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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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111 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. You should care what I think. Me and EM gave the same COMMON SENSE answer to you. You poor thing.... you're so "special". Mentally, and racially. EM was a lot nicer... catering to your need for attention, because you're so different... nobody understands you.... blah. blah.blah. Hold my hand....while I figure out myself. Why don't you go create a brown make up for your racial mix, and tell other brown people they can't use it unless they have your DNA. SMH.

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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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  • Sandy

    What's your recommendation for gray blue eyes & fair complexion. I have used linen in the past and it makes my skin yellow. Didn't see a pic of any models with blue eyes & high lighted hair over mousy blonde! :)

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    • em

      Hello Sandy,

      You probably have Rosy undertones, you can try 1C Rosy Ivory though our 7 Piece Kit to see if this is your perfect shade. Thank You!

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  • Annie

    Hi, is there anything can substitute Rosy Fair 0C Matte Base and True Beige Jojoba, because they are out of stock. plz reply asap, thanks so much.

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    • em

      Hello Annie,

      The Rosy Fair OC Semi-Matte is available, the Matte version will be available in about 1 week.
      http://www.everydayminerals.com/store/base-semi-matte.html
      True Beige is available in about 2 weeks. Thank You!

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  • Lauren

    Hi, I have tried a bunch of samples and have finally decided on Jojoba natural ivory, now I see it's out of stock! Do you know when it will be available again, or another color close to it? I have medium brown hair, green eyes and cool undertones with redness on nose and cheeks. Thank you!

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    • em

      Hello Lauren,

      The Natural Ivory should be back in stock in about 2-4 weeks. Please feel free to check back with us for any updates! Thank You!

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  • Ann

    I was using light olive. What would be the closest color to that now? I appreciate your help!

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  • Intensive Formula fan
    Intensive Formula fan June 6, 2014 at 7:24 am

    This is in response to your email answer to my question about a chart showing old and new shades equivalencies. (I've used EM for years, so I'm not a newbie, but this is the link provided in the email.) While this page of photos is helpful, it is not the kind of chart I was asking about. There are numerous posts and answers about which new shade is the equivalent or near-equivalent of the old shade names.
    Why not simply publish a chart (table) showing these? That would be a much more helpful and efficient way of providing that information.
    Thanks

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  • Kristen

    Hello,
    I have been using the olive medium , what should i be using that is the same shade? Thank you!

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  • Kristen

    What is the new name for olive medium? Thanks

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  • Leyah

    Truffle was my perfect match. I don't know what to get now.

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    • em

      Hello Leyah,

      We should be coming out with the 7W Golden Bronze soon! Be sure to check our website for any updates! You can also try the 6W Golden Almond (a shade lighter than the 7W Golden Bronze) and pairing it up with the new Gimmee a Kissimmee bronzer to see if this will work for you. The bronzer will help darken your base shade without changing your undertone. You can try these shades through the 7 Piece Sample Kit. Thank You!

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  • Kristen

    Hello, I was guided to get the 5W in regards to matching to the olive medium. Was not the proper match as i have alot of yellow in my skin tone. I noticed that the olive medium had chromium oxide greens, that added was a beautiful match to my yellow undertones. Would you possibly consider formulating an olive line again? The golden has too much of a reddish undertone for me. Please do let me know, as I love you products and have been a customer for many many years. And would love to keep supporting your company. Thanks! xo

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  • ruhena

    I have orderd sone sample which I paid for few weeks ago and I still didnt receive it!! -.-

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    • em

      Hello Ruhena,

      Please email us at thanks@everydayminerals.com so that we could look further into this for you. Thank You!

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  • Dee

    Hi! I love your olive medium and have been using it for 5 years! I can't find any shade that matches my skin so perfectly. Would you consider bringing it back as I see there are few others here who love that shade! Thank you!

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    • em

      Hi Dee,

      The 5W Golden Tan is the closest match in comparison to the Olive 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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  • Katy

    By any chance did anyone switch from bare essentials and use fair or fairly medium? I'm looking for what will match here! Thanks!

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    • em

      Hello Katy,

      You can try the 3C Rosy Beige (formerly Fair Medium) Semi Matte or the 0C Rosy Fair (formerly Fair) Semi Matte through our 7 Piece Sample Kit to see if these are your perfect matches :) You can also try the Alabaster in the Jojoba line, it is very similar in comparison to the Fair Medium base. Thank You!

