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Find foundation for pale skin
Tue, 13 July 2010 1:53PM
I’ve got very pale sensitive skin (think Cullen vampire pale) and always struggle to find a foundation that is light enough and doesn’t irritate my skin. Can you suggest anything?
Fair skin is in and I’m glad you’re embracing it Gemma! Finding the perfect shade of foundation can be tricky for pale Primpers but it’s not impossible, so think of your next trip to the makeup counter as an adventure. And while not everyone is an ivory or a sand beige, there is a shade out there to suit you. Promise.
Tip #1 – Do your research
Pop in to DJ’s or Myer and peruse the cosmetics floor. Don’t be afraid to approach the experts for a little colour-matching demo and application advice, it’s what they’re there for. You should always test shades in natural light, on your jaw line, not your hand. (Fact: The skin tone on your hand is completely different to your face and you’ll be kicking yourself for making such a rookie mistake.) Make sure you target brands that offer hypoallergenic or mineral makeup that won’t anger your skin like Almay, Revlon, Maybelline and MAC.
Tip #2 – Mix different shades
If your peaches and cream complexion doesn’t match a stock-standard shade, why not make your own? Experiment by mixing two foundations together to tailor your colour. For flawless coverage, go that extra mile by mixing your base with moisturiser to even out skin tone.
Tip #3 – Customize your colour
If all else fails or you want a quick fix, make a beeline for your closest Mecca Cosmetica. Prescriptives offer a custom blend service that’s couture for your face. Awesome, huh? A colour consultant will hand-blend a shade to match your skin tone perfectly and you can even get a customized powder to match if matte is your thing. At $100 a bottle it’s a little on the exxy side, but foundation that’s made-to-order doesn’t get much better than that.
Try: Prescriptives Custom Blend Foundation, $100.00.
Time to get testing Gemma! I have no doubt you’ll find a foundation that will show-off your English rose complexion to perfection.
Words: Aimee Leabon. Pic: Getty.
Posted by: Awesome Intern