Totally Off Subject-What Foundation/Makeup Line Do You Use??

I also have oily/combination skin, and I've had great success with Bare Minerals. It doesn't aggravate breakouts. I used it a few years ago and stopped, and recently revisited it....now I'm wondering why I stopped, LOL.

I wear the "Warm Deep" foundation. I originally ordered a starter set off of Sephora.com, but you can easily find the makeup line at Ulta or Sephora stores.
Originally Posted by preciousjewel76
Now, I have been eyeing that but then I hear it can make black women look "ashen". I assume you've never had that problem.
Originally Posted by akilamonique
I worked at Sephora for 3 years. I absolutely hate Bare Minerals Foundation. In my experience as a Make-Up Artist, it makes most women of color look ashy, gray or dead. I do have 2 friends that use it and love it, but both are lighter complexion (one of them also works at Sephora and says that no one in her store uses in on women of color).

I dont wear foundation on a regular basis. I actually use concealer and maybe tinted moisturizer set with powder. Tinted Moisturizer is a great alternative if you are looking for sheer to light coverage. Brands I like are Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 or Becca Luminous Skin Colour.

If you are going to use a liquid, it should be oil free. Sue Devitt Studio 70% triple seaweed gel foundation is good. Its full coverage, 70% water-based and oil free.

I also recommend using a powder foundation like Mac Studio Fix. I used it for years, sometimes I switch it up but I always go back to it (when I need full coverage). Iman Second to None Foundation Stick have the best color selection, are oil free and have a powdery finish.
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Last edited by MissKinkyCoily; 09-16-2008 at 08:53 PM.
What are you using to cleanse you face?
Originally Posted by Mo_Gemini22
I used to use proactiv, but stopped using it to see if I could find anything cheaper that worked just as well. I didn't, so my new set of proactiv is in the mail now. I hope it gets here soon!!!
That stuff Rocks!!!
Originally Posted by akilamonique
I used to use Proactiv but for me it seemed to stop being as effective after a couple of months of use. I ran across University Medical's "acnefree" brand at Target and I absolutely love it. It's like $20 for the set they sell some of the items like the spot treatment and toners separately if you prefer and they have a regular strength and severe acne options. You might wanna look into it, I am loving the price, the results and not missing the shipping cost or time delay!


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J'adore Bare Minerals. I do have a lighter complexion. I've never felt that it made me look ashy, but I could see how that would happen if the shade was too light, because of the reflective properties of mineral makeup. And yet the same thing happens if you wear a too-pale foundation or powder by any cosmetic maker.

I bought the $60 starter set with the brushes and everything and it lasted me more than two years. I love that it looks and feels so light and natural, and I've never received so many compliments. It's definitely worth a try.
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What are you using to cleanse you face?
Originally Posted by Mo_Gemini22
I used to use proactiv, but stopped using it to see if I could find anything cheaper that worked just as well. I didn't, so my new set of proactiv is in the mail now. I hope it gets here soon!!!
That stuff Rocks!!!
Originally Posted by akilamonique
I used to use Proactiv but for me it seemed to stop being as effective after a couple of months of use. I ran across University Medical's "acnefree" brand at Target and I absolutely love it. It's like $20 for the set they sell some of the items like the spot treatment and toners separately if you prefer and they have a regular strength and severe acne options. You might wanna look into it, I am loving the price, the results and not missing the shipping cost or time delay!
Originally Posted by drawmuhfree
Do they have a moisturizer? I need that little bit of extra moisture.
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Ms. Akilamonique, it is very similar to the Proactiv kit. If you buy the set it comes with the cleanser the toner and the repair lotion. Sometimes they have bonus packs that include the concentrated spot treatment. As far as the lotion being sold alone... I haven't seen it at any of the Targets that I frequent, but I have noticed the toner and spot treatment packaged separately. If I feel like I need additional moisture I use a bit of my clean and clear dual action moisturizer.

hth


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Last edited by drawmuhfree; 09-13-2008 at 08:52 PM.
I use Pur Minerals---it is sold at Ulta. My shade is the dark---and it works wonderfully and makes me feel as if I have nothing on. The starter kit is 37.50 and includes blush and bronzer powder. I also purchased the mineral mist for an additional 21.00 and it really sets your makeup and makes you have a natural glow.
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Ms. Akilamonique, it is very similar to the Proactiv kit. If you buy the set it comes with the cleanser the toner and the repair lotion. Sometimes they have bonus packs that include the concentrated spot treatment. As far as the lotion being sold alone... I haven't seen it at any of the Targets that I frequent, but I have noticed the toner and spot treatment packaged separately. If I feel like I need additional moisture I use a bit of my clean and clear dual action moisturizer.

