1/14/2013

Foundation/Contest/Other Stuff


A recurring theme here seems to be that I bear a striking resemblance to a corpse they fish out of the Olentangy, and I seem to attract the attention of other ladies who also have a deathly pallor.  

I don't mind being pale.  In fact, it is pretty intentional.  I tan if I go in the sun without sunscreen, and when I was a kid, I was blonde and toasty-colored.  I stopped sunning myself when I started coloring my hair dark, because I thought it would look weird.  Now I just avoid the sun and use sunscreen because I want to get the most of my face before I start looking like a raisin.  









For all the magazines and beauty so-an-sos being all like OH DON'T TAN IT'S BAAAAD!  USE SUNSCREEN EVERY MINUTE OF THE DAY AND PUT IT ALL OVER EVERYTHING AND WEAR A GIANT SUNHAT AND BLAH BLAH BLAH, nobody gives half a fuck about making light foundation.  People are always like, "Natalie, what foundation should I use? I am so pale!" and I am all like, "I don't fucking know, I put on foundation that is a half shade too dark everyday like the rest of you."  Suck it up, deal with it, maybe if I was a perfect lady with perfect skin like I am supposed to be, I wouldn't need to wear this pink/yellow foundation and look like I am wearing a weird mask.  As it stands, though, I am a gross monsterlady, and I atone for my sin of not being good enough by wearing the pinky-yellow mask of shame.  I was raised Catholic, I got this shame + self-loathing + a side of self-punishment thing down pat.  It's like a warm and fuzzy bathrobe...mmmm so nice!

Don't even get me started on that bullshit where they try to sell you a tinted moisturizer or BB cream and be all THIS SHIT IS THE PERFECT COLOR FOR EVERYBODY!!!  My ass.  That is a damn lie.  I am sure the ladies on the opposite end of the color spectrum will agree with me.  That shit is the perfect color for everybody who is medium.  Good for y'all.  I bet you fit in one size fits all clothes, too, and your bra size is always the one that is left when Nordstrom has it's half-yearly sale.  It must be nice to always enjoy the comforting embrace of society.  Everybody loves you!!

So, the point of all this is that I wanted to let y'all know that I found a foundation that is light enough for me, and I thought I would throw y'all a bone.  It's the Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo Foundation in #42.  (I linked Amazon and Sephora, they seem to be sold out of the light color.  Sorry about being a tease.)  I never tried any of the Kat Von D cosmetics because, to be honest, I think that tattoo thing is kinda corny.  I mean, I got a ton of tattoos and am badass in general, but the shirts with tattoos and the pictures of tattoos on everything is hella corny.  I'm more into the mad tattoos and dressing kinda slick or avant garde, instead of the tattoos and dressing like you're in a motorcycle gang.  That's just me, though!    I'm just telling you why it took me until this weekend to check out this foundation!

I'm not even going to get into the idea of "Tattoo Foundation."  If you know you're gonna have to cover your tattoos, don't get them in areas where your clothes won't cover.  It's ok if you don't get tattoos everywhere.  If you're spending an hour every morning covering your tats with makeup so people won't get mad at you, you're not really that hard.  But I digress!

SO, this foundation, right?  On your face instead of over your Dickbutt tattoo, right?  It's pretty good stuff!!  It's mega mega thick and heavy, so if you're not into that, you might not like it.  I am not into super heavy makeup, but when I put this on, I just use the tiniest bit... like, the size of a bb at a time.  Little tiny bb on my cheek, then I get my foundation brush and start spreading it over one side of my face, then do it again on the other side with another tiny bb of it.  It covers really well with a tiny bit, and it doesn't look too heavy.  If you have major face issues, I bet this would cover pretty much anything if you applied it with a heavier hand than I do.  

