Favorite Lips & Base


My devotion to lipsticks and foundations is undying.  I used to think that once I found "the one," I would not feel the need to buy any more.  How wrong I was!  I have acquiesced to the reality that, like many of my fellow beauty product lovers, I forever will be on the hunt for the next pale lip color or medium coverage foundation that looks just like skin but much more enchanting.  At the risk of sounding cliche, it is the journey in the vast world of makeup that is so very enjoyable...the destination is lovely too, I guess I just don't like to stay in one place (figuratively, with a single makeup item) for too long when there is so much more to discover.  **Updated 8/05/16!

In lip color, I tend to gravitate towards light nudes and pale pinks...some of most current favorites are as follows:
Foundation is a little trickier...I have sensitive skin (so the ingredients and fragrance need to be agreeable), require at least medium coverage, seek a believable color match (I range from NC 23-27 over the course of a single year) and desire a long lasting formula that doesn't oxidize or get patchy over time.  I have tried a plethora of foundations in my life; some of my favorites are as follows:

67 comments:

  1. Bought my first Sunday Riley product...Loving it! But mostly love that I found your BLOG...How Fabulous

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  2. Congrats, Ana! Thanks for letting me know...which one did you select? I am so thrilled you found my blog as well ; )

    Thank you for reading and keep in touch!

    xo,

    --The Beauty Professor

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  3. Hi Beauty Professor,
    Okay, so I was dumb enough to purchase KGD OC 1 which is too light :( I think I'm around an NC 25, yellow undertones. It's way too expensive to purchase two to mix, but I love the way it goes on/wears on my skin and I bought it with my VIB so I don't really want to return it. I feel so indecisive. How do you think I can make this work? Should I try to make it work? Haha, thanks!

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    1. Hello Crystal,

      Thanks for stopping by! Yes, I would agree that KGD Aqua in OC-1 is likely too light for you skin tone (unless you mix with OC-2, which does become a pricy endeavor!). If you love it, try mixing it with a less expensive slightly darker foundation. Lately, as crazy as it sounds with all of the high end foundations I own, I have been wearing a lot of Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Makeup in #320, Warm Golden (which is great for skin between NC 25 and NC 27 and is about $13).

      If you like the finish of the KGD, just make a 1:1 ratio mix of the Revlon (which is more opaque, coverage-wise) with the KGD, which should sheer it out and provide the glow you love. You can even make a little mixture of it in a sample jar and carry it around in your makeup bag for easy touch ups!

      I think this experiment is definitely worth a try, especially since the Revlon is so affordable...this might give you the best of both worlds...please keep me posted on what you do!!!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  4. Thanks! I might try that. I was thinking of using my Chanel Teint Innocence that I've had in a slightly darker shade to mix together, but I don't like the smell of the Chanel and I think it breaks me out. Also, I didn't know if the finish would be affected by mixing two different foundations. So today, I also had a powder foundation in a medium shade (too dark for me) and mixed that in KGD and after a few hours, I found that it kind of set into my pores. I don't know if it was the powder or the foundation.

    I've just been on the hunt for a really good/natural-looking/glowy foundation. Asking for too much? Ha. The only thing that I've really loved is Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. I also really liked the finish of Nars Sheer Glow in Punjab, but found that it broke me out after a few hours of wear.

    By the way, your posts are great and your swatches, reviews, pictures are so so helpful. It's great :)

    Thank you!

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    1. Hi Crystal,

      My pleasure! I loved Teint Innocence (too bad it it was discontinued!) but agree that there seemed to be some ingredients that were hard for sensitive skin to tolerate. I do think that mixing a powder foundation with a liquid (for color matching reasons) could create an odd texture on the skin.

      I wish you the best in your foundation search (and know first hand how complex such a hunt can be!)...have you tried Giorgio Armani Maestro (it is light, natural and gets glowy after an hour or so of wear)? What about By Terry Sheer Expert?

      Thank you for your supportive words about my blog...much appreciated!!

      Please keep in touch and do let me know how your search ends up...xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  5. I AM SOOO glad I found u! I am a hair stylist but a beauty junkie aswell. Also searching for the best glowing, long lasting foundation that stands up to the heat & lights in my salon. U truly are very helpful. THANKU

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    1. Hello Lynn,

      I am so very glad you found your way here!! It makes me happy to know you find my reviews and swatches helpful! I'll do my best to keep the foundation reviews coming ; ) What are some of your favorite foundations currently?

      Take care and xo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    2. Well I've tried so many. As I mentione to u in a couple other areas of your blog, Ishould be recieving D&G luminous. The caramel was a bit too yellow so tomorow ill be getting the nat.glow. Currently i use Chanel lift lumierre, shisedo radiant lift, hourglass tinted moist. is ok. I also have the temptu airbrush system. to say I found a favorite would be a lie. I think I will really like the D&G luminous though. Cant wait to order By Terry b/c of u I have so many more options. Can't thanku enough!!

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    3. Hi Lynn,

      I hope that Natural Glow is the right shade...how exciting! Thanks for your fabulous foundation list...you are right, you've tried a ton...a girl after my own heart ; ) So happy to be of help in this area!

      Take care and talk soon...xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  6. Yay! So I found your site today and let me just start by saying how AH-MAAAZING it is! :)) I am actually in the market for a new foundation and am in between By Terry Cover Expert, and Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless. I too have super sensitive skin, and am looking for medium to full coverage. I have acne scarring on my chin, and occasional breakouts on my chin, hormonal related. I am getting ready to move my skincare line over to Le Mer as well, so everything will be changing. :) What would your recommendation between the two be? Unfortunately, I do not have a store near me that carries either. :) Thank you so much for your time and help in advance!!!!!!!! :)))))))

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    1. Hello Randi Lane!

      I am so glad you found your way to my blog today as well!! Thank you for your glowing assessment ; ) In terms of coverage, By Terry Cover Expert is basically immediate full coverage (albeit velvety and natural) upon application, while the LMdB is medium to a buildable full coverage. Both are great for sensitive skin (at least in my experience) and both last the better part of a long day. If you give me your approximate shade description, I can try to lead you to the foundation formula that has the shade that I think will best match your skin tone...take care and do let me know!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    2. Thank you for your quick response and guidance! :) I am currently wearing NARS in their lightest shade, Finland. I should note that I am in Colorado and right in the middle of our coldest season so my skin is super dry. Not sure if either one if them is more moisturizing than the other. ;)) Also, after watching your video and your rave review I'd love to try out the LMdB Tinted Moisturizer/Primer. Would that be suitable in your opinion, for dry skin, and under either foundations? Thanks so much again for your help. I've already began to spread the word about your great blog and reviews! ;))))

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    3. Thank you for your prompt response! :) I am currently wearing NARS in their lightest shade, Finland. A quick note... I live in Colorado and am currently in the middle of our cold months, so I am super dry. :) Not sure if that will help you with your recommendiation. I am very interested in the LMdB tinted mosturizer/primer that you did a review on... Would that work well w/either foundations, and more importantly, on dry skin? Thank you so much for your time and help in advance! :)

      ~Randi~

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    4. Hi Randi Lane,

      My pleasure! I am guessing that you could get away with withe either #1 or #2 in the By Terry cover expert. Both shades are very light neutrals and would likely be perfect! Also, The LMdB Primer is indeed amazing...in my experience, it works well with all skin types and you would likely be Shade #1 (I wear #2 and have light to light-medium skin). It works excellent under all of my foundations...and I have an insane amount ; ) I so appreciate you spreading the word about my blog...thank you and let me know if you have other questions along the way!

      Take care and xo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  7. Oh dear. I was almost afraid to click on this post because i already knew we shared an obsession for nude/pale lips and expensive foundation!
    I see some of my favourites here, and several more i hadn't considered...
    I don't see a lot of MAC mentions here in general, but might i recommend Myth, Creme Cup and Creme d'Nude if you haven't already tried them? Some really good nudes indeed for a decent price.
    Also i found a quite decent colour-dupe for TF Blush Nude in Maybelline's "Born With It". Obviously the quality and wear aren't the same, and it doesn't have that marvelous TF opacity, but it's a good bet if you want to see if the colour works on you before splurging on Blush Nude (which i will be...le sigh). Thanks again for another great post. I have to say i've found some of my best foundations reading your blog over the past year or so.

