Pale Foundation Routine for Less than £10 / Charley Lucy



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Pale Foundation Routine for Less than £10

I have always been pale. Even in this 30 degree heat and - albeit occasional - scorching sun. I am still pale. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate my paleness, except when it comes to buying anything skin tone. And I am not just talking make-up here guys, it's everything - tights for example, fake tan - let's just say I tried it once and Umpa Lumpas got nothing on the way my skin lights up. Beauty wise however, there are whole ranges I have to steer clear of simply because of my skin tone. On the bright side, it makes shopping a little easier, I make a bee line for the palest product and if it doesn't match then I can just move straight on - there's never, EVER any deciding between two shades. Sound familiar anyone?

Don't get me wrong, there ARE products out there meant especially for those cursed with the vampiric skin - and no, I don't mean the sparkly kind! But the problem is they usually cost a bomb (or a kidney) to buy! So here are my top three bargain beauty products especially for us pale people.

#1 Foundation - NYC All Day Long Foundation in 737 Classic Ivory - RRP £2.99
This, and I cannot stress this enough, took me FOR-EV-ER to find. I'd tried everything. We're talking Revlon to Stila to Maybelline to Rimmel, EV-ER-RY-THING, I even found most BB creams and tinted moisturiser too dark to handle. Prior to discovering this little beauty I was using Collection 2000s Lasting Perfection Foundation in the shade Ivory 002, mainly because no where in the UK I could stumble across stocked the lightest 001 shade.

I've been using NYC's All Day Long Foundation in the shade 737 Classic Ivory for about 2 months now, and I still have just under half a pot left. It comes in an easy to use pump, each time you pump some out the bottom of the packaging rises so you can see exactly what you've got left so you know exactly when to buy a new pot, you'll never be left without foundation again! The coverage is light-medium and it lasts over 7 hours shifts at work - what more could you want? And so far, it hasn't broken me out. Overall, thumbs up.

#2 The Concealer - Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer in Shade 1 Fair/2 Vanilla - RRP £4.19
This has been my swear-by concealer for what must be the best part of 4 years. Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer in either the shade 1 Fair or 2 (which I think is Vanilla). I find both to be incredibly long lasting and give great coverage. Sometimes I even find Fair 1 to be a little pale on my skin so I mix them together. I'll even just go out wearing this rather than applying my foundation. The one I'm currently using I bought over 2 months ago and it's still going strong with just under half a tube. The only criticism I have about this range is I find the writing on the packaging to come off really easily in my handbag, which is annoying when you're trying to remember what the product's called. Other than that I love this and I'd highly recommend it!

#3 The Powder - Collection 2000 Pressed Powder in 18 Ivory - RRP £1.99
Probably the palest of the lot is Collection 2000s Pressed Powder in the shade 18 Ivory. It looks almost white in the pot. I originally purchased this to combat the orange effects of my foundation a couple of months ago. I have semi-oily skin and it's great for clearing the sheen before I leave the house, it lasts a fair time but I do often find I'll need to re-apply it throughout the day.

That's your entire foundation routine's worth of make-up for less than a tenner!

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