincare infused. I would also pair this withLANEIGE Glowy Makeup Serum 1.0 oz/ 30 mL  or the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Dew Drops both of these items can be used as a base under your foundation and give off a nice illuminating look to any foundation. If you also feel like you just want to set your look with a dewy finish I would definitely recommend Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist 1.35 oz/ 40 mL using this on top of any makeup gives a nice dewy finish and it also smells really nice. Plus having the skincare in your makeup routine is always on the plus side. 

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@ElizaPRO 

You’re so gorgeous that I go through your photos often for hair and makeup inspiration. I recently saw that you’re 37 and was shocked! I’ll be 35 in 2 months and here is my question:

 

Once you have some larger pores and small scars from acne, can you ever get tighter pores and smooth texture again?

 

I still deal with acne, but have a good skincare routine. I’m about as fair as you get, so imperfections and slight redness are painfully obvious. I use to have oily/combo skin, but once I stuck with a good skincare routine, I really found I have dry skin that easily flakes no matter how well I exfoliate and moisturize. Part of the issue is I need to drink more water and the other is in order to keep from getting acne and prevent wrinkles (not an issue yet), I use chemical and physical exfoliants (lactic acid and niacinamide/zinc from the ordinary, as well as the salicylic acid oil as needed, and Differin at night. I’ve also used azaelic acid by The ordinary with luck, but pilling is always an issue.) Once breakouts completely heal, flaking isn’t a huge issue unless I use drying complexion products. And that is with moisturized skin and a hydrating primer. 


Is there anything I should stop using or add to help with texture and pores?

 

Excuse me for the long post. I’m the type of writer who always has to much info and has to condense even text messages and posts😬

 

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@gapeach4 

 

Thank you so much, I'm glad the posts are inspiring for you!! So very sorry! I must have missed this tag! I recently had a birthday and now I'm 38!! So crazy!!! Thank you so much for the compliment!

 

I just read what you wrote and i think there is indeed something missing from your routine! Have you ever tried adding Hyaluronic acid to your rouitne?

Glow Recipe Plum Plump™ Hyaluronic Acid Serum  This one from Glow recipe has been outstanding to help plump the skin and keep the moisture! You would want to apply two times, both am & pm.

I also want to suggest this serum to apply first before your hyluronic acid- Glow Recipe Strawberry Smooth BHA + AHA Salicylic Acid Serum - I like that this has multiple benefits in one serum to help with acne! 

 

I highly recommend the Glow Recipe products. I think simplifying what you are using will also help calm your skin. 

1) Cleanse The Outset Gentle Micellar Antioxidant Cleanser 5 oz / 150 mL  -Gentle! great cleanser to help balance your skin am/pm

2) Tone Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant - Great for acne and leavine your skin feeling smooth am/pm

3) Glow Recipe Strawberry Smooth BHA + AHA Salicylic Acid Serum - Helps refine the look of pores as well as help with acne. am

4) Glow Recipe Plum Plump™ Hyaluronic Acid Serum  Apply am/ pm after serum and before moisturizeram/pm

5) SEPHORA COLLECTION Brightening Eye Cream with Caffeine and Hyaluronic Acid 0.67 oz/ 20mL  am/pm

6) REN Clean Skincare ClearCalm Replenishing Gel Cream 1.7 oz/ 50 mL  (day) night- The Outset Restorative Niacinamide Night Cream 1.7 oz / 50 mL 

 

Also please use an SPF daily- to help protect your skin

Saint Jane Beauty Luxury Sun Ritual Pore Smoothing Sunscreen SPF 30 1.7 oz / 50 mL  _ This one is great for pores, redness and acne- This is also my personal secret for anti againg along with consistency.

 

To follow up, cut back on combining the physical and chemical exfoliation- Some of what I suggested above will be enough to help get your skin back on track. The recommendations I gave will help you smooth and gently exfoliate the skin throughout the day and while you sleep. 

 

Hope this is helpful for you!😀

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Looking for a really good hydraulic acid cream. Currently prego and cant do botox etc want a really good skincare line to use.

 

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Hi there @lbft8886 ,

 

We recommend consulting with your doctor before using anything while pregnant or nursing.

 

Thank you for understanding,

Eliza

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Hi there, I have severely dry and sensitive skin. A lot of products usually burn my skin whenever I put them on. I find that only a handful of products don’t irritate my skin and they’re mostly moisturizing products such as the CeraVe moisturizing lotion, the Laneige water bank cream, and the Laneige water sleeping masks. How do I repair my skin barrier to allow it to work with so many more products? I really want to be able to use retinol again but have had to stop due to irritation (I have been using it for a year and suddenly started getting irritated when I apply it). Retinol fixed my skin like no other and it’s frustrating not being able to use it to keep my skin clear and get rid of scarring. Let me know!

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@LayanAgha  

 

 

Thank you so much for reaching out on here!! I have just the right products that are sensitve skin, fragrance free and great for your skin to help keep it looking plump and youthful! (crulety free as well) 

 

1- The Outset Gentle Micellar Antioxidant Cleanser 5 oz / 150 mL  - Am and Pm

2.- The Outset Firming Vegan Collagen Prep Serum 1 oz / 30 mL   Am and PM

3.- The Outset Smoothing Vitamin C Eye + Expression Lines Cream 0.5 oz / 15 mL   Am and PM - For undereye and expression lines.

