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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Here is a recent colorful look that I put together when I needed some brightness:

image of me standing in my dining room with my hair pulled up, with bright pink lips and blue-to-pink eyeshadow

To get this look, I used a CC cream from It Cosmetics that I got as a sample at Sephora (didn't hate it, but didn't love it); then used Nyx's Bright Idea Illuminating Stick in Coralicious on my cheeks. Lips are ColourPop's Lippie Stix in Scandy covered by Ulta's Juice Infused Lip Oil in Coconut.

The eyes are really where I spent time for this look: Brows are shaped with Ardell's Brow Sculpting Gel in Clear. Along my brow bone and in the corners of my eyes, I used Thrive Causemetics' Brilliant Eye Brightener. On my lid, to the crease, is Maybelline's Color Tattoo Eye Chrome (a liquid eye shadow) in Bold Sapphire. (Between this product and Nyx's Lid Lingerie, which I've mentioned previously, I prefer Nyx's, which goes on more easily.) In the crease is a powder eye shadow, Urban Decay's Haight, which serves to transition up into the pink poweder eye shadow, Sephora's Colorful Fresh Paint No. 317. And then I finished my brushing my lashes with Thrive's Liquid Lash Extensions.

(As always, I'm not affiliated with any of these companies in any way, nor am I getting anything in exchange for these recommendations. I just like the products!)

One of the things that has helped me so much with eye make-up application has been springing for a decent brush. Now that I understand (in my 40s, lol!) which brushes are best for which purpose, and spent a very modest amount on brushes instead of using whatever flimsy, free applicator I had lying around, it's like a whole new world!

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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