Post # 1
I never wear foundation, powder or concealer, but I’m considering trying some out for my wedding. I used to experiment a lot with it when I was young (like 13), but I never ever found a shade that looked even a little natural on my skin. My skin tone is very pale in some places, but I have freckles and pinkness on my cheeks, nose and forehead. As I’ve gotten older, the freckles have faded a bit, so my face is not so pale. From a distance, the pinkness and the freckles sort of blend together into a medium-toned, pinkish color. (does that make sense)? So even if I find a super light colored foundation, it would basically have to cover everything up to “even out” my skin tone, which I think would look strange (basically, the Twilight look). But I can’t do a foundation that’s closer the color of my freckles, because that would be super tan, and also look like a mask (ie tanorexic).I also have trouble blending concealer in under my eyes, where the skin is darker and bluish.
I’m leaning toward skipping the foundation/concealer/powder and just doing eyes and lips. But I know that makeup is better for pictures. Is it okay to skip it? I don’t use powder anymore because my skin is not that shiny. Or is there some product they’ve come out with since 1995 that I haven’t tried that would work better?
Post # 3
I’d suggest talking to someone at a makeup counter, whatever brand you prefer. I like Origins and Clinique. They should be able to steer you in the right direction. If you have a Sephora, I’d suggest going there because they know about several brands.
I also have freckles and have recently stopped wearing foundation this summer after my skin/ freckles have gotten darker in the summer sun (yes, through sunscreen). One thing I do sometimes is to put on primer, which is clear but includes SPF and a bit of mattifier, and not put makeup over it. I use the Smashboxx primer, but I think there’s one by Fresh that is good for fair skin too. This might be a good alternative to skipping foundation completely.
Post # 4
I have what sounds like a very similar skin tone to yours! I am pale and have freckles across my cheeks and nose that aren’t super dark. They make my skin on my face look less pale than it really is. Like you, I have always found that foundation looks incredibly unnatural on me, mainly because of the uneven skin tones.
What I have done for the past 8 years or so is take Cover Girl concealer (its in a tube with a little cottoney swab to apply) and I dab a bit under my eyes, on the tip of my nose and on the corners of my mouth (like on my jaw line almost and up on the upper lip). Then I blend that in. This seems to make the color on my cheecks blend better with the other parts of my face.
Important: use your ring finger to blend under the eyes. This will apply the least amount of pressure. Too much pressure will make your under-eyes dark.
Post # 5
Thanks guys! I will hit up Sephora and check out their primers and concealers. I had never heard of primer before. I guess it’s good to revist my makeup products after 15 years of using the same stuff.
@mayr-alice-me, it’s so funny about freckles and sunscreen. Sunscreen doesn’t seem to stop freckles at all in the summer for me. I basically look like a differernt person in summer vs. winter.
Post # 6
I hate the concealer, foundation stuff, i feel my skin cant breathe i am a natural kind of girl, weekends are pretty much makeupless unless we have a special event. I do recommed the bare minerals (http://www.bareminerals.com) i love them, Fiance gave it to me for X-mas last year and used it once or times between then and about a month ago, and i am now almost using it daily. i love the way it leaves your skin, flawless…if unsure they have opened a few stores of there own so you can go in and try the product to see if you are happy with the results before purchasing..