Blush

What are good berry blushes?
theBalm Cabana Boy, NARS Dolce Vita

What are good coral blushes?
theBalm Hot Mama, Benefit CORALista, Bobbi Brown Nectar, Le Metier de Beaute Echo, MAC Springsheen, NARS Orgasm/Deep Throat

What are good dark pink blushes?
Benefit Bella Bamba, Illamasqua Thrust, MAC Dollymix.

What are good light/medium pink blushes?
Benefit Sugarbomb, Illamasqua Katie, MAC Well Dressed, NARS Angelika/Desire.

What are good natural/nude blushes?
MAC Blushbaby, NARS Douceur, NARS Sex Appeal

What are good orange blushes?
Illamasqua Lover, NARS Exhibit A.

What are good peach blushes?
Illamasqua Expose/Lover, MAC Peaches, NARS Amour.

What are good plum blushes?
Illamasqua Kiss, MAC Plum Foolery, NARS Oasis/Sin.

Bronzer

What are the best bronzers?
Benefit Hoola, Cargo blueray Bronzer, Chanel Tan de Soleil, Dior Matte Bronzer, Guerlain Terracotta, MAC Bronzer, NARS Bronzer (Laguna is a reader favorite).

What brushes work for bronzer?
Fluffy angled brushes like MAC 168 work well if you intend to contour. Fan brushes work well for a subtler look that dusts on the areas where the sun would naturally hit.

Concealer

What are good concealers for acne?
MAC Moisturecover is my favorite, because it is more moisturizing and liquidy, so it can cover drier spots like active or healing acne.

What are good concealers for the undereye?
Amazing Cosmetics Concealer (very creamy), theBalm Time Balm (very opaque and thick), MAC Moisturecover (very liquid), Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer (very opaque).

By Eye Color

What MAC eyeshadows would you recommend for someone with blue eyes?
Amber Lights, Goldmine, Antiqued, Satin Taupe, Print, Passionate, Shroom, Patina, Rule, Soft Brown, Stars ‘n Rockets

What MAC eyeshadows would you recommend for someone with brown eyes?
Goldmine, Coppering, Bronze, Woodwinked, Espresso, Soft Brown, Nylon, Deep Truth, Humid, Sumptuous Olive, Stars ‘n Roockets

What MAC eyeshadows would you recommend for someone with gray eyes?
Deep Truth, Humid, Shale, Pink Freeze, Tilt, Orb, Dazzlelight, Phloof!, Parfait Amour, Beautiful Iris, Vex

What MAC eyeshadows would you recommend for someone with green eyes?
Vanilla, Soft Brown, Naked Lunch, Omega, Wedge, Sumptuous Olive, Moon’s Reflection, Beautiful Iris, Nylon, Satin Taupe, Smut, Print, Juxt

What MAC eyeshadows would you recommend for someone with hazel eyes?
Bronze, Sumptuous Olive, Humid, Juxt, Deep Truth, Woodwinked, Plum Dressing, Antiqued, Sable, Twinks, Nylon, Goldmine

Eyeliner

What are the best gel eyeliners?
Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner, MAC Fluidline, Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream.

What color eyeliner should I use to make my eyes appear more open?
White, champagne, or nude eyeliners like Make Up For Ever #23L Aqua Eye Liner or MAC NC25/NW30 Chromagraphic Pencil.

What is the best brush for cream/gel eyeliner?
I like thin angled brushes like Sonia Kashuk’s Bent Eyeliner Brush and MAC’s 208 Brush.

What is the best eyeliner for the water line?
I prefer MAC Chromagraphic Pencils–they’re really some of the longest lasting pencils I’ve tried. I also like MAC Blacktrack fluidline.

Eyeshadow

Could you give me a mix of colors and neutrals to fill a MAC 15-pan palette?

