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  • HautelookUp to 59% off MAC Cosmetics, includes eyeshadows, palettes, blushes, eyeliners, lipsticks, and more, ends 8/20.
  • Muse BeautyBuy any 2 Viseart eyeshadow palettes for $128 (plus get three Esum eyeshadow brushes), ends 8/21.
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More confident usually, sometimes about the same, and rarely less. The point of makeup (at least, at its base) is to enhance, so foundation definitely makes my skin look better, which leads me to feeling better about the way I look. It doesn’t mean I look at myself bare-faced and think I’m ugly, though!

— Christine

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Survey Says… August 8th, 2012

  • Your skin tone/coloring:
  • Where do you apply your makeup?
  • What kind of lighting do you apply makeup with?
  • What would you change about your makeup set-up?
  • Your skin tone/coloring: Medium, MAC NC30-ish (I think I’m finally dead-on NC30!)
  • Where do you apply your makeup? For full makeup, second bathroom. For lip swatches and the like, loft area (where I take photos).
  • What kind of lighting do you apply makeup with? I use the bathroom lighting, which has 4 halogen bulbs in it.
  • What would you change about your makeup set-up? It’s SOOOOOOO hot!!

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Beautiful Beginnings with Essie

Beautiful Beginnings with Essie

What was the first Essie product you ever tried?  Did it pave way for a real romance or did it put you off the brand entirely?  What was the first product you purchased?  Did you love it? Hate it? Still own it?

my answer: The first Essie product I ever tried was their Spring 2008 collection! The older I get, the more I really enjoy the brand for its overall color range. They do some really fantastic creams in particular!

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No, not usually. I have a hard time just sitting there, and my eyes blink like crazy when other people do my makeup. I’ve only liked a handful of makeovers, most notably when Nicholas Lujan @ the Vegas MUFE boutique did my makeup. I like it when the people are really knowledgeable, and the majority of the ones I’ve had have been people just selling and selling to me and telling me how much makeup I need to cover all of my supposed flaws. Having a salesperson tell you that your natural eye color is awful and you absolutely must use the following eyeshadows to make them look decent is not my idea of fun!

— Christine

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Rant & Rave: Liquid Concealer

This Week’s Topic: Liquid Concealer!

Your Mission: Tell us what you love, hate, or are otherwise indifferent to about liquid concealers. What drives you bananas? What makes them necessary?

my answer: They’re super easy to blend out/spread out over the skin, and they can have an illusion of being more moisturizing (whether they are or not is dependent on the formula). It can be easy to get too much out of the container, though.

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