Phyllis

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Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.

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Below are a few Q&A on foundations:

xbabygirl said: Hello! I was wondering (if possible) if you could do a post geared towards foundation color and foundation products aimed at Asians? I have trouble buying foundation because they’re always off and it’s not like I can walk out of the store and see if the color suits me well or not bc they would think i’m crazy lol. I tried doing samples, but not every product I want can provide me samples =(.

Answer: To check what undertones you have, look at the underside of your arm. If you have green veins, you have warm undertones. If have you blue, you have cool undertones. For people with warm undertones, go with a foundation that is yellow-based. Those with cool undertones should choose a foundation that is pink-based.

Most Asians tend to have yellow undertones. MAC, Bobbi Brown and Stila all make foundations that are yellow-based. You might also want to try Prescriptives. They offer custom blending so you can definitely get the right shade. Another thing you can always do is to keep the receipt every time you purchase a foundation. That way, if the shade is not right, you can go back to the store for an exchange.

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For those of you who shaves or waxes, ingrowns are probably your biggest nightmare. The only way to prevent ingrowns is regular exfoliation. There are also treatments out there to help with ingrowns. Sephora sells a product called Tend Skin ($20-35) that claims to improve the appearance of razor bumps, ingrown hairs, and redness caused by hair removal.

Here is a recipe of a homemade version of Tend Skin I found online. The major ingredients are aspirin, alcohol and witch hazel. I have tried it on myself and trust me it works – my bumps were gone overnight!

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For Sarah. Enjoy!

What Are Makeup Bases?
Basically, makeup bases are primers that are meant to be used before foundations. Their function is to even out the texture of the skin, correct skin tone irregularities, enhance the durability of foundation and minimize your pores.

Stila Angel Light Whitening Powder FoundationStila Angel Light Whitening Powder Foundation (~$47) was an Asian exclusive but thanks to its super cute packaging, I went through great lengths to get it.

The powder comes with SPF24+ and whitening properties to brighten your skin. I did not see any whitening effect but the high SPF is definitely a plus. The finish is also very matte yet it does not accentuate any dry patches.

The one thing I do not like, however, is the color. While I got it in my usual Stila shade (C), the foundation is very yellow and when it oxidizes, it gets darker by almost a shade.

As much as I love the cute packaging, I will not repurchase after I run out.