    Twyla

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    1. You are too funny, Twyla...so sorry for the enabling ; ) Thanks for your MAC suggestions...embarrassingly enough, I have (and enjoy) all three colors you mention. All in all, I completely agree that MAC has some fabulous and affordable nude options, I just wish the formulas weren't so drying on my lips! I'll have to take a look at Maybelline's Born With It the next time I'm at CVS!

      So happy that you have found some foundations you love based on my posts...that is why I write what I write ; )

      xoxo and have a wonderful rest of the weekend,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  8. Hello! Soooo... we pretty much share the same taste in everything that is makeup. I have been obsessed with a pale pink nude lip color cream by Paula Dorf in Flamingo. To me, the best color imaginable! It's considered to be a soft, pale pink but is not simply that, it seems to combine light, soft, creamy pale pinky nude/peach/coral combo (I'm so not doing it justice right now). THE PROBLEM: I wish this were a recommendation for you to try a lipstick I know you would die over but unfortunately, this shade is no longer available!!! And I'm looking everywhere for a replacement, something that is amazing just by itself and something I do not need lip gloss or any other lip color to mix with it.

    I'm around a NC30 (too yellowy for me), but just to give you a reference point and have natural dark ash blonde/light ash brown hair with blonde highlights (if any of this helps).

    Do you have any suggestions of a new lip color I cannot live without?

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  9. Hello Dee,

    Thank you for the wonderful comment! I am glad we share an affinity for pale, nude, pinky peach lip color...it is an addiction, no? Ahh...you have me extremely curious about the Paula Dorf Flamingo...how did I ever miss that shade? It's tragic that it is discontinued but that has not squelched my desire to track it down now ; )

    Some lip colors that I currently adore include the Kanebo Sensai Vibrant Cream lipstick in VC 15, a cool light pink that never ceases to amaze me, Tom Ford Nude Vanille (on tube #3) and a very recent acquisition (to be reviewed ASAP), the Le Metier de Beaute Hydra Creme lip color in Butterfield 8, a warm light coral that brightens up the face without being too intense.

    I hope those suggestions are helpful...please keep in touch and send your pinky nude ideas my way!

    xoxo,

    ---The Beauty Professor

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  10. What do you think is the best foundation product for oily, acne-prone skin? Thanks!

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    1. I recommend the Hourglass Immaculate Foundation or the By Terry Cover Expert Foundation...both give beautiful matte finishes that last for hours and both have never irritated my sensitive skin. I hope that helps!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  11. So I love your posts, and so glad google led me to you! I've been trying to find a foundation and the one I came across was the koh gen do manifashi moisture foundation. I love how it is free of everything bad. But I have been hesitant in buying it because I do not know what color would match me. And because of how expensive it is I'm even more hesitant! Maybe you could lead me in the right direction.. I currently wear a C3 in Mac studio fix. Maybe a shade lighter, as this is my summer color too. But wear SPF so I don't get too much face color during this time.
    Maybe you could recommended other foundations that don't look cakey and are good for humid weather (I live in San Antonio Texas) thank you so much in advance!!

    --Beverly

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    1. Hello Beverly,

      Thank you so much...I am happy that you found your way here! The KGD Maifanshi Moisture Foundation is special for the reasons you mention...great ingredients, no fragrance, natural finish etc. Shade wise, I wear a MAC C3 as well and I wear the Maifanshi in #123. I believe that #113 is the next lightest shade and could be an option when your face gets lighter. Some other great foundations that don’t look cakey and work well in humid weather (at least in my experience) are the Kanebo Sensai Cellular Performance Cream Foundation (in Natural Beige), the Giorgio Armani Maestro Compact Foundation (in #5) and the By Terry Cover Expert (likely you’d be a #7 in this).