hth
Originally Posted by drawmuhfree

Thanks for the Rec.!!! I think I will give that a try next month. I love Proactiv, but like you said it is expensive. Since I am already addicted to hair products and can't afford to add too many more products!
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J'adore Bare Minerals. I do have a lighter complexion. I've never felt that it made me look ashy, but I could see how that would happen if the shade was too light, because of the reflective properties of mineral makeup. And yet the same thing happens if you wear a too-pale foundation or powder by any cosmetic maker.
Originally Posted by Shones
So, Bare Minerals contains titanium dioxide (i.e. sunscreen), which in high quantities can cause chalkiness on any skin tone.

Shones, Im glad it works for you, I guess I should stop bad mouthing it, LOL.
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I'm with MissKinkyCoily, I find most foundations whether liquid or mineral, don't feel or look good, I've tried several mineral lines and all I have to say is flawless/schmawless. I have good brushes too, but end up feeling dry and looking chalky/opaque, even with my relatively pale skin.I have freckles and aging skin, which means darkness around the eyes near my nose that is just -- aging. My goal is radiant, color balanced skin with the freckles showing, but softened.

My face's best friends are concealer and moisturizer (I just discovered Guinot talk about sticker shock); high SPF sunblock (Shesheido SPF55) and Smashbox primer. These give my skin a nice sheer protective "cushion" for color to work. Over that it becomes about balancing tone and color. The freckles will still show when I'm finished, but my uneven/red spots will be gone.

I brush on Fresh Absolute concealer (corner of my eyes, outer side of eyes, any blemishes, maybe a bit on those nose to mouth creases. Most of my make up goes into evening out my eyelid tone, giving my eyes some depth and "pop".

Then it's a powder highlighter blush on my "apples". Only after everything else is on, do I brush on a tinted moisturizer (Trish McEvoy Protective Shield moisturizer in Honey) on forehead, nose, lower cheeks, upper lip -- around the blusher. It's a very natural sheer look but nice and brings needed color to my face which is washed out. McEvoy is expensive but long lasting, and the pigments are exceptional. My tube of tinted moisturizer has lasted since last November.

ETA - I have combination oily/normal skin.



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MAC select tint moisturizer, NC45
Becca luminous skin colour, Sepia
Bobbi Brown concealer, Golden
Originally Posted by curlyarca
Just wanted to add that tinted moisturizer, concealer, and a bit of powder every now and then (i use the Bobbi Brown concealer/powder combo...the powder is Pale Yellow) make my skin glow. Without the powder the look doesn't last all day. It looks very natural but I still get a bit of coverage. I think this is a good starter for anyone.

I use MAC, Becca, and Nars exclusively. I've been disappointed whenever I have deviated from MAC or Nars, and Becca is a new one, but seems really promising.

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I have dry skin. But I have been blessed by God to have had clear skin my entire life. I do not have to wear any foundation and never have. I do wear blush, rouge, eyeshadow and etc. I used to use Clinique and MAC, but I recently discovered Bobbi Brown and the rest is history. I am a Bobbi Brown Cosmetic junky. I love her natural looks, and her make-up is very high quality and does not damage/breakout the skin. I also have extremely sensitive skin. I am allergic to chemical SPF products. For skin care I love Aveda's Tourmaline and Botanical Kinetics line. I also use a lot of Origins products for skin care. I am currently using some of the skin care products by Karen's Body Beautiful and they are working nicely as well.
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I have dry skin. But I have been blessed by God to have had clear skin my entire life. I do not have to wear any foundation and never have. I do wear blush, rouge, eyeshadow and etc. I used to use Clinique and MAC, but I recently discovered Bobbi Brown and the rest is history. I am a Bobbi Brown Cosmetic junky. I love her natural looks, and her make-up is very high quality and does not damage/breakout the skin. I also have extremely sensitive skin. I am allergic to chemical SPF products. For skin care I love Aveda's Tourmaline and Botanical Kinetics line. I also use a lot of Origins products for skin care. I am currently using some of the skin care products by Karen's Body Beautiful and they are working nicely as well.
Originally Posted by mikosbelle
My mother loves bobbi brown too. She just spent $175 at the Bobbi Brown Counter a couple of weeks ago. I told her she was crazy!!
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MAC select tint moisturizer, NC45
Becca luminous skin colour, Sepia
Bobbi Brown concealer, Golden
Originally Posted by curlyarca
Just wanted to add that tinted moisturizer, concealer, and a bit of powder every now and then (i use the Bobbi Brown concealer/powder combo...the powder is Pale Yellow) make my skin glow. Without the powder the look doesn't last all day. It looks very natural but I still get a bit of coverage. I think this is a good starter for anyone.

