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New Year, New Look, New Shades: Check Out How These Ladies Plan To Level Up In 2019
Want 2019 to be amazing? Why not swap your current beauty style for a new look that can empower you to jump-start your gorgeous greatness and make this your best year yet.
We challenged 6 women to do just that! These are real woman with different skin tones, types and shades—and they dish on how they are revamping their routine to reveal their own unique look for the new year.
Spoiler alert! We sent them to Sephora for the ultimate game changer: new foundation. See what they had to say about their shopping experience and how they feel about getting a fresh start in 2019.
Are you ready to shine in 2019? Go for it! Just step into Sephora and let their amazing beauty advisors help you create a look that shows your true, unique and oh-so beautiful self to the world. Or click here to get started right now!
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Ready to take more risks and be bold in 2019, Cara is craving a new, edgier look, like smoky eyes and full foundation. “I hope that by taking this step, it will inspire me to live outside of my comfort zone in many areas in my life,” says Cara. She likes using foundation to even out her complexion, but she usually has a lot of trouble finding her true shade. “I used to go to the store and test out the foundations on my wrist or forearm but it was never the right match,” says Cara. But one trip to Sephora and she is totally in love with her new LANCÔME TEINT IDOLE Ultra Longwear Foundation find. “I got some expert help from a Beauty Advisor who took all the guess work out of finding a great shade match and saved me from shopping for hours,” she says. “I love that Lancôme is oil free and that it leaves a natural-looking, velvety-matte finish for up to 24 hours, so I can get that full coverage I am looking for without any caking or creasing.”
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For Ellen, 2019 is all about getting a natural glow with conscious ingredients. Sensitive skin can make her prone to breakouts, so she is focused on finding a way to heal blemishes while perfecting her skin, not making it worse. “My experience has been tricky, I either get a color match, but the ingredients aren’t friendly for my skin, or one that’s great for my skin but the color isn’t a match,” says Ellen. She has found it a challenge to find a foundation with a smooth finish and a natural glow that also combats oily skin without irritation. “I get recommendations from friends with similar skin tones and conditions, but as a woman with darker skin, it’s often difficult to find foundation that meets all my needs and actually matches my skin tone,” she says. But then she walked into Sephora, where she found so many foundations to try, “many of them I wouldn’t have even discovered if I didn’t set foot into Sephora!” And she found her perfect match with HOURGLASS Vanish™ Seamless Stick Foundation. Feeling very light on her skin, it still gives her the full coverage she wants, especially in the areas with hyper-pigmentation from previous acne scars. “I got a smooth and flawless natural look and I didn’t become excessively oily after wearing it for an hour or two like I’ve experienced with other foundations, plus it’s vegan so I know I’m not causing damage to my skin by wearing it all day.
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Refreshing and vibrant—that’s how Jessica wants to greet the new year. And she is ready to step outside the box to explore new blushes and eyeshadows. “2019 is about manifesting visions and big colorful goals that are full of life and what better way than to transfer the same idea into my everyday look,” she says. “When you look better, you feel better, and when I feel great, I am ready to take over the world, one task at a time.” But before she adds those new colors to her style, she knows she needs a good foundation to really make them pop. In the past, she mixed her own shades because when she didn’t, she felt it had either an ashy look or was just way too dark. So, she put her trust in the Sephora Beauty Advisors and they totally delivered with a new foundation that was not only in her ideal shade (no mixing needed!) but also complemented her skin type. “I love that the Dior Forever 24H Wear High Perfection Skin-Caring Matte Foundationmatched me perfectly and worked great for my oily skin,” says Jessica. “It lasted for hours so it’s great for when I’m on the go and don’t have much time to reapply.”
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Super sensitive skin has always stopped Kylah from wearing makeup, but this is her year to experiment and find her new go-to look that has a glam, yet professional flair as she grows in her career. She also wants to find a foundation that lets her beautiful eyes pop without drying out her skin and leaving a heavy feeling. “I used to have to purchase more than one product and mix them to create my personal shade,” says Kylah. “Sephora has such a huge selection of shades and the Beauty Advisor not only addressed my concerns with a product that met my specific skincare needs but was also able to teach me how to blend the foundation into my skin.” She discovered a smooth finish look she really loves from NARS. “My face felt so soft and it was very light weight, but the coverage was fantastic, I didn’t have to apply a lot to get the look I wanted,” says Kylah. “I am excited to finally create a glamorous look while maintaining healthy skin.”
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This year is all about creating some complexion affection to reflect Marisa’s inner confidence. A foundation fan, “I like to wear it to even out my skin,” she says. “It’s a great way to enhance my natural skin tone whether I’m going to work or going out for fun.” Her 2019 wish list features a foundation with medium to full coverage, feels light-weight, oil-free and blends well with her skin color. The breadth of shade ranges and brands at Sephora made it easy to find her best match, but it was the Sephora Beauty Advisor who gave her a sense of ease and comfort when making her selection. “They helped me find all of the things my skin needs in a foundation,” says Marisa. “And being able to sample it before purchasing it made sure it really was my true match!” Now she really loves it! “FENTY BEAUTY PRO FILT’R Foundation is lightweight and provides great coverage,” she adds. “It gives a smooth finish and works really great with my oily skin.”
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Declaring 2019 her “glow up year,” Nia is exploring new makeup styles that enhance who she is and highlight features that are uniquely hers, “I want to glow on the inside and outside!” She knows that a fresh look can make you feel more confident and excited, “it is a reminder of new beginnings and endless possibilities,” Nia says. “My face, much like my life, is a canvas. It is what I make it. This empowers me to take risks and try new things.” So before committing to a foundation, she wants to sample it, “and how great that Sephora lets you try it out! I could actually see what it looked like in everyday circumstances.” And dry, winter months are not going to stop Nia from greeting the New Year with a fresh face. “I love that the beautyblender Bounce Liquid Whip Foundationfeels lightweight and has ingredients that are good for hydration,” says Nia. But what she really loves is the bottle itself, “it is my favorite part, it is so innovative, just the perfect match for this great product!”
Are you ready to shine in 2019? Go for it! Just step into Sephora and let their amazing beauty advisors help you create a look that shows your true, unique and oh-so-beautiful self to the world. Or click here to get started right now!