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  • Heather Corigliano
    Heather Corigliano August 28, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Hi there. I'm just wondering " in what form do the 7 free samples come?" Are they on paper with clear covers that rub off or are they in teeny little containers ? I hope that not as confusing as it sounds typing it. I'm sorry :(

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    • em

      Hello Heather,

      Our samples have been available in sample size packets. We offer samples so that our customer base can find their perfect shade among many categories of our products (base, face powders and blush), samples are completely customizable. You can order for a sample kit through this link: https://www.everydayminerals.com/store/productkit/mineralmakeup/free/ Thank You!

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  • melanie

    I have been using semi matte in Golden medium for a long time and I loved it. The new shade 4W Golden medium no longer matches my skin, can you please advise, thank you :-)

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    • em

      Hi Melanie,

      The 3W Golden Beige is the closest shade 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. Olive shades need green added, so we would recommend that you add the Mint Color Corrector to your base shade that matches closest to your complexion. Thank You!

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  • amy

    Hi! There used to be a color and it was just called "Light". It had golden/yellow undertones but I don't see it anywhere now. :( What is the closest color to this now? Thanks!!

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  • Tara

    Hi, long-time EM user re-discovering my foundations after a break. I love Sunkissed Fair and Pink Tan in Intensive finish, is there anything similar in your new range? Would I be better off with matte or semi-matte to replicate the Intensive finish? Many thanks.

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    • em

      Hi Tara,

      You may want to try the 1C Rosy Ivory Matte through our 7 Piece Sample Kit to see if you like this shade/formula. It's the closest shade in comparison to the Sunkissed Fair Intensive. Thank You!

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  • Laura Armstrong

    I wear Light Neutral and have for years. The old formula didn't have a golden undertone. The new comparable, Golden Light 2W is the new suggested color. The new is golden, the old was neutral. I do not want anything with a golden base. What would you recommend? I want to keep the look natural, not caked on with too dark of a color. Thanks!

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  • Sarah

    Hi! I was just wondering on your recommendations on those who have problem skin. I'm in the process of recovering from stubborn adult acne and my dermatologist recommended that I use a good mineral makeup. So I am up for trying the 7 piece sample kit, but I'm not sure what undertones I have. My natural undertones I believe to be Neutral, because I burn super easy (though that could be the medication I take) and I have green and blue veins on my wrist. I also have sort of a very slight yellow skin tone. I want to match my natural skin tone, but I can't just pretend my face doesn't have blemishes as well as a sort of red/pink undertone, so I am torn. Any suggestions as far as what sort of assortment or undertones I should try out for the 7 piece sample kit? Thank you so much, I look forward to using and purchasing your products in the future!

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    • em

      Hi Sarah,

      We can gladly assist you with your base shade selection, simply email us at thanks@everydayminerals.com :) Thank You!

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  • Carmen

    Question: if I am a medium-tan in Bare Minerals, what shade would I be here?

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    • em

      Hi Carmen,

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

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  • Jennifer Engler
    Jennifer Engler October 16, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    What is the difference between matte and jojoba?

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    • em

      Hi Jennifer,

      The matte base is completely shimmer free, it's matte in appearance and the jojoba base offers soft glow, it's also more creamy in texture when compared to the matte. We offer samples of each shade. Just add the sample kit to your cart and pick any 5 shades. Thank You!

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  • Felicia

    Is there anyway you can post an updated version? I think I am the darkest shade and some of the products mentioned are discontinued. It would be nice to see some of you current products on deeper skintones.

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  • Vanessa

    Hi, I wear Golden Medium Original in Bare Minerals. Which is the corresponding match base in Everyday Minerals? In my country you don'send the 7 piece sample kit so I cannot try any shades to find the exact match. Thank you!

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    • em

      Hi Vanessa,

      The 3W Golden Beige is the closest shade in comparison to the Golden Medium. Olive shades need green added, so we would recommend that you add the Mint Color Corrector to your base shade that matches closest to your complexion. Thank You!

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  • Yokaira

    What happened with olive medium? i came looking for it :( now its gone, its there any other color that i can use??

