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which foundation shade is right for you

One of my biggest gripes about buying makeup online is that it’s next-to-impossible to get an accurate foundation match without some sort of assistance.

We have to give credit to the retailers who have sophisticated shade-matching tools (looking at you, Sephora ColorIQ) and brands who offer interactive shade charts on their respective sites (like BareMinerals and Tarte).

But, as clean beauty enthusiasts, these mainstream tools aren’t helpful to us because the brands we love aren’t included (though Findation does have matches for brands like Jane Iredale, Lily Lolo, Tarte and Alima Pure!)

This is where blog posts with clear photos and descriptions are so important!

This is also where a good ol’ crowdsourced blog post and comments come into play.

I’d love to know what color foundation you wear in the various nontoxic cosmetics brands on the market today. To kick it off, see my skin description and list below.

Also, as you can tell in the photo collage below, proper lighting is key to be able to see true makeup colors in photos! I’m no professional photographer, nor do I have a studio or fancy lights.

From top left going clockwise, here are the lighting conditions as much as I can remember them: Outdoors; indoors; indoors with flash; outdoors with the wrong white balance setting; outdoors; outdoors with the wrong white balance setting.

Other things to note: Camera settings are important! I shot some of my older posts with the wrong white balance setting. Sorry! I’m a writer, not a photographer. 

which foundation shade is right for you

Name: Kim, aka kimberlyloc

Ethnicity: 1/4 Chinese; 1/4 Vietnamese; 1/4 Scottish

Skintone: Light with yellow / warm-neutral undertones. Middle of face can be slightly pink thanks to pigmentation issues. Neck & chest show yellow undertones, but can be a bit blotchy.

Skin Attributes: Tans easily. Will sunburn pink/red without proper protection, but only after extended period of time in extreme sunlight.

Skin Issues: Combination/Oily, Acne-Prone, Large Pores, Red Zits

Conventional Foundation Matches: Armani Luminous Silk in 5; MAC Studio Fix in NC-20; NARS Sheer Glow in Fiji

Current Green Beauty Foundation Matches:

Note: I’ve starred** the ones I think have an exceptional color match for my skin.

Another Note: The ones that aren’t starred are still great, but as we all know, foundations are just hard to match. Some of these lack the right amount of yellow for me or are a bit too dark or a bit too light or may even be too yellow. What’s nice about having an arsenal, though, is being able to create custom blends!

For my non-sunkissed skin:

**Alima Pure Mineral Foundation in Olive 1 (see how it looks layered over RMS “Un” Cover-Up in No. 22)

**Alima Pure Pressed Foundation in Nutmeg

Araza Natural Beauty  7-1 Coconut Creme Foundation in Co. 13

Aveda Inner Light Mineral Tinted Moisture SPF 15 in Beechwood (see the review – sorry, no pics!)

**BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream in Buttercream

Gabriel Cosmetics Moisturizing Liquid Foundation in Warm Beige (see the review with pics)

Gressa Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation in No. 3 (see the review with pics)

**Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream in BB5 and BB6 (see the review with pics)

**Jane Iredale PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation in Amber and Warm Sienna (see the review with pics of Warm Sienna)

**Kari Gran Mineral Foundation in No. 2 (see the review with pics)

**Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation in Just Sheer (see the review with pics)

Lily Lolo BB Cream in Light

**Purely You Minerals Mineral Foundation in Warm Fairly Medium (see the review with pics)

**RMS “Un” Cover-Up in No. 22 (see how it looks on my skin)

**Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation in Light-Medium Sand (see the review with pics)

W3ll People Narcissist Foundation + Concealer in No. 2 (see the review with pics)

Zuzu Luxe Dual Powder Foundation in D-7

For summer, sunkissed skin:

**Jane Iredale PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation in Golden Glow

**Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream in BB6

La Mav Organic BB Creme

Marie Veronique Everyday Coverage SPF 30 in Medium (see the review with pics)

**Tarte Amazonian Clay Pressed Mineral Powder in Medium

OK, so that’s a LOT of color intelligence for you. Your turn! Leave your skin description and foundation shades in the comments section.

