Fair skin and foundations

I have issues with make up due to my skin tone, and I always have. I have problems with my skin tone as I can quite often get a greenish hue which makes me look quite poorly. Foundation has always caused a bit of a love/hate relationship with me and most brands oxidise and make me look orange, which isn’t a good move for anyone.

Naturally, I have had to hunt high and low for brands that cater for multiple undertones, and unfortunately this doesn’t happen to often on the high street.

If you have fair skin like myself then it’s a must that you find out your undertone before you buy what may look like your shade, as the undertone is crucial.

So how do you find out your undertone?

Undertones come in three brackets usually;

Cool: Pink, red, or blue undertones

Warm: Yellow, peach or golden undertones

Neutral: A balance between both cool and warm

If you’re not sure of what your undertone could be there are a few tests you can try…

The White vs. Cream Test: Grab two articles of clothing (or even a towel) — one white and the other off-white. While wearing NO makeup, decide which colour complements your skin tone best? If it’s the pure-white shade, your undertones are warm. If the cream colour suits you more (because the white washes you out), then you have cool undertones. If both flatter you just the same, you’re neutral.

The Vein Test: Look at the veins on your wrists. If they’re green, then you have warm undertones. If your veins are blue, then you have cool undertones. Do you have both colours or do they appear to be blue-green? Then you have neutral undertones.

The Jewellery Test: If gold jewellery enhances your complexion, then you’re likely on the warmer side, if silver jewellery looks best on your skin tone, then you have cool undertones.

My undertone is neutral.

The best foundations I have tried so far are the following

M.A.C Studio Fix liquid foundation in shade NW13 (with NW15 concealer) RRP £21.50

Deceim The Ordinary full coverage foundation in shade 1.1N RRP £5.75

Deceim The Ordinary serum foundation in shade 1.1N RRP £5.95

Maybelline FitMe liquid foundation in 010 Ivory RRP £6.99

Revlon colorstay foundation in shade Buff RRP £12.99

 

 

 

CA x

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GIVEAWAY TIME!

In order to boost my site and my Facebook and show you guys how I intend to keep going with this I have decided to run a giveaway!

The prizes will be a little bundle of goodies from TAM beauty, the owners of MAKEUP REVOLUTION:

1 x GLOSS LIP KITS  in ORIGINAL (nude)

2 x METALLIC LIP KITS in EMPRESS (gold) and IN WAITING (pink)

1 x ‘CAPRICORN’ compact brow and eyeshadow palette.

1 x LIP LACQUER in VAMP (purple)

And one set of dramatic faux mink lashes! (Not from TAM though!)

 

 

 

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Give away closes 21st March at 7pm GMT. Must complete both actions to be entered. Winners will be contacted via email.

Good luck!

CA x

 

Current favourite eye palettes

If you have headed over here from my Instagram then you would have seen my little hint of one of my favourite palettes at the moment… but did you guess who made it and what the palette was?

 

I have a top three of my current favourites and to be frank, I really can’t decide between the three! Instead, I will leave the final review down to yourselves, I do use these palettes on a regular basis and my main looks are smokey eyes, neutral browns and pinks and obviously glitter. If you want to see any of these looks or a tutorial of how I wear the palette/s please leave me a comment on this post or my Facebook page and I will try to create something for you guys.

 

 

Urban Decay – NAKED3 – RRP £39.50

 

12 different shades, all neutral and smokey, which is right up my street. Each matte shade is accompanied by a glitter counterpart, which makes it easy for make up beginners as well as the more experienced. My go to base colours are beige and brown so this suits me perfectly and the glitter shades are super pigmented but not OTT so brilliant for a day wear and moving into a casual evening. This is the most expensive of all three, but considering the durability and the length of wear from each application I don’t think you can go wrong. I had wanted one for ages before this one was generously purchased for me.

w7 Make up – SMOKIN’ – RRP £9.95

 

 

 

w7 are definitely an underdog when it comes to the make up industry. However, an underdog not to be messed with! I have numerous palettes from w7 and all of them have the same consistency as the high-end brands and the same thick colourful pigment. This is my go to for a more dramatic eyeshadow, and is therefore not used as much as the other two palettes, the gun-metal grey is my favourite for a smokey eye and I often add excess glitter (courtesy of NYX glitter pots) to dramatise the look even more. Can you say no to an eyeshadow palette under £10 that dupes the big brands? Definitely not.

 

Morphe – Jaclyn Hill Palette – RRP £37.00

 

KWEEN. Morphe are bossin’ the make up industry and I am feelin’ it! Collabs with artists or brand influencers usually leaves me on the fence as sometimes they can be a bit outrageous and contain a lot of colours I have never been brave enough to venture into (yellow, pink I’m talking to you…) but this palette is beautiful. Jaclyn Hill has worked her magic on the colour choices and Morphe have upped the game. When this palette was released it was constantly sold out. The eyeshadows are pretty big and the palette it’s nearly 3x the height of an Urban Decay palette. There is an excessive amount of choice, and again, there is mattes and glitter shade. All of the bases you could possibly need and all of the glitters to match! I have even delved into the world of greens and blues, giving myself mermaid make up, and my, I love this palette and the sassy confidence it gives you! At £37.00 it isn’t too pricey and for the size, quality and collab alone, I’d happily pay £10 more.

 

What do you think of my favourites? What are yours? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

CA x

Foundation game changer?

I was recently thinking about changing up my foundation game and heading for something new. I didn’t overly mind spending a little or a lot providing I had a good coverage, longevity and it controlled my mad oily skin.

I was advised to give a foundation under the name of ‘The Ordinary’ a try as they had copious shades to cater for my pale skin and two options, a serum formula and full coverage formula. The product varies from £5.75-£6.00 depending on where you purchase (retailers I’m aware of are ASOS, cult beauty and BeautyBay) so naturally I purchased one of each.

Serum formula

  1. Thinner, more runny liquid texture therefore a little goes a long way.
  2. Buildable coverage.
  3. Spot on colour matching.
  4. Lasts approx 8 hours.
  5. Lightweight and non cakey appearance.
  6. Gives the skin a dewy finish.

Full coverage formula

  1. Thick, but fair consistency.
  2. Fuller coverage.
  3. Colour matches well but oxidises a little once applied.
  4. Lasts 4-6 hours.
  5. Lightweight however due to thicker consistency can become cakey if not applied sparingly.
  6. More of a matte appearance as it sinks into pores more than the serum formula.

 

My verdict on both is that for the price, you really cannot go wrong. I suffer with blemished and acne, as well as scarring and both formulas cover all redness and bumps to a level where I’m more comfortable with my face. Both formulas do need setting with powder or setting sprays to last a little longer, although neither formulas claim to have a set hour wear, so the length of time they do last, is pretty satisfactory.

I prefer the serum formula as it glides over the pores rather than sticking to the face and tends to hide my scarring a little more than the thicker formula. It also gives you a more healthy looking glow, which is always appreciated, especially in the UK winter time!

bottom images: top swatch is full coverage and bottom swatch is serum foundation.

Retailers of The Ordinary Company foundations:

Cult Beauty

BeautyBay

ASOS.com

 

 

CA x

 

(feature image courtesy of glamour.com)