Thursday, July 5, 2012

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer--All Shades Swatched!


Awhile ago, I posted a review of the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX06 (my impressions and specific details regarding this product can be found HERE)...the pigment of this product is unprecedented and the lasting power is remarkable.  I have noticed that this particular post has been getting a lot of page views as of late because it is difficult to find true-to-life swatches of this foundation online. In turn, I decided to do a post that reveals swatches of as many of 16 shades of this product as possible...a mere two shades (SX 03 and SX 05) are missing!  I hope the following images are helpful to those of you wanting to try this renown product...

kevyn aucoin sensual skin enhancer swatches
**Taken indoors (fluorescent lighting)

1. SX 01: true ivory for the lightest of skin tones
2. SX 02: warm ivory for very light skin tones
3. SX 03 (missing): very light with neutral undertones
4. SX 04: fair to light skin with warm undertones
5. SX 05 (missing): light skin with neutral undertones
6. SX 06: light-light medium skin with yellow/golden undertones
7. SX 07: light-medium skin with neutral to yellow undertones
8. SX 08: medium skin with very yellow/golden undertones
9. SX 09: medium beige with pink undertones
10. SX 10: medium beige with neutral to yellow undertones

kevyn aucoin sensual skin enhancer swatches
**Taken outdoors in direct sunlight

kevyn aucoin sensual skin enhancer swatches
**Taken indoors (fluorescent lighting)

11. SX 11: True medium beige tan with golden undertones (I would embrace this color in the summer!)
12. SX 12: Dark beige with dark yellow/golden undertones (there is a big leap between SX 11 and SX 12!)
13. SX 13: Dark rosy tan
14. SX 14: Medium milk chocolate brown with rosy undertones
15. SX 15: Dark rich chocolate brown
16. SX 16: Darkest chocolate brown

kevyn aucoin sensual skin enhancer swatches
**Taken outdoors in direct sunlight

As mentioned before, my feelings about this product can be found HERE...since this product can only be purchased stateside at NordstromBeauty.com, Bloomingdales and Barney's NY and Dermstore, finding an exact match can be challenging!  Hopefully these swatches are of use!

253 comments:

  1. Eternal gratitude!

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  2. My pleasure!! Thanks for the kind comment : )

    --The Beauty Professor

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    1. hi, i'm new to your blog i was wondering could you help me with my shade from mac i'm a nc50 and from Revlon 24hr colorstay i'm Carmel i'm looking for highlight which color would best work with me?

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    2. Hello Faye Baby,

      Thanks for your question...happy that you found your way to Beauty Professor! Based on the fact that you are a NC50 and Caramel in Colorstay and that you are also looking for a highlighter, then I think that you are likely #12 instead of #13. The chief difference between the two is that #12 is definitely warmer/more golden in nature while the #13 has a rosier undertone. If you are indeed more golden, then I think you are better off with the #12...the beauty of this formula is that it a tiny bit goes a very long way and you can always sheer it out by combining it with lotion or even a more fluid liquid foundation or pale illuminator.

      I hope that helps...do keep me posted on what you decide!

      Take care,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  3. i love kevyn aucoin! i have his book right on my desk! never tried any of his products though! thanks so much for sharing!

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  4. Me too, Niki! His line is amazing and I've always appreciated his creative vision. Thanks so much for the comment!!

    Have a wonderful weekend,

    --The Beauty Professor

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  5. One more source online stateside is beauty bar.com
    I used to have this a long time ago, but have forgotten which shade. Beautybar has a very good return policy, but I have never tried to order from them. Will give it a go. Thanks for your posts and swatches --Louisa

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  6. Thanks, Louisa...I added bit of info to the retailer list in the post. Let me know how your order goes...hope you find the perfect match!!

    Take care,

    --The Beauty Professor

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  7. You have a wonderful beauty blog. Maybe we can follow one another?

    Belladonna2.blogspot.com

    Pljewels.blogspot.com

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  8. Thanks, Carmela...I will take a peek at your blog.

    Enjoy the weekend,

    --The Beauty Professor

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  9. I want this! I found my Making Faces book last night and am re-reading it! He was amazing:) love that they have shades for us girls who are NC42 and up!

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  10. Hi Yessie!

    Making Faces is such a wonderful book...I think I saw you post it on Instagram ; ) You are right, KA's shade offerings are just unprecedented!

    Hope all is well...

    --The Beauty Professor

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  11. Hi, thank you so much for the swatches! which shade do you think would be good for asian skin? I have yellow and a little pink undertone so its hard for me to decide! thanks sooo much for answering :) !

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  12. Hello Pinkinablink,

    Of course! This might depend on how dark you are. It sounds like you are more on the neutral side (with the yellow and pink undertone combination)....in turn, I think that if you are fair to light, then #5 might work well (unfortunately it is not pictured!). #6 is definitely more yellow (no pink in this shade!) and #7 is more neutral (with a pink and yellow undertone combination), although I think it is better for light to light-medium skin than it is for fair-light skin.

    However, if you are as fair as your profile picture, I think that #5 will be perfect!!

    Let me know what you decide and if I can be of anymore help!

    Take care,

    --The Beauty Professor

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  13. Thanks A MILLION for these swatches. They helped me to pick out the correct colour for my skin tone (SX 10) and order online as Australia doesn't have a Kevyn Aucoin counter. You're a gem! :)

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  14. My pleasure, Arunabha! I am so very happy to hear that my swatches helped lead you to your perfect shade! That was definitely my goal in doing the post ; )

    Do let me know what you think of the foundation when you receive it!

    Have a lovely week,

    --The Beauty Professor

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  15. I am obsessed with Kevyn Aucoin! Thank you so much for this post. I have been using this as an eye concealer. The color name rubbed off the bottom and I've been desperately trying to figure out my color. I also live in Australia and can't choose in person. Like you, I wear MAC NC25 - NC30 so I will try the SX06. Thanx Again! :)

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  16. Hi Sherri,

    Glad you found this helpful! If you are between a NC 25 and NC 30, I bet #6 or even #7 would be perfect for your under eye area! Let me know what you think after you get it!

    Have a lovely weekend an thanks for reading!

    --The Beauty Professor

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    1. Thanx! I ordered #6 and will def let you know. Happy weekend to you too.

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  17. Hi, I these swatches were so helpful! I was googling sx 14 and it was rather difficult to find. So thank you!

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  18. So pleased to hear that, Chloe! Enjoy your #14 and let me know what you think!!

    Take care and enjoy the remainder of the weekend : )

    --The Beauty Professor

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  19. Wow this is SO incredibly helpful THANK YOU!

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  20. My pleasure, Catherine...thanks for the positive feedback!!

    xoxo,

    --The Beauty Professor

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  21. Dear beauty professor,

    my current foundation is giorgio armani's luminous silk foundation shade #4.
    It matches perfectly on my skin.
    I want to try Kevyn's Sensual Skin Enhancer for better coverage.
    I have warm undertone skin. Usually I go to golden or beige undertone
    when matching my foundation color.

    Please suggest me a color that work on me. thank you in advance.=)

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  22. Dear Beth,

    Thanks for the question! I think that you could either go with #4 or #6 in Kevyn Aucoin's SSE depending on your tastes. Both shades are have yellow/beige undertones and are suitable for light skin. Because the formula it is so concentrated and you can also sheer it out with a moisturizer, either shade would likely blend with your GA Luminous Silk #4 skin tone.

    I have a close up of #6 in a separate post on my blog and I would say that is closest to a NC 25 or so, if you would like to take a peek. If you are lighter than a NC 25 at this point, I think that, as we head into winter, #4 is probably going to be perfect for you.

    I hope that helps and look forward to hearing what you decide!

    Take care,

    --The Beauty Professor

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  23. um......... thanks for this. it's pretty amazing and has helped me decide which shade to get! thanks so much boo!

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    1. So happy to hear that, Anon! It is my pleasure ; )

      Have a great rest of the week,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    2. Hello, thank you so much for the helpful posts and swatchings, if I have fair to light skin with uterine undertone, what color do you think I will bem

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    3. Hello Anon...I am not sure what uterine undertones are but the shades for fair to light skin are #3 (fair, neutral) #4 (fair, yellow), #5 (fair-light, neutral) and #6 (light, yellow).

      Take care,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  24. HI
    Do you know if they have the Kevyn Aucoin's SSE's at Space NK at Bloomingdale at South Coast Plaza?

