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What’s your current technique to apply foundation?

What’s your current technique to apply foundation?

I usually use half a pump to one pump of each shade (I am usually mixing two shades) on one fingertip, then mixing on my face and dabbing a bit on each cheek, forehead, touch on the nose, and on my chin. I’ll usually dab a liquid illuminator in the same places (next to the foundation bits), and...

— Christine

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What’s your current technique to apply concealer underneath your eye?

What’s your current technique to apply concealer underneath your eye?

I apply a dab (I usually use liquid) of the product in the under eye area but more toward the top of my cheek bone, and then I use a synthetic foundation brush to diffuse and buff most of it out. I go back in with either a dampened sponge or a small, fluffy synthetic brush to diffuse and bring up...

— Christine

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What do you like about eyeshadow primer? What don’t you like?

What do you like about eyeshadow primer? What don’t you like?

Tell us what you love and hate about...

Eyeshadow Primer

I think it’s well-worth using for someone who routinely wears eyeshadow, even if one can find formulas that are longer-wearing. I like more translucent, silicone-like primers that help smooth out the lid and improve adhesion, grip, and longevity but aren’t tacky or thick. I find the latter difficult to apply and blend out over.

— Christine

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How useful are brands’ promotional swatches to you?

How useful are brands’ promotional swatches to you?

A lot of them are heavily edited that they’ve lost meaning; when they look nearly digitally stamped on or exactly the same across three skin tones, they aren’t very useful. I like when they are well-done but still have a foot, or at least a toe, in reality.

— Christine

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Pat McGrath Golden Opulence Mini Lip Gloss Trios Swatches

Pat McGrath Golden Opulence Mini Lip Gloss Trios Swatches

Pat McGrath's Lunar New Year Collection also included two, miniature-sized gloss trios, which I've swatched in this post. Each trio contains two shades from the permanent range and one new, exclusive shade. Here are swatches of the two sets!

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YSL Rouge Volupte Rock’N Shine Lipstick Swatches

YSL Rouge Volupte Rock’N Shine Lipstick Swatches

YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a new, limited edition variation on the Rouge Volupte formula. It's supposed to be a "lipstick-meets-balm" with "hydrating, medium-coverage" that has a "star-shaped core packed with pearls" for both shine and shimmer. Here are swatches of the...

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Community Favorites, Looks & Color Stories, Vol. 025

Community Favorites, Looks & Color Stories, Vol. 025

First and foremost, if you're not part of the lovely community, consider registering for an account.  This will allow you to take full advantage of all of the features available on the site!

Now, let's dive into readers' most loved and most wanted products from this past week along with recently...

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