Then I do my Razor Sharp on it and a little setting spray.  Here's the best part-- all the times I've used it, I didn't do anything to my face after I got done putting my makeup on.  No touchups, no nothing, and this stuff looked EXACTLY the same when I washed my face before going to bed.  It didn't rub off or get that weird curdle-y look that some foundations will from your face grease or whatever.  It looked totally perfect at bedtime.  It was pretty great.

The only negative I've picked up so far, aside from how thick it is, is the smell.  It kinda has a latexy smell to it, like paint or something.  Also, the lightest concealer in the line is not light enough to go well with the foundation.  I really hate that.  Just make one more goddamn concealer one shade lighter to go with your lightest foundation.  Damn.  

So, try it out or don't!  It's your life!

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CONTEST

I mentioned last time that I was gonna do a contest.  I've had makeup people writing me and wanting to do dumb, extremely specific contests where I have to act like an asshole shill, and y'all would have had to roll on your backs and ask some cosmetic company to rub your bellies so you can get some free bullshit that you didn't even want.  I prefer that we all retain a little bit of dignity!

SO!!  Here is the contest!

E-mail me a pic of your favorite makeup look.  Your everyday look, your fancy going-out look, I don't care.  Just send me a pic, and tell me what you used.  Include your mailing address, so I can send you a prize if you win!

I will take your pic out of your email and assign you a number so your name and personal info isn't all over my site.  Then, I'm gonna post pics here, with your number and your list of what you put on your face, so everyone can see and people can get good ideas from people who might be the same age/coloration/skin type.  Then I will just use a random number generator to pick the winner(s), so it's not a prettiest-lady-contest.

PRIZES:  So, the first prize is going to be an Urban Decay Naked Palette that I already bought, and maybe something else if I'm inspired.  I am going to give a 2nd and 3rd prize, but I haven't decided what they're going to be yet.  The 2nd and 3rd prize will be the same thing, though, so the 3rd place person doesn't feel bad about getting a box of Tictacs or something, and the prize will be in the $25-$30 range, so you it'll be something nice, not like ponytail holders or Q-Tips. 

I am going to set the deadline for a month from today, so February 14th is going to be the last day to submit.  I'll remind you in posts between now and then.  Email your pics and product lists to nataliedee@nataliedee.com and put CONTEST in caps in the subject line so I don't miss it!  Yeah!  

Let's get excited!

EDIT!!  The prizes have been determined and are as follows (don't I sound official?)
FIRST PRIZE:  Naked Palette, Clinique Black Honey lip stuff, certificate for 2 free bottles of SUPER BLACK Lacquer when I have my grand opening in the next month or so.
SECOND and THIRD PRIZES:  Naked Basics Palette, Clinique Black Honey lip stuff, certificate for 1 free bottle of SUPER BLACK Lacquer.

IT IS DECIDED!!

EDIT #2:  I will be allowing international entries, but if an international person wins a prize, I will have to sub the nail polish prizes with something else, since I can't ship that stuff outside the US!!

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Off topic:  I just checked, out of curiosity, and my iTunes said my most frequently played song is "Earl" by Earl Sweatshirt.  That is troubling.  Not something I was ready to learn about myself.
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Off Topic #2:  Check out my own man's new track/video from his new album!  It is him + Kool Keith, and I think it's pretty good.  The rest of the album has Roughneck Jihad, Angel Haze, and Rodney Anonymous from the Dead Milkmen.  Again, if you're into this kinda thing, check it out!

75 comments:

  1. Have you considered making your own line of makeup and foundations for the super-pale? You're an enterprising lady (super black is awesome btw), and your man is a chemist. That would be really cool to see what you'd come up with, and my kid is really pale (redhead dad) and it would be nice to have someone looking out for her future pale-skinned needs.

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    1. I second this. I received my Super Black order last week and literally danced a jig upon opening the package.

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    2. Having a motion and a second, I call for a vote. All in favor of Dee creating a foundation for the pasty, preternaturally pale? All in favor?