Colors: Freshwater, Humid, Juxt, Moon’s Reflection, Stars ‘n Rockets, Da Bling, Shimmermoss; Goldmine, Neutrals: Ricepaper, Patina, Satin Taupe, Brun, Nylon, Soft Brown, Wedge

What are good neutral MAC eyeshadows?
Brun, Ricepaper, Orb, Soft Brown, Wedge

What are the best brands for matte eyeshadows?
Make Up For Ever, Sugarpill.

What are the best cream eyeshadows?
Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liners, Make Up For Ever Aqua Creams.

What MAC eyeshadows would you recommend (all colors!) for a 15-pan palette?
Lucky Green, Atlantic Blue, Electric Eel, Humid, Coppering, Freshwater, Shimmermoss, Stars ‘n Rockets, Winkle, Moon’s Reflection, Passionate, Vibrant Grape

Foundation

How do I know what undertone I am?
Look at the underside of your forearm; if your veins are green, you most likely have warm undertones that are yellow; if your veins are blue, then you most likely have cool undertones and have pink undertones.

What are good contouring products?
Benefit Hoola, MAC Sculpt, NYX Taupe.

What do you recommend for foundation/concealer for someone who struggles with acne?
Go for light to medium coverage on the foundation, and then use a medium coverage concealer – the idea being you only add coverage where you need it. Look for creamier products, as more matte finishes can cake on active acne or healing acne. I like MAC Moisturecover because of how emollient it is. Foundations are plentiful – NARS Sheer Glow or MUFE HD would work.

What is a good full coverage foundation?
CoverFX Total Coverage, Dermablend Cover Crème, MAC Studio Tech.

What is a good light/sheer coverage foundation?
Clinique Almost Makeup, MAC Face & Body, MAC Select Tint, Trish McEvoy Even Skin.

What is a good medium coverage foundation?
MAC Studio Fix Fluid, Make Up For Ever HD, NARS Sheer Glow/Matte,

Fragrance

What are good scents for spring?
DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom, Marc Jacob’s Daisy.

What are your favorite fragrances?
Tom Ford Oud Wood, Tom Ford Amber Absolute, Dior Addict, Burberry The Beat, Vera Wang LOOK, kenzoAMOUR.

Where should fragrances be stored?
Out of the heat and sunlight; you want to keep your fragrances in cooler, darker places, which means keep them off window sills and out of bathrooms!

Highlighters

What are good highlighters?
theBalmMary-Lou Manizer, Benefit High/Moon Beam, Benefit Sugarbomb, Dior Skin Shimmers, Guerlain Meteorites

Lipgloss

What are good berry lipglosses?
MAC Desire, NARS Bougainville, Smashbox Nonstop

What are good bright pink lipglosses?
Dior Outrageous Fuchsia, Korres Fuchsia 54, MAC Pink Poodle, YSL Golden Fuchsia

What are good coral lipglosses?
Dior Apricot Cloche, Lancome Sunbaked Coral, MAC Lychee Luxe

What are good cream lipglosses?
Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss, YSL Pur Gloss

What are good long-wearing lipglosses?
Cle de Peau Lipgloss, MAC Lipglass, NARS Lipgloss

What are good non-sticky lipglosses?
Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss, Korres Cherry Lipgloss, Lancome Color Fever Gloss, MAC Lipgelees, NARS Lipgloss, Shiseido Luminizing Lipgloss, Urban Decay Pocket Rocket Lipgloss, YSL Pur Gloss

What are good nude lipglosses?
Korres Natural Purple, MAC Nymphette, MAC Prrr, NARS Turkish Delight

What are good opaque lipglosses?
Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss, Korres Liquid Lipstick, Stila Lip Enamel

What are good orange lipglosses?
Make Up For Ever #D20

What are good pink lipglosses
LORAC Vivid, MAC Pink Poodle, MAC Cultured

What are good plum lipglosses?
Dior Black-Tie Plum, Korres Plum, Lancome On Fire, MAC Desire

What are good red lipglosses
MAC Russian Red, MAC Venetian, YSL Golden Cherry

What are good sheer lipglosses?
Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss, Chanel Extrait de Gloss, MAC Lustreglass, NARS Lipgloss, YSL Golden Gloss

What are good shimmery lipglosses?
LORAC Multiplex 3D Lipgloss, MAC Dazzleglass, YSL Golden Gloss

Lipstick

How can I keep my lipstick from feathering/bleeding?
Try Cargo’s Reverse Lip Liner! You can apply it OUTSIDE! of your lips, which can help everything stay inside. You could also try concealer around the lip line to help keep things inside.

