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EM Newbies: Find your Perfect Mineral Shades and Formulas

Looking for a flawless complexion the natural way? Follow the steps below to find your exact shades and formulas for a perfected look.

To begin, choose the face that most closely matches your skin tone.

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Think you may be between shades? Don't sweat it. We'll show you how to swatch yourself using our free 7 Piece Sample Kit here.

 

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51 thoughts on “EM Newbies: Find your Perfect Mineral Shades and Formulas”

  • diana

    Where's the "almond" page? Every time I click on the second to last lady, the page/store takes me to yahoo search.

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  • Patricia Lynn Landon
    Patricia Lynn Landon January 13, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    Hello! I've used Everyday Minerals for quite some time. I even was one of the muchly few to have a "Try It" party. The last time I used my make up though, it seemed that no matter what shade I used, it all looked too yellow on me. I've just placed an order for a brush and samplekit. Is there another product I need to use with my make up to avoid the sallow look? Thanks from Marengo, OH.

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    • em

      Hello Patricia! I would avoid any foundation shades with a Golden (G) undertone. They have yellow tones to them. Using shades from the Rosy (R) family won't have any yellow tones to them, but if they look a little too pink on the skin you may want something from the Neutral (N) category. I would order shades from the Rosy and Neutral categories in your sample kit and see which looks the best on your skin. Also, Lucent Powder in Natural is great for giving a nice rosy tone after foundation. Thank you for being such a big fan!!!

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  • sharee

    I do not see a line for mutli-racial skin combinations. I am Thai and African American. The faces you have do not represent myself or others who have a diverse ethnic background. Is there something in the works?

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    • em

      Hi Sharee! Try not to factor in race when choosing the skin tone that most closely matches your own. What you want to do is choose the woman that matches your skin the closest as far as the lightness or darkness of her skin. It is possible to be in between tones, in which case we recommend following the link to try our sample kit to make sure you have the correct color. We are currently working on a wider variety of shades to suit darker skin tones that will be out in the next few months. Does this help?

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      • Sharee

        @ em Your answer was very helpful. Thank you. @ Leah I'm not really concerned if you were offended. I wasn't asking you a question. I never said there was anything wrong with the makeup. But that's your opinion and we all have one. Have an awesome day!

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    • Leah

      @Sharee, your comment was offensive to me...It makes no sense,really. There is nothing wrong with the make up colors as is. What in the world would your racial background have to do with what color your skin is, and your ability to chose a color of Everyday Minerals? Nothing. You just felt the need to point out your "specialness", and it was so unnecessary. I actually hope the moderator removes your comment because it adds nothing but a disturbance to the comment section. Sincerely, an African American who wears Tan Matte

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    • Sharee

      Thank you so much, I appreciate your answer. My shade changes with the seasons as I would assume most do and it's so hard to find something that will keep an even look throughout the year. I usually have to mix shades which i hate doing. I do love your blush, translucent setting powders and eye shadows. I'm sure the new stuff coming will be great.

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  • Mercedes

    Where do the olive tones come in? I am trying to decide between Olive Light and Medium...is there a girl here who would fit one of those as well?

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    • em

      Yes, the olive tones would fall under the golden category. Any of the G shades would work well with Olive Skin. Olive Light is listed under the Level 1 Category. Does this help?

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  • Christina

    Thanks for this! Super helpful! Do you have anything like this for the other products? For example, a chart that says, if you wear a certain color foundation then you should wear this color concealer?

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    • em

      Hi Christina! Yes, all of the concealers should be marked with a level on the product page that will correspond to your level here. :) Does this help?

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  • Jackie

    Some of the colors are not available, when will they be released?

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    • em

      Hi Jackie! They will all be available within the next couple of months. I will add in comparable shades that we offer now until then :)

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    • em

      All of the colors will be out in the next couple of months. Until then, I will add in comparable shades that we offer now.

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  • Sherry

    Tried clicking on the Weekly Special's page...no luck. :(

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  • Kristen

    i am looking to what make up is for olive skin tones. Thanks!

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  • Michelle

    Hi! I used to use your Intensive Medium Concealer and it was my HG. Is there anything that's comparable in your current line of products? I really miss it! TIA

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    • em

      Hi Michelle! A good substitute would be our new mineral concealers in medium. You can find that one here: http://www.everydayminerals.com/store/medium-mineral-concealer-mini.html Thanks!!

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  • Jessica

    Hi! I've used Original Glo Medium beige Neutral (summaer) and Original Glo Fairly Light Neutral for several years but cannot find it now, which ones would you recommend as replacers?

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    • em

      Hi Jessica! I would recommend the Semi-matte base. The shade equivalent for Fairly Light Neutral is Light (2N), and the shade equivalent for Medium Beige Neutral is Medium (4N). There is also a shade in between called Beige (3N). You can order samples if you want to try them before you buy here: http://www.everydayminerals.com/store/productkit/mineralmakeup/free/

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  • Debby

    When will the medium beige neutral semi-matte be back in stock??
    Also do you still carry the deep tan original glo foundation??

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    • em

      Hi Debby! We do not carry the original glo foundation. Medium Beige in the Semi-matte is back in stock now. The new name for that shade is Tan 5N, but it is still the same shade with a new name :)

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  • Tracy

    I miss all the many colors you used to have of shadows... I heard they were coming but still nothing . Are you no longer going to have them?