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  • You are rockin’ these posts, Lady! Epic :-) XO

    • Thanks woman! What brands do you currently wear, and what shades are you in
      those brands? Since yo’ pretty face is all over the Internet, it would be great for other pretty faces like yours to know what matches your skin in case it is similar to theirs!

      • Okee dokee…Here we go.

        My skin tone: pale with red undertones, a cross between a warm autumn and soft summer on color charts.

        Sappho foundation in Rachel (a tad too yellow and warm but still good. Love the coverage and texture).

        Jane Iredale Glow Time in BB 5 (too pale but no others fit the bill. Fantastic coverage though).

        W3LL PEOPLE Narcissist in No. 3– not at all the right color. Too yellow/warm :-(
        Real Purity in Light Beige

        RawSkinCeuticals b.b. creme in W103

        Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques crème foundation in COOL No. 00 (<=I'm pretty sure that's what my color is. The label faded but it's such an awesome foundation, I had to include it and the concealer is great too!)

        Gressa Skin in 01

        Kjaer Weis in Paper Thin — good color, too matte. I need a liquid foundation. Period. I have to face this truth once and for all.

        Inika Liquid Foundation in Beige

        Pure+Simple Flawless Complexion in Biscotti

        Alima Pure Mineral Powder Olive 1

        RMS Beauty un cover up in 22 (with 11 as highlighter color)

        Vapour Atmosphere foundation in 110 (same color in stick I think but I couldn't find mine–help!)

        An oldie that I still use sometimes: Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Serum
        Foundation in Fair/Light (wish this were a cleaner product because I love how easy it is to apply leaving a soft focus finish that's never heavy).

        Sally B's Skin Yummies in cool beige 3 & warm beige 4 (if I had the
        time I'd probably combine these to achieve the perfect color. Great wear
        and finish. Silk powder in a mineral makeup is the key to a smooth
        finish + generous misting all over face after application to help settle the powder, IMHO).

        Love all these replies and absolutely adore this post (and the writer) XO

        • Wow, this is an impressive list of foundations! Many of which I’ve been eyeing. I’m debating between trying out the Gressa Skin and Sappho Cosmetics one for summer and I’m also thinking of getting the Lauren Brooke one for if ever I want fuller coverage. What are your thoughts on these foundations? I’d also love to see a comprehensive foundation post on your wonderful blog, Sarita.

  • This is such a great post! I think one of the hardest parts about having to shop online for most of my green beauty products is color selection. I have Light/Medium skin that tans easily and has warmer undertones.

    • Agree! What brands do you currently wear, and what shades are you in those brands? I want this post to be a great resource for everyone!

      • I’ve been really keeping my makeup collection minimal lately as I have been traveling a lot and so I can keep it organized easily. I have been using the W3LL PEOPLE Foundation + Concealer Stick in 3 Medium Neutral during the winter, and 5 Dark Golden during the summer.

  • Rachael Pontillo

    I love Osmosis Skincare’s loose mineral foundation in Golden (pretty much crazy about their whole line, by the way!), and for being on camera I love Youngblood’s Mineral Radiance Creme Powder foundation in Warm Beige. It’s quick to apply and looks flawless on camera.

    • Thanks Rachael! I need to try Osmosis. I think I tried Youngblood a long time ago from a little sample pack. I will have to check them both out again and see what colors could work for me. I kinda wonder if we are similar toned as I get a bit warmer / golden in summer!

  • Alima Pure: Neutral 2. Honeybee Gardens Pressed Mineral Powder: Geisha. RMS uncover up: 11. Vapour Organic Atmosphere Luminous Foundation: 100. W3LL PEOPLE Narcissist Foundation: No. 2. Gressa Skin: 2

    • Oh wow we wear the same in the W3ll People Foundation! I could probably wear shade 3 and just use shade 2 on my jawline / blending area. Very helpful, Paula! xx

      • I mainly wear W3LL PEOPLE in the summer when my skin is the most hydrated as I find it preforms best for me then. It’s the least hydrating of my cream foundations. I like it because for me it has a neutral to yellow undertone. I have a very neutral or yellow based skin even though at times you can see pink in my skin.

        • Yes, agree. I like how dry-ish it is for my oily skin.

          It’s difficult to be fair and yellow — seems like this is a difficult color for formulators to nail!