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    1. Hello Bengaltiger

      Yes, they do indeed have SSE at the Space NK at Bloomingdale's at South Coast Plaza...that is actually where I originally did my swatches ; )

      Do keep me posted on what you pick out!

      --The Beauty Professor

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  25. Hi,

    I hope u can help me pick out the right shade.. I want to buy the SSE and use it as a highlighter. I am a NC30/NC35 in mac and can't decide between the SX 04 or the SX 03 (wich is missing :( ) What would u recommend?

    XoXo

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    1. Hello Anon,

      Thank you for your question...it depends on the undertone you desire. The #3 is a very light neutral shade; if you are more golden/yellow in undertone (and it sounds like you are) and want a highlighter that matches that undertone, then the #4 is the right choice. If you want a "whiter" look then the #3 would be perfect!

      Hope that helps,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  26. Hello,

    I am NC30-35 in MAC, wear Medium Plus mixed with Medium Dark Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, and #123 in Make Up for Ever HD Foundation. I'm thinking I would be a #6, #7 or #8 in this Kevyn Aucoin SSE but can't decide which to order. I would so much appreciate any recommendations you might have. Thank you so much advance!

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    1. Hello Lena,

      Great question! In light of your skin tone (and the shades that currently wear), I suggest the #8. I think that the #6 will definitely be too light and the #7 will be closer, but likely be too light as well!

      Hope that helps...keep me posted on what you decide,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    2. Thank you so much. I was just looking at the swatches again and wondered if you think shade 10 could also work. Can't thank you enough!

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    3. Hi Lena,

      Glad to help ; ) If you are closer to a NC 35 and don't expect to get much lighter this winter, then I do think the #10 could work; the #8 is just a hair lighter with stronger golden yellow undertones (when I am a NC 30 in the summer, that is the shade that I like to use).

      Hope that is useful...let me know what happens!!

      xo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  27. Hi,

    thanks for the swatches!!! Unfortunately, there are the two shades missing that I might need... ;-) I´m wearing NC20 in the summer and now I am already a tad lighter than that. I don´t even know, which MAC shade I am right now, I´m using a BB cream (Elisha McCoy and SKIN79) at this time of year, but this doesn´t offer me the coverage that I want. And because I live in Germany, I have no chance to swatch the SSE, sooo.... I need help.

    I was wondering, if it is possible to mix two shades of the SSE? I´m thinking of #3 in the winter and #7 in the summer and everything in between I could mix and match.... What do you think?

    Thanks in advance for any recommendations and thoughts!

    Stefanie

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    1. Hello Stefanie,

      Thank you for your question! I am so sorry that the #3 and #5 were suspiciously missing from the line up! The good news is, I owned #5 in the past and I can confirm that it is about a NC 20 or so (probably perfect for you right now). However, if you are looking to order two shades to mix and use for the whole year, I think that #3 and #7 would be a perfect choice. #3 will give you the NC 18 or so match that you are right now and, as you get darker, you could gradually integrate a bit of #7 into the mix.

      I hope this information helps...do keep me posted on what you decide and have a wonderful week!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    2. Thank you soooooo much! I think, I will go for the "mix and match" with the shades #3 and #7. Unfortunately, Space NK (UK) is out of stock with #7 (of course, grrrr), so I will start with #3.

      I don´t know why, but I´m really excited to try it... ;-)

      Thanks again!

      Have a wonderful week yourself and I wish you all the best!

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    3. My pleasure, Stefanie! How frustrating that Space NK is out of #7! It is an extremely popular color for light to light-medium skin tones so I am not surprised that it is at a premium. I hope you get it soon!

      Can't wait to hear your thoughts on #3...I am thinking...if you don't think you'll be getting #7 for awhile, #4 might be a good in-between shade for you that could work in the meanwhile! I don't want to create confusion but it just might do the trick ; )

      Take care...xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    4. You are a gem! I actually think, you are right. Yesterday I´ve got my MAC Mineralize Foundation in NC20 out and I swatched it. And what can I say? It fits perfectly. I dont know why, but I try to persuade myself that my skin has a neutral undertone, but apparently it doesn´t :-) I have a warm undertone and so I think shade #4 might fit better than the neutral shades #3 and even #7.

      Aaaand I discovered: On Misebeauty.com are all SSE shades available!!! And they ship to Germany! Wohooo! They also have the GlamGlow Mud Cream in stock (I´m dying to try that, too!).

      What I just think: Are the SSE pots sealed or can one have a peek of the color without ripping of any aluminum foil?

      Thanks again. I do very much appreciate your support and your time! As I said: You´re a gem!

      Stefanie

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    5. Hello Stefanie,

      I am so glad that my suggestion makes sense...I didn't want to sway your mind but I bet that #4 (or even #6 which is a NC 20-NC 23 or so) would be perfect. Hooray for finding all of the shades available online, too! I just looked up the GlamGlow Mud Cream and agree, that looks like a promising product!

      In response to your question, the SSE pots I have bought in the past (in the USA) do not have a foil cover...just a screw on cap, so, as long as it is the same internationally, it should be very easy to take a peek without disturbing the product packaging.

      Take care and keep me posted...thanks for being a lovely reader!!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  28. Eternally grateful for this - I purchased the SX08 and SX11 and both are perfect shades. Prior to this I would never have chosen a creme foundation let alone one that was so thick it took a minor leap of faith to even try applying all over my face!!! Now I'm absolutely hooked and want to purchase other colours for highlighting and contouring!!! But HOW do I work out the best shades for this? Many many many thanks again BeautyProfessor <3

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    1. Hello Queen Diva Ex!

      Thanks for the comment...I am thrilled to hear that you have found your perfect matches in this foundation! It is such a versatile formula in the way that it can be mixed, blended, sheered out and buffed in! My best guess would be that for highlighting, #2 or #4 would be great...I think I would go for #2 since it is light and will definitely highlight most easily. Then, for contour, it just depends how dark you want to go...I would choose #14 because it is closest to a dark cream bronzer and will be easiest to blend in with your current skin tone!

      I hope that is helpful!! Please keep me posted on what you decide!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  29. Hey I was wandering if you could tell me what shade I would be I'm about nw115 in Mac studio sculpt

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    1. Hello Katie,

      Thanks for the question!...I think that #3 (not pictured, but it is for fair skin with neutral undertones) or #4 (between NC 15 and NC 20 but the yellow undertones might balance out your rosier undertones?!) would work for you...it will just depend on what you want, undertone wise.

      Please let me know if you have other questions!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  30. I'm a NW40 in MAC Studio Finish Concealer, I'm trying to use this the same way also as an under eye concealer/highlight, can you help me find the shade for me?

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    1. Hello Marguerite,

      Thanks for stopping by! In terms of rosy undertones, I am guessing that you could get away with #9 or #13...it will just depend on how dark you want to go. If you are looking more for a highlighter, then, I think #9 is probably your best bet!!

      I hope that helps...please keep me posted and do take care,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  32. Hey, im an NC 44. Im not satisfied w/ the degree of yellow undertones rendered by MAC foundations or most foundations for that matter (they seem beige and not yellow enough). Im looking at the SX 8 or 11 because 12 looks like it would b a good summer foundation for me. Do you have any suggestions? Im excited to see such rich yellows. Thank you in advance...

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    1. Hello Anon,

      Thanks for stopping by! You are right...the SSE have amazing yellow tones...some of the best on the market (in my opinion!). As a NC 44, I am guessing that #11 would be perfect for you. The golden undertones are very pronounced and the shade is consistent with the NC 44 depth. Then, if it find you need more color, you can pick up the #12 (in preparation for summer) and mix to your liking (I like to do this with the #6 and the #7 or #8).

      I hope that helps...please let me know if you have other questions and do take care!

      xo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  33. I posted earlier and deleted the post because I just came back from the Mac counter to double check my colour (in winter I lose all my colour) and I am definitely a NC 30. Blends seamlessly into my skin. In the summer I would go up to a NC 35. I do have patches that are lighter. My skin does not have obvious yellow or pink tones. I am thinking that the 8 would probably work but worried it might be too yellow. Any thoughts?

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    1. Hello MiLinda...good to hear from you again (I wondered where that last comment went!). If you are a NC 30, I think that #8 is indeed your best bet, depth-wise. However, if you were able to get 2 shades for mixing, then I would also suggest the #7 (which has more neutral, rather than yellow, undertones). I hope this helps...please keep me posted on what you decide!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    2. Thanks so much for your help! You have a wonderful blog I thoroughly enjoy reading it. *Waves* from Canada!