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    3. I would buy it! There's no sun in Ireland-you'd do a mean business over here!

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    4. Question: How great would that be??
      Answer: So great.

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  2. I am very pale, and I have been using the Smashbox BB in the lightest colour AND IT IS ACTUALLY A PALE COLOUR. But warning, apparently if you get acne from clogged pores really easily you will break out (but if it's hormonal like mine, you are good to go).

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  3. I am another member of the pale like a corpse club, and the one foundation I've found that I really love is Smashbox's Studio Skin. Don't bother with their High Def Healthy Fx foundation, though, that shit sucks. The lightest shade was way too dark on me, and the pump on the bottle broke almost immediately.

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  4. I'm a soulless ginger, so not only am I pale as the moonlit snow, but I've got that peach-toned skin that NO makeup companies care about.

    I finally found a match with Buff'd Minerals. They've got every skin tone-- not just warm or cool, but peach (beige), neutral, golden, and olive. And it is the only makeup I've ever seen that has a shade that's TOO LIGHT for me without being straight-up white (it's the "pale" version of beige). They'll custom-mix whatever you want, and they've got different formulas from light to heavy. PLUS they've got cheap samples and 20% off sales four times a year.

    The only negative is that I don't like their finishing powder-- my skin hates it, so I have to use a cornstarch-based one instead (Bare Minerals mixed with straight cornstarch to pale it out).

    Sorry, I'm not trying to be spammy, it's just that I spent SO much time trying to find something for ginger-skin. Every so often I'll look around Sephora, but every single foundation is either too dark and too pink OR too dark and too yellow, it is soooo goddamned frustrating.

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  5. Mmmm wondering if the contest is open internationally, I know the postage can be a pure kick in the teeth... but I want it soooo! :-P

    Sent over a mail either way, if nothing else I hope you'd take a look at the link in the bottom to the new trend "Furry nails" :-P

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  6. I, too, just started using Lock It. I love this shit, and I can confirm the staying powder when set with a powder (in my case, BareMinerals Mineral Veil in Balance & Boost). I frequently don't need to conceal, which blows my mind since I have a litany of things I usually cover with Laura Geller Real Deal Concealer in Light. It's love, ladies, and my baseline is pretty much hating everything.

    I went to my Sephora looking for Light 44, as I am pale as hell with yellow undertones. I look like the lightest shade of Simpsons characters. They were sold out of the three lightest colors, so I got a sample of Light 48, which the Sephora site describes as "Medium complexion with beige undertone." There is nothing medium about it, so disregard the tripe they label these shades with; they are complete bullshit as always. Light 48 has that drab, lifeless cast that I require, beige bordering on gray. The closest approximation I can think of is MUFE Full Cover Concealer in Light Beige 3, a nice, corpse-y color.

    I have sensitive skin and the KVD foundation has caused no breakouts or excessive dryness. I apply with a damp Beauty Blender knockoff to sheer it out a touch, building where I need the help. When I polish off the sample, I'm definitely purchasing it. Oh, and it works beautifully with the KVD shadows and the UD Naked palettes, my daily go-tos. No creasy, smudgey, Courtney Love business around the eyes, ever.

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  7. I'm also super pale and I use Make Up For Ever's HD foundation in the lightest color and it seems to do the trick.

    My Spotify most played songs include Iggy Azalea and Raffi, so I have some similar concerns about myself (also I have a 2 year old, I don't listen to Raffi for fun.)

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  8. I use Manic Panic Gothy-girl foundation. Granted, I just use powder or my face becomes very irate, but I use Manic Panic Supernatural pressed powder in "Anemic" and it matches my skin tone like a charm. Bought it for a Halloween costume and never turned back.

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  9. Awesome contest, Natalie, thank you for hosting it.

