I recently bought The Ordinary Serum Foundation 1.2Y shade, which means it’s part of the light yellow tones in the colour range. My skin does not naturally have yellow undertones. In fact, my skin is usually super white, with a lot of pink and often even quite red. There is a serum foundation by The Ordinary that caters for pink undertones, but here is why these tones are not for me:
I have mild rosacea, making my face look mostly ruddy. Sometimes it’s worse than others and sometimes it clears up and my complexion is porcelain again.
This skin condition makes it really difficult to get matched for foundation. Often I’ll find the sales assistant will match me with quite a dark cool tone, when really I’m usually the lightest shade (or close to it) with neutral or pink undertones.
Previously I’d use a colour correcting primer (my go-to primer was the green one from Barry M) but the rosacea was making me increasingly flaky, and I started to need a bit more in the way of texture correction from my primer, so I had to change.
I switched to a silicone based, clear primer which did nothing for my colour correction, but did smooth out my skin. I immediately found that the super light shades of foundation I owned were doing little to cover up my redness. I never go for full coverage foundation because it really doesn’t suit my skin type, so that wasn’t an option for me either.
The Ordinary Serum Foundation 1.2Y
I bought The Ordinary Serum Foundation 1.2Y because I’d heard it had a thin consistency, offered medium coverage and was buildable. It completely lived up to my expectations.
I went for a light shade with yellow undertones to correct the natural pinkness of my skin and used it with a clear silicone based primer to smooth out my flaky patches and large pores. I applied a small amount at a time, blending as I went. If I apply too much at once its very obviously yellow and goes streaky without blending well.
I think you can see well from the picture that it’s left me with a nice dewy finish, I don’t look particularly pink or overly ruddy, meaning the yellow has counteracted my redness, and my face looks pretty smooth (even though it’s really not).
Buying a different colour foundation to your natural skin tone can be a really effective way to colour correct if other products aren’t working well to do so. For overly pink and red complexions, yellow tones should help neutralise the redness. If your skin is looking a bit sallow and dull, a pinker tone will brighten and lift it slightly.
It’s totally possible to buy a foundation that doesn’t match your skin tone and end up with a better result than one that does!
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