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    3. My pleasure, MiLinda...I am always happy to help. Thanks for being a fantastic reader!!

      Xo to you and Canada ; )

      --The Beauty Professor

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    4. I received my SSE in the two shades you recommended. PERFECT!!!!! Thank you so much for your help!

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    5. Hello MiLinda,

      Thanks so much for the update!! I am thrilled to hear that my recommendations were the right match for you...enjoy the SSE and have a wonderful rest of the week!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  34. Thanks. I will try the 11. Im a bit concerned about that # because i hav very yellow undertones and you explained it as more gold in undertone. My complexion can b described as golden w/ bright yellow undertones. I have found it hard to be satisfied with any foundation because I feel like ppl w/ my skin tone are not really represented in a typical line. I will let you know once I head to Neiman. Thank you so much....

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    1. Sounds good, Anon...the #11 is definitely a yellow-gold (as opposed to an orangey/bronzy gold) so hopefully it is just what you are looking for!!

      Please let me know what you discover and do take care!!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  35. Good day I'm confused on what color to buy I'm around NC25 with yellow/olive undertone my face is darker than my body so I tend to buy a lighter foundation shade I'm planning to buy
    Number 06 or 07 I'm Asian and I don't want a foundation that is peachy in undertone can u kindly help me please thanks

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    1. Hello Jas,

      Thanks for the question...in light of your skin tone, I suggest the #6...it is definitely yellow, rather than peachy and is also a hair lighter than the more neutral #7.

      Hope that helps...please keep me posted!

      xo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  36. Thank you will buy it I'm from United Kingdom and the only way to buy it is via online that is why I want to make sure about the color anyway I have shallow skin do you still think that 06 is better and will not make me more yellow anyway I have read your review on by terry foundation thanks very much good day

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  37. And can I just ask what is the better foundation for acne/combination skin and I have some pigmentation I want a medium to full coverage, the kevyn aucoin SSE or the by terry cover expert foundation, I want a long wearing one bec. Of my oily T zone thanks again

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    1. Hi Jas,

      With the skin tone that you have, I think that the #6 should be a great match. However, between the KA SSE and the By Terry Cover Expert, you may want to try the By Terry...it has medium to full coverage, looks velvety and natural and is very long lasting. It can be applied straight from the tube with a foundation brush for an absolutely flawless finish!

      I hope that helps...take care and keep me posted!

      xo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  38. Hi went to spacenk UK and fortunately they have the kevyn A SSE and I bought shade 06 perfect color match and really nice foundation I was able to ask for by terry cover foundation but they don't have shade 7 but I have ask for sample so I can try if I will love the consistency and they will call me if the shade 07 is available anyway thank u very very much!!!!!

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  39. Hi Jas...thanks for the update! I am so glad to hear that #6 is a perfect match in the SSE! Also, I am guessing you will love #7 in the By Terry once the shade becomes available again! Can't wait to hear what happens ; )

    Take care and have a wonderful rest of the week!

    xo,

    --The Beauty Professor

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    1. Hi tried the by terry and your right its really nice looks real skin but the coverage is not that good like the Kevyn A SSE but I tried using the SSE as a concealer on top of the
      By Terry and its flawless love love love it even it is the wrong color anyway thanks you don't know how much you save my life I have lots of foundation (Armani,Estée Lauder,dior,ysl,urban decay, clinique,illamasqua) and by far this is the only foundations that suit my add color/ skin tone and my acne/oily skin and I think I found my perfect foundation thanks to you and will be forever grateful MS.BEAUTY PROFESSOR.....

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    2. Hello Jas!

      I am so glad that you are finding success with the By Terry and KA foundations!! Your update made my evening...thank you ; )

      Take care and please keep in touch...xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  40. Hello Beauty Professor,

    I'm interested to use it to cover my dark undereye circles, but having a hard time choosing the right shade. After looking at your swatches(by the way it's very helpful!), I'm thinking may be #7 or #10, what's your opinion? I'm about NC 25 to 30(may be a littleeeeee bit closer to NC 25, it depends) and having quite dark discoloration around eyes. I'm using the Bobbi Brown corrector in Peach then followed by skintone concealer to cover my dark circles at the moment and I am looking forward this enhancer can do all in one!

    In compare of the BB's corrector, I think this is much cheaper, $45 for 18g of products! Looking forward to hear from you soon! Thanks!

    Regards,
    Hilda

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    1. Hello Hilda,

      Glad to hear that my swatches were of use for you! If you are looking to use this as a concealer, I suggest selecting the #6 (light beige with strong yellow undertones) or #7 (light beige with neutral undertones)...any darker and I don't think it will give you the lightening and covering effect that you seek.

      I truly hope this is helpful...take care and let me know if you have other questions,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    2. Hello Beauty Professor,

      Thanks for your reply! Yes, your swatches does a big help as it's really hard to pick colors online without real swatches. I'll consider between #6 and #7 then, is #7 yellower than #6? Some said it is, but as from your swatch, it isn't, it's a bit confuse here~ If you don't mind, I still have several questions which I would like some opinions from you. :)

      As an undereye concealer, will it be too dry? If I use it as overall foundation, does it photographs well? It seems that SSE doesn't contain any SPF?! I have combination skin, do you think it will sit on my skin well? Yes...I know, I do have lots of questions for you...:P Lastly, I'm wondering what's the difference between a golden/yellow undertone and a beige undertone? I always think beige = yellow undertone.

      Thanks a lot for your time and help!
      And hello from Hong Kong! Have a good day!

      Regards,
      Hilda

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    3. Hello Hilda,

      My pleasure! In my experience, #6 is a touch lighter and more golden than #7, which is a hint darker and a little more neutral (although it still has pronounced yellow undertones). The beauty of this product, is that you can mix it with moisturizer to sheer it out, or use it full strength for maximum opacity.

      A little bit goes a very long way, so it can be used as a concealer, and if you think it feels too dry (I haven't felt this way), you can add a bit of moisturizer to give it the texture you want. It does indeed photograph well (and it doesn't contain any SPF)...it just looks like very perfect skin ; ) I have combination skin as well and it doesn't feel too heavy...it does, however, contain mineral oil (which my skin doesn't have a major issue with)!

      To me, a golden yellow undertone is "warm" with pronounced yellow tones. Beige undertones are more neutral (an equal combination of yellow and pink). A cool beige leans very pink (rather than yellow).

      I hope that helps!!

      Take care and have a wonderful week...xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    4. Hello Beauty Professor,

      Thanks for your advice and it helps a lot! I think I will try #7 according to your suggestions.

      In speak of mineral oil, it has the chance to clog pores right? What's the bad thing besides that?

      But how can I tell if I'm a neutral undertone or a yellow undertone? I'm Asian and usally I tend to choose yellow based products: Bobbi Brown Peach corrector and Warm Beige concealer, L'oreal True Match foundation in G3, Laura Mercier Secret Camflouge concealer in SC4 and NC in the M.A.C color system...I don't really know how to tell if one's a neutral undertone or yellow, kindly advise!

      Thanks again! Have a great day!

      Regards,
      Hilda

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    5. Hi Hilda,

      Happy to help ; ) Glad you feel like #7 will work for you. In my experience, there is nothing wrong with mineral oil...however, any oil
      (as well as a variety of other ingredients) can clog pores of certain individuals with sensitive skin. I have very sensitive skin but haven't been bothered by products with mineral oil, so everyone is different.

      The skin you describe would make me think that you are likely yellow in undertone...warm beige, MAC shades with NC and L'oreal G (golden) 3 all support this assumption since they are all shades that have yellow/golden undertones. It sounds like you are on the right track when it comes to finding products that match your skin!

      Take care, keep me posted and have a lovely week...warm regards,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  41. Hi,
    could you please help me choose the right SSE shade? Illamasqua skin base 3 is my perfect match.

    Thank you in advance!

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    1. Hello Anon,

      Thanks for stopping by! I think that #3 (so sorry it's not pictured!) would be your best match (it is very light with neutral undertones)...I hope to post images of the missing shades (#3 and #5) very soon if you want to hold off until you see the swatch with your own eyes ; )

      Take care and have a lovely weekend,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  42. Hi!!
    Please could you help me, I'm a mac nc15 in studio fix fluid/bobbi brown porcelain and have pink undertones, which colour would you suggest? thank you!