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    • em

      Hi Yokaira,

      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. Here's the link to it: http://www.everydayminerals.com/store/stories/new-matte-and-semi-matte-base-names/

      The new shades are based on the old shades, but each shade will be comparable, but slightly different from the previous old shades.

      Our colorist recommended the Golden Beige and Golden Tan together with a hint of Mint Color Corrector added would be the closest match to Olive Medium. Mineral makeup is ideal for mixing colors, thus creating custom colors, we even sell an empty mixing jar for this popular purpose.

      Olive shades need green added, so we would recommend that you add the Mint Color Corrector to your base shade that matches closest to your complexion. 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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  • Kachelle

    I recently purchased Fair Medium in semi matte from the vintage sale, I'd like to try jojoba could you tell me what my match would be.. Fair -light skin w/ pink undertones

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    • em

      Hi Kachelle,

      You can try the Alabaster or the Natural Ivory through the 7 Piece Sample Kit to see which of these shades is your perfect match. Thank You!

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  • marsha orman

    I am simply trying to buy some eyeshadows. I don't want to go on you tube or anything else. I can't figure out how to do this. Nor can I remember the last time I signed in to Google. Help!

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    • em

      Hi Marsha,

      Please email us at thanks@everydayminerals.com and we can gladly assist you with your eye shadow shade seletion. Thank You!

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  • Amy R.

    Which jojoba base is closest to semi-matte Golden Ivory 1W? Please help, thanks!

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  • Ashley

    I just tried your "Cream" (second lightest in your neutral jojoba color line) and some other products you suggested for Ivory skin tones and I just love it (even the Vanilla stick and Golden Fair powder concealers). I even ordered three eyeshadows and was able to get the look I've been looking for all this time (a subtle wash of color that looks natural--and is FOOLPROOF!). Thank you so much!

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  • Tanya

    Hi! I used rosy light 2C semi-matte base, color is perfect to me. Also I like rosy beige base. Can you please tell me what colors of the matte bases are closest to rosy light and rosy beige semi- matte? Thanks!

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  • Teresa Laurance
    Teresa Laurance January 16, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    I see the Jojoba Vanilla has moved to the 'Vintage' page -- sounds like you will be phasing it out. I also notice new colors with new naming system on the Jojoba page. I am going to continue to order Vanilla as long as I can, but I'm worried I won't find a match when you run out. I would be happy to order samples of the new colors, but not sure what to order of those listed. I am fair, usually 2nd lightest color on most other makeup charts, with pink undertones. Which of the new Jojoba colors matches the closest to Jojoba Vanilla? I also like Rosy Ivory 1C in your Matte finish, but prefer the more natural coverage with jojoba. Thanks in advance ~ Teresa

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    • em

      Hi Teresa,

      The Jojoba shades that are currently on the Vintage page will be remaining there and will be created in small batches. They are not discontinued.

      You can also try the 1N Ivory Jojoba through our 7 Piece Kit. Thank You!

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  • Evgeniya

    Hello!
    I use Olive fair semmi-matte base and it's perfect match for me. Which coloк is the closest to old olive fair?

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    • em

      Hi Evgeniya,

      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. Here's the link to it: http://www.everydayminerals.com/store/stories/new-matte-and-semi-matte-base-names/

      The new shades are based on the old shades, but each shade will be comparable, but slightly different from the previous old shades.

      0W Golden Fair is the closest shade in comparison to the Olive Fair and 1W Golden Ivory is the closest shade to Light Olive.

      Olive shades need green added, so we would recommend that you add the Mint Color Corrector to your base shade that matches closest to your complexion.

      We also offer the 7 Piece Sample Kit so that you can try out a variety of base shades as well.

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  • Patricia

    Hi there. I have always been ordering Buttered Tan. What is the closest shade? Thanks!

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    • em

      Hi Patricia,

      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. Here's the link to it: http://www.everydayminerals.com/store/stories/new-matte-and-semi-matte-base-names/

      The new shades are based on the old shades, but each shade will be comparable, but slightly different from the previous old shades.

      The Buttered Tan base been renamed as 3W Golden Beige.

      Reply
  • Ching

    Hi, could you let me know if I can use 3 sample kit for Vintage products? I really want to order Jojoba - Sand, but cannot find the Vintage category on 3 Sample Kit. Thank you very much.

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