          I am a fair/light yellow that can get light/medium yellow in summer. But I do get a bit pink in the nose / cheeks. Skin, skin, skin.

          • If you ever find a neutral/yellow foundation that is too fair for your skin, make sure you let me know about it. Most likely it will be a perfect match for me :)

  • tianna

    awesome post! I think this will be so helpful for people looking to try these foundations!

    I am Irish Italian and quite pale, but also quite yellow. I’m pale with neutral undertones. If you want a more specific idea of what I look like, you can check out my blog at http://StorybookApothecary.com or my instagram where I post selfies wearing these foundations: http://instagram.com/storybookbeauty/

    Some info on my favorites from natural beauty brands:

    Gressa Corrective Serum Foundation in 01 – perfect for oily/combo skin types or anyone, but if you have dry skin I recommend a good moisturizer as it accents dry patches. This is my current favorite because it has skincare benefits and looks like you’re not wearing anything. My friend thought my skin looked amazing, but had no idea I was even wearing makeup – that’s a win right?

    Vapour Beauty Atmosphere Luminous Foundation in 100 and the Illusionist Concealer in 010 – trialing this right now and it’s got medium-full coverage which I like. Definitely suitable for all skin types, though heavier coverage might upset acne prone types. The finish is not oily, more satin-matte finish.

    Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation in Like Porcelain – This one is the closest to full coverage in my opinion and best suited to dry skin. I think it has potential to upset acne prone types that easily break out, but it’s great for days when you want your skin to look perfect, really luxury feeling and packaging is gorgeous.

    Alima Pure Satin Matte Powder Foundation in Neutral 2 – this is my go-to for powder foundations. It has the prettiest finish, no cakey look or powdery look to it (unless you over apply). It mattifies oily skin, doesn’t cause breakouts, and no nano particles. This particular color suits me really well any time, especially in the summer though.

    RMS Beauty Un-Cover Up in 11 – This used to be my favorite, but the coconut oil can go oily in the summer which I didn’t like and the coverage is satin/glowy so it won’t work well for acne prone or oily types, in my opinion. The color is perfect for anyone who is pale with yellow undertones though and I love the travel-friendly packaging. this is probably the weakest link of all these, in my opinion,but still good for travel, winter, dry skin types, and a concealer as it’s really brightening and creamy so it won’t make your eye area look dry ( which is an issue for me).

    Hope this helps! ♥ Tianna

    • Oh, wow. This is awesome, Tianna! You are quite fair! It’s just so crazy because when you think Italian, you think medium / tan / golden. I get the same thing with being Asian. I didn’t realize how many yellow-undertone blogger beauties are out there…we feel each other’s pain with finding something light yet yellow. Love KW, Alima Pure and RMS, though agree it is oily and needs a setting powder. I like that one for winter when my skin is drier.

      • tianna

        thanks Kimberly! I am really fair. My mom is a blonde hair green eyed Dutch Irish woman and my dad is Sicilian Italian. I was quite tan as a child when I lived on the beach, but after so many years living further inland, I’ve gotten really pale over time haha. I know what you mean! It is really hard to get a proper color match! Have you tried the Gressa foundation? It’s my holy grail, even though it does require more hydration in the winter. It has the most beautiful finish when applied with a buffing brush. highly recommend a try if you haven’t yet!

        • What a beautiful blend! My mom is half Chinese and half Scottish, and my dad was Scottish with reddish-brown hair and blue eyes. Gotta blend em, eh?! I can get VERY dark in the summer, but as I’ve gotten older and wiser, I know it’s best to get a bit of sun but not worship it. Wrinkles! Skin cancer! I am quite jealous that you lived on the beach. What a dream!

          I’ve tried the Gressa (http://bit.ly/1sIeA0v) and wear shade 03. I like it as my “good skin day” foundation as the coverage is too sheer for me when I have major breakouts / redness / dark circles. I love the skin benefits it has! xoxo

          Excited for your upcoming fave foundations post!!!

          • tianna

            Thank you – you as well! Yeah I haven’t sunbathed like that since I was maybe 10-11 haha and always with sunscreen!

            Living on the beach as a kid was great. I was really sad to have to move when I was about 11, but I prefer LA as there’s beach and city life. I’m more prone to punk and minimalist style nowadays than beach babe haha.