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    1. Hello Orlagh,

      Thank you for the note. I am guessing that you would likely be a #2 (#1 is extremely white)...it has slightly warm undertones, but would probably be a great counter to any pronounced pink undertones : )

      Hope that helps...take care,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  43. Hello Beauty Professor,

    Thanks for your advice! I will be following your blog and YT videos! It's always good to have a peek at different new products as some of the brands are not available in Hong Kong!

    Have a good week!

    Regards,
    Hilda

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    1. Hello Hilda,

      My pleasure!! Thank you so much for reading and also for following my YT videos...I plan on uploading a new one soon!

      What are some of your favorite Hong Kong brands?

      xo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    2. Hello Beauty Professor,

      Looking forward to your new videos! I always wonder how can you manage to make videos and blogs and so many swatches....as I guess you must be pretty busy with your daily work as a professor!

      Do you mean my favorite brands in Hong Kong? We do have makeup brands from HK, but not popular. Here Japanese brands are very very popular, like Shiseido, Shu Uemura, Kose... Some people think it suits Asian skin better, style, color and texture. Other common big brands are also very famous as well like M.A.C, Bobbi Brown, Benefit...etc. However, brands like Kevyn Aucoin, Rouge Bunny Rouge are not available in HK, that's why I like to read your blog, your posts are imformative and I can get to know more of the new beauty brands from you. We do have Tom Ford counter but the brand is not popular at all, and very expensive.

      Personally I quite like Shu Uemura, the whole concept and the style of their shop display, packaging and their products; I like Bobbi Brown as well but I think they are too overpriced, one single concealer costs around $230HKD, it's about 30USD, more or less, it's too expensive for a product only contain 1,7g, that's why when I saw the Kevyn Aucoin SSE, I actually think the price is good as compare to BB's!

      In general, cosmetics in Hong Kong are more pricey than in US or Europe, no matter those in drugstore or in department stores. If consider to buy online, the shipping fee is usually $$$ to ship to HK :( So I would be very happy if I have chance to go to US, I will stock up some makeup, it will save me lots of money!

      Have you spend lots of time on reading this already, I'd better stop here and wish you have a wonderul day!

      Regards,
      Hilda

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    3. Hello Hilda,

      Thank you for watching my videos and yes, it is always a fun challenge for me to balance my professional obligations with swatching, posting and filming videos for YT! I love Shu Uemura as well...the aesthetics of the line are quite beautiful; I especially like the Nobara Cream Foundation and lip color. I haven't heard of Kose but did a quick online search to read about it! Like you, I am intrigued by any brand that is not easily available where I live ; ) Since the Kevyn Aucoin product is so pigmented and concentrated, it is indeed a reasonable deal. That is interesting that cosmetics are most expensive in Hong Kong..I had no idea!

      Have a wonderful rest of the week and talk soon...xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  44. Hi Hilda,
    First off I want to say how grateful I am for your swatches. I purchased this Kevin Aucoin foundation in sx11. I saw some one with similar color. But I look like a ghost in it. It looks like a light yellow mask. What would you recommend for mac nc45 thats what I wear in studio fix I was thinking 12 but really want to be sure on it this time. Also do you know if it would work for a oily t zone? Thanks a bunch

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    2. No worries, Krishna...I am so glad to hear that my swatches were helpful for you! I am sorry you picked up the wrong color the first time around...that is frustrating! For a NC45 skin tone, I would suggest trying #12. It has the golden undertones that you need and the next few shades up are all "neutral to chocolate rosy beige" (phew...that was a lot of adjectives!) in nature. I have combination skin and this product works for me...nothing is "touch up free" with the exception of the Revlon Colorstay Whipped (at least in my experience) but this lasts on most skin types!

      I hope this helps...please keep me posted on what you decide and have a lovely week--xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  45. Hi Beauty Professor, I love your blog! I can alternate between NW44 studio fix fluid and NW40 studio fix powder. I used to use NW43 but found that it oxidized way too much. Im able to create a perfect blend using a darker liquid and lighter powder. I wanted to try to the Kevyn Aucoin as a highlighter. Which shade would you recommend?

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    1. Hi Keyla,

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! As a highlighter, I think that you get away with #9 or #10...it will all depend on how light you want to go, though.

      Hope that helps!

      Let me know if you have other questions and have a wonderful week!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    2. Thanks so much! U r so awesome! Enjoy ur week as well!

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    3. My pleasure, Keyla : )

      xo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  46. Hiya BP!
    I'm from Australia so I can't swatch these...thx so much for doing it! I'm totally confused which colour to go for, please can I have your advice cos I'm itching to get the SSE asap:) I'm a NW20 to 25..Dior Forever #22.. I've got pink undertones, can get away with beigey neutrals but cannot use yellow undertones at all..plz can u give me your advice of colour?


    Thx:)

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    1. Hello Andrea,

      Thanks for the question! Based on what you describe of your skin tone, I think that the #5 (which, unfortunately isn't shown in the swatches above) would work for you. It is a light neutral beige (and I've owned/used it before so I can personally attest to the accuracy of the shade) in the N 20-25 range.

      I hope that helps!!

      Take care and have a wonderful week...xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    2. Thx very much...shall let u know how it went, once I get it:)

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    3. You're welcome...can't wait to hear!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    4. I got the #5..Unfortunately its too light as a foundation...Perfect as an under eye concealer..I've ordered the #9...lol...hopefully I can mix the 2 to get my colour to use it as a foundation. I love the product, so many ways to use it!
      Thanks BP:)

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    5. Hi Andrea,

      Thanks for the update...sorry to hear that #5 is too light as a foundation but I am glad that it is working as a concealer. I hope that #9 does the trick when you combine the two...that should give you endless blending options for every skin tone you may have throughout the year! I'm wearing #6 today ; )

      Take care and xo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    6. Hiya BP!
      Thx for replying!! Yep, I'm really looking forward to getting #9...
      I'd really appreciate u telling me the ways u wear it as foundation & the prep & products u use with it?? Eg. Primer? Powder? Concealers & correctors?? Whatever way u get the best look? Especially for long lasting waterproof/sweatproof? What other ways do u use this gorgeous product? I'm new to the whole makeup thing, after 10yrs of not using anything..I've found I'm looking at a different face than I had 10yrs ago...lol!!
      Thanks for all your help, I really respect what u are doing for us all:)
      Cheers,
      A.

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    7. Hi Andrea,

      My pleasure! I just filmed a video that should be on my YouTube channel by tomorrow that discusses how I mix this with another lighter foundation (in this case, By Terry Sheer Expert in #7) to create a weightless, yet opaque foundation! I also wear it over Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge (a primer of sorts) and it glides on effortlessly. To make it last all day, a quick dusting of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light (also reviewed on my blog) sets it for hours!

      Welcome to makeup land...it's beautiful territory to explore ; )

      Take care and talk soon,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    8. Hiya BP:)
      Thanks for the info...sadly living in Australia means we miss out on the majority of makeup brands & products or they are triple the price of the RRP not including postage!!!..some are impossible to source - even on the online!!
      The Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge - I cannot find this online to buy & send to Australia anywhere:( Same goes for the Hourglass product:(
      Any suggestions or dupes for these please??
      Thank you for welcoming me to makeup land:) Wow! Its changed SO much in 10/15 years - I can't get over how many wonderful things there are out there now!! I'm having a ball!! Tho my bank account is growling at me...lol....
      Hope all is well in your world:)
      Cheers,
      A.

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    9. Hi Andrea,

      It is so weird that even though we've reached amazing heights of innovation, shipping to certain parts of the world is still impossible...how is this so?!! I wish I knew of a good dupe for the LMdB Peau Vierge...right now, I cannot think of one but I will definitely post back in this thread. The Hourglass powder might be able to be shipped to you if you order from Barney's New York (I recently read that that ship world wide, including Australia!)

      I am so glad to be a part of your new journey into makeup...happy to help however I can ; )

      Take care and have a lovely weekend...xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    10. Hiya BP!
      I've found a place to get the By Terry Sheer Cover but now I need help with a colour!! I won't have much time to order this cos there's not many left:(
      I'm around NW25 to NW30...Revlon Colorstay whipped #240 Natural Beige..Dior Forever #200 & #202...HELP!!!
      Thanks to you, you are wonderful, you've helped me so much:)

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    11. Hiya.. Watched the vid, as u know, I've a place to get the by terry sheer expert...I'm thinking #8..... What do u think??
      Lv ya BP:)

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    12. Hi Andrea...I am thinking that #8 will be perfect for you! Because it is so sheer, the shades are very forgiving, and if you are mixing it with any other foundation for more coverage, this is a great blending color.