    I am fair, but nowhere near as pale as someone like Natalie. I wear powder "mineral" foundation from Alima Pure. They have 61 different shades, a damn sight better than the crap that bareminerals peddles. I thought their palest shades were extremely light, but y'all pale ladies would be a better judge of that than me. I wear the Olive 1 shade pretty much year-round. It covers well, it doubles as a concealer, and I am in love with it. When I mentioned it at work, my boss was surprised and thought that I just had great skin and didn't wear any foundation.

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  10. y'all are on that mineral foundation thing, aren't you? i've had zero luck with that stuff. i need to put so much on to get as much coverage as i need, and it makes my skin look dry, and it seems to wear off faster than other stuff. oh, and it smells like an old book. maybe I'm doing it wrong, i seem to be the only one that doesn't like it.

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    1. It makes me sparkly and flaky. A sexy combination, if you ask me.

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    2. I tried it and wasn't really able to achieve that "applied with a drywall trowel" type coverage that I seem to think that I need. Other thing is that my skin tends to be on the dry side (probably because the wind blows like 30mph every day here) and I found that with the amount of moisturizer I had to apply it looked cakey. I do enjoy the mineral finishing powder applied over liquid foundation or bb cream. Probably similar consistency to your Razor Sharp which I've never tried . .

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    3. I don't even like heavy coverage and I've never been able to get enough coverage from a mineral foundation. And it always makes my skin look dry. I give it another chance every time Sephora offers me a free sample of it, and I can tell I'm getting better at applying it...but that doesn't make it look any better.

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    4. seriously, the only thing i use it for it to tap on especially gnarly spots that i can't cover 100% with my regular makeup. i will set the bad spots with mineral powder instead of the silicone stuff i use everywhere else. it's is also good to tap on spots where you might have had a zit that got popped when you were washing your face or something, so you don't have a big wet spot that you can't cover. that's seriously all i use it for, and i will go months without touching my jar of it at all. i guess it's good that it's just minerals and probably wont go bad, huh? the dirt smell, though, it might not even dry me out as bad as i think, but the parched dirty desert smell makes it seem like it dries me out more in my head.

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    5. i don't like the mineral stuff, either. I've tried it a couple times since a friend of mine had such good luck with it, but it always looks like there's the slightest of veils on my skin, no matter how good the application is.

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    6. I love powder foundation because I have combination skin. I can see how powder foundation would be absurd for someone with dry skin. I nuke my stupid adult acne with so much BHA that I always am fighting dry patches. The powder foundation definitely grabs onto those areas and looks terrible. I use a Q-tip and Paula's Choice Moisture Mask to buff off the scales and smooth it over, let it dry, and then reapply.

      I would totally use a liquid or cream foundation if it worked for me. But since powder/mineral is the only thing I can use, that's what I'm stuck with. I can't detect any dirt-type smell on the Alima foundation.

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    7. I tried that Bare Minerals stuff & absolutely hated it. Every time I walk into ULTA they're pushing that stuff, trying to get me to try it and every freaking time I have to tell them, "Back off! I hate that shit!" It just royally fucks with my skin...it makes me flaky as all hell and in my oily areas it looks all spiderweb-y, plus I'm right between 2 colors and they both look baaad so I look like a freak show attraction. I have super sensitive skin & I have tried a couple different kinds of mineral makeup, most of them dry me out, the ones that don't just don't have enough coverage or don't match my skin tone very well.

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  11. I do pretty well with the Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation. The color is just about right, but is better after I mix with some random Korean BB cream. Today it's not doing me any favors. The unseasonably warm then freezing drop in temperature made my skin freak out. Thanks, Ohio.

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  12. I've been wanting to try the Lock-it foundation but Sephora is always sold out of the lighter colors. I've read lots of good reviews on it but then I've also heard it's not good for people with peach fuzz on their face? Thoughts on that?

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    1. i didn't have any problems with it RE: peach fuzz. my facial hair is really light white-blonde, so i am not the most attentive to removing any of it, so i definitely get the fuzzy makeup thing. that said, i do have my ways of alleviating makeup-in-fuzz, but i have plans on doing a post on that in the next week or two, so i am gonna zip my lip on that for the moment.

