May 31, 2012 at 8:46 am #174066
I don’t have oily skin or dry skin and I don’t have blemishes either. I would like a drugstore brand foundation that has good coverage but isn’t heavy on my skin. I don’t know if I need a matte finish or a more dewy finish. I am 21 so I am young and this foundation would be for everyday use.
This is a pic of me with no foundation or anything on and in natural light.
Thanks.June 1, 2012 at 2:47 am #174312
You are going to be very hard-pressed to find a foundation in the drugstore that will suit you out of the bottle, and here’s why: most drugstore foundations do not cater to the uber-fair.
Covergirl has one or two that may work, but I don’t know what they’re like because CG is generally a brand I don’t use. Maybelline Fit Me has a very light foundation — #110 — but I’m not sure if it’ll suit you because it looks to me like you have more pink undertones, and that particular shade I mentioned has more yellowish ones. I think, in terms of colour, you’ll probably have the most success with L’Oreal True Match. The finish is fairly satiny (I used to use it years ago but haven’t for quite a while), coverage is — I think — medium/buildable. It also comes in three “branches” — Cool, Neutral, and Warm — and a good selection of colours in each.
Revlon Colorstay is full coverage (which, IMO, you don’t really need; that said, you could probably sheer it out), but doesn’t feel heavy. That said, I don’t know if the lightest shade would work on you.
If you’re not adverse to ordering online, I’ll also suggest Sleek’s (UK drugstore brand) liquid foundation. It comes in a ton of colours, including some very pale ones. Their website also sells little sampler tubes, so you can try a few shades in a range before you buy (a full bottle is $11 USD; a sample kit is $4.50 USD). Be aware that shipping outside Europe is super pricey ($13.50 USD), so if you choose to do that, you may want to think about ordering one or two other things, too. (Their eyeshadow palettes are fantastic, as are their blushes.)June 1, 2012 at 7:54 pm #174402
Thank you for your help…I was thinking about maybe trying a tinted moisturizer but I have never used them so I don’t know what to expect.June 2, 2012 at 12:22 am #174442
Tinted moisturizers can be tricky as well. That said, they may work better for you because they’re a sheerer coverage so would be more forgiving if you didn’t get the colour quite right, or if you tan a little bit over the summer. Bobbi Brown has a good one (a normal one and an oil-free one), and I know the Laura Mercier TMs are highly rated (also a regular and oil-free one).June 2, 2012 at 8:45 am #174451
That pic makes me look a little more pale than I really am, but I find it hard to match my skin because I have olive skin with cool undertones. I may have to give up on drug store brands and splurge for the good stuff haha. I really appreciate your help.June 2, 2012 at 3:44 pm #174508
i find that any maxfactor liquid foundations such as lasting performance (although not drustore but still very cheap) are good alrounders without going for luxurious or expensive alternatives… you only need a little at a time so its well worth paying slightly more for. also think about application.. i would suggest a sponge would suit you best as fingers shouldnt be used and brushes are harder to master xxx (dampen the sponge b4 applying)June 2, 2012 at 8:02 pm #174528
Thank you guys I have really clear skin, but my cheeks get red throughout the day sometimes so I like to put something on them. I tried Bare Minerals but it was way to cakey for my skin and too much coverage. I have tried different foundations but haven’t found one to match my skin tone just yet.
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