      I hope that helps...xoxo and keep in touch,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  12. Hi! This is my first message to any blogger. Im mac NC 15 when my skin is clear and even toned but because of alot of sun lately i may be nc 20. Im 22 , asian skin and im pale too and my skin is pretty dry , especially during winters. Im looking for a foundation that gives me the perfect finish and glow for parties and weddings ..please recommend a brand for mac doesnt give me that glow and coverage anymore on special events. I use it on days i go out for lunch etc. And a concealer too , that would cover my dark circles and a few acne marks that i have on my face .

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    1. Hello Anon,

      Thanks for leaving your comment! With regards to your question, I recommend the Kanebo Sensai Cellular Performance Cream Foundation. It gives both lovely coverage and a perfect hydrating glow. I have swatched and reviewed it on my blog many times over...I love it that much! I think you could be CF 12 or CF 13 depending on your skintone at time of purchase. If you are stateside, you can get it at Neiman Marcus!

      In terms of concealer, I have used the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in SC-3 for years and years to cover blemishes...it is opaque and dry enough to stay put! For dark circles, the By Terry Touch Expert (#4 for you) or Giorgio Armani Maestro Eraser are good under eye options.

      I hope that helps...xoxo and keep in touch,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  13. What is your favorite foundation of all-time? What do you recommend for dryish skin that can be clog-prone? I'm looking for that 'skin' finish you are always talking about; I wish to look glowy/dewey and am gravitating toward your Kanebo Cream one. ;) I did try the KGD at your recommendation and it caked-up and looked way too dry on me. It almost look like it just sat on top of my skin. For the record, I am an NW20.

    Thank-you!

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    1. Hi Tala...I love many foundations but my favorite is the Kanebo Sensai Cellular Performance Cream Foundation. The coverage, finish, ingredients and skincare benefits make this one rise to the top, time and again!

      I hope that helps...xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  14. Hello! I am really torn between the Tom Ford Foundation Stick or Kanebo Sensai Cellular Performance Cream Foundation, or for my dryish, acne prone skin. I have some fine lines, visible pores and would like at least Medium-coverage that will leave me feeling glowy (not tacky or sticky). I follow and love your blog and am also lemming the Surratt powder to top these products but they are OOS. Hoping they come back soon.

    KGD did NOT work for my skin type and I am still searching for that holy grail foundation.

    For the record, I currently wear LM Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer in Nude and am an NW20. I am looking for more coverage and a foundation that 'sinks' into my skin rather than sits on top.

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    1. Hello Ella,

      Between the two, I recommend the Kanebo Sensai Cellular Performance Cream Foundation...it is lovely on dry, sensitive skin and has a smoothing effect like none I've ever experienced. It is medium to medium-full coverage with a slightly dewy finish and is totally worth it...it just looks like really incredible skin!

      I hope that helps (and that you can get your hands on the Surratt powder soon!)...take care and I wish you the best in your search...xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    2. If I'm a *tad* lighter than an NW20 (LM TM nude, KGD013) should I stick with Bamby Beige or use a different color?

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    3. I think that Bamby Beige is probably your best bet because the next lightest color is Summer Breeze and it is more of a NW 15!

      xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  15. Hello!
    So I just found your blog and I simply adore it! As a Photo Stylist I am always surrounded by beautiful ladies and I wanted to look more like I work in the industry, well look as much as allowed with the running around I do.
    I have a question about the KGD Aqua Foundation, I received a free sample from them, they are awesome and so sweet!
    I have combo/oily skin and since I am running around like crazy on set all day. Do you think it holds up well with the primer? I don't want a heavy foundation just something to cover my cheek redness and make me look fresh and natural. I also have sensitive skin so I have been trying to find a foundation that will work well and cover the redness.

    Thank you soo much!

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    1. Hi Lindsay,

      So glad you found your way here...thanks for the sweet words! With regards to your question, I find that the KGD Aqua is lovely and lasts 5-6 hours on me with primer. If you get a bit too glowy mid-day, you can always touch up with a bit of pressed powder (I often have to with this formula). It is great for sensitive skin and has such a beautiful, luminous, natural finish so it sounds like it definitely has the qualities you are looking for in a foundation. I hope this helps!

      xx and keep me posted,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  16. Good Morning. I just came across your blog and love it. I am just starting out looking for the perfect foundation after years of trial and error. How do you determine what shade category (i.e. NC 15) you are in? Would you post some suggestions for newbies? Thanks.