            I understand that. For me, I think it’s such a perfect match to my skin that it really works for me. Totally understand about the breakouts/redness – hate those days. Dark circles for me are a constant and I always wear concealer when it’s really bad otherwise I’m lazy and don’t bother haha.

            Thanks – not til early March – but stay tuned! ♥

  • Kim, this is amazing! So glad you posted this. It’s hard enough to match foundation shades when shopping online and there is such a lack of reference for green beauty brands. I hope that sharing like this with each other will help! I know it does for me :)

    I am generally the same shades as you when it comes to the small number of foundation products I’ve tried: Alima Pure Satin Matte Foundation Olive 1, Gressa Foundation No. 3, Lily Lolo BB Cream in Light, RMS Beauty Un Cover Up #22, Vapour Beauty Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation S115, W3LL People Narcissist No. 5, 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Tinted Moisturizer in White Peach (only tried the TM but also a good reference for the brand’s Foundation shades)

    • HELLO FOUNDATION FRIEND! :)

      Ok, I need to look at the W3ll People in No. 5. I am using No. 2 and I am getting the feeling it is wrong, wrong, wrong (except for on my jawline). The little selector is handy (http://w3llpeople.com/foundation-selector/) but I don’t feel like I’m quite the same as the models who represent stick 2 or stick 5. I think I need one that is “Light-Medium, Undertone Yellow.”

      • We really are foundation friends! haha. Yes, you definitely need to try No. 5! It’s definitely a good match for yellow/olive undertones :) I was matched in-person to no. 5 at a W3LL People counter so it was much easier for me to see rather than online. I was surprised, thinking No.5 was considered “dark” but it really is the best match for my skintone! Hope you get to try it out!

  • RebeccaNMDL

    Great post idea! I’m pale and olive, my veins look GREEN through my skin. I look very yellow next to my pink husband and son. I can tan somewhat with lots of effort and burning, but I haven’t done that in many years. My main ancestry is Croatian and Italian. Olive 1 from Alima was my match for years. I switched over to Haut Cosmetics Burnt Almond in their HDD cream and biomineral foundation (they feel like skincare combined with foundation). I highly recommend those for you! And you must try their yellow highlighter. Best thing ever for my dark circles. They mix custom shades if you need more yellow, or you can add the yellow highlighter to whatever you are using.

    It’s interesting – you like Olive 1 as I do, but I go with 11 in RMS uncoverup, and I didn’t match any of the Kjaer Weis shades. Nothing in a pale enough olive. I’ve been curious about Gressa, but I can’t figure what shade.

    • I know I tried a sample of Haut’s BB before, but it was a one-time use so I couldn’t get a great feel for it and don’t remember the color. I will check out the color recs you made!

      For Kjaer Weis, “Just Sheer” was good for me, but it’s def not purpose. It could use some more yellow. There’s a nice guide / description on SBL. I think I need a combo of “Just Sheer” and “Illusion.” I have heard that KW is releasing new colors this year…hope it’s true!

      Just Sheer is a self-adjusting shade for light-medium beige skin with any undertones.
      Similar Shades: Vapour Atmosphere 125 & Illusionist 030, RMS Beauty Un Cover Up 22,33, W3LL People Narcissist 4/5.

      Illusion is for medium skin with yellow or olive undertones.
      Similar Shades: Vapour Atmosphere 125 & Illusionist 020/030, RMS Beauty Un Cover Up 33, W3LL People Narcissist 5.

      I should revisit the RMS and see if 11 is nicer on me. It used to be my go-to, but it was so oily for my skin. It may have been a better summer color for me, but the oily texture was not great for summer oily skin.

      If we are similar, then maybe Gressa 01 or 03 is good for you depending on how much color you have in your skin (I wear 03). Lilly over at Genuine Glow has a really great swatch photo: http://genuineglow.com/gressa-corrective-serum-foundation-and-lip-boost-in-bare/

      Thanks so much for your comment! Really hoping this post helps out all of these nontoxic makeup fans :)

  • Amy

    I am Vietnamese and my skin tone is light/light medium with yellow undertones. My favorite foundation EVER is Gressa #4. I am thinking of getting #2 as a contrast (skipping #3 because it doesn’t have enough yellow). Should I need extra help, which I haven’t had the occasion yet, I would go for Kjaer Weis in just sheer for spot coverage. I have oiler skin and usually have an active pimple but in the last 6 mos or so, I’ve noticed that my skin is clearer, more balanced, less reactive, less inflamed, and has significant less pigmentation. It’s all because of the Yuli (love LOVE!!!), Kahina, Josh Rosebrook, MUN (I LOVE MUN, its my HG that I can’t do w/o if lost in a desert), True Nature Botanicals, OSMIA, OLO, and Acure. THANK YOU SO MUCH for your wonderful blog and all the information you’ve provided me in my quest for superior and effective skin care.

    • Hello fellow Vietnamese beauty lover! :) It’s funny because I am matched to Gressa #3 — just yellow enough for me. But I am half Scottish so that probably makes sense! I am so happy you are loving your natural skincare products. I used to dry my skin out so bad with conventionals (mainly benzoyl peroxide treatments for my acne), and now I’ve just found gentler, more effective ways to keep my skin looking good and under control. xoxo

  • sarah

    i’m pale (but not quite palest-of-the-pale) and pink-toned. fully dutch heritage, but it seems the dutch have a wide range of skintones so that doesn’t really say much.

    it’s always funny to hear pale people complaining that they can’t find pale foundations that are yellow enough, because i always seem to have the opposite problem – i find most foundations to be too yellow!

    i haven’t tried many natural foundations, but i’ve had pretty good luck with the ones i’ve tried and have already found my holy grail – the much-mentioned gressa. :) i wear shade 2, which i feel is the closest-matching foundation i’ve ever found (natural or otherwise), but it could just be the skin-matching properties. i loooove this foundation and will happily pay the hefty price tag to keep myself stocked.

    the other natural foundations i like are 100% pure’s healthy skin foundation (i wear porcelain, which is a bit too yellow, but the pink-toned one is too pale) and sappho organic’s liquid foundation (i tried a sample of the mia shade, which was a good match. i haven’t bought a full-size because of the price and not needing another foundation since i don’t wear it everyday anyway).

    • Finally, a commenter who doesn’t have yellow undertones! I would love to see a pic of you to see what skin tone these shades match to. I have yet to try 100% Pure’s foundation. I had a small sample of Sappho but my shade was way too dark and a bit too oily for my skin.

      • sarah

        here’s a photo from a few years ago, outdoor light with no foundation on: http://s16.postimg.org/7gjetgcit/P1030244_2.jpg

        i think the pink is quite prominent, and yet somehow sales associates at makeup stores seem to think i need yellow foundations. (??)

        this is wearing 100% pure: http://s16.postimg.org/71v3x59id/Ottawa_334_2.jpg the shade is a decent match, but you can tell it’s too yellow when you compare my face to my neck. i don’t have any photos of me wearing gressa yet, but swatching the 2 foundations next to each other shows that the 100% pure is a bit lighter and more yellow, gressa is more neutral.

        • sarah

          excuse the photos, i was hoping it would just post the links and not the photos themselves. oops!

          • No worries! Super helpful to have your product picks / colors + pretty face right here so we can see your coloring! xoxo

  • Alexis Danielle

    I love this idea so so much!
    So my skin is fair with yellow/golden undertones. I can wear both neutral and yellow foundations. Things with too much pink make me look- unwell.

    Current foundation favorite is my RMS 00- I use to wear 11 which wasn’t a bad match but 00 is seriously my favorite so far. I’ve been wearing it everyday as my concealer & foundation.

    Past Loves:
    Everyday Minerals in Fair Golden though I think the name has changed now. Pale and golden enough for me! That’s been my favorite loose foundation match in years.
    I have worn Jane Iredale Loose Minerals in Bisque. I loved it but I think the color doesn’t match as well anymore.
    I have got Vapour Soft Focus Foundation in 110 & 100. I don’t really think I’m either, though they’re the right kind of pale, they’re a smidge too pinky.