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    • em

      Hi Tracy,
      We're finishing up a photo shoot with the new colors, they are coming out rather soon. We are super thrilled about it :)

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  • Ramona

    I love your golden medium and olive medium in matte they are a perfect match for me during summer and winter and mixing them in between seasons. Could you suggest colours for me or could you release more olive colours as it is really hard for me to find a match due to my olive skin tone. I will be stocking up on olive medium as it looks like you don't have new colours similar to that one.

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    • em

      Hello Ramona,
      Not all shades in the old formula are available in the new formula. But, I would say, the closest shade to the former Olive Medium is the 5W Golden Tan. This is for medium to dark skin with golden undertones. You can also try the 3W Golden Beige and 4W Golden Medium through our 7 Piece Sample Kit to see if any of these shades is your perfect match in the new formula. Thank You!

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  • Dovon

    Hi, I usually use Olive-medium but I don't see that as an option anymore. What would you recommend I replace it with?

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    • em

      Hello Dovon,
      Not all shades in the old formula are available in the new formula. But, I would say, the closest shade to the former Olive Medium is the 5W Golden Tan. This is for medium to dark skin with golden undertones. Thank You!

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  • […] make finding the right shade super simple, which was what sold me in the first place. The website walks you through choosing what’s right for your skin tone, and you can customize a free sample […]

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  • Conchita

    I am looking for Olive Medium but can't find a replacement shade for it. I have found the tan shades too warm/orange for my skin tone - would you have any suggestions? Light Olive in the original formula was too light for me and light tan or buttered tan was too dark. Olive medium was perfect! Thanks in advance for your help :)

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    • em

      Hello Conchita,
      Not all shades in the old formula are available in the new formula. But, I would say, the closest shade to the former Olive Medium is the 5W Golden Tan. This is for medium to dark skin with golden undertones. Thank You!

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  • Angela

    I used to use sandy fair but it's no longer available. What's the replacement for it?

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    • em

      Hello Angela,

      We have a completely new Matte and Semi-Matte line with a unique and easy name system. You can learn more about it on our Blog. 1N Ivory is the closest match in comparison to the Sandy Fair. We also offer the 7 Piece Sample Kit so that you can try out a variety of Base shades as well. Thank You!

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  • Karissa

    I used linen in semi matte but it has but out of stock, will it be restocked soon and if not what's the closest product to that color that's available?

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    • em

      Hello Karisa, Linen has been re-named as 1N Ivory. It should be back in stock in about 2 weeks. Please feel free to check back with us for any updates! Thank You!

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  • Danielle

    What is the difference between the matte base and the it base? I can't seem to find a description of the it base online, and I got a sample of the Fair IT Base in my sample pack.
    Thanks!

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    • em

      The Matte provides a silky smooth matte finish that is ideal for all skin types.
      while the IT has a matte finish and works for normal to oily skin types.

      Our IT Bases will be moving to the Vintage section. The Vintage products will be made in small batches and only a couple of times a year. So the IT shades may not be available for another 6 months from now. But, you can check in our Vintage page if your shade is available for purchase. Here's the link:
      http://www.everydayminerals.com/store/base-it.html

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  • Kine

    Hi!
    which of the new shades is the closes to sandy fair?

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  • Tanya

    I purchased a tan semi matte foundation because your site stated that it was the same as medium beige. When I tried the Tan it was much lighter more neutral than the medium beige sample. Is tan 5N the same as medium beige neutral instead of medium beige? I have golden under tone.
    Can I still get the regular medium beige semi matte foundation.

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    • em

      Hello Tanya,

      You can learn more about it on our Blog. 4W Golden Medium is the closest match in comparison to the Medium Beige. We also offer the 7 Piece Sample Kit so that you can try out a variety of Base shades as well. Thank You!

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  • Tanya

    I received two samples one is named golden medium that looks light yellowish and a sample named golden medium 4W looks like medium with hint of pink. Please help I don't see a golden medium in the choices without the 4W like I received. So I don't know which is what color?

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    • em

      Hello Tanya,

      We have a completely new Matte and Semi-Matte line with a unique and easy name system. You can learn more about it on our Blog. 3W Golden Beige is the closest match in comparison to the Golden Medium. We also offer the 7 Piece Sample Kit so that you can try out a variety of Base shades as well. Thank You!

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  • Deirdre

    I've been using Original Glo in Fair & was wondering what is closest to that now. Love your products!

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    • em

      Hello Deirdre,

      You can try 0C Rosy Fair Semi Matte through the 7 Piece Sample to see if this is your perfect shade. Thank You!

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  • Lisa

    Hi...I used to wear a 50/50 mix of Intensive Base and Original Glo base. Which foundations would you recommend that I start out with?

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    • em

      Hello Lisa,

      I have listed a breakdown of different foundation formulas, this will help you select the formula that best suits you:

      Semi-Matte provides a subtle glow appearance and is formulated for normal to combination skin.
      Matte, provides a silky smooth matte finish that is ideal for all skin types.
      Jojoba - a satin finish and this is good for all skin types.

      Please email us at thanks@everydayminerals.com so that we could further assist you on your base shade selection. Thank You!

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