      I hope this helps...keep me posted and do take care...xoxo!!

      --The Beauty Professor

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    13. Hiya:)
      You're wonderful, BP!!
      Thanks so much for all your help!!
      I just received the Kevyn Aucoin SSE in #9..so I now have this to mix with the #5...Perfect for all year, I now have the 2 colours to get a great match..also to mix & play with other products!!
      I've ordered the By Terry Sheer Expert in #4 & #8...i kinda felt I was inbetween so now I've got endless possibilities:D
      The KA SSE is incredible!!! I need to pick a good primer for it and am stuck in the choice...I looked for the Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge, you spoke of, sadly couldn't find it for Australia at a halfway decent price:( Is Embryolisse Creme Concentre anything similar in quality (minus the fact its not a TM) What do u think of using Philosophy The Present? Or Lancome La Base Pro? Or something more of a mousse-like eg. Too Faced P&P or benefit the Porefessional? MUFE HD Primer? What concealers do u think?? With my skin, I've got to worry about very hot weather/humidity sweatiness + tzone oilies that are awful due to illness..grr..Staying power (& oil absorbtion, if possible) are huge factors!
      I'd love to hear your thoughts, please?

      Thanks for all the work you do for us...& have done for me, it means a lot:) I'm learning heaps from you!
      Cheers & haveagoodweekendmate:D
      Andrea

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    14. Hi Andrea,

      You are too sweet...always happy to help ; ) I love that #9 and #5 in the KA and #4 and #8 in the By Terry will give you every shade you could possibly want...both products are so fantastic for mixing!!

      With regards to primer...I do like the Embryolisee Creme; it provides hydration and this marvelous base for making foundation "stick" to your face all day. I have't used the Philosophy or Lance primers but I do recommend the Hourglass Mineral Veil primer...can you get Hourglass in Australia? Also, the Koh Gen Do Makeup Base in Yellow is fantastic for priming, mattifying and keeping makeup in place all day. Concealer-wise, I love the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in SC-3 (two colors for endless mixing possibilities)...it has excellent coverage and lasting power.

      Hope my recommendations are helpful...always a joy to communicate with you! Take care and keep me posted!!

      xo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    15. Thx for getting back to me:)
      I'm so glad u recommend the Laura Mercier Secret camouflage!!! I've got the LM Undercover Pot in SC02... I love it!! 3 products in the one..the powder is gorgeous & fluffy...smoothes the LM UC perfectly:) I haven't grabbed the Hourglass Ambient powder yet...are there any other powders you'd recommend for these foundations, please?
      I've been reading great things about the Hourglass Primer - especially for oily/combo skin...its on my "must have" list..lol...have u tried Laura Mercier oil free primer?? How would u rate this in comparison to the Hourglass...would it be as good for the oilies as the Hourglass is rec'd??
      I received both shades (#4 & 8) of By Terry Sheer:) wow, there isn't much difference shade-wise between the 2!! You are so right, it's a beautiful foundation!! Divine by itself.... & I see why you like the mix of this with the Kevyn Aucoin SSE..fantastic!! Have you checked out Eshiko powder yet?? I bought some on rec. by a UK firm...the product has its own website but noone seems to hear about it, even tho it claims finest powder in world or 100% money back... I'd luv to hear you review it...
      Thank for all the knowledge & help you're giving me, I appreciate it & you greatly!

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    16. Hi Andrea,

      My pleasure! I am so glad you like the LM concealer...it is truly one of my favorites. Some other powders I really like include the NARS foundation powder (I have it in Santa Fe) and the Koh Gen Do Triple Lightning Powder. With regards to primers, I prefer the Hourglass over the Laura Mercier (better ingredients and a luminous finish which I love).

      Congrats on receiving the By Terry foundation...it is such a fantastic formula!! I haven't checked out the Eshikio powder but will have to take a peek ; )

      Take care, keep in touch and have a wonderful weekend...xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    17. Hiya BP:)
      I always get the LM concealer & camouflage (by name) mixed up...with the undercover pots I've got the yellow side and the peach/salmon side...when I read about them in name I've gotta keep checking which is which..lol....grrr!!!
      The more I play around with the By Terry Sheer, the more I love it!! I have a little goodie for you to check out...I'd love your opinion & to see you review it...especially when this type of product is all the rage...its a BB Cream... I've compared it along side the By Terry...and I gotta say they seem pretty close!! Have u tried any of the Asian BB's?? This one is called Ginvera Green Tea Nude Cover BB Cream...its also fab cos I find most BB's are too dark for me, this isn't..the finish is SO similar to By Terry & the ingredients too!!
      I'm having heaps of fun with the SSE by Kevyn Aucoin...but do you find mixing is better on a palette or back of hand??I find, when mixing with the SSE, some of the other products just absorb into my hand - yet a palette is messy!! How do u deal with this??
      Hope your weekend was cool:)
      Cheers,
      Andrea

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    18. Hi Andrea,

      I know what you mean...the names are so similar!! I am so happy that you are falling in love with the Sheer Expert! I have indeed tried a couple of Asian BB's...most recently, the one by Nanonce. I haven't experienced the Ginerva but it sounds wonderful! I like mixing the KA on the back of my hand...as long as I work fast (and I have to because I don't have much time in the morning!), I get the best outcome. I also have a little sample pot of the By Terry and KA already mixed up so I can grab that in a hurry when I need it!

      Hope your Monday was wonderful...xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    19. Ps.. I actually managed to find somewhere to get the Le Metier de beaute Peau Vierge in the tinted moisturizer AND the foundation...YAY!! Can u please advise me on which number to choose for the TM? I'm sure I've told you my stats too many times...but am not sure if it's easy for you to ref.. By Terry sheer cover #4 is working nicely atm..pink undertones no yellows!! Dior forever #200..Revlon whipped colorstay #240 is a teeny weepy tad dark.. I'd like to get theit foundation too.. I read your review with swatches but am still confused which color number to get? Help me please?? I'm so excited I found them both:)
      You are so nice to help me & those like me...thx for sharing your knowledge:)
      Cheers
      Andrea:)

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    20. Fantastic! I am so glad you were able to find these gems! I think you will be happy with #2 in the Peau Vierge...it is light neutral beige and I can wear it all year without the shade being off (I range from NC/NW 20-NC 30 from winter to summer).

      So happy you might get this...it is absolutely and utterly one of my favorite products!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    21. Thanks for the reply...greatly appreciated, as always!!! The #2 sounds great...I also meant to ask you what colour you'd advise me for the Peau Vierge foundation or would you not recommend this for me??I've looked at all the swatches you've put up but I'm still unsure of which one? #4, 5, or 6 sounded like it'd be in my range...which one do you think?? Or would you suggest a different number altogether?
      Looking forward to hearing your suggestions:)
      Thanks,
      Andrea.

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    22. Hi Andrea,

      As always...my pleasure! In terms of the Le Metier de Beaute foundation, I am guessing that you could get away with #4 (if you want to stay a bit lighter) or #5 (if you anticipate getting a bit more color at some point). The foundation is just beautiful...great coverage and a beautiful finish.

      Hope that helps...do keep me posted...xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  47. Hi need your help choosing the right shade. I am NC42 in Mac. Please recommend one for now & another for when I get darker. Thanks:)

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    1. Hi Anon,

      For NC 42 skin, I suggest #12 for now and #13 for when you get darker...the beauty with this formula is that you can always mix the two shades at any time of year to get the perfect tone!

      I hope that helps!!

      Take care and have a wonderful rest of the week,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  48. I'm really excited, now I can buy my correct shade! Thanks for all your help. :)

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  49. Thanks so much for the spectacular swatches! I'm now able to order the shades I want online without stressing out as to whether or not I chose the right shades! I've saved all the photos to my iPhone so I can take them with me when shopping.

    Thanks again! This is such a massive help!

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    1. Hello Bitchin Beauty,

      Thanks for stopping by...so happy that my swatches were useful for you! I wish you the best in your foundation search!

      xo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  50. Hi, I am also having a hard time choosing the correct shade. I was matched to NC25. I am half asian and have some yellow undertones. 8 looks to dark, but I cannot decide which would suit me better 6 or 7.