What are good berry lipsticks?
Dior Ruby Serum, MAC New York Apple, MAC Odyssey, NARS Christina, NARS Petit Monstre

What are good bright pink lipsticks?
MAC Girl About Town, Make Up For Ever #9, Make Up For Ever #36, NARS Schiap

What are good bright purple lipsticks?
Illamasqua Underworld, MAC Show Orchid, MAC Up the Amp, Make Up For Ever #14, NARS Funny Face

What are good brown lipsticks?
Guerlain Gaia, Guerlain Galante, MAC Touch, NARS Success

What are good coral lipsticks?
Dior Coral Serum, Illamasqua Brink, Korres Coral 45, MAC Crosswires, Make Up For Ever #38, NARS Niagara

What are good nude lipsticks?
Guerlain Gardenia, Guerlain Guerlinade, MAC Crème de Nude, MAC Honeylove, MAC Touch, NARS Belle de Jour, NARS Cruising

What are good orange lipsticks?
Bobbi Brown Orange, MAC Morange, MAC Neon Orange

What are good peach lipsticks?
Guerlain Gil, MAC Ravishing, NARS Barbarella

What are good pink lipsticks?
Bobbi Brown Pink, Guerlain Gentiane, Guerlain Gemma, Guerlain Giulette, Korres Peach 18, MAC Sweetie, MAC Sophisto

What are good plum lipsticks?
Bobbi Brown Raisin, Guerlain Gracia, MAC Plumful, Make Up For Ever #48

What are good red lipsticks?
Illamasqua Box, MAC Russian Red, MAC Viva Glam I, Make Up For Ever #21, NARS Afghan Red, NARS Jungle Red.

What are some long-wearing lipsticks that you’ve tried?
Guerlain Rouge G, Cle de Peau Extra Silky, Chanel Rouge Allure, MAC Amplified Cremes, Benefit Full Finish.

What is the best long-wearing lipstick for a wedding?
MAC Prolongwears work the best for me – the color stays on really well, so all you have to do is reapply the gloss every few hours. Your hubby will only get a lil’ gloss at most but no color.

Looks

What colors should I use for a pin-up look?
The idea is to contour the eye with neutral shades; you’ll want to choose a lid color that is about your skin tone and a crease color that is slightly deeper. Next, apply black liquid eyeliner on the upper lash line for make a cat eye.

Makeup Brushes

Have you tried Sigma Brushes?
Yes, I have. I have done full reviews here on the blog.

What are your must-have MAC eye brushes?
239, 217, 208, 226, 219, 266

What are your must-have MAC face brushes?
109 (liquid foundation), 116 (blush), 182 (buffing), 134 (setting powder).

What brush cleanser should I use?
I prefer MAC Brush Cleanser. It’s quick, easy, and effective. It works as a spot cleanser as well as a deeper cleanser.

What is the best brush for blush?
I like a flattened dome brush like MAC’s 116.

What is the best brush for contouring?
I like fluffy angled brushes like MAC’s 168.

What is the best brush for cream blush?
Try stippling brushes like MAC 188.

What is the best brush for cream eyeshadows?
I like flat brushes, like MAC’s 249.

What is the best brush for eyebrows?
I like thicker angled brushes like MAC’s 266.

What is the best brush for liquid foundation?
Flatter brushes with a slight dome work well, because you can apply using small circles. I prefer MAC’s 109.

What is the best brush for powder eyeshadow?
I prefer small, domed, slightly fluffy but not too fluffy eyeshadow brushes like MAC’s 239.

What is the best brush for powder foundation?
I like large, flatter brushes like MAC’s 189, because it allows you to pick up enough product and provide nice coverage once applied.

