Foundation Problems

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Registered: 12-13-2003
Foundation Problems
Sat, 12-20-2003 - 1:38pm

I have tried quite a few foundations and all of them look fake. You can see I have foundation on now matter how much I blend. Also, I'm wondering if the foundation I'm using is not the right colour. I have very pale skin, apart from thr rosiness on my cheeks (which is what I am trying to cover up with foundation) But even the palest shades of a foundation come out light brown and when I put them on my skin do not blend to my natural skin tone. Does anyone know of a (cheap) foundation range which caters for v.pale skin?

Thanks in advance

Luv kt x

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Registered: 10-11-2003
Mon, 12-22-2003 - 5:56pm
I myself have very pale skin, and freckles to go with it. Before I can make a suggestion I have a few q's for you!

Do you exfoliate regularly? What is your skin care regimin(sp)? What skin type are you? How do you apply your foundation? And finally What type of makeup do you use now? I have had similar problems in the past and probably have some great advice to offer once I know what we are dealing with. I am a cosmetology student, and I've learned that asking key questions can really help when it comes to offering the right advice. I look forward to talking again.

By the way my name is Michelle.
Michelle Damien & Kai's mom

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Registered: 12-13-2003
Tue, 12-23-2003 - 5:14pm
Hi Michelle,

I don't exfoliate and have very sensitive skin-it goes red really easily. I use Neutrogena Norwegian formula cleansing milk and oil of olay moisturizer. My skin can get quite dry all over but most of the time it is OK and never gets oily. The foundation I use is Clinique super soft make up or sometimes 17 Sheer Cool. They both seem too dark for my very pale skin. I apply foundation using my fingers and pat it on all over my cheeks then rub it gently in (using a downwards motion) to blend. What am I doing wrong? Or am I just using the wrong foundation? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Luv kt x
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 12-24-2003 - 10:20am
Hey there,

unfortunately, I can't help you with an inexpensive foundation because the one I use is Illuminating Liquid Foundation by Stila (, and they tend to be a bit pricey (in their defense though, a bottle lasts for ages) :)

Anyways, I'm quite pale too, with freckles and rosy cheeks, and I found this foundation to be the only one that really didn't make me look 'made up', or cakey. It's very sheer (doesn't cover much though, you'll need concealer underneath for blemishes), but it lets enough of my own skin shine through that the foundation almost 'adapts' its colour to suit my face.

If you want to hide your red cheeks, I think you should go with a green tinted base, and then use a very sheer foundation over the top. You can't cover red with 'brown' (foundation) but green balances out red. I can't recommend a product, but I've seen them advertised and recommended in magazines before, so they do exist. And don't worry, you're not going to look like a head of broccoli, it's a very pale green-ish colour that works like a concealer, you'll still have to use a foundation over the top. But this way, you will not have to cake on the foundation so thick to mask the red, you can really just apply it in places that need blending in or evening out.

Maybe go to a make up counter at the mall and get a make over there? You can tell them what you want to look like after (like, day-to-day make up but cover up the red) and ask them to recommend products to you as well and show you how to use them best. Usually they don't charge anything, but some expect you to buy a product (how about that green base?)

Hope that helped a bit :)


ps: you might want to invest in a make up sponge (they're cheap) to be able to get a thinner layer of foundation on your skin.


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Registered: 10-11-2003
Tue, 01-20-2004 - 4:31pm
For really great coverage you need to exfoliate and moisturize regularly and here's WHY:

exfoliating is only something you need to do once a week depending on skin type, I do it once every two weeks. This helps to get rid of the dead skin cells, which even though they may not be highly visable are there and foundation loves to grab these spots, and look alot darker than every where else.

Then daily moisturizing, before applying foundation helps give a smooth application for the same reason, as the moisturizer will have soaked into the dry skin first rather than the foundation doing it and looking too dark. I also reccomend using a sponge to apply, your fingers apply to much pressure as well as spreading germs all over your face when you use them to apply makeup with. If you do use your fingers to apply cover up use your ring finger as it applies the least amount of pressure to your face.

I have found some really great products that have everything from cleansers, moisturizers, age defying serum(article in prevention magazine)and even cosmetics, and while it does cost a little more than wet and wild or something of the like they will out do and out last any of those types of products! It is called the Nicole Miller skin care and cosmetics line. These products are also backed with a 60 day satisfaction guaranteed return policy. The "Necessities set" is $36.00 but it is your cleanser, toner and Moisturizer and it will last you probably 3-6 months.

These products are also really truly healthy for your skin. Some products out there use a cheap preservative called Q-15 or Quaternium 15 which is a formaldahyde releasing, cancer causing chemical, or embalming fluid if you will, it's the same stuff they use in Johnson & Johnson baby products. I know a few people who are actually allergic to this.

My seggestion to cover the red is to use a green based product because it cancels the red out, just like purple bags under the eyes constitutes the use of a yello based product. It's that whole color wheel thing. But I have found that my new foundation goes on a lot smoother, alot lighter, and I dont use but the size of a quarter for my whole face, and even coverage. Another trick if you have problems blending the jaw line is to get some tissue and put a little lotion on it and blend the jaw line down towards your neck, this always does the trick for me.

Sorry it took me so long to respond, I had forgotten where I found this board.

I hope this helps,

Michelle or if you want to talk more.

Michelle Damien & Kai's mom

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Registered: 04-02-2003
Wed, 01-28-2004 - 5:18pm
L'oreal makes some pretty pale color foundations and it is good makeup and reasonably priced. i am always pretty unhappy with my foundation color and am planning on going to a professional makeup artist..she mixes custom foundation for you...although it is costly I am going to splurge and see whathappens.