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I have combination skin (oily tzone and dry patches around my nose and cheeks) and I'm looking into purchasing a new foundation that's light to medium coverage and offers a kind of glowy look while still maybe keeping oils at bay? Can you recommend a higher end and drugstore alternative?

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I have oily/combination skin and I want a subtle glow while keeping shine free too!

Unfortunately many “glowing” foundations arent long wearing so I make sure to use an oil controlling moisturizer and oil controlling primer so my skin won’t product as much oils and I can still get away with wearing a more dewy foundation. Check out my post on oily skin here

You could also mix some moisturizer or liquid highlighter to a long wearing, matte foundation on the back of your hand then apply for a more dewy look but still having that long lasting foundation. Loreal’s Magic Lumi primer or MAC Lustre Drops are great liquid highlighters!

Orrr you can apply powder or cream highlighter on your cheek bones, down the bridge of your nose, any anywhere else you want to have a glow. A lot of oily skin gals like this method because you can add shine where you want it while still looking matte in other places. 

Also, try translucent powder! It’s less matte than traditional powders yet is amazing at controlling shine. It sets your makeup but still lets the foundation finish shine through. Apply a thin layer all over or in your t zone :)

Some foundations i’d recommend for the look youre going for are

  • Loreal True Match Magic Lumi foundation
  • Garnier BB Cream for oily/combination skin (has the best coverage out of pretty much all drugstore bb creams)
  • Urban Decay Naked foundation
  • Lancome Tient Miracle
  • MAC Matchmaster
  • Makeup Forever Face & Body foundation

All these foundations have a light to medium coverage and a more satin/luminous finish but arent too dewy :)

Hey (: two questions, 1.) what's a good bb cream that's not too pricey but still has good coverage? and 2.) whats a good powder that would work with it? right now i've been using the Rimmel Stay Matte but i find it can leave my face feeling dry, thanks (:

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I’m obsessed with Garnier’s BB Cream for oily/combination skin! It lasts longer than the original version for normal/dry skin and has great coverage, it covers all my scars and acne. It’s also a drugstore product :) 

As for a powder thats not too matte/drying try Maybelline Fit Me powder, Maybelline Dream Wonder powder (a less matte version than the dream matte) or Revlon Nearly Naked Powder.

A translucent powder like ones from ELF and NYC are great too because they never look cakey or dry :)

can you recommend an inexpensive makeup line that is 100% vegan (no animal testing/animal products)?

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ELF is probably the most inexpensive vegan makeup line you’ll come across! Sold in Targets, some dollar stores and online :)

Wet n Wild is also cruelty free, inexpensive & mostly vegan they have listed the products that have carmine in the link below. So just avoid those products and the rest are vegan :)