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    1. Hi Kimmy,

      Thanks for the question. The main difference between #6 and #7 is the undertones. #6 has very golden pale yellow undertones and #7 has neutral to yellow undertones. I actually prefer #7 in most cases, because it just looks more natural overall!

      I hope that helps and wish you the best in your search,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    2. Thanks. I just placed my order for #7 and I cannot wait for it to get here. I was standing outside in natural light looking in my mirror and also at your swatches lol. I think I will be happy with the 7.

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    3. Hi Kimmy,

      Thanks for the update!! So glad you feel excited about your purchase...I hope you LOVE it!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  51. Hi,
    Thank you so much for this post!
    I'm really excited to try this product, however I'm a little unsure about my shade.
    I'm around an nc35-nc40 in MAC, I use nars sheer glow in the shade Barcelona.
    I was thinking the shade 8 or 11, but I can't decide between the 2. Which would you suggest?
    Thank you so much in advance! :)

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    1. Hi Anon,

      My pleasure! I think you are wise in whittling your potential shades down to #8 and #11...would say that #8 is approximately NC30-33 or and #11 is more in the NC 35-40 range so I think you would be best off with the #11!

      I hope that helps...take care and keep me posted...xo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  52. Hi Beauty professor, can you recommend a shade? I usually fall between nc45/50 depending on season, I have yellow to neutral undertones. Also I'm interested in trying the by terry sheer cover (i think its called), please also recommend if there is a shade available for me?

    Thank you

    Alex

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    1. Hello Alexandra,

      Thanks for the comment...based on your NC45/50 match, I am guessing that you would be #14 in the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer and #12 in the By Terry Sheer Expert and Cover Expert (two different formula options, but the shades directly correspond!)

      Take care and have a wonderful weekend...xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  53. hi there plz plz help fist of all all foundations oxidiz on me in peachy way i hate it
    i want to get terry foundation with kevyn aucoin but i dont know which
    im mac nw20 and nw25 i have to miss them
    also dio 22 or 21
    gogio armani # 5 luminous foundation plz help and i dont want that pechy look also my neck is much lither tham my face

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    1. Hi Nona,

      In the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer, I am thinking that you will be happy with #5 (not pictured, but it is a light beige with neutral undertones) or #6, which is a yellow beige (but decidedly NOT orange or peachy). In the By Terry, #7 should be the right match. It does not oxidize!

      I hope that helps...take care,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  54. Hello,

    First I want to thank you for the swatches. I need some assistance in choosing the right shade for the winter and summer. Maybe even using it for highlighting and conturing. I have oily combination skin, Medium skin tone ( in the summer medium tan) with both pink and yellow undertones. Right now I was match at Mac as an NC 30 in Studio Fix. In the summer I usually wear Make Up Forever HD in 128.

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    1. Hello Alejandra,

      Thank you for the comment...I am so glad the swatches are helpful for you. Based on your current matches, I suggest #7 (as the lightest...this is a good mixing agent/highlighter for skin your tone as well), #8 (should match you now) and #9 (the most rose beige...to achieve a any pink tones that might be lacking in the #8). I like mixing shades to get the perfect tone and this particular formula is perfect for combining. I hope this helps!

      xo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  55. You are so awesome!!! Thanks for all the info. I would like your oppinon. I would like to purchase these but for multi purposes. Im a mac nc30 and mufe123 and revlon whipped colorstay 320 warm golden. I dont really tan very much only about a shade or so darker. I use the balm maryloumanizer as a highlight and the balm bahama mama to contour. I think #7 or #8 would match my skin perfectly but are there two shades u would reccomend that would allow me to contour/highlight and b able to match my skin all year round? Am i crazy? Is that all too much to ask? I know it kinda is....what would u reccomend? i like versitility. Thanks again for ur expertise and willingness to share. XoxoDiane

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    1. Hello DianeBerlin,

      Well...thank you very much!! It is my pleasure to share the swatches with my readers. You are right on track with #7 and #8 to achieve the effects you are hoping for...#7 is a great neutral light beige and #8 is a very golden light/medium beige (closest to the Revlon Warm Golden) so mixing the two should give you endless options. Hope that helps!!

      Take care and thanks for reading...keep me posted on what you decide!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  56. Thanks so much!!! Which shades would you recommend for highlighting and contouring?

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    1. My pleasure, Diane! Depending on how you mix them (and if you incorporate a highlighting fluid like MAC strobe with #7 etc.), you may get the highlighting you need from #7. I recommend #12 for your contour...it has the right undertones and should add shadow without looking harsh! It is similar in depth and tone to my Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate in Intensity 01 ; )

      Hope that helps...do keep me posted...xo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    2. THANKS! Im getting really excited!!! Do you think either 3 or 4 would work as a highlighter? Which one do you think would be best. I am neutral to yellow undertones mac nc 30 ,color whipped in 320 most of the year and i add bronzer to darken it in the summer. I am for sure going to get #12 to contour with. Do u think.i could mix the highlight color you reccomend with #12 to achieve a decent match for my regular skin? I really appreciate your time and input. You are like the sister i need to consult before i go shopping. Lol. Btw it was great to seeyou on youtube.

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    3. My pleasure! I do think that #4 could work as a highlighter and you could likely combine it with #12 to create a shade that could work all year long...that is the beauty of this formula! I am happy to help and am thrilled to be your "honorary sister" before you go shopping...anytime ; ) Also, I am so glad you've seen my YT videos...I am slowly getting the hang of it and am thankful to have procured some new lighting that doesn't make me look blue or green!

      xoxo and talk soon,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    4. I placed my order for sx 4 and 12. I'm so excited. I can't wait to play with them :) thanks so much for all your help!!!

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    5. Fantastic! Can't wait to hear your thoughts!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  57. Hey! As everyone else has said, thank you so much for doing the swatches. It's always so hard to figure out what shade will be the most appropriate one without trying them out or seeing them in daylight, given that my skin tone likes to fake people out. For example, when I go into a store, I like to know exactly what shade I'm looking for, because when the associates try to match me, they always try to put me in a color darker than my skin tone, or something that's more red when my undertones are yellow. They're always amazed when I direct them to the more correct shade...and it works! These swatches will help me save a lot of time and wasted effort. Thank you again! :)

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    1. Hi K. Nicole,

      Happy to oblige! I totally know what you are saying about preferring to match your own skin to foundation rather than to acquiesce to a sales associate. I can't tell you how many times I hear other women say that they always get matched to something a shade darker or with incorrect undertones. I've been doing this since I was modeling in college...often, I would try to gently and tactfully tell a makeup artist during a job that my concealer in SC-3 (the best match of my life for 10 years and counting) would blend more flawlessly into my skin better than any shade they could choose and, if given the chance, they would always agree ; ) We know about our skin!! What are some foundations you are loving these days?

      Take care...xo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    2. Hello again! And yes, it happens to so many women, and it frustrates me to see women go home with the wrong color because they didn't speak up (as you said, there's a polite and tactful way to do this...) and let the sales associate know that it's not the right fit. I remember wanting to try NARS Sheer Glow, and I asked an associate about the different shades. She tried both Trinidad and Tortuga on my face, and I let her do it, even though I knew it wasn't going to work. Sure enough, it didn't. I lightly asked her to humor me and try New Orleans. ;) She said that it would probably be too light, but we'd try it anyway. Guess what? It was the right one. We had a good laugh, and went on about our business. lol I did like that particular foundation for awhile, but it mildly irritates my skin during the Summer. Humidity issues? I don't know. Right now I'm just using MUFE HD Microperfecting Primer in #4 (Caramel)...by itself. o_O Oddly enough, it works for me on its own, but I'm also waiting on the Sensual Skin Enhancer to come in the mail. So we shall see. Excited! :D

      I hope that you have a wonderful weekend! :)

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    3. Hello K,

      I totally agree with you! Some cosmetic counters can be quite intimidating and its egregious when women get wrangled into buying things that the SA insists upon, without really wanting them. You are brave to let them try things on your face...I can't do it...usually I am already wearing makeup and the thought of having to endure additional application while in a busy store brings me undue stress ; ) So glad that the MUFE primer by itself is working for you...your skin must be amazing! Hope you love the SSE...take care and do keep me posted!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    4. Oh my gosh, I thought I'd responded! Sorry about that! Absolutely agreeing with everything that you've said. :) Normally when shopping for foundation, I go in with no foundation on just to make the process easier. As for the MUFE primer by itself, I'm quite amazed that it works alone as well! Haha! My skin is not too shabby, but honestly, it's about 85% genetics and 15% good skin care. My mother's skin? Absolutely flawless. This is a woman who can wash her face with a bar of Dove soap, throw on any kind of moisturizer, and call it a day. I don't think she's ever had acne, no dark spots, no wrinkles, no nothing! She doesn't need it, but she does love her foundation! Haha! I plan to do a post with and without foundation and with just the MUFE alone soon. I will shoot you a note with the link when it's up. :)

      Take care! (((hugs)))

      K

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    5. No worries, K! I totally agree about genetics and good skin...I love the story about your mom's skin; I'm envious!! Please let me know when your post is up...it sounds like it will be wonderful ; )

      Take care and xoxo to you!

