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What foundations would you recommend for somebody with normal to combination skin wanting to look dewy but not oily? And then what powders would you recommend to set the foundation that won't take away from the dewiness but also not make your whole face shimmer? Thanks so much!! xx

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If you want a more dewy yet long lasting look I’d recommend still wearing a long lasting foundation thats more of a satin/matte finish and then adding glow to where you want it. Usually a dewy foundation will look dewy all over which is good if you’ll only be out for a few hours or have dry skin but if you’re going to be out most of the day or have more oily/combo skin you’ll need to make a few adjustments. Oily skin gals can still get that dew and radiance without looking oily! :)

For a long lasting dewy look start off with a long wearing or more matte foundation and use one or some of the techniques listed below

  • Cream/powder highlight. Apply highlight on the cheek bones, down the bridge of the nose (or just the tip of the nose) and the upper lid/cupids bow. The rest of your face will be relatively matte but adding shimmer and glow in just those areas will give your face a more dewy effect. Powder highlights tend to be more shimmery/intense and cream highlights tend to be more natural and “wet” looking like skin’s natural oils.
  • Illuminating primer/base. Using an illuminating base under makeup will glow through foundation making it look like you’re glowing from within. You can even mix an illuminating base/primer with your foundation to give your foundation more of a glow but still keeping the long wearing properties of the foundation. 
  • Cream blush and bronzer. Cream blush and bronzer don’t dry to a powder, matte finish so they will add a bit of glow to the skin.
  • Setting spray. Setting sprays help the foundation and powder melt together taking away any cakey or powdery finish.

To keep a more dewy finish with powder i’d recommend only powdering the t zone, not the entire face, and using a powder that’s not too matte like a translucent powder. Some other great face powders that won’t look too matte or too shimmery are MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural, Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder, Maybelline Fit Me Powder, Physicians Formula Spotless Youthful Wear Illuminating Powder and NYX Radiant Finishing Powder. 

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Peach colored corrector for the under eye ?

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Peach or salmon toned concealers are great for under the eyes because they cancel out the purple/blue tones in dark under eye circles. You can use them alone as brightening concealers or under your normal under eye concealer! :)

My favorite Is the Bobbi Brown Corrector in Bisque. It’s super pigmented and extremely brightening. They have two corrector shades Bisque and Peach. Bisque would be best for light to medium skin tones and Peach would be best for medium to deep skin tones.


A more affordable option is Pixi Correction Concentrate in Brightening Peach. It’s very similar in color to the Bobbi Brown Corrector! You can find this at Target or online for $12.

What are some BB creams with good coverage? Thank you!

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Being the BB Cream hoarder that I am some of my favorites with good coverage are

  • Garnier BB Cream for Oily/Combination skin (satin finish, great coverage)
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear All Day Glow BB Cream (satin finish)
  • Smashbox BB Cream (more matte)
  • Loreal Youth Code BB Cream (more dewy)

All these BB Creams are more creamy, thick not as runny or watery as some other BB Creams making them more medium to buildable coverage :)

Also to get the most coverage out of your BB Cream use a flat top foundation brush! I recommend the Coastal Scents Flat Top Ionic Buffer or the Sigma F80.

I have a question about the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders. How do you feel about them? Do they love up to the hype? Do you think they're worth the $45 price tag? Which would you recommend, if any?

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Personally, I love the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders and blushes! 

Whats so great about the Ambient Lighting powders is how natural they look. Dim Light and Diffused Light are more like setting powders while the other shades are more shimmery. The more matte shades are great if you still want to set your liquid foundation without looking powdery or too matte, they even give a slight glow to the skin. The shimmery shades, my favorite being Luminous Light, are really finely milled powder highlights so it gives a more subtle, natural sheen with no glitter or sparkle. You really do look like you’re glowing from within with the Amibent Lighting powders!

The Ambient Lighting blushes are probably my favorite blushes in my collection, I own three of the shades! They are so finely milled and just melt into the skin. They are somewhat matte/satin but still give a beautiful glow to the cheeks. 

Overall, I think they are totally worth the price. However you can get a similar outcome with more affordable products. So if you’re on a budget i’d say pass but if you have the money they make great additions to your collection :)

The Milani baked blushes are great alternatives to the Ambient Lighting Blushes and Wet n Wild Reserve Your Cabana is a good alternative for Diffused Light! 

What are some good liquid foundations for dry skin? Thank you :)

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You want to go for more creamy foundations because they just glide over the skin and any dry patches. Anything too runny or drying will just accentuate any dry areas. 

Try foundations like

  • Loreal Magic Lumi
  • YSL Touche Eclat Foundation
  • Garnier BB Cream for Oily/Combination Skin (moisturizing yet long wearing, great coverage!)
  • Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation
  • Lancome Tient Miracle