It’s probably the undertone! the N117 foundation from MUFE is under the neutral category which is in the middle between pink and yellow undertone. Usually those with pale/fair skin have pink or neutral undertones :)
Oily skin can also cause foundations to oxidize and turn orange so if you have oily skin that may also be your problem.
Unfortunately you can test out drugstore foundations in store like high end foundations so i’d recommend buying from a drugstore that accepts open/used returns like Walgreens & Rite Aid if you need to keep exchanging for different shades. Or you can buy a higher end one and find your perfect shade in store.
Revlon Photoready makes a few fair shades without strong yellow undertones
To be extra sure you have the right undertone you can try Loreal’s foundations. They make the original True Match which is a little more matte and the True Match Lumi foundation more for dry skin or if you want more of a luminous finish. Both are great drugstore foundations and are separated by undertone C (cool/pink), N (neutral) and W (warm/yellow).
It’s really personal preference! There is no correct way of applying makeup :)
Some people argue putting on concealer before foundation causes them to use less foundation and vice versa putting on foundation first causes them to use less concealer.
In my opinion i’d rather use a thin layer of foundation then go in with concealer to cover anything else that my foundation didnt. Usually concealer is thicker and can look more cakey so I like to use as little concealer as possible.
Plus when applying concealer then foundation, the blending of the foundation would just move around and take away all of the concealing you just did. Unless you just patted the foundation on with no blending.
And lastly I like to apply concealer in a triangle shape under my eyes because I like to keep the under eye area bright and applying foundation after would take away some of the brightening I just did :)
The ideal order of face/base makeup application would be
- Primer (optional)
- Foundation/BB Cream/Tinted Moisturizer
- Concealer (under eyes and blemishes)
- Translucent Powder (to set everything, can also be used over foundation in replace of pressed powder)
If youre using cream products like cream blushes and bronzers then you would use them before powder and/or skip on the powder or use a translucent powder so you don’t cover up the cream products you just used.
You can also use a setting spray as the very last step. I prefer to use setting spray before translucent powder because sometimes setting sprays can add a bit too much dewyness for my liking so translucent powder mattifies it down. I also use a setting spray before foundation sort of like a spray on primer.
As for your concealer problem try
- Using a light weight concealer because they wont be as heavy and look cakey. Thicker concealers settle into fine lines because they sink into the skin instead of sitting on top of the skin. (personal fav is Maybelline Under Eye Dark Circle Eraser Concealer)
- Use an eyeshadow primer under the eyes. Just like how it prevents eyeshadow from creasing it will prevent your concealer from creasing!
- Take a small fluffy eyeshadow blending brush and apply translucent powder under the eyes. The smaller brush keeps the powder in the under eye area and really gets into the area to set it so it doesnt crease. Sometimes if you use a bigger brush you won’t get powder in the fine lines.
I really recommend Estee Lauder Double Wear! $35 at Nordstroms or Macys
The formula is a little more thin and runny than a lot of other full coverage foundations so it feels and look lighter on the skin. Plus it’s the long lasting foundation i’ve ever used!
Also check out my post on how to not look cakey here. A lot of factors besides your foundation can cause you to look cakey, so hopefully this will help :)
Good luck love! I struggled with cystic acne, scars and oily skin all through out high school so I know how annoying it can be. If this helps at all, going on birth control really helped me because my acne was hormonal!