Patrick you should really try and get to a store for your best match. i am of mixed race and i knew it would take some time to find a good match. The BE "artist" tried 5 different shades before realizing that 2 shades mixed together were best suited. so i paid double however i looks flawless close in color! Lots of beauty supply stores sell the full line of Bare Minerals foundations like Planet Beauty. Drop by your local mall and ask for a demo!
I suggest buying this from a store the first time, like Ulta. You definitely want to try this product BEFORE you buy it. I love it, but I also found that because of my darker complexion (I'm medium dark I think though anything darker applies as well) I'm able to use the foundation without anything else like the warmth. I bought my mineral blush (Yes you will need some) elsewhere.
I have the hardest time trying to match shades...even with the line across the jaw line trick. I'm light brown hair, blue eyes, and light skin (not porcelain pale). The medium is a little dark and when I put on really light it doesn't seem to have enough coverage. The medium beige seems to have better coverage but is too yellow. I typically wear a light/soft beige foundation, "fresco" in Estee Lauder. At the BE counter the girl said light, but the other girl said medium beige...so med beige is what they tried. I have a full size medium and a full size medium beige... I should order what...fair or fairly light? and mix what with what?... So far this has been an expensive venture and I don't have it right yet. Please help.