Foundation Lighteners: For the Fairest of Them All

Snow White might have been the fairest in the land, but I’m also guessing that bitch didn’t need foundation. If her alabaster skin needed some touching up, I’d tell her good frickin’ luck finding a foundation light enough for her pale complexion.

As most girls on either end of the skin tone spectrum know, foundation colors generally hover around the medium range, leaving poor ebony and ivory out of the mix. So what do you do when your skin is more fair than any foundation out there?

One word. Foundation lighteners….. Okay, two words. Foundation lighteners are exactly what they sound like. They lighten foundation. They are basically foundation but white-colored. Add a few drops to your too-dark foundation and BAM, personalized foundation pale enough for your honkey ass.

Here’s a list of the ones I know to be in existence, which makeup guru Lisa Eldredge also vlogged about here.

P.S. Most of these babies cost just as much as foundation. Be forewarned.

P.P.S. These aren’t huge sellers. So, most likely, you’re best bet of finding them will be ordering from them online directly. Ugghhhh shipping & handling costs.

Face Atelier
Ultra Foundation Pro
Zero Minus

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Price: $36
Size: 0.68 fl oz.
Retail: Their website OR Cult Beauty (FREE worldwide shipping!)

Rich Liquid Foundation
100 Pure White

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Price: $44
Size: 1 fl oz.
Retail: Their website


Manic Panic
Magic White Dreamtone Liquid Flawless Foundation/Skin Toner
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Price: $11.30
Size: Not available. Around 1 fl oz.
Retail: Their website OR Amazon (price may vary)
Note: This is the only one I’ve tried, but I think it works pretty well. I’ve read some bad reviews, but it does the job for me. It thinned out my concealer a bit, but it was effective at lightening it and still had the same level of coverage. And at a quarter the price of some of the others… it works for me!

Life’s Entropy
Foundation Elixir

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Price: $12
Size: Not available
Retail: Their website

Those are the four that I’ve found. Comment if you’ve found any others that work!

P.P.P.S. If you’re asking yourself why there aren’t any foundation darkeners in this list, that would be because…. there really aren’t any! Once again, the beauty industry lets us down. The Body Shop has shade-adjusting drops in light and dark, but this “dark” doesn’t really look all that deep. PRODUCT OPPORTUNITY! PRODUCT OPPORTUNITY! Dear baby Jesus, how long will it take companies to realize we don’t all have medium bronze skin.

4 thoughts on “Foundation Lighteners: For the Fairest of Them All

  1. Confession: I have totally bought Halloween white makeup to mix with my foundations! I was shocked that the quality of the makeup wasn’t half bad! 😛
    But I’m soooo happy that proper cosmetic companies are now offering shade adjusting colours!
    Illamasqua does offer darkening mixers:
    I got one of each to try out – they’re POTENT! A teeny tiny bit is all you need! They’re great because you can buy just one foundation colour and then tint that for your winter / summer shades.

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    1. That’s actually a great idea! Haha. I saw those mixers but wasn’t sure if they were really dark enough. I’m always skeptical. So it’s great to know you’ve personally tried them. Let’s hope other brands make more versions so we all have some CHOICE and aren’t forced by buy one brand for whatever price they decide to make their product. Womp womp 😦

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