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The Best Foundation for Pale Skin

By Rebecca Jenkinson - 1 year ago | Updated
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Now, don’t get us wrong – there is a huge range of foundations for pale skin, in fact, we’re really quite fortunate in that respect. Deeper tones tend to suffer the most, having the least amount of options to choose from (until Fenty Beauty came along and shook the game up, well done RiRi). However, for really pale guys and gals, you’ll probably find that even most brands’ ideas of fair are often a healthy looking tan, leaving you with that awful orange foundation line somewhere along your neck.

But don’t give up hope just yet! We put a range of foundations for pale skin to the test to see what brands are worthy of our porcelain skin. Say hello to flawless, natural-looking pigments and goodbye to mismatched foundations! Discover the best foundation for pale skin, here at Cosmetify.

1. NARS Cosmetics All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

Best foundation for pale skin with pink undertones:

Finding the right foundation is partly to do with figuring out the right undertone. Annoying, but oh-so-essential.

Those with translucent skin usually have pink undertones and a cooler complexion, which means avoiding warmer shades - otherwise get ready for that dreaded orange mask. A fantastic cool tone option is the NARS Cosmetics All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation in shade ‘Mont Blanc’. We absolutely adored the coverage, longevity and colour this formula provided. And lets forget, the gorgeous radiant finish.

NARS Cosmetics All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation - Mont Blanc

2. Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

Best foundation for pale skin with warm undertones:

If your pale skin has warm undertones, try to find foundations with yellow hues. The shade 'Almond' from Too Faced is a great option as it gives a warmer finish. Using moisturising ingredients, this iconic product helps give you a youthful radiant glow, while also reducing the appearance of pores and imperfections. Win-win!

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation - Almond

3. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation

Best luxury foundation for pale skin:

The Charlotte Tilbury Foundation is really reppin’ it for the high-end foundations. Sure, it comes at a higher price tag but boy, does it pay off. The selection covers cool, warm AND neutral fair tones, showing a real range of diversity for different pale-hued skin. With a full coverage and matte finish, this is an ideal foundation for the fairest of them all.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation - 0-Fair

4. L'Oreal Paris True Match Liquid Foundation with SPF & Hyaluronic Acid

Best drugstore foundation for pale skin:

Searching for an affordable, yet gorgeous pale foundation? Look no further than the L'Oréal Paris True Match Liquid Foundation. This is a medium-strength foundation with pale shades that can be built up to an evening look very easily. The formula is also enriched with nourishing ingredients and SPF 17 so you can feel luminous and protected all day long.

L'Oreal Paris True Match Liquid Foundation with SPF & Hyaluronic Acid - 0.5N Porcelain

5. L.A. Girl PRO.Matte HD Long Wear Matte Foundation

Best foundation for pale oily skin:

Are you a pale beauty who struggles with that classic mid-afternoon shine? Don’t panic. The L.A. Girl foundation helps minimise unwanted sheen and has a soft, suede-like finish. This is a makeup must-have and looks flawless from day to night. Choose from a wide range of lighter shades to find your perfect fit.

L.A. Girl PRO.Matte HD Long Wear Matte Foundation - Bisque

6. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Best foundation for pale dry skin:

If on the other end of the spectrum you have dry, dull skin, it’s time you try the must-have Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. This wonder product comes in various pale shades, which provide an out-of-this-world glow. Using light-reflecting particles it creates a silk-like finish which means no more dull days, only glowing ones.

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation - 3.75

7. MAC Studio Face and Body Foundation

Best lightweight foundation for pale skin:

You simply cannot go wrong with the MAC Studio Face and Body Foundation. This is a makeup bag classic for a reason. It has a lightweight, sheer coverage which gives you a gorgeous wash of colour. And thanks to the genius ingredients it enhances the skin texture whilst also providing a fantastic colour match. Build-up, buff and blend for a beautiful complexion.

MAC Studio Face and Body Foundation - C4

8. Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Foundation Makeup SPF10

Best full coverage foundation for pale skin:

You’ll never be stuck for shade choice with the Estee Lauder foundation. This buildable formula can be layered up to create the perfect full coverage finish. But the real star power is that it lasts up to 24 hours! Yep, you heard us right. Even when tested by heat, humidity and your busy diary, this foundation won’t budge a bit.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Foundation Makeup SPF10 - 1W1 Bone

9. Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Liquid Foundation

Best cruelty free foundation for pale skin:

Cruelty-free foundations don’t have to mean poor quality products. In fact, quite the opposite. This cruelty-free Hourglass foundation is an indulgent treat for your face. It effortlessly covers blemishes and imperfections, while creating a radiant, glowy finish. With a range of 32 shades, there’s a colour match for everyone and every occasion.

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Liquid Foundation - Ivory

10. Clinique Anti Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup

Best foundation for pale acne prone skin:

Although this foundation doesn’t have the widest shade range, the formula does help you conceal and smooth acne prone skin. It feels comfortable all day long, rather than cakey. And the innovative blend of anti-blemish ingredients ensures your skin feels super fresh by reducing redness and tackling future breakouts, which is a major win in our books.

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup - Fresh Ivory

And there you have it. No matter the occasion, there's a foundation to suit all your pale needs.

And just because we like to treat you, check out our guide to the best bronzers for a summer glow if you are looking for a little extra surge of warmth.