Thursday, June 2, 2011

Ask Kaylin: Makeup for Fair Skin with Yellow Undertones

Hey Kaylin,

Lately, I have had a hard time finding the right makeup products. I am a vegan. I was wondering if you could recommend products that would flatter my features.

I am very pale and my skin has yellow undertones. People have described my skin as "milky" I can never find the right shade! I am also acne-prone so I need a good foundation that covers well. My eyes are very dark brown and my hair is bright neon red. I am having trouble finding good eye, lip, and cheek colors that work well for me.

Let me know if you have any suggestions. Thanks for your time.


Hi Christy,

I completely understand how challenging it can be to find a good foundation shade.  Fortunately, there are some fantastic vegan options on the market.  Two of my favorite brands are The All Natural Face and Alima Pure.  The All Natural Face offers 51 shades, and a sampler kit of various powder foundations for only $4.  You'll want "Pale to Medium."  Once you find your shade, you can purchase liquid foundations from the same company or simply apply powders wet for more coverage.  Alternatively, you could also try Alima Pure, which offers 60 foundations shades (in powders only).  Samples are available for $1.50 each.  Recommended shades include Golden 0, Warm 0, and Beige 0.  Again, you can apply wet for more coverage.

Eye, lip, and cheek colors are going to depend largely on the style you'd like to wear.  If you're looking for a natural look, you'll want warm-toned neutrals.  For eyeshadows, try shades such as those in Bare Escentuals Meet the Nuts.  Try blush in warm pinks such as E.L.F. Mineral's Coral Blush and achieve a neutral lip with a shade such as Zuzu Luxe's gloss in Bronzite.

If you're looking for a dramatic look, I'd recommend building on your natural base with deep blacks and warm grays.  Look for colors such as Cheeky Cosmetics' Sultry, Masquerade, and/or Little Black Dress.  If you're looking for dramatic lips, try a warmer tones such as a brown red.  Consider a shade such as E.L.F. Mineral's Warm Red.  I wouldn't recommend using too much color in either style, as your hair color will already be a very distinctive part of your look.  However, if you are searching for color, try going very bright for a bold look.  Consider warm colors such as a bright green or blue.  Try Sugarpill Cosmetics (midori) or Cheeky Cosmetics (blimey or electric).

Best of luck on your make-up adventures!


P.S. For more tips on choosing your perfect foundation shade, click here.

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