Mixing Foundations: How to get a Neutral Undertone

petek, oktober 03, 2014


I'm one of those "unlucky" women that has a neutral undertone as well as the fact that I'm super pale. Why do I say unlucky? Well, although I'm fond of my undertone, pretty much every company that makes foundations (especially the drugstore ones), makes them either yellow or pink, but almost no one does a neutral undertone, which is a crying shame. So even if you find a nice match in terms of how light the foundation is, the wrong undertone still makes the foundation look off.


So what do I do? The most obvious thing in the word - I mix one of my yellow foundations with a pink one and I get a perfect match for my skin. It's rather amazing when you find your perfect match for the first time, it looks astonishingly natural.
By the way, I find the easiest way to determine ones undertone is to look at the colour on veins on your wrist. Blue veins indicate a pink a.k.a. cool undertone and green indicate a yellow a.k.a. warm undertone. Mine are blue-green, therefore I have neutral undertone, but you can really tell what is your proper undertone the more foundations you try.


So here are my pale foundations according to their undertones (swatches and comparisons are in the reviews).

The yellow one:
BOURJOIS Healthy Mix Serum 51
Bourjois in general makes very yellow light foundations.

The yellow-neutral one (darkest in the bunch):
BOURJOIS 123 Perfect CC Cream 31 Ivory

The neutral one, but with a slight greyish tint:
MISSHA M Signature Complete BB cream #13
It's the palest shade I ever found and my best match.

The pink ones:
DIOR Diorskin Nude BB Creme 001

RIMMEL Match Perfection Foundation 010 Light Porcelain


I use Rimmel's Match Perfection in most combinations because due to a pink undertone, it makes the yellow foundation neutral as well as it's a super light foundation, so it also lightens the foundation (by the way, there are a few Rimmel foundations in 010 Light Porcelain shade). Even though, texture-wise it was never a foundation I liked, I've finished a bottle of it faster than any foundation before. The neutral Missha BB also helps the yellow foundation to be more neutral. Catrice's Nude Illusion in the lightest shade 010 Nude Ivory is another neutral foundation, however, it is darker and I have to mix it with a lighter shade.

My favourite combinations for my skin tone are Healthy Mix Serum with either Rimmel Match Perfection or Dior Nude BB Creme. The first combination creates a dewy foundation and the second a satin one. I also love the combination of Bourjois CC cream with Rimmel Match Perfection


Do you mix your foundations? Have a great day!

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18 comments

  1. Veš da nikoli nisem razumela tega z venami. Moje so včasih modre, nekje spet vijolične in vmes spet zelene. Je pa po pogledu na moj ten po telesu očitno, da imam zelo rumenkast ten oziroma poleti vleče nekako na zeleno. Tako, da včasih mi pozimi bolj paše kaj nevtralno, poleti bolj toplo. Ampak ko dodam še oranžkaste lase, vedno povleče vse na toplo:). Jaz tudi rada mešam svoje podlage, nisem pa sploh pomislila, da bi ustvarjala nevtralen ten z toplimi in hladnimi podtoni. Zanimivo:)

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    1. Jaz sem tudi dolgo gledala če so moje žile modre ali zelene. Vsak, ki sem ga vprašala je rekel drugače, kar mi je sicer zdaj kar logično glede na to da so ravno mešanica obeh. Sem pa najbolj pogrutala svoj podton, ko sem preizkušala različne pudre - rumen mi ni pasal, roza tudi ne, potem pa ko sem ju enkrat kar zmešala, mi je takoj postalo jasno, da imam nevtralni podton :) Čisti trial in error :) Moji lasje imajo pa hladen podton (srebrno-siv odblesk) pa oči imam sive, kar bi pomenilo, da imam roza podton, pa ga nimam.

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    2. Na koncu moraš res marsikaj pogledat, da ugotoviš. Jaz še vedno vztrajam, da je moj topel.:) Sem pa ravno danes kiksnila mojo barvo las - je skoraj temno rjava:/ Ah ja...bo treba počakat, da se malo izperejo.

