(Closed) foundation always too pink or orange

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
1844 posts
Buzzing bee

have you been colour matched recently? I have found that my skin changes tones with the season. you can usually go to Macys or some place like that and have the ladies colour match you perfectly (I reccoment the perscriptives brand my self) they will give you a week full of samples to try out and if you still think it is the wrong tone for you you can go change it without paying for a big bottle the first time.

Post # 4
3369 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I used to have the same problem, and with super, super sensitive skin I always have had a hard time finding foundation that will work for me.

Back in December I broke down and went to the Bobbi Brown counter in Nordstroms. I swore I would never be “that girl” who spends ample amounts of money on makeup, but honestly I’m glad I did! The foundation is absolutely incredible, you can’t even feel it! And I have a very hard skin tone to match. Definitely go in and have them help you out. I think I paid $26 for it and it doesn’t even seem like I’ve used any at all. A little goes a very long way. 

So, definitely go into Nordstrom’s and check out Bobbi Brown! It’ll be well worth the money.  

Post # 5
1855 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Go into MAC and try on NW15 (NW= neutral warm, 15 being lightest colour)- it’s their lightest foundation for red undertones. Ask them to swab some on your jaw line, when you’re not wearing any makeup. Then go outside and look in a mirror in the sun. If it’s essentially invisible- you’re good. If it looks too pink, try NC20 (Neutral Cool 20- 20 is the lightest for the NC’s). I use NW15 on my overall face, but NC20 under my eyes and on the edges of my nose to help neutralize the purple/darkness.

Also remember that foundation darkens as the day goes on. If you’re noticing your foundation is too orange I’d say that it’s probably too dark for you.

I’m not promoting MAC above other brands, but it’s who my licensing is through, so all my training is by them. Sephora is another great bet, since they have samples and a variety of brands. Put a few on your jaw line, and like I said earlier: check outside to see which one is the best. Don’t trust the lighting inside of stores, haha.

Post # 6
647 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Have you tried Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hr foundation?

I just bought this after going through the “just because I’m light skinned doesn’t mean I’m pink and just because I have yellow/green undertones doesn’t mean I’m Snooki” thing for a while. I went to Tarte’s online website because they give more of a description and matched myself online (I have a very good eye for color so if you don’t it’s probably not reccommended you do this). It goes on a little lighter but after 15 minutes it oxidizes and perfectly matches my skin. I bought mine in “light” and you can find it at Sephora for ~$38.

Post # 7
827 posts
Busy bee

Try NARS in the shade “Siberia.” It’s neutral and very pale. Everything goes orange or pink on me as well, but not Siberia!

Post # 8
11272 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

definitely go to some makeup counters and get some samples on your jawline as pp suggested, and go outside.  i would also go to different stores to find the best foundation that your are happy with (quality, coverage, price).  ask if they have samples that you can take home as well.

Post # 9
2825 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I’ve been loving the Fit Me foundation from Maybelline.  It looks and feels light but has pretty good coverage while still looking natural.  I think the trick is to mix two different colors…

I use a really light color (that closely matches my winter skin tone) with a more yellow base (I actually use #120) and a really dark color (that matches my darkest tan) with a more pink base (#325) so then I just mix different amounts of each (depending on how tan I am) on the back of my hand when I’m doing my makeup… I feel that doing it this way gives me a MUCH better match than just picking one color. I could never get the right color before… Hopefully that might help you.

Edit: Oh, and using a foundation brush works wonders because you can really feather the foundation out at the edges so it’s really thin and blends better.  Lisa Elderidge on youtube has a great video about applying foundation that really made all the difference for me.

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