It’s taken me so many years to find foundations and concealers that are light enough for my incredibly pale skin. As well as being super white, my skin is also super oily, adding another problem to the equation, one which I finally think I’ve solved! Long are the days since a slightly orange Dream Matte Mousse was enough to do the job. My Grandma said to me a few months ago “I’m glad you’re not orange anymore, you had such an orange face when you were younger” – yep, thanks for telling me!
So many new innovative and unique foundations are on the market these days, but not a lot of them have a shade light enough for me. Their version of ‘fair’ or ‘light’ is at least 3 shades too dark for me. One I noticed recently was the Loreal Paris Nude Magique Cushion Foundation, I’d seen sooo many people raving about it, so decided to test in while I was on a recent beauty splurge in Boots a few weeks ago. It was a good 2 shades too dark to me, baring in mind, I did have fake tan on at the time, so I can only imagine how dark it would be on my usual pasty skin.
Here’s what I’m using at the moment, and I honestly think this is the best combo I’ve trialled so far:
Primer: Loreal Paris Infallible Mattifying Base Primer
This one is probably up for debate, I’m not sure it’s the best primer I’ve ever used, but it’s the one I’m using at the moment. It’s like a clear jelly like consistency, which glides over your face, and it does feel nice on the skin. It does help to keep my foundation on throughout the day, but i’m not sure it keeps my skin as matte as it could do. I’ve recently finished my bottle of Kiko Matt Fluid, which is more of a creamy consistency and is definitely mattifying, but i’m not sure they still do it anymore, which is disappointing!
Foundation: Revlon ColorStay Foundation – Combination/Oily Skin – Ivory
This foundation is not only light enough for my skin, but also helps to fight the inevitable ‘wet look’ of my face after a few hours. Buy it at Boots here. It’s only £12.99, which after using Mac Studio Fix Fluid for years at £21, is a nice surprise. I was never fully happy with Studio Fix Fluid, my makeup would always start to slide off my face after an hour or two, and by the end of the day I looked like I wasn’t wearing any at all. ColorStay actually lasts on my face, the name fits!
Concealer: NYX HD Photogenic Concealer – Porcelain
One of the only concealers that is light enough to brighten up my under eye as well as being able to cover blemishes and blend into my foundation. The coverage is amazing and is often compared to the Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer and it costs a fraction of the price at £5.50.
Powder: NYX Studio Finishing Powder – Translucent
This is hands down the best powder I’ve ever used. It keeps my skin looking flawless and matte for hours, which is exactly what I look for in a powder. I’ve tried hundreds of different powders over the years, and none of them have even come close to this! It retails for £8 and I got mine from Boots.
Is anyone else as pale as me – have you tried any of theses?