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    1. Hello...thanks so much! The N/NC/NW categories relate to the MAC Cosmetics way of identifying their foundation shades. Because they are so consistent across formulas and also accessible to most, many use that numbering system to show comparisons with formulas from other lines. N is for neutral (equal parts yellow and pink undertones), NC is for "not cool" (skin that leans yellow to olive in undertone) and NW is for "not warm" (skin that leans pink in undertone). 10 is for the lightest skin and as the number moves up, it denotes skin tone getting darker in depth. I hope that helps!

      xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  17. Hello and thanks for your wonderful blog!! I need help with foundation because I've never found one that matches and provides the look I want. I like a medium coverage (full if needed in places) that makes your skin look like skin, only better. Radiance is fine, but not too dewy.

    Some info about me:
    Age: 48
    Sensitive combo skin
    Fair complexion

    I used to work for MAC and could never find a good color match. I am somewhere between a 15 and 20 in level, but the NW's were too orange/pink and the NC's were too yellow.

    After looking at some of your posts on foundations, I really like the way your skin looks after using the Kanebo Sensai CP Cream Foundation and the Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Aqua Foundation. I know that the Kanebo is no longer sold in the US, but I'd still like to know which color I'd choose in case I can find it somewhere. I think I'd be either CF11 or CF12. The 12 looks a bit too pink and light, but since you've seen it in person I'd really like your opinion. I want to look natural and not like a ghost.....LOL. In the Koh Gen Do, I thought shade #002 would work.

    Please let me know your thoughts! I really appreciate it!!

    Cindy

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    1. Hello Cindy,

      Thanks for the question; I replied to your inquiry via email but with regards to the Kanebo Sensai formula, I would suggest CF 12 (CF 11 is VERY light!).

      I hope that helps...xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  18. Hey BP! I absolutely love your blog. I love the swatches AND the photos of the product on your face. It helps me to see the product both ways, I live in a city that doesn't have all the higher end brands available in store. I also appreciate your in depth reviews. I have asked you questions before and I think I have a zillion more! But for today, what is your current foundation rotation? And, if you were to suggest just two for me ( I'm about NC/W 15/20, Mont Blanc complexion) which would you pick? I'm 35 so coverage and anti aging are pluses.

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    1. Hello Amanda!

      Thank you so much. I am so glad the swatch-face approach resonates for you ; ) Lately, my current foundation rotation has been the Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting formula, the Cle de Peau Radiant Fluid and the YSL Fusion Ink. I would recommend the Tom Ford for super long days (it doesn't budge) and the Cle de Peau Radiant for everything else (it is simply beautiful on the face and has medium coverage and stellar ingredients for anti-aging).

      I hope that helps...xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  19. Ugh I just love your blog and youtube channel and have been catching up ever since I discovered it about a month ago. I adore pinks and nudes just like you..I am a college student and I wish I had a professor like you!!!!

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    1. So sweet...thanks a million, Naomi!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  20. Hello,
    I'm Anna. I love your blog! I was hoping you could help out, I have Rosacea, so my skin reacts negatively to a lot of chemicals, the sun, pollution, and so on. Do you have an recommendations for a good foundation?

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    1. Hi Anna...thank you! For skin with Rosacea, I suggest:

      1. It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Correcting Cream...amazing as a soothing foundation for light-medium skin.
      2. Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation and/or Moisture Foundation...both have wonderful ingredients for sensitive skin and natural coverage for a clean, glowing finish.

      All three formulas are swatched and reviewed on my blog!

      xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  21. Hi! I love watching your videos & your recommendations are always perfect!
    I needhelp with foundation!! I'm 47, have dry skin and have used too many to count high end foundations. With primer, without primer - after a few hours you can see my pores and my makeup looks cakey. Is this just normal with old age? I use excellent face serums and exfoliate regularly. I would love to have a natural, smooth finish!