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  13. I've heard good things about the lightest shade of Bobbi Brown foundation (alabaster) and Illamasqua has a white liquid foundation you can use to lighten anything.

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  14. Ok cool, I'll watch out for that post in the future. Thanks!

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  15. Ahhhhhh! Are you kidding me?! Pardon me, but I'm super excited that Drew collaborated with Kool Keith. How the hell did that come about?

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    1. kool keith raps and drew was making a rap album... i actually don't know many details of it. i stay way back when he is making albums. i am comedically unmusical, and listening to him mix the same track all day kinda drives me insane, so that stuff is a million percent him. some of the guests are people he pals around with. keith he probably just contacted and threw something together.

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  16. Does that setting spray shit really work? My foundation either sinks into my skin or floats off into the ether by about noon. Pain in the ass.

    I got the eyeshadow-primer thing down, and finally have my eyebrows figured out. I'd like to keep a foundationed face for at least six hours before I die, you know, just to complete the trifecta.

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    1. i like it pretty well! i like the regular UD all nighter. i tried the dew me one, but i didn't like it as much. the all nighter kept my makeup on all day at the state fair, which is essentially walking around for 5 hours in the most humid 95 degree weather of the year. pretty impressive.

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    2. Has anyone used the UD De-slick setting spray? I moved from AK to TX and my skin went from super dry to freakin' oil spill. I'm changing up my skin care routine and make-up and crap. I want something that will make my makeup last all night without me going to the damn bathroom to reapply powder ever 30 damn minutes. It'd be cool to go to the River Walk and not look like I slathered baby oil all over my face like some weird porn star.

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    3. UD All Nighter spray is absolutely amazing.

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    4. i'm still pretty new to the UD De-Slick setting spray, but so far it works pretty well for staying power. the cold weather is making my skin pretty dry at the moment, though, so i can't attest to how it would work for actually de-slicking.

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  17. i'm glad you wrote about this... personally i love kat von d's eye shadow but havnt tried the foundation yet. I purchased Urban Decay naked foundation that came out the same time cause it felt lighter and gave the same coverage (for me at least) however the thing i HATE about the urban Vis that by the time i get home from work its not on my face anymore. Ive tried it with several different primers (even ud's) and different brushes and it still seems to just fall off my face.
    Gonna try KVD when i run out of my cover girl. It took alot for me to buy a $30 foundation (i usually only splurge on eye stuff) and i was disappointed... hopefully kvd will be better

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  18. Medium pinkish-yellow is totally my shade and clearance bras usually include my size, it's true. Sorry, everyone! I know a girl who is very pale and really into makeup, though. She cuts whatever she gets with Manic Panic white (literal corpse paint) and it seems to work great.

    Also, that's so awesome about Drew and Kool Keith. I wish I could hear a recording of them talking on the phone, I'm imagining some hilarity.

    And I can't wait to enter the contest. I have Naked 2 that I use all the time and I need that Naked 1! Can we enter more than once?

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  19. I've been using Glo (www.gloprofessional.com) pressed base powder as my daily makeup for about 10 years now (with cheapy drugstore concealer) because it's not the shimmery sparkly minerals and doesn't have the funky smell, but it's very fast and easy to apply with good coverage, and I can wear just this with blush and still look a-okay for work and whatever else.
    However, I typically wash my face and start over if I'm going out at night, anyway, so not lasting forever isn't a bad thing to me.
    I consider myself pretty pale, and wear their "beige-light".

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    1. Also - I swear that's not spam. My dermatologist opened her own non-clinical skin care boutique next to her clinical offices, and Glo was what she recommended for me, and I've used it ever since.