What three MAC eye brushes should I start out with?
239, 217, 208.

What three MAC face brushes should I start out with?
109 (for liquid foundation) or 189 (for powder foundation), 116 (for blush), 134 (for loose powder).

Mascara

What are good dramatic mascaras?
Chanel Inimitable Intense, Lancome Hypnose.

What are good drugstore mascaras?
Maybelline Full ‘n Soft (volumizing), CoverGirl LashBlast (general).

What are good lengthening mascaras?
Bare Escentuals Buxom Lash, Dior Extase.

What are good natural mascaras?
Kiehl’s Mineral Mascara, Bobbi Brown Everyday Mascara, Bare Escentuals Buxom Lash, Maybelline Full ‘n Soft.

What are good volumizing mascaras?
Maybelline Full ‘n Soft.

Nails

What are good base coats?
My favorites is Zoya’s Anchor.

What are good fast-drying top coats?
I like Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri or Zoya’s quick-drying drops.

What are good nail polish removers?
I prefer Zoya’s Remove+ to the point where I no longer use anything else.

What are good top coats?
My favorites are Seche Vite and Zoya’s Armor.

What brands are good for cream polishes?
Essie and Zoya.

Primer

What are the best eyeshadow bases?
Reader favorites are MAC Paint Pots, Too Faced Shadow Insurance, and Urban Decay’s Primer Potion. I personally prefer NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base.

What are the best face primers?
Reader favorites are Smashbox Photofinish Primer and Photofinish Light Primer. I only use silicone-free primers and my favorite is Korres’ Silicone-Free Primer

What are the best lip primers?
There is MAC Prep + Prime Lip, but I prefer lip liner.

What is a good oil-free face primer?
LORAC AquaPrime, which is water-based.

Skincare

How can I minimize/reduce my pores?
The best is to try a product that uses powder to soften the appearance of skin (and therefore pores), like Benefit’s Porefessional or MAC Prep + Prime Refined Zone.

What is the best way to remove waterproof mascara?
Oil-based makeup removers work really, really well, because for most products, oil will break them down.

What order do you apply sunscreen?
Generally speaking, most experts say to apply it first. This is particularly true with chemical sunscreens which interact with your skin, so it is better for it to be applied first. Physical sunscreens like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide block instead.

Dark Skintones

What are good blushes for cool, dark skin?
MAC: Breezy, Dollymix,

NARS: Desire, Dolce Vita, Mata Hari, Outlaw

What are good blushes for warm, dark skin?
MAC: Ambering Rose, Breezy, Raizin, Sunbasque, Sweet as Cocoa

NARS: Deep Throat, Dolce Vita, Exhibit A, Taj Mahal, Taos

What are good eyeshadows for cool, dark skin?
MAC: Aquadisiac, Amber Lights, Contrast, Espresso, Freshwater, Humid,Mulch, Nocturnelle, Paradisco, Shimmermoss, Stars ‘n Rockets
NARS: April Fool’s, Brazil, Kalahari, Misfit, Portobello, South Pacific, Surabaya
Urban Decay: Asphyxia, Flipside, Hotpants, Roach, Stray Dog, Toasted, Twice Baked, Vert

What are good eyeshadows for warm, dark skin?
MAC: Antiqued, Arena, Bronze, Coppering, Deep Truth, Juxt, Mystery, Star Violet, Swimming
NARS: Alhambra, Earth Angel, Isolde, Mediteranee, Persepolis, Star Sailor, Wicked
Urban Decay: Flash, Flipside, Half Baked, Jones, Rush, Shattered, Vert

What are good lipglosses for cool, dark skin?
MAC Lipglosses: Chai, Nymphette, Viva Glam VI, NARS Lipglosses: Bad Education, Boogie Nights, Revolt, Stolen Kisses, Talitha

What are good lipglosses for warm, dark skin?
MAC Lipglosses: Beaux (Lustreglass), C-Thru, Instant Gold (Lustreglass), Love Nectar, NARS Lipglosses: Babe, Belize, Misbehave, Stella, Sunset Strip