I use MAC, Becca, and Nars exclusively. I've been disappointed whenever I have deviated from MAC or Nars, and Becca is a new one, but seems really promising.
Originally Posted by curlyarca
I've been wanting to try Becca. Message me please and inform me about what you use and like. I've heard she's great for ethnic skin.
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I freelance as a makeup artist and have worked on a range of complexions. Black Opal (drugstores) and Bobbi Brown (dept stores) have the widest range of colors and best color matches that I have seen

Just another tip, I would use MAC only for glosses and eye shadows, but now that Loreal has the HIP line and CG has the Queen collection, i would try those and save my money

One more tip, take 6-8 weeks and invest in quality skin care. follow a routine and improve your skin, then u wont need so much foundation or any at all. Brands I like: Neutrogena, Jason Natural(whole foods), philosophy. hope this helps
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becca is aweome. she has a tinted moist and illuminator that blend so well. i always gt compliments bc it doesnt look like makeup it likes like great skin. its not available at sephora any more so im not sure where to buy it right now
MAC select tint moisturizer, NC45
Becca luminous skin colour, Sepia
Bobbi Brown concealer, Golden
Originally Posted by curlyarca
Just wanted to add that tinted moisturizer, concealer, and a bit of powder every now and then (i use the Bobbi Brown concealer/powder combo...the powder is Pale Yellow) make my skin glow. Without the powder the look doesn't last all day. It looks very natural but I still get a bit of coverage. I think this is a good starter for anyone.

I use MAC, Becca, and Nars exclusively. I've been disappointed whenever I have deviated from MAC or Nars, and Becca is a new one, but seems really promising.
Originally Posted by curlyarca
I've been wanting to try Becca. Message me please and inform me about what you use and like. I've heard she's great for ethnic skin.
Originally Posted by HeatherNicole
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becca is aweome. she has a tinted moist and illuminator that blend so well. i always gt compliments bc it doesnt look like makeup it likes like great skin. its not available at sephora any more so im not sure where to buy it right now
Originally Posted by curlygirlbeautiful
I love Becca Tinted Moisturizer. It looks so natural and gives me a dewy complexion. Here is a list of where you can buy it: http://www.beccacosmetics.com/i28//information.html
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Last edited by MissKinkyCoily; 09-16-2008 at 08:54 PM.
I seriously need more than tinted moisturizer. I've got quite a bit of hyperpigmentation from former breakouts and unless the tinted moisturizer is basically a light foundation, I think I'm going to need more. I tried Bobbi Brown's and it did nothing for my skin.
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I second the PUR Minerals!! I used MAC studio fix for about 10 years and absolutely love it, but when I went natural with my hair I wanted to go natural all over so I went through lots of different foundations & found PUR Minerals to be the natural equivalant to MAC studio fix, It has great coverage without looking cakey, It is a pressed 4 in 1 foundation so its not messy. I have combination skin, so in the winter I use a tinted moisturizer (Kiss My Face)with just a light brush of PUR minerals on top to set it, but in the summer (Texas) I use the Pur Minerals all by itself, I get it at Ulta were you can get a sample pack for $35.00 which comes with foundation, bronzer, blush & you have 30 days to take it back if you don't like it..... If your not worried about using natural products I would recommend MAC Studio Fix or Merle Norman foundations.

Just make sure to exfoliate, I use black soap & baking soda once or twice a week. Good luck & keep us updated!!

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Last edited by ms_isela; 09-19-2008 at 12:48 AM.
Another Bare Escentuals user, here.
Haven't had any issues w/it making me look ashy, but could see how that could happen.

Prior to using BE I used Prescriptives for years. I loved it (used to work for their line a loooong time ago). I only used their liquid foundation, and didn't get anything custom blended, as I found a great match through what they have available. (But recall they did nice matches through custom blending).

I also didn't use their powder, as I liked using basic pressed powder by Cornsilk (drugstore brand), because it was cost effective. It provided a nice matte finish over the foundation.

I actually prefer BE, though. I always hated the feeling of wearing foundation/makeup, and rarely wore it. I can now wear makeup for the times I want some coverage, but I don't feel like I'm wearing anything.

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