Forums > Hair, Makeup & Styling > Best foundations for very fair skin?

Model

Catriona

Posts: 3674

Portland, Oregon, US

When I look in the mirror, I don't think I look THAT pale, but I've had a near-impossible time finding a foundation (or concealer, or powder) that isn't at least a little dark on me. I've learned to put up with not matching and usually just don't wear anything, but damnit, does anybody make shades for very pale people? It's frustrating when a brand's lightest shade bills itself as "porcelain" or "ivory," yet is two or three shades too dark for me. When I've worked with MUAs, they've tended to "solve" my paleness problem by putting bronzer on me, which I don't especially care for. I did try Becca's lightest shade, which was pale enough but too pink - I've noticed that a lot of companies' lightest shades tend to have a noticeably cool tone to them, and I'm fairly neutral. Recommendations?

Aug 16 06 02:43 am Link

Model

isani

Posts: 36

Los Angeles, California, US

prescriptives has a bunch of colors to choose from, they also have custom blends...it's expensive but it should match your skin perfectly! smile

Aug 16 06 02:55 am Link

Model

io

Posts: 2353

New York, New York, US

www.kettcosmetics.com THE best get olive-toned 1 (I'm PAPER white and neutral-toned and it works amazingly for me)     

MAC NC or NW15         

and cheap stuff: L'Oreal True Match in Porcelain

Aug 16 06 03:05 am Link

Photographer

Scott Nathan

Posts: 131

Los Angeles, California, US

Smashbox 1

Aug 16 06 03:08 am Link

Model

Catriona

Posts: 3674

Portland, Oregon, US

Figured I should probably add that I've tried MAC NC and NW 15, and both are a smidge too dark... Thanks for the suggestions so far!

Aug 16 06 03:13 am Link

Makeup Artist

Rayrayrose

Posts: 3510

Los Angeles, California, US

If you check the stylist forum FAQs, you will find countless threads about foundations and recommendations.

Aug 16 06 10:58 am Link

Makeup Artist

Sherita Leslie

Posts: 99

Nashville, Tennessee, US

Try Dan Reads Silver Screen Series in Soft Ivory 1 it works wonders on fair skin.  It usally matches perfectly and it's made film and print work.  www.danreadscosmetics.com

Aug 16 06 11:44 am Link

Makeup Artist

Mark Schmudde

Posts: 117

Peru, Indiana, US

Sherita Leslie wrote:
Try Dan Reads Silver Screen Series in Soft Ivory 1 it works wonders on fair skin.  It usally matches perfectly and it's made film and print work.  www.danreadscosmetics.com

Dan Read Cosmetics now actually has a new foundation as well.  If the Soft Ivory 1 is still a little too dark, try the new "Fairest" foundation.  Personally, I love all his products and I think you may have a good shot finding your match.

Aug 16 06 11:52 am Link

Model

little apple blossom

Posts: 7617

MCMINNVILLE, Oregon, US

I use the loreal warm in 3 because I have the same issues. But I only use it when I need flawless looking skin because if I use it daily my skin rebels, plus by the end of the day I'm one big grease ball. I have tried tons of different makeups. In indoor light they look too pale and chalky then I go outside and my face looks purple in comparison to my neck or chest. It's sick and I have finally given up.

Aug 16 06 12:12 pm Link

Makeup Artist

Beauty4U

Posts: 1862

New York, New York, US

Judging from your picture I would say Make Up For Ever #1.  It's great for fair skin and I use it mostly for asian women or women who are very fair with red/orangy hair.  smile

Aug 16 06 12:19 pm Link

Model

Kemara

Posts: 519

Hellertown, Pennsylvania, US

I have the same problem! I use Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Porcelain Ivory Light 1. I love that the color works, and it doesn't sufficate my skin!

Aug 16 06 12:35 pm Link

Makeup Artist

Melissa Elliott

Posts: 16

Vienna, Wien, Austria

Yisell  wrote:
Judging from your picture I would say Make Up For Ever #1.  It's great for fair skin and I use it mostly for asian women or women who are very fair with red/orangy hair.  smile

I adore my MUFE foundations, but I had a model that #1 was too dark on! I couldn't believe it! I was about to grab clown white, hehehe. smile

Aug 16 06 12:48 pm Link

Makeup Artist

Lily Wasik

Posts: 80

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US

Melissa Elliott wrote:

I adore my MUFE foundations, but I had a model that #1 was too dark on! I couldn't believe it! I was about to grab clown white, hehehe. smile

#1 is too dark and pinkish for me, but the "new" #20 is lighter and I find more neutral, perhaps give that a go?

