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*Most crucial – definitely brows. My brows are sparse, and if I don’t do them, my face looks un-finished, un-framed. Doesn’t matter if the rest of my makeup looks great, doesn’t look right without the brows.
*Least crucial – eye makeup. I love wearing it, but it’s not totally necessary

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Greatest impact: Skin and lips! I don’t have much acne now but I still have enlarged pores and a couple of whiteheads so it’s important for me to even out my complexion. Lipstick, because I have pale lips and it really brings back colour to my face.

Least crucial: eyeshadow. My double eyelid isn’t very prominent, I don’t have much lid space and I wear glasses so any eyeshadow effort doesn’t really get noticed. Eye liner is a different thing though!

Most crucial: Skincare. After that, lipstick, concealer/corrector, and foundation, in that order
Least crucial: Eyeliner, then eyeshadow.

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Oh boy! Well in order for me to look presentable, I must have at minimum, my actual skin products on, whether BB cream or foundation because of my having uneven coloring, and absolutely my brows and mascara done, otherwise my eyes disappear behind my glasses!
Least crucial would be contouring and highlighting. I love the effect they have, but I already have very high cheekbones, so I can get away with just some blush in a pinch.

Brows and mascara are a must for me as well! Could do without eye makeup like liner and shadow. On my simpler days when I just need to run errends and grocery shop then cook dinner at home for my family, or if my boyfriend pops by I will normally just do I will do a very simple day look. Bb cream, brows, mascara and blush. If im feeling like I have extra time ill throw on a nice highlight to look extra glowy and a nice lip color.

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The most crucial part for me is definitely my base. My skintone is very uneven at the moment and making sure to prime my skin and apply the right foundation and concealer is really important. I need it to look as natural as possible and I really need it to last as long as possible on my oily skin! Done well it makes such a difference. And it stops me from scaring the children. 😜

The least crucial for me is either eyebrows or eyeshadow. If everything else is done, skin, blush, lipstick, I can skip eye makeup completely. I do this pretty often actually because I’m lazy! I know that I look better with it but I don’t think I look bad without it. My face makeup wins over my eye makeup every time and I prefer a few extra minutes in bed if possible!

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Most crucial: Sunscreen so my pale skin doesn’t burn. Also, lip color. My lips are almost as pale as my skin. I need something on them or I look like I don’t have any.
Least crucial: Filling in eyebrows. They’re still thick enough I can get away without that step. I do have to brush them, though. The hairs are long and need some taming in the morning.

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It seems like this question could be considered broadly (hair? skin care? makeup? nails?) or narrowly (makeup only, since, after all, Christine focuses on reviewing color cosmetic products).

So, broadly, my hair may have the greatest impact on my overall appearance, so taking care of that might come first. But having skin that doesn’t look diseased is right up there with hair in good condition, so whatever I have to do to subdue the rosacea (in my case, mineral SPF and BHA) is absolutely crucial. Otherwise my face can turn flaming red when I go outside. It even hurts.

So my base with mineral SPF is the most important part of my makeup routine. But you could consider SPF as skin care, rather than makeup. Once I have tinted SPF on, I would have a really tough time choosing between tinted brow gel and some kind of lip color. When I was younger, I would have said brow gel to tame my brows, but, as I get older, I tend to look washed out and tired without some kind of lip color on. Bottom line is, I always use both when I leave my apartment.

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Tracey, it’s weird, nothing the dermatologists gave me ever helped, although they do have some newer products that I haven’t tried, but have heard good things about.

It seems like the most important thing with rosacea is to figure out what your biggest triggers are, and, if possible, avoid them. In my own case sun exposure is the biggest trigger, so using SPF religiously is key; and, like most people with rosacea, my skin doesn’t like most of the sunscreens other than zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, either. So I’ve used zinc oxide/titanium dioxide-containing TMs and BBs and CCs from Tarte, Too Faced, and IT Cosmetics successfully for that. For rosacea pimple prevention, 1% or 2% salicylic acid works for me; I was able to tolerate the Burt’s Bees toner even though it has denatured alcohol in it, but now I prefer products from Paula’s choice, especially the Clear Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution 2% Salicylic Acid. SA has anti-inflammatory effects that can help with rosacea, too. Taking a shower also makes my skin turn red, especially if I wash my hair, so I switched to showering in the evening instead of in the morning — I can’t stand a cold shower, so at least I don’t have to use as much concealer this way. Hot drinks aren’t a big trigger for me, but I’ve switched to iced coffee during the warmer months.

It took several months or a year or so of consistent SPF and SA use, but my rosacea calmed down considerably. It’s pretty rare when my face turns flaming red any more, instead of that happening almost every day. And the progression of new broken blood vessels on my face has slowed down.

Someone else on this forum recommended the Rosacea Control Serum from Skin Actives, which contains epidermal growth factor, but I haven’t tried it yet.

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Least crucial: eye shadow, even though it’s my favorite thing to do. Concealer, something on my cheeks, tightlining and mascara all come before eyeshadow for me.

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Most crucial: Good skincare. Good makeup starts with a good canvas. Least crucial: Brows. I have naturally dark (black) brows so they already frame my face.

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I’m just the opposite of Christine….brows and lashes are probably my least crucial. Most crucial – concealer and some lip and cheek colour (I’m very pale and need the colour on my face; being so pale, my dark circles are super-visible).

I love to make sure my eyes have some makeup even if it’s a natural look for everyday. I spend the most time on my eyes & trying to make them the best feature of my face. I think my lips are the least crucial part. I can get away with just a sheer lip balm too. 😐😐😐

The most crucial thing is definitely sunscreen! Then it would be eye cream and lip balm. That’s often all I’ll do if I’m just running errands. The next level is concealer and brows, with mascara in third. Least essential are contour, highlight and eye shadow (especially if I’m wearing glasses). Blush, eye and lip liner and lipstick are somewhere in between. I appreciate the benefits of lip liner more and more the older I get.

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Most crucial for me is to make sure my skin and lips are nice and hydrated. Everything else comes together after that, even if I don’t have time for a full face of makeup. Least crucial for me is eyeshadow and liner. I wear it every once in a while, mostly because I live close to work and like to sleep in as late as I can. LOL

I think my base is most important for me, I often have spots, so my makeup looks best when my face is sorted out with concealer and a base. My base depends on the season, and whether I’m wearing it in the daytime or the evening. If it’s daytime I wear a lighter base, like Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue, if it’s summer I wear something like It Cosmetics Your Skin but Better CC+ which has SPF. In the evening I will tend to wear something a little heavier and with more coverage like NARS Velvet Matte skin tint. I always wear Collection Lasting Perfection concealer, it’s a cheap drugstore one but very good and I don’t react to it like I do with UD Naked concealer.

The rest of my makeup is more for fun and I might only wear one item besides my base, like lipstick, or mascara, or blusher. I don’t really do anything to my brief apart from keeping them relatively groomed, tidy and shaped. I don’t wear products on my eyebrows because it can look heavy and aging on me.

Brows (darken, fill in sparse areas) and lips (bright, bold color) are most important. I can pretty much skip everything else if I do those. Eye shadow is by far the least important.

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Most crucial is undereye concealer; without it I look tired and sick, and I usually use it double-duty as my lid primer. Least crucial is my highlighter. As much as I love it, I think it’s making the smallest overall impact for my look. It’s more of the icing on top!

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Eyes for sure is the most crucial. It takes as much as the rest of my face to do.

The least crucial are the lips. Just a swipe of a lipstick or a gloss and I’m done there.

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