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Choosing the Best Affordable Foundation for Pale Skin - Ivory Shades

Updated on April 21, 2013

As someone who has extremely pale skin I have trouble finding foundation or even powder that looks natural on my face.  I either wind up with a very fake looking too-dark tan look that streaks or I look like I’m trying out for the role of a vampire in the next Twilight movie. 

Of course if I go to a department store, they can always find makeup that works great on my skin.  But as a student, mom and part-time writer I can’t afford department store makeup.

Over the past few years I have tried many different brands, styles and colors of foundation type products and have decided what works best for me.  All of the products I list here can be purchased cheaply on Amazon or at your local drugstore.

Your mileage will vary, of course.  But for reference sake I have pale skin, nearly black hair, hazel eyes and a friend who considers herself an expert in colors says I’m a winter. 

This is my favorite “everyday” makeup.  This is a powder foundation which provides moderate coverage.  The only flaw I have found with this is that in winter my skin dries out and sometimes this will make my skin look even dryer.  As long as I start with a moisturizer I’m generally okay.  I’ll let you in on my favorite affordable moisturizer later in this article.  Cover Girl Simply Powder Foundation in Ivory is my go to face makeup.

This is what I use if I am going “out on the town,” which for me means PTA meeting.  *smile* This offers a bit more coverage but doesn’t leave me feeling ridiculously over made up.  Another great benefit is that it is very affordable at just a couple of dollars on!  Maybelline Age Rewind Foundation in Porcelain Ivory is a great choice.

As I said, I can’t really afford the department store makeup, but every now and then I will splurge on Mary Kay.  It costs a bit more than the drugstore variety makeup but I think the quality is worth it when I want to look my best.  I have found that it is sometimes more affordable from Amazon or Ebay than from Mary Kay directly.  I love the Mary Kay Medium Coverage Foundation in Ivory,

As I mentioned before, in winter I certainly need a moisturizer, especially when I wear a powder based foundation.  My favorite affordable moisturizer is St. Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Facial Moisturizer.  I have trouble finding this locally, but can always buy it on Amazon.  It’s affordable, non-greasy and doesn’t have a strong scent.  A jar of this lasts me a long time too.


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    • jenesmith01 profile image


      7 years ago from North Texas

      i know your struggles..i too am a pale girl and finding the right foundation is a struggle. i will usually stick with covergirl or revlon. I have found that maybelline's pale shade is not as pale as they say lol..this is a great article.!


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