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Thanks to Nancy T. for today's question!

What recent trend has captured your attention?

Well, I think the term “lip topper” (or “blush topper”) is frustrating to hear since layering products has been around forever, it’s always been something I’ve loved to do. One of my favorite things to do when I first started wearing full makeup was coming up with different lip combinations of lipstick and gloss. It’s also very hard for me to wear a single cheek color – I am often mixing and matching blush/highlighter!

— Christine

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Thanks to Nancy T. for today's question!

How do you feel about movie or franchise-based collections?

I like them overall, assuming there is decent to good quality driving the products (or in line with the quality level I’d expect from the brand doing the collection). If it’s poor quality, then it just seems like a money grab. I also like to see the brand demonstrate knowledge of the movie/franchise with the packaging, colors, and naming schemes.

— Christine

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Thanks to Nancy T. for today's question!

How could brands better address their foundation shade ranges?

From a business/development standpoint, if the argument is “it’s too expensive to develop” (whether initially or at all) or “the market isn’t buying,” I would say why not develop mixers? It might take a little more expertise, which I’m sure many brands have, but would enable a smaller shade range to fit a wider variety of people. I think it might be more practical given that even in 30+ shade ranges, there are obvious gaps. Custom blending is a great feature but requires a local place to go-to and really well-trained associates who can match you in person, too.

From a consumer standpoint, I think it is good to point out lack of shade ranges to brands, but if a brand that had a limited shade range then releases more shades six months later, we could be more encouraging so it’s not a situation where they’re damned if they/damned if they don’t. Would it be better if they came out with 40 shades all at once? Yes, absolutely. But would I rather than dig in their heels and stay with 10 shades or expand to 20 in the next six months? Definitely the latter. It would also be nice to see, even if in a 10-shade range, that it’s across a spectrum and not leaving deeper skin tones out (some of the very limited ranges are nine across fair, light, medium and then one “tan” shade).

— Christine

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