Let me start off by saying that I know that if you have red or pink based skin tones that yellow based foundation is SUPPOSED to even out the skin color, but it just doesn't work for me. I have tried many colors of yellow and neutral based foundations, and none of them look natural. I have to blend WAY down my neck to get them to blend in. I'm getting really tired of doing this and would really like to find a color to actually match my face.
My cheeks are a little too red for my taste, but I actually like the pink tone to the rest of my face. It looks good on me, and I'm tired of covering it up. I just want to even it out (and cover up acne)
I have tried MAC foundations on in the store, and they looked ghastly on me. I think the makeup artist tried on NC20 and NW20. One looked orange and the other was way too beige. I do have the face and body foundation in N1, but again, it's too yellow/orange toned for me (and it's a little dark now that it's winter). I got it because it is sheer enough that I can still see my skin tone through it, and it doesn't look like I have a mask on. Since I have been inside all winter, my skin has lightened up considerably, but I'm still not completely porcelain pale.
I tend to prefer a light to medium weight liquid foundation because I have dry combo skin, but I would be totally willing to step outside my comfort range and at least try a powder or mineral foundation if they have it in a skin tone that works for me. I don't care if it happens to be a "cheap" brand; in fact I almost prefer it.
I would love it if you ladies (or guys for that matter) could help recommend a brand that has a suitable range of red/pink toned foundations. Thanks!