Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - BEAUTY -

With the colder weather well and truly here, we are all feel­ing more skin con­scious and it re­ally is the per­fect time to em­brace your pale skin. This week I’m fo­cus­ing on my top foun­da­tions for any­one wish­ing to find the per­fect pale shade.

When choos­ing a foun­da­tion shade, al­ways try be­fore you buy. Any make-up artist or beauty counter as­sis­tant will al­ways be able to try a foun­da­tion on you so that you can be sat­is­fied with buy­ing the cor­rect colour. I al­ways rec­om­mend to look at the foun­da­tion on the skin in both nat­u­ral and un­nat­u­ral light and make sure your neck­line and face match per­fectly.

My first rec­om­men­da­tion for a paler foun­da­tion is Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Even Fin­ish Foun­da­tion, £32.50. This is a medium to full cov­er­age foun­da­tion that con­tains an oil-free for­mula and so it’s ideal for wear­ing all day long.

I also rec­om­mend Clin­ique Su­per­bal­anced Silk Make-up SPF 15, £25.50. This is a skin bal­anc­ing foun­da­tion with an ul­tra-thin tex­ture and SPF pro­tec­tion that leaves skin look­ing flaw­less yet feel­ing naked, with a dewy glow. It is very light­weight foun­da­tion, so if you are like full cov­er­age, then I would say this foun­da­tion is not for you. How­ever, if you love a medium to low cov­er­age then en­joy the great shade range avail­able here.

For a full cov­er­age foun­da­tion with a bril­liant shade range, I love Make-up Stu­dio Face It Light Cream Foun­da­tion, £27.50 This is a cream-based foun­da­tion which adds cov­er­age to the skin and is per­fect for all skin types, but is most ideal for nor­mal, dry or com­bi­na­tion skin.

My favourite bar­gain pale foun­da­tion is The Or­di­nary Cov­er­age Foun­da­tion, £6. This foun­da­tion is avail­able in 21 shades and is suit­able for all skin tones. Rich and build­able, this cream-like tex­ture smooths seam­lessly over skin to con­ceal and dis­guise fine lines and wrin­kles.

An­other of my favourite foun­da­tion ranges avail­able to buy at the mo­ment is Kat Von D’s Lock it Liq­uid Foun­da­tion, £27. I adore Kat Von D — both her make-up range and her­self as an artist. Her Lock it foun­da­tion is so full cov­er­age and re­ally ac­com­mo­dates pale skin — she too is a porce­lain beauty. The foun­da­tion is so pig­mented and full cov­er­age, so a lit­tle re­ally will go a long way. If your skin is more com­bi­na­tion or oily then it is al­ways best to choose a matte fin­ish foun­da­tion. I re­cently tried out the Wet n Wild Photo Fo­cus Foun­da­tion, £6. I loved how matte this foun­da­tion was when I ap­plied it to the skin. Although there are only six shades, the pale shades are still quite com­pat­i­ble and they mix re­ally well to­gether so you can blend and build you own tone for com­plete complexion per­fec­tion.

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 or com­bi­na­tion skin types. This range has nearly 45 shades which is amaz­ing for any­one want­ing to get a new foun­da­tion — and for a make-up artist to add to their kit.

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