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    2. I LOVE this brand. I've used it off and on since middle school. It's so hard to find though, and expensive that I feel bad recommending it to people. It's is completely matte and creamy and non-clogging though! I wear natural fair, the lightest they make, and it is still slightly too dark though, so sometimes I set it with white powder. If you want it to last longer that Urban decay setting spray will do it.

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  20. I have a problem in that I'm very pale, and very pink. I'm also very oily with very sensitive skin. Right now I use Everyday Minerals IT Base in Fair. It's good because it's for pale, cool-toned skin. I'm not totally happy with it, because it doesn't give a lot of coverage, but that's probably my fault, as I don't put much on. It ends up sliding all over my face, but not as badly as every liquid foundation I've ever tried. My skin also doesn't have a bad reaction to it, so I've stuck with Everyday Minerals for years.

    I'd like to try something new, but my skin doesn't react well to most things, and the colors are never right. They're always too yellow or orange.

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    1. I love Everyday Minerals. I'm Fair Medium. I don't need a ton of coverage, and I use basically all their stuff bc it doesn't bother my eczema (which I get on my eyelids, so like all other eyeshadows are OUT). I also end up mixing a lot of my own stuff from them, esp blush. It does sometimes get a little greasyweird between my eyebrows, but I even LOVE their sunlight yellow powder concealer stuff for my super dark undereyes. Nothing works better (even yellow cream-based stuff).

      Oh, and Dee - could you add a URL way to comment? I don't really use any of the other jazz.

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  21. On Ms. Dee's recommendation, I've been using Revlon's Colorstay foundation in Ivory (110). It's the palest foundation I've ever found in CVS, and it seems to match my corpse-like complexion. I use the combination/oily skin stuff, because at 35 I have worse skin than I did in high school. (Please, no skin care advice, I've tried it all.) I really like the Revlon because it's affordable and it covers really well, and it doesn't look all gunky at the end of the day. It's just weird how very pale I look now that I have foundation that matches my skin. People are always asking me if I'm sick.

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  22. Pale girl here too. The sun doesn't make me tan; it fries me. Not only do I burn, the burn will render me a barfing, crying mess. My last accidental bout with sun poisoning (I used sunblock and errything and I still got broiled) ended up in me having to take steroids and painkillers. Oh, and I peeled for a freakin' month.

    That said, MAC NC15 works pretty well for me, as does Clinique's BB cream. MAC Pro also has a white face/body foundation that would be a perfect match only if you're dead, but it's a thin consistency and can be mixed with your foundation easily. It's only sold in stand alone MAC stores and their site. You no longer need to be a MAC Pro member to get Pro stuff of their site, btw.

    I don't have any luck with mineral makeup. Most of it has yellow undertones and my undertone is blue. My face flushes easily and mineral stuff doesn't counteract redness that well for me.

    I can't win with the pale/redness combo. If I'm normal-faced, it's "Are you sick? You look pale." If my face gets flushed, I get "Your face is so red! Are you sick?". Ehhhhhn.

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    1. This is what I came here to say! I use Mac Face & Body foundation because I prefer water-based to traditional oil-based foundations. (MUFE Face & Body is also excellent, but Mac is a better value, plus it's in plastic squeeze bottles instead of the glass bottles that MUFE uses, which shatter all too easily.) I have two colours; one that is a tiiiiny bit darker than my face gets when at its most tanned, and then the pure white one, and throughout the year I just mix up the two and adjust as my skin colour changes through the seasons. It's a lightweight foundation that still has great coverage. Highly recommend for people of all colours!

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  23. "That is a damn lie. I am sure the ladies on the opposite end of the color spectrum will agree with me. That shit is the perfect color for everybody who is medium. Good for y'all."

    OH MY GOD I laughed so hard at this. I swear, I bought some Revlon "Perfect Match" garbage that was supposed to be "light" or whatever, they had like three colors, probably light, medium, and dark. It went on straight suntan colored, terrible, really terrible. And I thought exactly that, "Perfect Match" my ass! Perfectly matching if you are medium! So frustrating. Sounds like the consistency of the KVD foundation is pretty heavy for me, but maybe I could try it and mix it up with some moisturizer and see if I can't make it work.

