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I don't know if this will help....but I have a light complexion, dark brown hair and tend to have a pink undertone (prone to redness, flushing). I use BE Medium Foundation. That is the one that looks best with a cool undertone. If you have a more yellow (warmer) undertone, one of the others would work better for you. The shade obviously would depend on your coloring (duh!). The skin rever-upper is not for us--it contains gluten. Hope this helps--I look smashing in diamonds, too :D

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Thanks, Jerseyangel.

I'm blue-eyed, mousey-haired, go blond/brown in sun, otherwise deathly pale, but do have some pink in my cheeks, and black circles under my eyes. Lovely! :P I assumed I was warm, but think I'm coming round to cool-toned.

The other thing I've read is to look at your veins. Blue is cool toned, green is warm. Or maybe the other way round. Anyway, mine are bluey-green, or greeny-blue, I just can't tell. Maybe I'm neutral, in which case I should look good in either, rather than crap in either! I've tried 4 different sample colours, and none is quite right. The best on it's own is the medium, although it's too dark and too pink. The best combination I've come up with is medium and fairly light, although this shouldn't work because it's mixing warm and cool. The one I haven't tried is fair, and I think that might work, maybe mixed with medium if I convince myself I need to go for cool.

I've read about trying colours on the jaw-line to match your neck. My face is a completely different colour to my neck. I would look absolutely ridiculous if I matched my neck. Maybe it's from years of putting SPF's on my face.

I think I need Bridget Jones' mom to drag me off to get my colours done.

:P:P:P

Matilda

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Actually, from how you described your skin, I think you should try light and see how it works. Also, for the dark circles, and other spots you are less than thrilled with :(I use the Bisque in the Original color. I use it for the red places that I always seem to have and it covers nicely without being obvious. Hang in there--it's gonna look great.

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I started using fairly light but the color wasn't right, for my skin it looked too yellow. For a several years now I've been using fair. I have pale skin in the winter and light colored eyes. I'm going to try bisque because my undereye circles are really bad. :blink:

You might check out www.delphiforums.com. There is a group called "Bare Escentuals Addicts." I've only visited a couple of times but someone in the group might be able to help you determine your color and give you some ideas. :)

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I actually used to be a make-up artist. I guess I still am, but I don't do it anymore. I still work for friends and family, but the company that I was working for uses non-gluten-free stuff and it was too hard to work with those products and not wear them myself. It was a "conflict of intrest". Anyway, as to your skin tone, people either have a yellow, pink, or neutral undertone to their skin. Most people are yellow or pink, very few neutrals out there. Usually, if you are "cool" then you have a yellow undertone, and if you are "warm" then you have a pink undertone. You can tell by clothing, like you said, but that can be hard if you have died hair, go to a tanning bed, refuse to wear certian colors, or are like me, and like to wear all colors! The best way to figure it out (though it is a pain in the butt, but this is what I had to do) is get a pink undertoned foundation, a yellow undertoned foundation, and put one on each cheek. The one that blends in is the right one. You CAN go by hair and eye color, but like I said, if you dye you hair, or wear colored contacts, that can throw it off. But as a general rule, if you have dark (dark brown, or black) hair (AND EYEBROWS) and light skin, then you are a yellow undertone, and unless you get a yellow based foundation, it will be a pink undertone, and will make you look too pink. Like wise, if you have blonde hair, and flushed skin, then you are probably pink undertone, and will look odd in a yellow undertoned foundation. THE BEST BET IS TO TRY BOTH AND SEE WHICH ONE MATCHES YOUR SKIN, AND BIT TIP, MATCH FROM THE CHEEK TO THE NECK, IF IT BLENDS IN ON BOTH, THEN IT IT THE RIGHT COLOR!!!!!!

PS- I now use Bare Minerals myself, and being very fair, with dark brown hair and green eyes, I have a yellow undertone and use "fairly light". It is the perfect shade.

I started using fairly light but the color wasn't right, for my skin it looked too yellow. For a several years now I've been using fair. I have pale skin in the winter and light colored eyes. I'm going to try bisque because my undereye circles are really bad. :blink:

If it looks to yellow on you, then you probably have a pink undertone to your skin. Bisque would look great on you, being pink undertoned. I am yellow undertoned, and I can't use bisque, it looks too pink on my skin, and draws attention to my blemishes instead of covering them up. I use well rested for my under-eye circles, but since it is yellow based, it would probably look too yellow on you also! Hope that helps!!!!!

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I thought the entire make up (not the lotions or anything...just makeup) line of BE was gluten free...is it not???

I'm confused :(

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I've read here a million times that the line is gluten free, however their answer to me lead me to believe the entire make up line is NOT gluten-free. They told me the mineral foundations were gluten-free but they told me I had to call them on all the other products I'm using from their line and they will tell me if they are gluten-free or not. I will say I didn't do that because I'm only using the mineral foundations however the fact that they told me to call tells me there might be gluten in some of the products.

susan

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Matilda-

I only use BE's makeup minerals, not their skincare products. Have you tried using bronzer ever? Sometimes when I am really pale (like now : ) I prefer it to blush...looks natural, but gives better all over color. Just another idea... Hope you're still feeling well!

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I just got off the phone with a rep. at Bare Essentuals. I had checked by e-mail before, but after reading that some of us are getting different info., I wanted to speak with someone directly. She read me the list of "gluten free makeup products approved by the Chemists"--these included all mascaras and lip products. She is also going to e-mail me the list, so if anyone need any more info. let me know.

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I emailed them to make sure and I, once again, today I got an email saying everything in their makeup line is gluten free.

