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Making Foundation Lighter For Pale Skin

It's an endless struggle having pale skin. It burns easily and finding a suitable foundation is as frustrating as it is impossible. Foundation, concealer, BB creams and CC creams are never light enough. Well, never in the affordable drugstore brands that is, and I'm not about to fork out $50 for a foundation. I mean, let's be real.
The only thing that worked for me was powder foundation, and I found a real great one. It was all fine and dandy until the day came when my powder ran out, and it was time to re-stock. Doesn't seem like a horrible thing does it?
Well, as my luck would have it, Target's NYX display is pathetic and wouldn't you know it? My shade wasn't there, for two weeks in a row. I had to make a desperate move. It wasn't a hard decision to make in reality. The powder cost $20 (ouch) while the liquid version was a whole 5 dollars cheaper. A whole 5 dollars! 
Here's how my logic saw it: if the powder worked so well, the liquid version of the same colour, should work just as well right? 
At first, the NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat liquid foundation in 04 Creamy Natural seemed promising. It was so close to my skin tone and it looked great. Until, it oxidised. Curse you, oxygen! A whole two shades too dark and $15 wasted.  

Or was it? I wasn't about to give up and throw it away just yet. If I could make this work, I could save money ($5 is a lot once you add it up.) With Google by my side and the products prepared I was ready to find my solution. 
Little did I know, I would find one that actually, worked.  
As with anything that's too dark, we needed to dilute. Primer + foundation. The winning combo.
Squeezing out the perfect amount of primer to cover my entire face, and half that amount of foundation, I mixed them together until completely combined. 

Taking my buffing brush, I began to apply the mixture to my entire face, making sure it was all blended and smooth. Waiting 5 minutes and taking a step back, I was ready to find out if it worked. 
Still only a tad darker than my skin tone (to be expected), it looked so great and matched up so much better. You could barely tell a difference. 

This means there's no need to prime before hand, and the foundation will last longer. Of course, it also means a lighter coverage, but you win some you loose some. 
Setting it with a translucent powder to finish it off can also lighten it further.  
This method worked the best and much better than mixing it with moisturiser. That, I found made it harder to buff into the skin and made the coverage even lighter. It's just a little too fiddly and unnecessary. 
With the primer, it feels, looks and acts more like a foundation. 

I can't tell you how stoked I was that this worked. I don't have to waste money and product, and the tube will last so much longer.
I just hope, oh I hope, that Target doesn't decide to be lazy with stocking this one up as well.
DIY tick of approval from me. 

Photos by Sheree Grace

- Sheree



  1. That's such a good idea. I darker foundations leftover from when I'm quite tanned, so this trick will help me use them in Winter!
    Tegan xx - Permanent Procrastination

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    1. Ohh yes, that's another way to use the trick, with stuff that once worked and then no longer did. Being savvy with makeup is the best!


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