(Closed) best foundation/powder for red/pink undertones?

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
261 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@jenilynevette:  Honestly, even if you have pink undertones, I’d rec going with a foundation that has a neutral or even a slightly yellow undertone in it in order to neutralize any redness you might have in your face. Pink foundation over pink undertones just makes your face look too pink and unnatural a lot of the time… especially with a lot of drugstore foundations that don’t have a good shade selection for fair skin in the first place. Maybe that’s why you keep having the issue you are having; your foundation is too pink and maybe even too dark. You want to make sure you match your foundation to the skin on your neck, not your cheeks.


I’m fair and pink to neutral in the winter, neutral to golden with a tan, somewhere around a MAC NW/C 15. Some matches that work for me when I’m not tan that might also work for you are (listed from best match to not so great color match):
-MUFE HD 117. This neutralizes pink perfectly and looks seemless… def the best match I’ve found. 115 or even 110 might work for you if you are even paler and if the 117 is too yellow.
-MUFE Mat Velvet+ #20. This is very neutral toned. #10 might work for you if ^^
-Revlon Photoready Vanilla. This one is very fair and neutral, not overly pink or yellow at all. It’s my favorite color match in a drugstore foundation.
-Revlon Colorstay Buff. A little too pink and maybe even too dark for me since it’s winter and I’m super pale, but it works with a lighter, more neutral toned powder on top of it
-L’Oreal True Match W1. Little too orange for my liking. Also comes in pink and neutral shades.
-Neutrogena Healthy Skin Classic Ivory. Just a hair too orange-y and dark, but still workable.




I really HTH!!


Post # 5
6107 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

I have redness in my face due to acne scars and just having sensitive skin. I use Estee Lauder DoubleWear foundation on the color “Bone 1W1”. It’s the lightest color they offer for people with warm undertones. It covers up my redness perfectly since it’s a medium/full coverage foundation. If you go to an Estee Lauder counter you can try on different shades and see which you like best. I believe you can also return the foundation if you get home and realize the shade wasn’t right.

Post # 6
7310 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Have you considered using a green color-correcting primer? The MUFE green primer works quite well.

Post # 7
11232 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I have to be really careful with what I put on my face because I have extremely sensitive skin, so no primers or anything for me. I use Everyday Minerals foundation, which has like 5 ingredients (including physical barrier sunscreens) and tons of shades for different undertones. Each one tells you which kind of undertone it is (pink, neutral, yellow, olive), and they have a few different formulas. I tried Everyday Minerals and even their lightest shade was too dark and too orange for me. :

Post # 8
129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@jenilynevette:  I’ve always had red skin and never used good foundation. I went to a bare minerals demonstration last week and love it! My Cover Girl products had alot of fragrances and irritated my skin. In just a week my face is the least red it’s ever been.

I also bought their purifying cleanser ( $20) and it’s amazing.

I’ve never spent money on good products before but I have no regrets. The foundation kit is $64. The good news is I only apply it once a day, with a slight touch up here and there. If there is an ULta store near you they sell it. I’m pale blonde and surprisingly was given the medium kit, but it works.

I wont go back to Loreal, Cover Girl etc, at least not for foundation.


Post # 9
129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@jenilynevette:  P.S. Yes I have red undertones, and was told to stay away from any purple ish( or pink with blue undertones) makeup as it accents my redness.

Post # 10
1447 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Is it possible the OP might have mild rosacea?  I have it and even though my skin has an olive/yellow undertone, someone might mistake it for a pink/red undertone because of the reddness in my cheeks.  When I’m exercising regularly and taking Oracea, the reddness in my cheeks completely goes away.

I also agree with finding a yellow-toned foundation.  Lisa Eldridge is doing a fantastic video series on foundation (what type to use, what color to get, etc) right now.

Post # 11
2755 posts
Sugar bee

@jenilynevette:  Clinique’s Redness Solutions line is a GODSEND! I have a lot of redness in my face – always did and then when I was 18 I got an extremely bad sunburn that really stripped the skin on my face.

Since I started using the Clinique foundation, not only has my redness lessened overall, but my skin is way less sensitive (it’s got a great SPF to it, too).

Post # 13
95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@vorpalette:  I’ve been using Everyday minerals for years and love it.  It feels like I have no makeup on and it’s good on my skin.  I hate that I need to order samples to get the right color though, as I’m also pretty pale after winter.  I think that I want some heavier coverage for the wedding though. I feel like I don’t look like I have on makeup in pics w/EM.  I do love it though and will probably use it always 🙂 Oh and it’s much cheaper than bare minerals too.

Post # 14
133 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I am very fair with quite a rosy undertone and sensitive skin.  I’ve been using Extra Virgin Minerals powder foundation in rose ivory from the Body Shop and I love it!  It plays down the redness without totally covering my natural colour and it feels like I’m not wearing anything.  For the wedding I want a little more coverage, so I will be using their liquid mineral foundation in natural ivory and then topping with my regular powder to ensure that redness and shine don’t creep through.

Post # 15
5188 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

Make Up For Ever HD foundation (available at Sephora). Good coverage but lightweight, and has excellent staying power. It comes in a good variety of shades and if you go on the Sephora website it explains to you in easy terms how to choose based on your Undertones. 

Post # 16
1427 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - parent\'s backyard

this is if you want a budget solution 🙂

I don’t wear foundation, but for powder I swear by maybelline’s shine free loose powder in light, and the pressed powder in ivory.  they have just the slightest yellow undertone to counter balance my pink skin, but not too yellow (some of the other “redness solutions” types of powder can turn too yellow on me).  also, I have oily, acne-prone sensitive skin and this powder has never caused me to break out or have any reaction. I’ve used it for many years!

(I personally don’t like mineral powders because they all seem to have shiny mica in them and I prefer a matte look.)

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