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If you’re anything like me you have skin that is so pale it verges on translucent. Skin so pale that sunscreen with an SPF of at least 55 must be applied before any outing, and shopping for a foundation is like searching for a needle in about 20 haystacks. Finding foundation for pale skin is a difficult challenge.

Many foundations seem perfect at first, but after just a few hours of wear they begin to oxidize and turn darker than their original shade. I’ve spent many frustrating years seeking out the perfect product, and I think I’ve finally found one…well two actually. Let me tell you a little bit about them!

MAC Studio Fix Liquid Foundation in NW10
The first is from MAC. They’ve recently expanded their range of shades in the Studio Fix line to include some really light hues for the Edward Cullen lookalikes among us. I’ve tested out the NW10 – the lightest shade they have – and am incredibly happy with it. This foundation offers medium coverage, wears well all day while staying true to its original color, and sits nicely on the skin. If I wait for it to dry completely before setting it with powder it can usually last me throughout my busy 10-12 hour days. Though the lady behind the counter told me it’s a neutral, I would definitely say it has a peachy undertone.

NARS Sheer Matte Foundation in Siberia
The second is NARS Sheer Matte Foundation in ‘Siberia.’ This product is slightly thinner in consistency than the M.A.C, but it offers very similar coverage if layered and a lovely matte finish. Just like the MAC NW10 it looks quite neutral, but does have a bit of a yellow undertone. I opt for this foundation in the winter months when I am at my absolute palest.

I have classic combination skin; dry cheeks and an oily t-zone, and these formulas both work very well in keeping my skin looking matte and fresh all day long. Like I said, I usually stick with the NARS throughout the winter and switch to the MAC in the summer when my skin is a tad darker, but I also find that they can work well when mixed together. I just put equal amounts of both on the back of my hand to warm them up and then blend them together. I also tend to use the MAC Studio Fix as a concealer in the winter, as it covers imperfections wonderfully and better than any concealer I’ve tried.

Everyone’s skin is different, and so this may not work as perfectly for you as it does for me. I did just want to share in the hopes that it will help some of you with similar skin types to my own!

Have you found THE perfect foundation shade for your fair skin? Share it with us in a comment!

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Even the most flawlessly applied foundation can be ruined if it is not set properly, which I’m sure everyone’s experienced at some point or another. Between wet and dry powders, mineral powders, and setting sprays (many that suspiciously resemble water), it can be tough to find the right solution for your skin and makeup routine.

So, if you haven’t already met, let me introduce you to MAC Fix+. This is a product I’m rather new to, but one that I instantly loved after the first use. Before I purchased it I did read many online reviews from people who used it for various things. The majority use it as a setting spray, but others also use it as a makeup base, eye shadow primer, and skin refresher for the drier months. Some even apply it to their brushes before applying makeup, as they say it results in a smoother application.

I’ve tried it a few ways, but I found it really works best when used as it was meant to be used, as a final setting spray over foundation. I’ve been using it for about 2 weeks now and I love it. It does absolute wonders in keeping my foundation in place and helping to avoid that flat, over powdered look.

The only drawback to this product is the packaging. The first few times you use it the spray comes out in a lovely fine mist. However, after a few uses I did find that it clogs up and the spray comes out in heavier globs. It then takes a quick hard burst of spray to clear it out and then you’re good to go for another few sprays. That’s not ideal as it does waste a fair amount of product, but it is the best setting spray I’ve come across so far. I’ll live with it until I come across something better, and I will definitely re-buy.

Have you happened across the perfect setting spray? We’d love to hear about it, so please share with us in a comment!