      Imaš pa prednost, da ti potem vsi odtenki makeupa pašejo, če imaš nevtralen ten:).

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  2. I have the same problem. Being neutral is really plain bad luck.

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  3. Jaz imam Wake me up in ima tudi tista roza podton. Kar je super, lahko rade volje mešam pa še finish je glowy-satin :D

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    1. Samo Wake Me Up nima tako svetlega odtenka kot Match Perfection, right?

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    2. Ima ima, vsaj meni paše kot zelo svetel :D

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    3. Nikjer ga ne najdem :/ Damn.

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    4. Jaz sem, preden sem nad iskanjem pudra obupala :D :), ker sem ocenila, da bi me stalo malo premoženje, da bi našla primeren odtenek zase, sploh glede na to, da nimam ne rožnatega ne rumenega podtona in imam poleg tega še izjemno svetlo polt, na Asosu našla pet Rimmelovih pudrov v odtenku 010 Light Porcelain, tako da lahko tam najdeš Rimmelov Wake Me Up Foundation, Long Lasting Finish Foundation, Long Lasting Finish Nude Foundation, Match Perfection Foundation in Match Perfection Cream Compact v odtenku 010 Light Porcelain. :) Jaz imam isto kot ti Match Perfection Foundation in še Match Perfection Cream Compact v odtenku 010 Light Porcelain in sta mi oba preveč rožnata in pretemna, a sem slišala, da so drugi Rimmelovi pudri v odtenku 010 Light Porcelain drugačni, tako da je med njimi morda tudi kakšen, ki je manj rožnat in svetlejši. :)

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    5. Match Perfection sem kupila na Asosu, potem pa je izginil. A potem praviš, da zdaj je spet? Super, bom šla pogledat. Načrtujem pa nakup Rimmel Long Lasting Nude, ker je menda manj roza, pa upam, da je boljša formula od MP. Sem pa že našla odtenek na Boots International in Feel Unique.

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    6. Ja, na Asosu so vsi, edino da je v par primerih odtenek 010 Light Porcelain ločen od preostalih odtenkov. :/ :)

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  4. Hey Mateja!

    Brilliant. I had a breakthrough/epiphany reading your post (thank Googleness I found it); and having just bought a blender with a pink hue from Innisfree yesterday, to mix with my yellowy MAC foundation, I think my brain is catching up with my intuition.

    There is absolutely no perfect ready-made shade for neutral undertones (and my light to medium beige tone), that I've come across so far, be it low/mid/high/Euro/Asian-end! So really, bump up the keywords on this post so people can find it and be helped.

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    1. Hi,
      I'm glad you found my post useful. Honestly, I avoided posting this because I though it might sound too patronising and "Captain Obvious sounding" :) I guess, it was a good idea to share my experience and how I do things.

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  5. I have Healthy Mix serum 51 and on me it is soo yellow - can't stand it lately. So i think to bye Light porcelain from Rimmel and do the same u did :D My undertone is something between yellowish and neutral i guess so this might work for me as well :) I really love you blog, For porcelain girls like us is so hard to find the right shades of everything but it's good to know that there are other super pale skin like mine and your blog helping me a lot many times :) thank xx

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    1. I feel you :) I mix it all the time now, with Rimmel's Lasting Finish Nude 010 Light Porcelain, Manhattan's Easy Match in Soft Porcelain or Revlon Colorstay in 110 Ivory.

      I'm so glad you find my blog useful :) I'm really trying to find great pale foundations and share them with you :)

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  6. I just started mixing my foundations and my life has totally changed! I'm neutral, on the sliiiiightly pinky side. You solidified my decision to buy that missha bb cream, it's been in my amazon cart for a few weeks! (also, I know this is an old post, I just had to share haha)

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    1. I've been sticking to my method of mixing for years and I'm so glad it works for you too :) Missha is still one of the best shades I found and recently also Maybelline's Fit Me in 110 Porcelain :) It's the closest shade to neutral I found, but it's a bit yellow.

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