When I was a teen I didn’t really get that you could buy foundations with different undertones. I just thought you picked a foundation by how light or how dark it needed it to be to match your skin and that was it. In my case I used to go way too dark leaving me with that classic ‘tide line’ and an orange face which isn’t the best to look back on when scrolling through old school photos.
However over the years as I’ve learnt more about makeup I have found many foundations that work for me and not just basing it off if it’s ‘light or dark enough’. I’m talking about undertones and what undertones work for me, I used to go for undertones that were too pink for my skin which really didnt work with my freshly self tanned complexion. Instead I opt for more yellow toned foundations these days and today I wanted to share with you a few foundations I have found and loved over the years.
MAC Studio Fix Fluid (buy here) – One of my first ever yellow based foundations. Although not my first high end foundation it was pretty close, I believe this was my second ever high end foundations and it’s stuck with me ever since. MAC has a huge shade range of foundations, I have always used Studio Fix Fluid for a flawless full cover look. The NC colour range are all yellow based so if you are looking for yellow toned foundations from MAC then always look for shades starting with NC. I am NC25 although in the past in my excessive self tanning days I used to be NC35! CRAY.
Illamasqua Skin Base (buy here) – Now this is a brand I discovered during an online sale. I remember reading through some blogger Twitter chats and found out that Illamasqua were having a 50% off sale so I checked out the website and ordered this foundation. It has been another staple foundation for me ever since and I have repurchased it twice. This is a full coverage foundation with a satin finish, it’s perfect for weddings as it doesn’t have any SPF so you don’t get that flashback in photos. Again Illamasqua have a huge range of foundations and on their site they have a really handy guide that tells you what foundation you are comparing to MAC shades which is fab and I found it really helpful when choosing my shade.
Bourjois Healthy Mix (buy here) – This is a budget beauty that I have purchased over and over again. Bourjois is my favourite brand for foundations from the high street, although they don’t have massive shade range they do have a fab selection of yellow toned foundations. I like the Healthy Mix Gel Serum for more of a natural every day base and the Healthy Mix Foundation for more of an evening, full glam kind of look. As you can tell I love the Healthy Mix range the most from Bourjois but they do have alot of other foundations and finishes that also come in yellow tones too.
L’Oreal True Match (buy here) – OK so over the years I think I have seen the L’Oreal True Match packaging and shades change alot, I have the original shade and packaging I believe and my shade is W4 when tanned. When it comes to high street foundations this is amazing, there are so many shades in the range I believe 33 which is insane and there are alot of yellow tones within that range. L’Oreal have just had a bit of a relaunch of the True Match range and they really pride themselves on their huge shade range and their latest campaign really shows that whatever your skin tone, there is a perfect foundation shade out there for everyone.
There are a few other brands that I use such as Nars and Benefit which also have yellow tones but the ones mentioned today are my ride or die. I’m yet to try Bobbi Brown but they also have a massive selection of yellow toned foundations. If you’ve tried anything from Bobbi Brown and would recommend then please let me know as I have no idea where to start!
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