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Foundation for pale, cool toned skin (pic)

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Feawen Tue 08-Mar-16 22:42:49

Years ago I gave up on all liquid foundation as too yellow, and I've been wearing translucent powder (when I use anything) ever since. Have things moved on? Is there a foundation for my pale, slightly pink face?

I have clear skin that tends towards dryness, so I'm looking for sheer coverage that will make me look dewy and fresh, rather than anything mattifying. I don't ask for much.

Here is a make-up free picture of my face in natural light with a gratuitous terrier for your viewing pleasure.

cosytoaster Tue 08-Mar-16 22:56:59

I've similar colouring and am using this in Cool Ivory, which isn't too heavy and quite good on my dry skin.

lamingtonnutty Tue 08-Mar-16 23:06:32

I have a very similar skin tone, and for years struggled with liquid and have too given up on it. I've been a user of bare minerals now for about 8 years. I use light or fairly light. But you can get the girls to test you. I LOVE it, nice even coverage and a gorgeous dewy finish, or they do a matte option.

louise2011 Tue 08-Mar-16 23:20:12

Ysl touché eclat foundation will be perfect for you!
Ysl counter really good at handing out trial bottles too- it's £29 so not cheap but worth it

Feawen Tue 08-Mar-16 23:20:41

Ooh, thank you! Cool Ivory sounds like a contender.

Is that the bare minerals powder, lamingtonnutty?

GingerLemonTea Wed 09-Mar-16 00:47:16

I used this for the first time today. In Ivory. It's liquid. Really liked it.

MagicalHamSandwich Wed 09-Mar-16 06:45:58

MAC do an amazing range of colours that explicitly come in cool toned shades (look for anything called 'W' or 'NW' - their understanding of what constitutes warm/cold is slightly off).

Their formulas are a bit hit and miss IME, but I've personally done well with their liquid mineralize foundation as well as their new waterweight one, which are both light coverage.

FuckyNell Wed 09-Mar-16 06:49:49

Qvc you can try the products for 30 days and return if you don't like them. Warning: it's addictive

hollinhurst84 Wed 09-Mar-16 07:44:14

MAC waterweight or urban decay naked skin (the lightest shade in that is neutral, 0.5)

coveredinhopeandvaseline Wed 09-Mar-16 08:04:25

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light is good...sheer but fuller coverage than a tinted moisturiser.
Laura Mercier Silk Creme foundation is also amazing

twolittleboysonetiredmum Wed 09-Mar-16 08:09:05

Ive struggled with similar op and recently bought loreal lumi magique in rose pearl - £6 new from an eBay shop - it's lovely and not at all orange/yellow. You can buy samples on eBay too if can't get to a shop. Medium coverage but feels really light

Birdienumnums Wed 09-Mar-16 13:48:51

Benefit Hello flawless works for me. There are two pale colours with Ivory in the name. One is hideous and yellow and one is perfectly pink (for me).

SquadGoals Wed 09-Mar-16 13:52:36

I have the exact same type and tone of skin.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser in Blush is perfect.

It's the only foundation that I have repeat bought - I'm on my eighth tube.

ontherightpath Wed 09-Mar-16 18:18:16

I have very pale, cool toned skin too and can absolutely recommend Bare Minerals serum foundation in porcelain 01 (works best over a primer) and also Shiseido perfect refining foundation in shade 100 (very light ivory).

Wagglebees Wed 09-Mar-16 19:12:35

Keep my eye on the thread as I have very pale cool toned skin.

Your terrier is adorable btw. Those little teeth!

WipsGlitter Wed 09-Mar-16 20:49:07

Timely thread! I have a Laura Mercier one but it's too yellow.

Feawen Wed 09-Mar-16 21:29:24

Thanks Wagglebees, she's awesome. Her selfie game is better than mine, though grin

Delighted with all these ideas! I love the idea of being 'rose pearl' coloured (as opposed to awkwardly pasty)

Wagglebees Wed 09-Mar-16 22:40:32

grin Terriers are the best.

I'm also loving the rose pearl description. smile

CoolToned Wed 09-Mar-16 23:46:24

Maybe try The Body Shop's shade adjusting drops in light smile

RonaldMcDonald Thu 10-Mar-16 00:05:19

I think that we are supposed to ignore the pink blushy bits and accept weirdly that most of us are neurally tones or vaguely yellow

i really rate nars and mac for pale foundation that is neutral or ends up neural once on the skin
both will try them on you I used to wear nars siberia or mac mixed with their primer but actually I now wear colorstay ivory fairly often and I love it

PollyPerky Thu 10-Mar-16 07:40:29

I find the No 7 Cool Ivory much too dark- have only tested in store but it's not what I'd call 'pale'. Calico is their lightest shade and I found it grey-pink and returned for a refund.

OP- I don't think you will find much paler than Bobbi Brown Alabaster. it's very pale- too pale for me. I have used several of their foundations and although colours are supposed to be uniform across their range, they aren't. Skin Foundation and their Stick Foundation come up lighter than Moisture Rich.

Laura Mercier do a pale shade which I find too pink- I'm neutral.

Nars Siberia may work- too pale for me. I used Gobi which is more yellow but found it too yellow.

PollyPerky Thu 10-Mar-16 07:42:33

p.s- if you buy Bobbi Brown online you can return all foundations, powder etc for a refund if it's no good.

icklekid Thu 10-Mar-16 07:45:32

I use no7 intelligent colour in pale and have very pale colouring. However I saw a thread recently saying the texture had changed (not sure as had an old one from 3 for 2 still using) so try sample in store first.

Wagglebees Thu 10-Mar-16 08:35:12

I find Bobbi Brown foundations to be too yellow based. I love their make up generally but would avoid their bases if cool toned.

sparechange Thu 10-Mar-16 08:38:50

Try a consultation at a Mac counter... They (used to?) do something called Studio sculpt which was a gel formula and gave a lovely finish
I've recently moved to Lancôme Tient Visonaire because my skin is old dryer, and I really like it but I don't know if they do the same range of colours as Mac

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