      --The Beauty Professor

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  58. Hi there! I've been trying to figure out which shade/s I should go for with the Kevyn Aucoin SSE. I am an MAC NC 35/Bobbi Brown 4.5 Warm Natural in the foundation stick for most of the year, and probably go up to NC 40 in the summer. I'm naturally tan with yellow undertones. I'm torn between SX 8,10,11,12. Which one do you think is a better match? I'm rather apprehensive ordering it online without seeing it for myself, so I need your advice!

    Also, what product/shade do you recommend for setting it? Do I even need to set it with powder?

    Thanks a lot!! I love your blog, I'm a new reader :)

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    1. Hi Christine!

      Thanks for your question...I am guessing that you could get away with #8 right now and perhaps bump to #11 in the summer. I don't have to set it with powder, but when I choose to, I like the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light for a flawless finish!

      I hope this helps...please keep me posted and thank you so much for reading!!!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  59. Hi B.P,hope u had a good week. I have yet another question! I appreciate & rely on your opinion.I had gotten saw #6 & told u it was too yellow. I googled more swatches & came upon a girl who seems lighter than me & she looked great in #8! If I'm a 30in channel lift, would that be good for me? Beige works better than yellow even though I'm definitely warm with hazel eyes. I guess I need more neutral. Thoughts? As always, thanks a million.

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  60. Sorry, regarding comment above she had #10!!

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    1. Hi Lynn,

      Thanks for the question...#10 is definitely more neutral to rosy in undertone...a true medium beige, if you will. Additionally, it is definitely deeper/darker than the #6, however, I think that if you are finding the #6 to be a bit too yellow (and perhaps a tad too light?), then getting the #10 could be a fabulous option. Also, if you still have the #6, you could always mix a tad of it into the #10 to lighten it up should it ever be too dark for you!

      Finally, #7 is also a neutral beige (as opposed to being as yellow as the #6)...it is not as "true beige" as #10, but it is also not as dark--this might be an option for you as well!?

      Take care and happy weekend!

      --The Beauty Professor

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  61. Sounds like a plan. Thanks again. I'll let u know how it works out once it arrives. I may go with both 7 & 10 once I start to self tan. Also it seems 10 blends a bit intoyour skin tone as well or maybe it's just the picture. Also, I really cant wait to try LMDB peau verge based on your reviews. It gives a wonderful glow to your skin no matter what foundation u go with.

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    1. Fantastic, Lynn!! My pleasure ; ) Please keep me posted and I cannot wait to hear your thoughts on the Peau Vierge...it is such a brilliant product and it does indeed work with any foundation option!

      Have a wonderful week and talk soon...xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  62. So glad I've found someone to ask about which shade would suit as this product is at a higher price point than I would usually go to but this product just sounds so lovely I really want to treat myself but am a little worried about getting a good match as its so hard to tell on a computer screen . I'm currently using a mix revlon colour stay in shell and nude, could you recommend the shade would be most suited to my skin tone? any advice would be much appreciated, thanks x

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    1. Happy to help, Hxxx! This product is fabulous, but you are right...it is difficult to find a plethora of details regarding it. With regards to your current matches, I am guessing that you could be a #5 (not shown but it is a light neutral beige) or #7 (which is a combination of shell and nude in the Revlon CS and a little darker than the the #5).

      Take care and hope that helps!

      xo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  63. Hello B.P., I need some help! I purchased 06 and it was too light. I then purchased 08 and it is much too yellow and slightly light.

    Due to Rosacea, my face is pinker than my yellowish neck. I think I tend to look best in a yellowish peachy shade instead of beige. If I purchase 09 and mix 08 and 09, will I get a peach color? Will the peach darken it so it won't be too light? Or should I get 10 or 11? I wear Koh Gen Do OC2 (with a little OC1 mixed in); Guerlain Lingerie De Peau 02 Beige Clair is a beautiful yellowish peach, a little light initially but it darkens.

    Any help you can provide is appreciated! This is getting to be expensive. Thank you.

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    1. Hello Anon,

      Thanks for your question...you are amassing quite a KA SSE collection! Try to look at it this way...by the time you are finished, you'll have infinite shades for mixing to create the perfect shade for your skin for the rest of your life ; )

      I will do my best to give you some direction here...since you have some rosy tones and are getting too much light and yellow from the shades you currently own, I suggest the #9 (which is the rosiest of the beiges in this formula). I suspect that you could combine #6 and/or #8 and #9 to get a peachy neutral medium beige!

      I hope this helps...please keep me posted!!

      xo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    2. Dear BP, thank you for your quick and very kind response. You are right, I am on my way to creating my own personal shades!

      I am already finding other uses for this product. I mixed #6 into sunscreen to see if I could just wear a tinted sunscreen and it was fine except for being too light. I also have a sample tube of Maifanshi foundation that is too dark and pink so I mixed #6 and#8 into it and it became lighter and peachy! Perfect!

      Can't wait for another 20% off sale at Dermstore or Beauty.com to pick up #9. Thanks again for your help!

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    3. Happy to hear that your SSE pots are not going to waste! The experimentation side of foundation shades has always been fascinating for me and, after all of the shades and formulas I've procured, I am fairly confident that I could customize a base to exact specifications! I hope you end up loving the #9!

      Have a wonderful Easter weekend...xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  64. I am the shade 250 true beige in the revlon colorstay liquid foundation. What shade do you think would work for me? I was thinking about getting the 7 and 11 so I can mix all year round. I normally get about 2- shades darker in the summer. I am a pretty neutral skin tone , not to pinky or yellow. Any advice would be great.

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    1. Hi Jen,

      Thanks for the question...I think you are on the right track to get two shades for mixing as summer approaches ; ) I suggest the #7 and, if you are more of a neutral beige, then I might think about getting the #10 (which is more of a true medium beige) over the #11 (which leans very warm yellow).

      Hope this helps!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  65. Hello! I'm shade number 2 in the Armani Lasting Silk foundation, NARS Siberia with bobbi brown Porcelain (which is the lightest in the UK) a touch too dark, I am debating between SX1 and SX2. I am neutral with a massive for pink based foundations to go VERY pink.

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    1. Hi ColourfulTears!

      Thanks for your question...#1 is VERY light (almost white), so my inclination is to tell you to get the #2 which will at least have a bit of flesh tone. When you say that you have "a massive for pink based foundations to go VERY pink," are you saying you want them to go pink, or they oxidize to pink (and you don't like that!).

      Let me know!

      xo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    2. They have a tendency to go pink, not sure how I managed to word that sentence so badly. Also just realised that Bobbi Brown Porcelain is the palest in the UK which is the same shade as Alabaster in the US. It would be the perfect match if it wasn't quite so pink.

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    3. Got it! In that case, I think that #2 is a great place to start!

      Hope all is well ; )

      xo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    4. thanks! I'll buy #2 and if i like then #1 as a cheekbone high lighter or something :)

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  66. Hi your blog is great! Trying to get the perfect match for the SSE, when I wore MAC I am an nc45, I no longer wear it because I find that it's too ghostly. I've since moved over to GA luminous silk, in the summer I wear a 10, I recently bought GA maestro in a 10, which ironically was lighter than the luminous silk 10, and works well in the winter. I want to use SSE as a concealer, which shade do you recommend? Btw, I have used ysl touché éclat in 5 and it was perfect under the eye. Thanks

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    1. Thank you, Anon! If you want to use SSE as a concealer, rather than a foundation, then I am guessing you want your concealer to be a bit lighter than your overall base. Is it to conceal the under eye area (in which case you want to go with a slightly lighter shade) or spots and shadows on your face (which might call for a perfect match for your skin).