4 - The Outset Nourishing Squalane Daily Moisturizer 1.7 oz / 50 mL  AM

5. The Outset Restorative Niacinamide Night Cream 1.7 oz / 50 mL   PM only after your eye cream and serum.

 

There is also a The Outset Daily Essentials Starter Set   for travel!

To repair the skin barrier, you want to simplify what you are using with your skincare routine! This will be a great start for you!! The formulas are specially designed to work with sensitive skiin and hydrate as help repair the skins barrier with niacinamide and hyaluronic acid.

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Hello, the last 10 years my skin has been red and flaky(I’m 35). I’ve been trying different foundations and primers recently but no matter what it clumps to the flakes and it just doesn’t look good. I also have some dark and uneven spots. I was thinking of getting the MILK primer. Basically I need to relearn an entire skin care routine and makeup application. I would like to be able to help my daughter in a few years with her make, she’s 11. So cleanser, moisturizer, serums, primer, foundation, blush, highlighters, whatever else for skin care and makeup foundation. I know it’s a lot. I’d rather get professional advice and quality products than to keep wasting my money experimenting. TYSM

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Hi @JenniferMarie87 ,

 

Welcome and thank you for joining this thread. Based on some information you have provided, here are some of my recommendations for you.

Skincare:

- For cleanser, I recommend Skinfix Barrier+ Foaming Oil Hydrating Cleanser 6 oz/ 177 mL this is a lightly foaming sulfate-, fragrance-, and essential oil-free cleanser that removes dirt and makeup without stripping lipids from skin.

- To help with uneven skin tone and texture, I recommend SEPHORA COLLECTION Glow Peel Pads with AHA + PHA 65 Pads - this has an AHA and PHA peel pad to eliminate pore-clogging residue and dead skin cells for smoother, more radiant-looking skin.

- I recommend Tower 28 Beauty SOS Daily Rescue Facial Spray 4 oz/ 120 mL This helps to calm and minimize any irritation, flare ups, and redness. Spray on the skin after cleansing before your skin care routine.

- I also recommend using Tower 28 Beauty SOS Intensive Redness Relief Serum 2 oz / 59 mL This is a pH balancing serum that will control. It contains Hypochlorous Acid that is naturally produced by the body's immune system as a first line of defense to fight the appearance of redness and defend against bad bacteria. When applied topically, it soothes, purifies, and cares for sensitive or stressed skin—leaving it looking clear, soft, and healthy (according to the brand).

- For moisture, I recommend Skinfix Barrier+ Triple Lipid-Peptide Face Cream - This is ultra-hydrating and is a good prep moisturizer for makeup

Makeup:

- Tatcha The Liquid Silk Canvas: Featherweight Protective Primer 1.0 oz/ 30 mL - Great primer for dry skin types and will not create too much texture

- Kosas Revealer Skin-Improving Foundation SPF25 with Hyaluronic Acid and Niacinamide  - This a skin-reviving, SPF treatment foundation that blends like a second skin with a natural dreamy finish to blur, visibly smooth texture, and minimize pores

- Tower 28 Beauty BeachPlease Lip + Cheek Cream Blush After Hours - Awesome multi use products to add back color and it contains aloe vera for hydration and soothing

- Saie Glowy Super Gel Lightweight Dewy Highlighter - this is an illuminating gel-based luminizer made of 75 percent water that can be mixed with skincare, foundation, or worn alone for a fresh, dewy look

 

Let us know how this products work for you!

 

Best,

Shawn

Sephora PRO Artist

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I'm not a pro, @JenniferMarie87 that's a long time for your skin to be red and flaky. Do you suffer from eczema? Have you seen a dermatologist about it? If you have eczema you want to go for sensitive-skin products that don't have fragrance or alcohol. Skinfix, Vanicream, Cerave, Cetaphil, La Roche Posay, all make products geared towards sensitive and eczema prone skin. You definitely want to add products slowly into your routine so you don't aggravate it further. However, if you haven't been to a dermatologist, I'd recommend that first if possible.

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I’m not a pro, but I have dry, sensitive skin & occasional eczema outbreaks. You need a gentle exfoliant for face to remove flakes & create a smooth canvas for your makeup. I’ve tried many but my faves get discontinued. My current one isn’t sold at #Sephora or Ulta. For foundation, either MAC or #Anastasia, light to medium coverage. I use #Skinfix to cleanse/ moisturize & I love it; have products for acne skin too. Foundation: MAC or #Anastasia, light to medium coverage. I prefer the “no makeup” makeup look. Good luck!I’m 58!!I’m 58!!

 

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@Kimbo614  You are stunning!

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I have these spots under my eyes. I believe they are cholesterol deposits but I get different answers from different doctors.

None the less, they ignore my dislike for them.

I don't wear makeup but was looking for something to possible cover them up some so they don't stand out so much.

When I awake in the morning, there are nearly none showing and if any are, they are super small. After being up an hour they start to surface.

Is there a simple, not to expensive way to conceal, get rid of or hide them? I have included a picture

 

I also included a picture of my mouth and was curious if you know how to get rid of the small marionette lines above the lip and below it? TIA

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not an expert @JEART, but you could try mixing in a little bit of concealer with eye cream to try and hide the uneven coloring and brighten the overall area? If you brighten the inner corners, it'll make the eye go toward that area and not focus on the spots as much. As for the lines, filler or botox might be your best bet. Skincare only does so much unfortunately. There might be some improvement but odds are they wouldn't go away completely.

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hi, I’m looking for a vitamin c serum. I’m in my 60’s with dry skin. Thank you….Sally 

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