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    1. Hi LW,

      Thank you so much! Have you tried the Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation? It provides excellent coverage witout being cakey. Also, I have been loving the new Sensai Cream Foundation and Shu Uemura Oleo Pact Cream Foundation (both purchased from Harrod's in the UK...linked to on my blog) as they are both creamy and provide great coverage but look dewy rather than cakey and dry...even after the course of many hours.

      Hope that helps...xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  22. Great blog that I identify with..am an academic (Dr of Sociology) & pale lipstick lover with a particular penchant for Tom Ford's offerings! I've got Pink Dusk, First Time (love the matte range) Summer Fling (sheer range)Sable Smoke & the one that remains my fav, which is also my first Tom Ford lipstick (chosen by hubby) Blush Nude...so gorgeous altho was wondering,do I still 'need' Nude Vanille?! Also love a pale peachy pink YSL matte lipstick I picked up recently..the name escapes me,was limited edition & is gorge! Ok,just wanted to touch base, keep up the fab work..I best get back to baby & remember my priorities....Tom Ford u got alot to answer for!! Ps don't u just love the way his pale colours are so similar but just different enough to warrant getting all of them....ummmm maybe I do 'need' nude vanille after all :)

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    1. Hi Nishi,

      Thank you! That is fantastic that you are a Dr. of Sociology AND a pale lipstick lover ; ) Thanks for sharing your favorites...I have gone through at least 3 tubes of Nude Vanille, the fact of which makes me implore you to pick it up. It is so lovely alone or mixed with other shades!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  23. Oh also forgot to ask if u picked up any TF lips & boys?? I got 2 (Olivier & Peter) they look fab in tube but not sure will keep as the mini tube just doesn't have the luxurious feel of the full size (plus isn't that much cheaper!) plus was disappointed by the number of repromotes under a different name! Although should have got Rory (gold) & Casey(silver) as would look bang on over a pale lipstick! Ok baby now...I am terrible!

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    1. Hi Nishi,

      I did, indeed...Luca and Flynn are favorites now and I have a few more on their way! Tiny but they fit in my purse so easily...wish they were not LE as they also make incredible gifts!

      xx and keep in touch,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  24. Dear Beauty professor, I need your help!

    I'm an actress with sensitive skin. i live and work in india(of indian origin). i need foundations which give enough coverage for camera without being tough on skin through long weeks of shoots. i bought the koh gen doh moisture maifanshi which i really love but the shade is a little light. I'm a 6.5 in georgio armani luminous silk. a 6.5 in the liquid maestro(though i react to spf in that i think). in mac studio fix c or nc 30 or 35. 130 w in sunday riley foundation. n123 in makeup forever hd foundation. becca mineral powder foundation which i use to set i use in Nude with Tan to contour slightly. which shades in the moisture maifanshi should i purchase? and is the primer good? for camera it is not good to get too shiny but i like foundations that plump up the skin and make it look healthy.

    sorry for asking so many questions but your blogs are very thorough and you are so helpful to people i thought you might be able to suggest for me :)

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    1. Hello!

      Thanks for your question...based on the availability, it appears that #123 (which is what I wear for most of the year) would be your best match and you could potentially pick up #003 (much darker) to mix in sparingly should #123 be a bit too light at some point in the year.

      I hope that helps!!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  25. Dear Beauty Professor,
    I recently discovered your blog and find it to be incredibly helpful. However, I was reading your foundation favorites list and noticed it hadn't been updated since 2014. Is this because your favorites haven't changed? I currently on the hunt for a new foundation and your input is a great value.
    Thank you

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    1. Hi Eve,

      Thanks for the kind words! I try so many foundations a year on BP and I definitely have to update/add to my list. Keep your eyes peeled for a fresh one soon!

      xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  26. Hi Beauty Professor!
    Like you, foundation is one of my favourite beauty products. Your posts have led me into buying both KGD Moisture and the Aqua one, and now I am waiting for my By Terry Cover Expert to arrive (you enabler, you) :P Anyways now I am interested in trying the Sensai cream foundation; it looks soo gorgeous on you!