    I’m wish listing some new ones like Kjaer Weis, Gressa, Ilia and Inika. I’ll totally be checking this post to see who’s got a similar skin tone so I know what to order. =)

    • Wow I wouldn’t have guessed you had yellow undertones! But I haven’t seen your pretty face in person more than once. Boo. I’m so happy this post is helpful. We all see each other on the Internet all the time, so we might as well share some knowledge and find our online “foundation friends.” :)

      • Alexis Danielle

        I know! I blame the dash of Native American I’ve got in my gene pool. It makes me tricky to match. Are you thinking of coming up for the ANFGB in Chicago? I’m hoping to make a weekend of it so I can hang out & visit more than last time.

        • Probably! Gotta double check dates to see if it interferes with any other summer plans, but Chicago is just an hour away from me by plane! xoxo

  • LOVE this post!!! very helpful. I’m 1/4 Italian, 1/4 Czech from my dad. Both of my mom’s parents were adopted and their background is a little fuzzy, but I know that my mom has French Canadian, Native American and Dutch in her blood– unsure of the quantities.
    I have very pale skin with yellow undertones– which I only recently learned from doing the Sephora Color IQ Scan. I’ve been buying the wrong foundation shades for soo long. Here are the foundations I’ve tried; though most were the wrong color.

    Kjaer Weis in Paper Thin: loved the coverage and consistency, but it broke me out. too pink and slightly too dark for my skin tone.

    Gressa Skin Corrective Minimalist Foundation in 02: Currently my favorite foundation, but I need concealer if I’m having a bad skin day and definitely need to apply extra moisture before applying and a toner with glycerine after applying to prevent dry spots. (full review soon). I sampled 01 and it was wayyy too pale for my skin tone, so ended up ordering 02 which is a little too pink. I think 03 will be my perfect match in the summer. (picture on Insta @ashtynnehudecz)

    W3LL People Narcissist in #2: A little thick for my preference and caused minimal breakouts (not as badly as Kjaer Weis). Felt like it washed me out.

    Vapour Soft Focus in 110: Much too pale and pink, but I only had a sample so I don’t have much else to say about it.

    Unfortunately I haven’t found my perfect shade/formula match, but I’m holding out on trying out many new foundations until La Bella Figura releases their foundation (skincare as makeup + no coconut oil or beeswax = HUGE thumbs up for my acne prone skin). Might have to cave in and purchase Gressa in shade 03 even though the formula isn’t absolutely ideal, its the best I’ve found thus far (I prefer liquid over powder).

    Such a helpful post! Really enjoyed reading all of the responses as well. <3

    • Wow, what a beautiful mix you are! I am loving reading about everyone’s ethnic backgrounds.

      Sephora Color IQ Scan is just phenomenal. I WANT ONE FOR GREEN BEAUTY! I had my skin scanned for some Tarte foundation I like, but I didn’t get my number (doh!) so I will go back and have it re-done. Do you know what color your scan was?

      I love the Kjaer Weis foundation, but the color isn’t perfect for me. It didn’t break me out, and I love it for when my skin needs some extra coverage. Are you sensitive to coconut oil? I am acne-prone, too, but coconut oil doesn’t bother my face. So strange how we all react differently!

      I also wear 03 in Gressa. I hope that works for you! Definitely a beautiful, good-skin-day foundation. I am still experimenting with getting the perfect, non-flaky application!

      I can’t remember which Vapour foundation I tried, but I do remember it being WAY too oily for me. So not much to say about that either!

      Keep us posted on the LBF foundation. Can’t wait to see!

      xoxo

  • I totally agree with you–we need a green foundation matrix!

    Ethnicity: 100% Chinese
    Skintone: Light/Medium with Yellow/Pink undertones (I’m the rosiest Asian you’ll meet)

    Skin Attributes: Tans over times, burns easily if exposed to strong sunlight (sunscreen and safe sun keeps me pretty fair year round)

    Skin Concerns: Acne, Hyperpigmentation

    Foundation matches:
    W3ll People Altruist in 15 (the tiniest bit too tan for me)
    Alima Pure Warm 3 (perfect color match at the moment)
    W3ll People Narcissist in 3 (a bit too light for my whole face mostly for eyelids, reddish T-zone, dark circles)
    Kjaer Weis Paper Thin (a bit too peachy for my whole face but PERFECT for my dark circles)

    Gressa Foundation Serum 03 (perfect match, but not full coverage for redness or blemishes)
    Ilia Vivid Concealer in Maca (good match, reserved for red zones only)
    rms ‘un’ cover-up in 22 (good for eye stuff)

    • Thank you for sharing, beautiful rosy Jade! :) I have in my notes that I am also a decent match for Alima Pure Beige 3, but it looks kinda dark for me right now. The Olive 1 is pretty perfect for winter Kim skin. Looking at the Warm 3 that you use, I’m now curious if that would look good on me, too!