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  24. I've got the wonderful combination of pale pale skin, with rosacea. I gave up on foundation years ago, it's too dark for the pale skin and doesn't hide the red cheeks well enough. I started checking out BB creams about a year ago. I tried out a bunch of them (Amazon has some sampler packs) and I ended up liking the SKIN 79 Super BB Cream VIP Gold (http://www.amazon.com/SKIN79-Super-Beblesh-Collection-1-33oz/dp/B0020Z31S6/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1358355476&sr=8-16&keywords=bb+cream+missha). Somehow it actually works out and balances my face. Initially it goes on a little grayish but then something happens (oxidation?) and the gray goes away. Love it!

    Also in the summer I use one of the Clinique City Blocks (SPF 25 or 40) which are pretty great. That's more in the tinted moisturizer realm.

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  25. For the contest, do you submit a before and after set of pictures, or just your completed made-up face? I'm sorry if that was already addressed.

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    1. just a finished pic is fine! i don't wanna discourage people from entering by posting un-madeup pics of them...

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  26. Stoked to participate in this...

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  27. I am really pale (white eyelashes and eyebrows and some really nice skin cancers) and I'm also a lovely pinky colour too. I look like a ham most days.

    I use an Australian Brand Natio which is reasonably priced ($15 for foundation compared to Revlon which goes for $35+ in Australia.

    I use their primer which doesn't have that weird greasy silicone feel to it - it feels very slighty tacky when you first put it on and then dries. Then I put on Natio Liquid Makeup with a brush. I rinse the brush and dry it on a towel first so it's not wet but it's not all dry and wanting to drink up the foundation.

    The foundation is a great colour for us pale pinkies. It's not yellow, but it's not really pink either. I tones down my pinkness and is just really neutral without looking like death.

    So happy to have found something affordable and pale. Yay!

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  28. Hey you guys! Over here in the uk we have an awesome make-up collection for those see though types like me, it's called Dainty Doll daintydoll.com. It works really well for even the palest among us (and I am one shade past white). Maybe they ship to the states?

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  29. Too funny - I suffer from the same future-corpse-coloring disease, and went into Sephora looking for a concealer that didn't look like a) white-out or b) weird orangey shoe-polish. The Kat Von D concealer is a keeper!

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  30. I'm a lovely shade of Scandinavian heritage, and have found that in UD's Naked line, I'm actually like a 2 (their numbering system starts with 00). Kinda spendy, but it's vegan and dries to a nice powdery finish and may be a nice alternative to someone who is just Pale and not Deathly Pale. Agree with others that said it rubs off a bit though. But, it does what I need and does what UD says it's supposed to re: firming up skin and making it look younger. I personally don't use a primer, because it makes me look like a powdered donut when I do, so for those of you primer folks out there, it may be your golden ticket.

    PS - Love Drew's new album. I've been telling people I'm gonna cut them up with my crab hand. Good times.

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    1. Hahahahaha I'm glad I listened to this when I came home. Now I'm just going to tell everyone that I'm gonna cut them up with my crab hand, and I won't be alone! :)

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  31. I'm pretty damn pale, but I can still wear Revlon Colorstay foundation in ivory and it's light enough, but I'm slightly more pink-toned than it is, so I can't put too much on without having every bit of color sucked out of my face. That's really the only foundation I've ever used because when I first decided to try foundation, it was the only drugstore brand of makeup that wasn't way too dark or orange.

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  32. Aw man. I have to figure out how to take an unawkward selfie. This should be interesting.

