The Make-Up Thread

Here is your semi-regular make-up thread, to discuss all things make-up and make-up adjacent.

Do you have a make-up product you'd recommend? Are you looking for the perfect foundation which has remained frustratingly elusive? Need or want to offer make-up tips? Searching for hypoallergenic products? Want to grouse about how you hate make-up? Want to gush about how you love it?

Whatever you like—have at it!

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image of me wearing a red t-shirt, black-framed glasses, and red lip gloss

The quickest of all the looks: Nothing but lip gloss—"Guava" by Juice Beauty.

So, an interesting thing I've noticed (which I'm guessing everyone else even a little inclined toward make-up noticed by age 8) is that the color I wear really determines whether I feel obliged to wear foundation.

I'm well past being self-conscious about the melasmas on my cheeks, but sometimes I just want to give them a bit of cover because I don't feel like negotiating strangers asking me about them.

If I'm wearing a red or purple, it tends to bring out the pinks in my complexion and diminish the brown splotchiness, and I get fewer looks and questions, even if I'm not wearing any foundation. If I add a bit of lip gloss, even better!

Anyway! What's up with you?

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Please note, as always, that advice should be not be offered to an individual person unless they solicit it. Further: This thread is open to everyone—women, men, genderqueer folks. People who are make-up experts, and people who are make-up newbies. Also, because there is a lot of racist language used in discussions of make-up, and in make-up names, please be aware to avoid turns of phrase that are alienating to women of color, like "nude" or "flesh tone" when referring to a peachy or beige color. I realize some recommended products may have names that use these words, so please be considerate about content noting for white supremacist (and/or Orientalist) product naming.

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