15 October 2009

Ask An Artist: Foundation Shades Part II

"I've researched online and seen the swatches of RF 215, 205 and 240. 205 looks like the right base of a yellow warm tone although I'm darker that than. Shade 215 looks good but I'm just worried about it being too pink/cool for my skintone (I'm of asian descent). So that's my only worry with this shade. Thanks for your help - Janice."

Halimah, who some of you may know is a freelance artist for Illamasqua, has recently joined the Illamasqua Head Office team, so I now have her infinite product and cosmetic knowledge on tap, yay! I've asked for her help in answering this question...

"Below, I've swatched the foundations on my face. I have swatched both the Rich Liquid Foundation and the Cream Foundation as the colours vary slightly on the skin with the

I have a light asian skintone. I would recommend that you go with the Rich Foundation in a 215 - there are slight pink tones in this shade, but overall it's a good, warm beige shade suitable for asian skins.

For your reference, from left to right: 210, 240, 215 and 205.

With the Cream Foundations, which are a brilliant texture for everyday or evening due to the
buildable coverage, I would perhaps say the 240 would be a good match. Like you said, you
could always mix it with a slightly lighter shade during the winter months or use it more sparingly - or why not try using it with the Satin Primer for a healthy glow [which we all need in Winter!]

From left to right is 205, 210, 215 and 240.


  1. thanks for the swatch think 205 should match my pale tone!

  2. Hi, its me again...
    It's been a month and I still can't decide which shade to buy that will suit me well... *sigh*
    I'm a medium (tan) girl with golden-olive undertones. For reference, I'm using MAC NC37 in winter & MAC NC40 in summer. I really need some advice since we don't have an Illamasqua store in my country. I have to purchase it on line, so, go figure....
    Is RF240 perfect for my shade? Or maybe RF320??
    I really, really, reeaaalllyy need your helpppp.... Thanks!


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