What are good lipsticks for cool, dark skin?
MAC Lipsticks: Creme Cup, Girl About Town, Rebel, Ruby Woo, Spirit, Strength
NARS Lipsticks: Barbarella, Catfight, Funny Face, Scarlett Empress
Urban Decay Lipsticks: Confession, Gravity, Jilted, Rush, Trainwreck

What are good lipsticks for warm, dark skin?
MAC Lipsticks: High Tea, Kinda Sexy, Media, New York Apple, Siss
NARS Lipsticks: Beautiful Liar, Christina, Flamenco, Viridiana
Urban Decay Lipsticks: Gash, Indecent, Pistol, Vinyl, Voodoo

Light Skintones

What are good blushes for cool, fair skin?
MAC: Breath o’ Plum, Cubic, Peachykeen, Well-Dressed

NARS: Angelika, Copacabana (Multiple), Dolce Vita, Riviera (Multiple), Sin

What are good blushes for warm, fair skin?
MAC: Blushbaby, Dollymix, Margin, Springsheen

NARS: Deep Throat, Luster, Orgasm, Portofino (Multiple), South Beach (Multiple), Torrid

What are good eyeshadows for warm, fair skin?
MAC: All That Glitters, Amber Lights, Carbon, Da Bling, Deep Truth, Electra, Humid, Jest, Juxt, Naked Lunch, Satellite Dreams
NARS: Alhambra, Balthazar, Bohemian Gold, Hula Hula, Sea, Sex, & Sun, Star Sailor, Summertime, Wicked
Urban Decay: Baked, Blaze, Crash, Ecstasy, Eldorado, Flipside, Half Baked, Vert

What are good lipglosses for cool, fair skin?
MAC Lipglosses: Morning Glory (Lustreglass), Oyster Girl, NARS Lipglosses: Chihuahua, Belize, Striptease, Turkish Delight

What are good lipglosses for warm, fair skin?
MAC Lipglosses: Instant Gold (Lustreglass), Pinkarat (Lustreglass), Lychee Luxe, NARS Lipglosses: Frisky Summer, Greek Holiday, Orgasm, Pillow Talk

What are good lipsticks for cool, fair skin?
MAC Lipsticks: Angel, Dubonnet, High Tea, Hue, Odyssey, Sweetie, Syrup
NARS Lipsticks: Flair, Funny Face, Roman Holiday, Trans Siberian, Venice
Urban Decay Lipsticks: Buzzkill, Lovechild, Naked, Peroxide

What are good lipsticks for warm, fair skin?
MAC Lipsticks: Blankety, Crosswires, Freckletone, “O”, Viva Glam I
NARS Lipsticks: Christina, Napoli, Niagara
Urban Decay Lipsticks: 5150, Indecent, Naked, Voodoo

Medium Skintones

What are good blushes for cool, medium skin?
MAC: Cubic, Desert Rose, Dollymix, Peaches

NARS: Angelika, Copacabana (Multiple), Deep Throat, Sin

What are good blushes for warm, medium skin?
MAC: Ambering Rose, Margin, Plum Foolery, Springsheen, Sunbasque

NARS: Deep Throat, Luster, Orgasm, South Beach (Multiple), Torrid

What are good eyeshadows for cool, medium skin?
MAC: Carbon, Digit, Espresso, Satin Taupe, Seedy Pearl, Shroom, Smut, Tilt, Typographic
NARS: April Fool’s, Blade Runner, Brazil, Caravaggio, Cleo, Habanera, Jezebel, Portobello
Urban Decay: Asphyxia, Goddess, Lounge, Cherry, Roach, Sellout, Twice Baked, YDK

What are good eyeshadows for warm, medium skin?
MAC: Amber Lights, Bronze, Coppering, Expensive Pink, Gorgeous Gold, Juxt, Patina, Ricepaper, Romp, Shimmermoss, Soft Brown
NARS: Alhambra, Bohemian Gold, Cheyenne, Hula Hula, Kalahari, Sea, Sex, & Sun, Stage Beauty, Wicked
Urban Decay: Baked, Chopper, Crash, Eldorado, Flipside, Maui Wowie, Vert

