Make-up Mas­ter­class Foun­da­tion

Paddy McGur­gan is one of NI’s best-known beauty ex­perts and ev­ery week he tells you all you need to know about the lat­est make-up tech­niques

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - BEAUTY -

If you are more of a porce­lain beauty and less a bronzed J-Lo, then you will un­der­stand the strug­gle of find­ing the per­fect pale skin foun­da­tion. The most im­por­tant fac­tor to take into con­sid­er­a­tion when choos­ing your foun­da­tion, es­pe­cially if you have a pale com­plex­ion, is the un­der­tone of your own skin.

If you have ever had your make-up done by a make-up artist or have re­ceived any con­sul­ta­tions at beauty coun­ters you will have heard the terms “cool”, “warm” or “neu­tral” when de­scrib­ing your skin.

Un­der­stand­ing your skin­tone is the key to choos­ing the per­fect foun­da­tion and shade for you. Cool — a peach/pink com­plex­ion Neu­tral — no ob­vi­ous over­tones of pink or sal­low skin, but rather the skin’s nat­u­ral colour is more ev­i­dent Warm — sal­low, yel­low or golden un­der­tones

There are sev­eral ways to check your un­der­tone, in­clud­ing:

Look at the in­side of your wrist — what colour are your veins? Blue or pur­ple means you are cool-toned. Green means you are warm and if the colour is a mix­ture of blue/ green then you are a neu­tral un­der­tone.

An­other ques­tion of­ten asked when de­ter­min­ing your skin­tone is: do you burn in the sun eas­ily? If the an­swer is yes, then you are a cool-toned per­son. If the an­swer is no, that you tan eas­ily, then you have warm un­der­tones.

Now that you have de­ter­mined your un­der­tone, here are my favourite pale skin foun­da­tions.

First up has to be Il­la­masqua Skin Base in shade 02/03 (£33). The Skin Base Foun­da­tion range has more than 18 shades to choose from, but what I love most of all about this gel-based foun­da­tion is how well the shades mix to­gether so that you can cre­ate your own per­fect shade. Suit­able for all skin types, it smoothes, soft­ens and con­di­tions your skin whilst pro­vid­ing nat­u­ral and build­able cov­er­age.

A sec­ond foun­da­tion which is amaz­ing for pale skin is L’Oreal Paris True Match Liq­uid Foun­da­tion in Ivory (£9.99, Boots). First of all the price is so com­pet­i­tive and makes this a real bar­gain. I love the range of shades and the matte fin­ish of this foun­da­tion, and how eas­ily it builds upon it­self. Try this the next time you are in Boots!

An­other of my favourite foun­da­tion ranges avail­able to buy at the mo­ment is Kat Von D’s Lock it Liq­uid Foun­da­tion (£27, Deben­hams). I adore Kat Von D, both for her range and for her skills as an artist. Her Lock it Foun­da­tion gives full cov­er­age and re­ally ac­com­mo­dates pale skin — she, too, is a porce­lain beauty. A foun­da­tion I can­not live with­out in my kit has to be the Make-up For­ever Ul­tra HD Liq­uid Foun­da­tion (£30, Deben­hams Belfast, Make-up Pro Store Belfast). I adore us­ing this foun­da­tion on my pale skinned clients as I am so im­pressed by their 40-plus shades and how flaw­less and even this foun­da­tion ap­plies. It is a medium to full cov­er­age which means that I am able to use it on a broad range of clients — and it suits al­most all skin types as well!

Fi­nally, May­belline Fit Me Matte & Pore­less Foun­da­tion 115 Ivory (£6.99) has taken over so­cial me­dia at the mo­ment. I know of so many make-up artists who swear by this foun­da­tion for oily/com­bi­na­tion skin types. This range has al­most 45 shades, which is amaz­ing for any­one who wants a new foun­da­tion and for make-up artists to add to their kit. It is an ul­tra-blend­able liq­uid foun­da­tion for a nat­u­ral-look­ing matte fin­ish — it tar­gets shine and vis­i­bly erases the look of pores and con­tains blot­ting mi­cro pow­ders and light­weight blur­ring pow­ders.

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