      I found KW Paper Thin to be too peachy for me too. Just Sheer was a better match, but not perfect. I am excited for KW to release new colors with more yellow!

      There’s a place in town that sells W3ll People, so I’m going to go take a look at the Narcissist 3 and 5. I am wearing 2 but it’s way too light on my forehead. I guess it just comes down to the fact that we have to blend custom colors and use different foundations for different skin issues. Which justifies us having huge arsenals, right?! :) xoxo

  • I love this idea so much! I bookmarked this post weeks ago so I could come back and comment when I had more time and somehow it’s taken me this long to actually do that.

    I’m pale with mostly pink undertones, but I don’t actually like foundations that are fully pink/cool on me. Neutral shades are usually what I prefer. Here’s my list:

    Honeybee Gardens Pressed Powder: Geisha
    EccoBella Powder: Fair (maybe a hair too light for me, but it’s sheer, so it works. The next shade up is very yellow.)
    Lucy Minerals: Light
    Urban Minerals: Missus Multicultural
    The All Natural Face Powder + Cream: Porcelain Kissed by Honey
    Gabriel Cosmetics Liquid: Soft Beige
    Devita Moisture Tints: Light
    Andalou Brightening BB Cream (This doesn’t match me in the slightest and is totally orange on my hand, but it somehow works on my face in spite of that. Sheer but gives the prettiest, glowy, tanned look. This + a powder has gotten me more compliments on my skin than anything else – maybe ever – so I don’t think I’m deluding myself about the color working!)

    CONCEALERS:
    Vapour Illusionist: 010
    Une Skin Glow: G02
    Silk Naturals Sleep in a Jar: Light Peach

  • ecoeccentric

    I am finally catching up on all of the posts I missed over the past few weeks and this one is fabulous! I had written in my blogging notebook last year that a green foundation/concealer shade guide would make a great topic, but I haven’t tried nearly enough to write a post of my own. I’d actually love to see something like this in tag form, so, as you said, we can all find our “foundation friends.”

    Here is my info:

    Name: Rebecca (ecoeccentric)
    Ethnicity: 100% Polish
    Skintone: Light with neutral undertones (veins lean slightly more blue/purple than green, but it’s hard to tell most of the time)
    Skin Attributes: I burn on my face and shoulders easily, tan minimally. I don’t spend much time in the sun, though ;)
    Skin Issues: Sensitive/Combination, Allergies, Hormonal Acne

    Current Foundation Matches:

    Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation: Like Porcelain. I can also wear Paper Thin, but I think Like Porcelain matches a bit better. I prefer to go lighter with foundation than darker if I am between shades. This formula works really well for my skin.

    Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation: Blondie. This was a perfect shade and really looked beautiful on me, however I no longer use it because my skin doesn’t get along with mineral foundations, or most makeup brushes.

    Erzulie Cosmetics: Medium/Light for Concealer Stick (Cool Medium Light for Liquid Foundation). I use this concealer every day and the coverage is perfect for me. Paired with the green corrector, it does the trick to cover red spots, as well as darkness.

    Looking forward to coming back to this string to see what everyone else uses!

    • I’ve been interested in trying the Eruzlie Cosmetics concealer. How would you describe the coverage and feel?

      • ecoeccentric

        Hi Megan, I would say the Erzulie concealer provides light to medium coverage depending upon what you are trying to cover. If I use it for acne scars or dark spots, it is more of a medium coverage, whereas if I’m trying to cover a bad blemish, it is light. It can be built up and works great on top of a good foundation though. As far as the feel, it leans more waxy than greasy, but I wouldn’t really classify it as either. Once it is blended out, I don’t notice it, or feel it at all. If I have a dry patch, it can flake and I would imagine that on oily skin, it might be a bit more prone to melting or looking shiny. Hope that helps!!

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