What are good lipglosses for cool, medium skin?
MAC Lipglosses: Nymphette, Prrr, Russian Red, Viva Glam V
NARS Lipglosses: Belize, Boogie Nights, Tempest, Turkish Delight

What are good lipglosses for warm, medium skin?
MAC Lipglosses: Enchantress, Lychee Luxe, Nymphette, NARS Lipglosses: Babe, Frisky Summer, Greek Holiday, Misbehave, Orgasm

What are good lipsticks for cool, medium skin?
MAC Lipsticks: Angel, Dubonnet, Hue, Lustering, Up the Amp
NARS Lipsticks: Catfight, Flair, Russian Doll, Niagara
Urban Decay Lipsticks: Lovechild, Naked, Requiem, Rush, Trainwreck

What are good lipsticks for warm, medium skin?
MAC Lipsticks: Bombshell, Craving, Crosswires, Plumful, Sweetie, Velvet Teddy, Viva Glam I
NARS Lipsticks: Christina, Flamenco, Manhunt, Niagara
Urban Decay Lipsticks: 5150, Naked, Pistol, Wanted

Temptalia’s Favorites

What is your favorite blush brand?
Rock & Republic blush.

What is your favorite bronzer?
Guerlain Terracotta.

What is your favorite concealer?
Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer, Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Double Face Perfector.

What is your favorite cream blush brand?
Make Up For Ever HD Blush.

What is your favorite cream eyeshadow brand?
Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liners, Make Up For Ever Aqua Creams.

What is your favorite dramatic mascara?
Chanel Inimitable Intense, Lancome Hypnose, L’Oreal Telescopic.

What is your favorite everyday blush?
Benefit Sugarbomb, Korres Natural.

What is your favorite eyelash curler?
shu uemura’s eyelash curler.

What is your favorite eyeshadow base?
NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base.

What is your favorite eyeshadow brand?
Hourglass.

What is your favorite false eyelash brand?
Urban Decay, MAC, Revlon.

What is your favorite foundation?
Guerlain Parure Gold.

What is your favorite gel eyeliner?
MAC Fluidline, Wet ‘n’ Wild MegaEyes Crème Liner.

What is your favorite highlighter brand?
Guerlain Meteorites – for something more budget friendly, NYX Highlighter Mosaic Powder.

What is your favorite lengthening mascara?
Bare Escentuals Buxom Lash, Dior Extase, CoverGirl LashBlast.

What is your favorite lip balm?
Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm.

What is your favorite lipgloss?
Le Metier de Beaute Lip Cremes.

What is your favorite lipstick?
Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick, Cle de Peau Extra Silky.

What is your favorite liquid eyeliner?
MAC Superslick Liquid Eyeliner, Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eyeliner.

What is your favorite loose eyeshadow brand?
Illamasqua Pure Pigment, Sugarpill Chromalust.

What is your favorite mascara?
Chanel Exceptionnel, MAC Plushlash, Maybelline Full ‘n Soft.

What is your favorite natural mascara?
Kiehl’s Marvelous Mineral Mascara, Maybelline Full ‘n Soft.

vWhat is your favorite pencil eyeliner?
Urban Decay 24/7 Liners, Milani Liquif’Eye Liners are my top two. I also like Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Eyes a lot.

What is your favorite setting powder?
Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder.

What is your favorite tinted moisturizer?
Kiehl’s Tinted Moisturizer.

What is your favorite tweezer?
Tweezerman Slanted.

What’s your favorite cleanser?
Fresh Soy Face Cleanser.

What’s your favorite exfoliator?
Kate Somerville ExfoliKate.

What’s your favorite fragrance?
Tom Ford Oud Wood, Tom Ford Amber Absolute, Dior Addict, Burberry The Beat, Vera Wang LOOK, kenzoAMOUR.

What’s your favorite makeup remover?
Lancome Bi-Facil.