Hello gorgeous readers! Lately I’ve found that I’ve been asked the same question a lot so I thought I’d write a blog post on the topic. As you might have guessed from the title, the question on the lips of many is this: Which foundation is perfect for pale skin?
As you know, I am naturally very fair and have ginger hair. I have always found finding the right shade of foundation such a struggle! I started to wear foundation when I was around 13 years old – I was terribly ashamed of my pale complexion and freckles and really tried to conceal them under hideous amounts of makeup that really didn’t suit my skin tone. Try as my parents might, I never listened to their advice that less was more and that the colours I was wearing didn’t suit me.
Years down the line, I finally came across Illamasqua when one Christmas my Dad, (who’s pretty fashion and beauty savvy being a photographer of all sorts) found out some gorgeous goodies and gave them to me as a gift. I was immediately intrigued to see what Illamasqua’s foundation would be like.
I’d heard amazing things about Illamasqua’s Skin Base, for those of you who aren’t familiar, here’s what Illamasqua has to say about it: “Inspired by the cult Asian market Beauty Balm creams, Skin Base Foundation is a brand new, refined formula unlike anything on the UK market. Easily blendable, it effortlessly creates a perfect complexion, and like the entire Illamasqua foundation range, is undetectable in a professional HD environment. Suitable for all skin types, it smoothes, softens and conditions your skin whilst providing natural, buildable coverage.”
Now usually, if something sounds too good to be true, it is. However, I can hand on heart vouch for this foundation. I’m sure my regular readers will know that I used to work for Illamasqua and would expect my reviews to be favourable, but believe you me, if I don’t think a product is worth the hype, I won’t promote it. When I first used the foundation, I loved the coverage and the slightly dewy tone, it looked like skin only smoothed to perfection. Now, the main point I am getting to with Skin Base is the fact that the collection has a massive range of colours from pink to yellow to mixed undertones. When I worked on the counter, I had many a fair lady come to me and be amazed by the lovely coverage and natural match to their skin tone – something they had struggled to get from other brands.
The foundation is a three-in-one creation: a beauty balm, a primer and a foundation in one so there really is no need to use three products to get the flawless effect. Just simply smooth off, powder if necessary and enjoy the lovely finish.
I am usually a number 7 in this foundation but can sometimes drop to a 6 depending on how much sun/St Moriz my skin has had. Now, I won’t spin you a line, my skin doesn’t get on fabulously with this foundation as I would hope – I suffer a lot from eczema on the face and the slightest change sets it off with a vengeance. But I use this foundation on my clients for photo shoots and special occasions and always have rave reviews of it afterwards. It photographs beautifully and looks amazing in natural daylight.
I’d urge you all to have a try of it and see what you think. I reckon you may be converted!
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