Aug 16 06 01:02 pm Link

Makeup Artist

Melissa Elliott

Posts: 16

Vienna, Wien, Austria

Lily Wasik wrote:

#1 is too dark and pinkish for me, but the "new" #20 is lighter and I find more neutral, perhaps give that a go?

Oops, I meant #20! For some reason, I associate #20 with #1. (maybe it used to be that way?) Anyway, #20 is a great color & should work for most very fair skins.

Aug 16 06 01:13 pm Link

Makeup Artist

Kazmetix

Posts: 37

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Smashbox petal 1.25.  or Smashbox ivory...

or their wet/dry  in the same colors.  (i find the wet /dry lighter)

Aug 17 06 08:14 pm Link

Makeup Artist

The Beauty Artist

Posts: 918

Troy, Michigan, US

I have the same problem as you do (im barely a step above albino in wintertime...and not much darker in summer..) I've found that the best ones are:

-Christian Dior
-Fresh
-Becca
-Smashbox

Aug 18 06 11:44 pm Link

Makeup Artist

DeAnn C

Posts: 544

Tulsa, Oklahoma, US

http://www.faceatelier.com/face/us/web. … log&cat=uf

Get some of the Zero Minus and mix it with what you already have, it will take it down a notch for you.

DeAnn

Dec 07 07 10:13 pm Link

Makeup Artist

Elizabeth Gerbino

Posts: 1786

SHERMAN OAKS, California, US

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk is the solution to life's foundation problems.

Dec 07 07 10:35 pm Link

Model

Jami Lea

Posts: 5747

Los Angeles, California, US

Scott Nathan wrote:
Smashbox 1

Thumbs up!

Dec 08 07 12:47 pm Link

Makeup Artist

Solvi Strifeldt

Posts: 114

Ski, Akershus, Norway

This colours are very light; 107 and 108.
http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?threa … st12840488
But IF they are little to dark (I don't think) you can use a Concealer wheel as a "helper" to lighten up the foundation more.
http://www.foreverliving.se/pics/products/184.jpg

May 07 10 08:32 pm Link

Makeup Artist

ROSHAR

Posts: 3791

New York, New York, US

Again- youve bumped a thread 3 years old!

May 07 10 11:06 pm Link

Makeup Artist

Solvi Strifeldt

Posts: 114

Ski, Akershus, Norway

Because I started with this thread;

http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?thread_id=243587

Then is't natural to begin to read the links in it.

It also saids we could continues this thread insted of beginning another thread.
So, thats why I to it.

It's my first day on this forum, and if nothing is wrong for follow the rule, don't blame me,  but tell the moderator to sort the link in the "manual".

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The theme is always actually for new people.
We don't need hundreds of the same thread, and I follow the link you can see above.

Sorry.. I hope you can get over it soon...

May 08 10 05:35 am Link

Makeup Artist

Leanne Harpin

Posts: 190

New Haven, Connecticut, US

Melissa Elliott wrote:
I adore my MUFE foundations, but I had a model that #1 was too dark on! I couldn't believe it! I was about to grab clown white, hehehe. smile

I cut the foundation with white as well when I have a super fair skinned model.

Feb 25 11 11:12 am Link

Makeup Artist

Rochelle OBrien

Posts: 64

Melton Mowbray, England, United Kingdom

I like Graftobian HD glamour creme in 'Bombshell' for really fair skin.

Feb 25 11 11:26 am Link

Makeup Artist

Ms Samantha Marie

Posts: 1377

San Francisco, California, US

I used to use the same MAC foundations. Going through the last of the last.

If your skin really is that light, I would suggest Vapour's Atmosphere Soft Focus foundation in 100. It's for the fairest skin that burns easily. If you have a slight pink undertone then I'd say go with 110.

Feb 25 11 09:28 pm Link

Makeup Artist

Norah Salazar

Posts: 36

New York, New York, US

MAC nc15 but I can't say it is my favorite, lots of people here in Singapore complain of breakouts - this mainly due to humidity and using this everyday for performances. For a one-off photography, seems to work well.

Feb 26 11 12:50 am Link