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I think that people were getting conflicting answers when contacting the company themselves. I was, also. Today was the first time they offered me the list and I've contacted them 2 other times.

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So glad to know that it is gluten free...it's on my Christmas list of things I want this year...right now I have like no makeup...most of my products got to go friends of mine...sigh

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Hi Matilda and everyone--this is the e-mail I got from Bare Escentuals dated Tue 29 Nov 2005:

Dear Patti,

Thank you for contacting Bare Escentuals, All bareMinerals are gluten free. This includes bareMinerals foundation, all over colors, blushes, eye shadows, glimmers, glimpses, liner shadow minerals, and body minerals. Many of our i.d. Bare Escentuals are also gluten free, including lip sticks, lip liners, lip gloss, quicksticks, and mascara.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to call the number below.

Bare Escentuals Customer Contact Center

1-800-227-3990

Mon.-Fri. 7am-5pm PST; Sat. 8am-4pm PST; Sun. 10am-3pm PST

Happy Holidays!

-Alyson

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Hi everyone and Kaseysmom especially :)

I just want to toss in that lots of foundations are gluten free, you just need to read the labels. i have FINALLY found a gluten-free AND soy-free foundation by Allison Rafaelle! Available at Sephora. I think I will have to do some color mixing to perfect it, as it's only available in 5 shades, but so far it is working great :) The blush stick by the same brand is also gluten-free and soyfree. :) Oh, and I also found a lip gloss that is gluten-free and soyfree (!!!!) by Body and Soul, but again, not all of their lip stuff is gluten-free/soyfree, i had to read each one....(also from Sephora).

And lots and lots of eye shadows and mascaras are gluten-free - just need to read each label, don't go by brand. For example, Maybelline great lash mascara is gluten-free but their waterproof is not (at least last time I looked).

Merika

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Thank you for contacting Bare Escentuals, All bareMinerals are gluten free. This includes bareMinerals foundation, all over colors, blushes, eye shadows, glimmers, glimpses, liner shadow minerals, and body minerals. Many of our i.d. Bare Escentuals are also gluten free, including lip sticks, lip liners, lip gloss, quicksticks, and mascara.

I use the i.d. mineral veil and warmth color, anyone know if those are gluten-free as well??

Thanks

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A make-up artist! - fantastic, I must pick your brains! :):):)

Now I'm even more confused than I was. I've got a sample of Bisque - too yellow for me by far. But today I got my well-rested - perfect on my eyes. I can't see I've got it on, except that I look nice and smooth and silky. When I look at them in the jars the bisque is much pinker - but it's completely the opposite on. What do you think this means?

Jerseyangel, will you post your list of gluten-free products when they send it?

To start us off: Eye-brow gel is not gluten-free - has wheat-germ protein.

Thank you every one,

Matilda

Hey Matilda, Sorry it has taken me so long to reply! I didn't know you had a question until tonight! If you have used the bisque, and the well rested, and the well rested looks better on your skin, then you probably have a yellow undertone. You want your make-up to match your undertone. The bisque is pink based, probably for people with pink undertoned skin and redness to their skin (because it would help to make a smoother look over blemishes than a yellow concealer, that would look like a yellow dot in the middle of a pink face). If the well rested looks good under your eyes, then I would recomend trying it on your blemishes. Cant hurt! It is all about the color and the blend. If you are yellow undertoned, then the yellow base in the well rested powder will help to mask the pink in a blemish. (But if you were pink undertoned, then the yellow in the well rested will mask the pink....but stand out on your face, as a yellow dot on a pink toned face, understand???) **** You might have neutral toned skin, which is not usual, but in that case then you have to just try different products untill you find one that blends untill you can not tell that it is on. That is what I would do if I was doing your make-up. I am not a make-up artist any more, I just finished Pharmacy Technician School, yippie!!! But I will be glad to help if you have any other questions! Also, I don't work for Bare Minerals, I just use their products, just to let you know. Feel free to email me at Tiffany@chrisandtiffanyonine.com

God Bless, Tiffany

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I'm having trouble with my new make-up. I love it, but the foundation doesn't look quite right. I've bought some samples and tried different colours but still can't see which is best. Some look too yellow, some look too pink. My husband is no help whatsoever - says he can't see any of it. I want to work out whether I'm warm or cool toned. Does anyone know a way to tell? Things I've read are:

Do you look better in white (cool) or cream (warm) - I look crap in both.

Do you look better with silver jewellery or gold - I look great in both, but even better in diamonds :) .

Also, do any of you BE girls use the skin rever upper? It's got oats. If you don't use it do you use an equivalent kind of thing for making your skin look nice?

Thanks for any help

Matilda

BTW I've just discovered we're being censored for bad language. I actually wrote "I look s-h-i-t in both", and in the preview it was changed to "I look poop". Is this a good thing do you think?

FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK. I CONTACTED THEM AND THEY WERE NO HELP> HERE IS THEIR REPLY:

Fri, 16 Dec 2005 14:03:40 -0800

From: "beauty" <beauty@bareescentuals.com>

Dear BE Customer,

Thank you for contacting Bare Escentuals.

The Bare Escentuals Customer Contact Center is staffed with Beauty Professionals ready to provide you with makeup application techniques and the latest tips and tricks to help you achieve your desired look. Please call 1-800-227-3990. Your personal Beauty Advisor is waiting to speak with you!

Bare Escentuals Customer Contact Center

1-800-227-3990

Mon.-Fri. 7am-5pm PST; Sat. 8am-4pm PST; Sun. 10am-3pm PST

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