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  33. I know this is nuts but to your foundation issues manic panic makes some super light foundations and even a white one(which you can mix with a regular one you like to got the color you need)
    They are aimed at the goth crown but hey I'm just pathetically pale as hell so I do what I've gotta do. :)

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  34. Perhaps I missed it...but was this a contest for makeup looks for ideas for fair skinned gals only? If so...OOPS.

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    1. I think it's for everyone, not just the pale ones. :)

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  35. I, too, bare a striking resemblance to the Invisible Man. I'm from Texas and I've always been fair skinned with family from Ireland and England. I moved to Washington state, where the sun is like an urban legend, almost two years ago and I've actually lost color. I just started using the lightest Almay liquid foundation I could find and the lightest Revlon concealer I could find. They seem to match each other pretty well and they match my face pretty perfectly. I have a sort of peachy complection so I use this really old peachy foundation from a brand I'm pretty sure isn't around anymore. I like being pale, and I get a kick out of bugging my mother about it. I started telling people that my goal is to become invisible.

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  36. Hi. My palest, whitest, winteriest, English-rosest friend swears by Lush's new Jackie Oates "colour supplement" which they're billing as a colour to mix with moisturizer to have as foundation or just whack it right on as concealer.https://www.lush.co.uk/product/238/Jackie-Oates-Colour-Supplement Do you know if that one's any good?

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  37. For the contest, can we submit a couple of photos? Like, one for office/daytime, one for evening makeup-ing times? If you say no and I do that anyways, will you pick one to post?

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  38. Random suggestion: You could give away a bottle or 2 or your nail polish as your 2nd & 3rd prizes! Also, Sharing Machine t-shirts would be awesome!

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  39. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Makeup-Tips/587255741288196

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  40. Hello!
    I am also very VERY pale myself. Its really hard for me to tan and when i do tan it doesn't last long. Thankfully the wonderful people at Sephora introduced me to Make Up Forever. Their face make up comes in very light shades! It is a godsent! However it is also very expensive, so if you buy it...use sparingly ;)

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  41. I love the KVD foundation. It's the only foundation that looks natural on me and controls my oil. Yeah, it's pricey, but you don't need a lot. It took me a lot of time and money to finally find a foundation like this. I hope they never stop making it!

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  42. I've had good luck with the Revlon Colorstay 110 as well, but apparently Tarte has a new BB tinted primer that seems to be well-received by the ultra-fair (http://tartecosmetics.com/tarte-item-BB-tinted-primer). I'm counting down the days until I'm in the US and can try it for less than the cost of my right kidney on the black market (damn you, Canadian Sephora!).

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  43. I'm super pale, and when I say pale, I fucking mean it. I don't tan and I'm actually allergic to sun. I have found one foundation light enough, and it's from MAC. It's seriously good, but it also smells a bit funny. If you can't find it anywhere else, try MAC. They have a foundation that's almost white but not in a goth kinda way :)

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  44. My skin is pretty light and I've always had trouble finding just the right color foundation. As a matter of fact, there was a while where I just gave up and refused to wear any makeup at all. Having kids will do that to a girl! Anyhow, now that my kids are self-sufficient (for the most part), and I've gotten older (not cool!), I've started wearing a little bit of makeup again. I've tried a few different brands of foundation and found one I finally like - Jane Iredale PurePressed Base in Ivory. It's actually light enough and covers really well, which is a Godsend since I've also begun to notice fine lines (also not cool). I guess I'm going to have to start thinking about anti-aging products, too, before long. :/

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  45. I've just ordered some BB cream from South Korea. I have a hard time getting a good color match with drugstore brands, and I'm a little intimidated about going to Sephora and having them them match me, and then being sold a %75 foundation. Also, I've noticed that none of the brands say "full coverage" - they all advertise themselves as being "light" and "sheer." I'd really like to see my uneven skin tone get covered - that's the whole idea!

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  46. Thanks for the attribution! Wish to see your at the next review! I just bookmarked. :)

    - Jane
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  47. Hi Natalie,
    I loved reading this piece! Well written! :)

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