      If you want to go a bit lighter as an under eye concealer, then I suggest the #12, and if you are looking to match your base than #13 (on par with Maestro #10) or #14 (a bit darker than Maestro #10...as summer rolls around?).

      Hope that helps!!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    2. Thanks, just ordered a 12, eager to play with it

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    3. My pleasure...I'm excited for you!


      Enjoy ; )

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  67. Hello, BP! I feel like I hit the motherlode when I chanced upon this post and the exchanges in the comments section. Thank you so much for the brilliant info and for taking the time to respond to the comments.

    Please you please help me find a my shade? Through much trial and error, I have found that my best shade is NW35 although MAs insist on giving me NC42 which is too golden/orangey on me. I do not have true yellow undertones but in the summer I combine the NW35 with a small drop of NARS Sheer Glow in Syracuse to help darken it a bit. I also wear GA Maestro Fluid in 7 combined with 8 in a 1:0.5 proportion. Not the best color match, but in the summer 7 by itself is too light.

    Thanks in advance so any advice you can provide!

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    1. Hello Panna,

      Thanks for the comment! I am so happy you found your way here ; ) Based on your current matches, I will do my best to offer a suggestion...I am guessing that you would benefit from #9 and/or #10, which are a medium rose beige and true neutral medium beige, respectively. I'd start with #9 and perhaps add #10 to the mix as summertime hits!

      I hope this helps...xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    2. Thanks so much for the info! I just placed an order and am looking forward to to using it! :-)

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    3. Fantastic! Enjoy ; )

      xo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  68. Hi Professor, I just love this blog
    I"m a NW45 in summer months and NW43 in winter. What shade would work for me I'm thinking #10?

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    1. Hello ShoeJunki Henry,

      Thank you! In response to your question, #10 and #13 seem to be in the realm of your current color matches...if you have both shades, you should be able to mix them to customize the perfect depth and tone.

      Hope that helps!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  69. hello my skin tone is like Mexican actress Salma Hayek, what would my color?? el8, 10 0 11??

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    1. Hello Viviane,

      Thanks for the question...I think that you could get away with #8 or #11, but if you plan on getting any sun this summer, then #11 could be the way to go!

      Hope that helps...xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  70. ok thank you very much for answering, I q I will buy 11 because in Spain then began the summer ...... a greeting!

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    1. My pleasure, Viviane! I am glad I could hep you to settle on a shade...I hope all is well for you in Spain!!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  71. hi!
    I am a Make Up for Ever HD 118 and a bourjois radiance reveal healthy mix a 52 (i've been matched with a NW 20 in foundation and a NW 25 in concealer but they are a bit orange for me). What shade would work for me?

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    1. Hello Mara,

      Thanks for the question! Based on your current matches (I wear the MUFE HD in #118 for a lot of the year as well), I am guessing that you could wear #5 (a light neutral beige) on the light side and #7 on the slightly darker side. If you are able to get both, then you will be able to mix to your heart's content. Both of these shades are neutral beiges that lack a strong yellow or orange undertone!

      Hope that helps,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  72. Hi Ms. BP!

    I am so glad I came across your blog. I love it! Thank you for posting all the swatches of KA!

    I'm a new MUA and would like to add this to my kit, what would you say are the must-have shades? I am pretty good at mixing and matching foundation, so I figured I don't need all 16 shades in my kit.

    Please let me know what you think!

    Thank you!

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    1. Hello Michelle!

      So happy you found your way here and are enjoying my blog! With regards to your question, this foundation is conducive to mixing, so I think the must have shades for your kit would be:

      1. #1 (as highlighter, to lighten other shades)
      2. #7 (matches most light beige skin tones)
      3. #9 (the rosiest color in the line...good on its own or for adding rosy tones to other shades)
      4. #10 (a true medium neutral beige)
      5. #11 (a very warm medium beige)
      6. #16 (the darkest shade for the darkest skin tones you may encounter, but you can use the lighter shades to create a lighter shade as well!)

      Hope that helps and do keep me posted on what you decide...xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  73. Hi BP! I would like to ask if I am a #6 or #7. I have yellow undertone and is a Lancome PO-03 but I find this shade a bit light for me.

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    1. Hello!

      With regards to your question, #6 is the equivalent of a NC 20 (with very pronounced yellow tones) and #7 is a NC 20-25 with neutral to warm undertones. Unfortunately, I am not familiar with the Lancome PO-03 shade, but hope my further shade descriptions help you!

      Take care,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  74. Hey! I love your swatches and they are very helpfull for me! I read all the commets and can't decide wich shade would be good for me. I've tried out the Mac Studio Finish Concealer in nc 20 and this was too light for my under eye area. I also tried Macs Select Cover Up in nc 23 wich was slightly too light and yellow for under my eyes. So I guess NC 25 would be perfect. I would like to use the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer for covering the darkness under my eyes as well. I'm not sure if #6 would be too light. #7 looks a little bit lighter than 06 but the undertone would be right I guess. #8 looks way darker than #06 so I'm not sure wich one to pick. What would you say it the best match for NC 25?
    Thank you sooo much for your help <3

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    1. Hi Nana...thanks for your comment! It sounds to me like you would be a #7 because #6 is close to a NC 23 or so. #8 is much too dark for your purposes...in turn, I suggest the #7!

      Hope that helps ; )

      xoxo and keep me posted,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    2. Thank you so much for your reply! I will order it online to the uk and my aunt is going to bring it to germany for me so I hope the color matches :D but I guess if it's too light I could give it to my mum and if it's too dark I could wear it as a foundation.
      I'll keep you updated how everything goes...

      <3

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    3. My pleasure, Nana! I hope it is exactly what you are looking for!

      Take care and have a wonderful rest of the week...xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  75. Hello beautiful I wonder if there is much diferença between color 8 and 11, do not know which to decide, I have 8 afraid be very clear and very dark 11, my skin tone is like a Mexican soap opera"Mexican telenovela" actress "Kate Del Castillo ".. xoxo

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    1. Hello Viviane,

      Thanks for your question! There is indeed difference between #8 and #11...#8 has yellow undertones but is lighter and more olive in tone and #11 is a bit darker and more golden. I took a peek at Kate Del Castillo and she looks like she could wear either shade, depending on how much of a tan she has (#8 for winter and #11 for the warmer summer months!).

      I hope that gives you some more clarity on the matter...take care and keep in touch!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  76. Muchas gracias por la ayuda,estaba preocupada porque ayer mande a pedir el #11,ahora en España empieza el verano y suelo estar morenita como Kate Del Castillo,incluso decia mis amigas que me paresco un poco a ella, y en invierno mi color es como Salma hayek un moreno no muy oscuro.Bueno guapa gracias por la ayuda estoy muy muy agradecida,un beso desde las islas Canarias en España.

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  77. Viviane,

    Es un placer. Espero que encuentre el tono perfecto!

    ¡Tenga cuidado y tenga un maravilloso fin de semana!

    xoxo,

    --The Beauty Professor

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    1. thank you very much beautiful. kisses

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    2. Happy to help!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  78. Thanks for all your help with this, I ended up going and getting shade matched and I am SX01. It's fantastic!

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    1. So happy it is working out for you!! Thanks for the update ; )

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  79. Thank you for this awesome post and all of your replies! You have been so helpful!! :) I'm actually interested in using the SSE as my highlight and contour. I used MAC Studio Sculpt concealers in the past, but they've been discontinued. :( My foundation shade is a MAC NC37. I currently use a MUFE HD Foundation (#153) being that it is summer. I used MAC Studio Sculpt concealer in NC15 as a highlight and NW50 as a contour. Obviously I like a bit more dynamic HL/contour but I blend them out with a beauty blender. Could you please point me in the direction as to which SSE shades I should purchase for my highlight and then for my contour color. I like a yellow, warm color as my highlight and a cool, deep brown/grey color as my contour. Thank you so much!!! :)

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    1. My pleasure! I will try to suggest some shades that align with your purposes...for highlighting, I suggest shade #2 (very close to NC 15) and for the contour, I suggest #13, which is a darker rosy tan. You might be able to bump up to the #14 or #15 if you want something darker...that will just depend on your preferences and how much blending you want do do ; )

      Hope that helps...xoxo and keep me posted,

      --The Beauty Professor

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