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Catriona
Posts: 3,674
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  Quote 
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  Quote 
Model
io
Posts: 2,353
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  Quote 
Photographer
Scott Nathan
Posts: 131
Los Angeles, California, US


Smashbox 1
Aug 16 06 03:08 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Catriona
Posts: 3,674
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  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Rayrayrose
Posts: 3,510
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  Quote 
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  Quote 
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  Quote 
Model
little apple blossom
Posts: 7,617
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  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Beauty4U
Posts: 1,862
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  Quote 
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  Quote 
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  Quote 
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  Quote 
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  Quote 
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  Quote 
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  Quote 
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  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Elizabeth Gerbino
Posts: 1,786
SHERMAN OAKS, California, US


Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk is the solution to life's foundation problems.
Dec 07 07 10:35 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Jami Lea
Posts: 5,747
Los Angeles, California, US


Scott Nathan wrote:
Smashbox 1

Thumbs up!

Dec 08 07 12:47 pm  Link  Quote 
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  Quote 
Makeup Artist
ROSHAR
Posts: 3,791
New York, New York, US


Again- youve bumped a thread 3 years old!
May 07 10 11:06 pm  Link  Quote 
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".

__

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  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Leanne Harpin
Posts: 172
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  Quote 
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  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Ms Samantha Marie
Posts: 1,377
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  Quote 
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  Quote 
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