Oh the woes of foundation matching when you’re a pale girl…
Emily and I are tight.
I really need a foundation in shade “glow in the dark” or “white as a ghost.” Where can I purchase these, please? NO WHERE! Ugh! Maybe there are some plain foundations that work for very pale girls, but I have not found it yet. So, I use a little trick to make any foundation work for me and my pale, white girl skin.
The answer is WHITE foundation! Genius, right? I use Illamasqua’s white Rich Liquid Foundation in shade #105 and mix in with my regular foundation to achieve the right shade for me. I use a 1/4 to 1/3 ratio of the white foundation to my foundation of choice and it works perfectly. Just make sure you blend the two shades seamlessly so there are no funky spots. I use the back of my hand to mix the shades, let it sit for a minute so my natural body heat warms it up, mix/swirl it again, and apply.
Other days when I want a bit more coverage or SPF, I’ll use the grey-tinged Jane Iredale BB Cream in the same manner. It is a bit darker than the pure white foundation, but it works fantastically. Many days, I’ll spread just the BB Cream all over my face then top with Bare Minerals or Laura Mercier loose mineral foundation.
I purchased the Illamasqua foundation from Sephora online and the Jane Iredale BB Cream from my local Nordstrom Spa (not the counters, the spa). If you want more a more accessible option, I know MAC has a white Face and Body Foundation that I’ve seen in some makeup artists’ kits, but I’ve never tried it out myself.
But, hey, if you have nice, clear skin one always has the option of going without foundation/makeup. Unfortunately for me if I do this something like the situation illustrated below occurs:
Boo, you clear-skin whores
And just to prove that celebrities don’t always get their makeup right either (like my Lindsay Lohan horrific contouring example) , check out poor Fergie’s royal (pun intended) foundation matching mishap:
Check out the rest of the Pale Girl Problems series: