Post # 1
I am on an ongoing search for foundation/concealer that matches my skin decently. . . pretty much every makeup I’ve every tried ends up looking orange or yellowish on my skin. I have rather fair, olive-toned (I think) skin, in winter, and tan to a darker shade in summer.
Anyone have ideas about what I’m doing wrong in selecting makeup shades? What shades should I go for if almost everything I’ve tried looks orange on my skin?
I think cool-toned makeups tend to be less orange on me, but I’ve only been able to try drugstore makeups and they’ve never matched my skin, so I’m wondering if I should travel to the city and a makeup counter and try more expensive options. . . .
Also, anyone know of a company that will send you numerous small samples of different products? I live 1 1/2 hours from the nearest city where there’s a store with a makeup counter, and I’d rather get samples and try them over a period of time on my own.
Post # 2
it’s probably oxidizing on your skin if it does that.
i personally would drive the couple hours to the city and have your skin color matched at a makeup counter.
Post # 3
It’s worth it to make the drive and test out different foundations. I love Cover FX (can be found at Sephora) because they break down their foundations into three different undertones: Pink, Neutral, and Golden. Within those three categories, they have several shades.<br />
Post # 4
TGold: I agree with this and I also love CoverFX. I would make that drive to the nearest city and check out a Sephora to get color-matched properly.
Post # 5
I’m pretty pale, with olive undertones, but I don’t tan in the summer. Most makeup tends to make me look red or orange, too. I’ve discovered that makeup geared towards some Asian skin tones actually fares better for me. Sacha cosmetics and Zhen Beauty products both work well for me.
Post # 6
Hi, Cosmetician here. You definitely should go towards cool toned products which have pink undertones instead of gold. I agree that the oil on your skin could be making the product more orange over the day. Unfortunately most mass cosmetics (Rimmel, Covergirl etc) don’t mark their products this way. In Canada, L’Oreal’s True Match marks their products by cool, neutral, and warm, so you could try those. No company will send you numerous samples unfortunately. I know that my store has several samples for Clarins and Vichy foundation, but neither of those are marked as cool or warm. You really need to spend some time with someone certified to colour match you. Remember to streak two colours at a time from your chin down to your neck, then go out in daylight with a mirror and check the colour that way. Find the colour that disappears. I second CoverFX, like others have said, and that is the brand I use personally.
Post # 7
Creiddylad: For drugstore makeup I’ve had success with the True Match products. I was able to find one that looks really great on my skin and I’m pretty terrible with matching foundation to my skin. There were enough choices that I could get really close to my skin tone. Good luck.
Post # 8
Creiddylad: I’d recommend Sephora, I had great results with MakeupForever’s various foundation lines. Highly recommend the HD Invisible Cover Foundation and the Duo Mat Powder Foundation. They have a fantastic return policy so you can order and then test out the products and since you’re so far, return if you need to.
Post # 9
I just got Benefit Big Easy foundation which is basically a BB cream on steroids…You get the general tone for your skin, and it color corrects to your skintone once you put it on. It’s freaking AWESOME and comes highly recommended from me!
Post # 10
Trilly: That’s interesting. . . maybe I should ask my FSIL about this (she is Japanese and is ultra careful not to get tan, so she has very fair skin).
BrookeBQ: We actually have L’Oreal True Match marked by cool, neutral, and warm here too– but I’ve been having issues with their Cool line similar to the color problems I’ve always had with makeup.
missporkchops: So if I order online from Sephora I can return makeup products? That would be great!
I just discovered that, contrary to what I thought, there is a Sephora in the city near me. I think it’s in the same mall where my FI goes for his glasses, so maybe we can make a trip there soon as he needs new glasses.
Post # 11
jannathegreat: I wonder how the color adjusts to your skin tone???? That seems too good to be true!
Post # 12
Creiddylad: Yes, you can return online or in a store. They will take returns both ways. You might have to pay for the shipping back. I’m Asian and fair skinned with yellow/gold undertones. I’ve gotten good matches with MakeupForever and Smashbox.
Post # 13
Creiddylad: Ulta isn’t so bad. It isn’t as awesome as Sephora but occasionally you’ll get an Ulta where the people working there truly know their products. Good luck!
Post # 14
Creiddylad: I use LilyLolo makeup, you might have some luck with them? They have a colour palette that’s pretty comprehensive and you can order cheap sample pots to try before you decide on one colour. I’m pretty pale and neutral toned and I wear Blondie.
Bonus: Their makeup is completely natural, affordable, suitable for sensitive skin and seriously the best foundation I’ve ever used. And no I don’t work for them!
It works best with their own kabuki brush 🙂
Post # 15
Creiddylad: Haha! It’s actually a pretty common thing. Almay has had a color matching foundation out for a long time. I used to use that, too, because my skin is kind of a funny color.
The Big Easy stuff is also buildable…so it’s a medium coverage, but can be applied in layers to make it cover more. I really like it a lot. Also the Benefit Porefessional primer is BADASS.