    Would you say it will suit combination skin? Or would the fluid one be more suitable?
    And also, I am 213 in KGD Aqua, 113 in KGD Moisture, #2 Sand in Bobbi Brown, and MAC NC20. In your opinion, should I go with CF 22 or CF 13? Thank you!

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    1. Hi Anon!

      So glad you've been enjoying your foray into foundation-land ; ) I

      With regards to the Sensai Crem Foundation...it does work well with combination skin in my experience. I much prefer it to the Fluid overall. Shade wise, if you are a true NC 20, then CF 13 is probably your best bet. CF 22 is closer to NC 25-27 so, even though it has that neutral to yellow undertone, it is likely a bit too dark for you.

      I hope that helps!

      xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  27. Finally hit the bullet and purchased the By Terry cover expert in #7 Vanilla Beige from beauty.com. Wore it today and the finish is amazing. However I find it a bit dark on me. My face is naturally darker than my neck. Also, I wish it was more yellow undertone. So i ordered the #3 cream beige and am hoping mixed in with #7 it would be a better match. I've been wearing RBR milk aquarelle in almond but mixed with a tiny bit of cashew as I have light skin with yellow and a little olive undertone. Not sure what Mac shade I would be. I also was using the old formulation of KGD Aqua...mix of BE1 and OC1. A bit frustrating to have to buy two shades all the time, but it also allows me to adjust my shade throughout the year. Thank you for all your reviews. You've got me hooked on foundations! I use to be just a concealer and loose powder gal.

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    1. Thanks for the details, Cassie! I completely understand the frustration of buying two shades of foundation as I generally am between colors as well!

      Hope your summer is fantastic...xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  28. Any updates for this list? :)

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    1. Soon...thanks for your interest ; )

      xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  29. How lucky am I to wear the exact foundation shades as you? VERY! Love your blog!

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  30. Just discovered your blog - very informative! I hope you update your favorite foundations soon! I'm trying to decide if I should splurge on the By Terry Densiliss or the La Prairie - but do skincare ingredients in foundation really make a difference or is that more for marketing?

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    1. Hi MartiniKitty,

      So glad you found your way here! With regards to your question, I would recommend the Densiliss if you aren't in the market for a coordinating concealer (or are already happy with your existing concealer) or the La Prairie if you want a concealer as well. You cannot go wrong with either option!

      XO and favorite foundation update soon ; )

      --The Beauty Professor

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  31. Thank you for your informative (yet thorough) blogging! I've ascertained so much from your videos and posts. Always concise with your information! Have you ever tried Guerlain Parure Gold Foundation SPF 30 +++ ? If so, thoughts? Thanks again!

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    1. Hi Toni,

      My pleasure!! Thanks for your supportive words...so glad you've been enjoying Beauty Professor. I have tried Guerlain Parure Gold and love it...finding a match is the trickiest part as I have to mix shades 2 and 3 most of the year. It's a fabulous foundation, however!

      XO,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  32. I want to thank you so much--your blog has turned into my Beauty Bible. Here I am stress-buying the LMdB Peau Vierge in Shade 2 because not only are we skin twins, but I honestly trust your opinion over anyone else's on the Internet. If you ever need an intern, paid or not, please let me know! Haha :)

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  33. Hi! I LOVE your blog and peruse your posts nearly every day. Do you have any shade recommendations for light and very olive skin around NC 20-23 depth? I tan super easily but in recent years I haven't been in the sun really at all - only the back of my neck which is about NC 35 somehow. (Note to self: put sunscreen on back of neck).

    The KGD Aqua foundation 213 has a nice olive undertone for me, but it's a bit light on my face and doesn't have as much coverage as I would like. I've started to think true olive shades just aren't made. I would tan more, but I've liked having lighter skin for a change. I grew up soooo dark from swim team and tennis...but foundation is impossible! I've tried at least 20-30 foundations in the past 6 months and all are too peachy, orange, or dark.

    Ideas? Thank you in advance!

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