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The Best Foundation for Pale Skin

By Ellie Child and 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 and pale beauty lovers are really quite fortunate in that respect. Deeper tones tend to struggle the most when finding the perfect shade, 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 leave 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 can match porcelain skin. So, say hello to flawless, natural-looking pigments and goodbye to mismatched foundations!

Discover the best foundation for pale skin, here at Cosmetify. Once you've found your perfect match, check out our concealers section to add even more flawless coverage to your visage!

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.

NARS Cosmetics All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation - Mont Blanc

NARS Cosmetics All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

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 let's not forget, the gorgeous radiant finish.

The Ordinary Coverage Foundation - 1.1P-Fair

The Ordinary Coverage Foundation

This is one of the bestselling foundations on the market and it’s not hard to see why. It provides a full coverage finish but has a lightweight formula which feels comfortable on the skin all day long.

Better yet, it comes in a wide variety of shades from fair to deep with a superb range of undertones. Follow their guide to find the perfect one for you. For fair makeup lovers with pink undertones, we suggest 1.1P-Fair.

Best foundation for pale skin with warm undertones:

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation - Almond

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

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!

Revolution Pro Foundation Drops - F2

Revolution Pro Foundation Drops

This super affordable option from Revolution Pro is a great one for everyone thanks to their range of undertones and shades. It has a water-based formula, which ensures a natural-looking finish. It’s also super easy to buff and blend across the skin. Simply use your fingertips or a clean beauty sponge to apply. We recommend pairing this one together with a hydrating primer to ensure an even longer style!

Best luxury foundation for pale skin:

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation - 0-Fair

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation

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. For an even more flawless result, finish off with a setting powder!

Stila Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer - Light 3

Stila Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer

Now this foundation truly is an indulgent treat for any makeup lover. Not only does it come with plenty of pale hues, but it also offers antioxidant protection to keep your face looking youthful and radiant.

The foundation has a medium to full coverage and is infused with a cocktail of vitamins and minerals to help you achieve a glowy, dewy effect.

Best drugstore foundation for pale skin:

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

L'Oreal Paris True Match Liquid Foundation With SPF & Hyaluronic Acid

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.

Rimmel Lasting Matte Foundation - 103-True Ivory

Rimmel Lasting Matte Foundation

This purse-friendly option from Rimmel boasts a velvet, matte finish that sits comfortably on the skin for up to 12 hours. It’s a great one for minimising the appearance of redness, blemishes and dark circles. Choose from an array of pale shades, including True Ivory and Alabaster.

Best foundation for pale oily skin:

bareMinerals Loose Powder Matte Foundation SPF 15 - 03-Fairly Light

bareMinerals Loose Powder Matte Foundation SPF 15

Are you a pale beauty who struggles with that classic mid-afternoon shine? Don’t panic. The bareMinerals Loose Powder Matte Foundation SPF 15 is specifically made for combo/oily skin types and minimises unwanted sheen with its 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.

MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation - NW10

MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

Another great option for oily skin types is MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation. The powder formula is a great way control excess shine, while blurring the appearance of pores for an airbrushed finish. Plus, it comes in plenty of shades and undertones so you can find the perfect match for your skin.

Best foundation for pale dry skin:

Armani Luminous Silk Foundation - 3.75

Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

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.

Natasha Denona Face Glow Foundation - 10 Neutral Fair

Natasha Denona Face Glow Foundation

Another radiant foundation for pale dry skin is this one from Natasha Denona. It has a hydrating formula, which helps smooth and soothe dry skin types. Plus, it comes in a range of shades that help enhance your complexion without feeling too cakey. Wear alone or mix with your moisturiser for a extra burst of hydration.

Best lightweight foundation for pale skin:

MAC Studio Face & Body Foundation - C4

MAC Studio Face & Body Foundation

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.

Milk Makeup Flex Foundation Stick - Fair

Milk Makeup Flex Foundation Stick

This popular foundation stick has a whopping 36 shades to choose from, meaning there’s a hue for every skin tone. It’s a great lightweight makeup option, which provides a beautiful natural finish. Simply swipe across areas you want to cover and blend with fingertips or a foundation brush.

Best full coverage foundation for pale skin:

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Foundation Makeup SPF 10 - 1W1 Bone

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Foundation Makeup SPF 10

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.

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation - Full-Size: 105

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

Of course, we have to mention Fenty Beauty. This long-wearing, full coverage foundation provides a flawless base for makeup that lasts all day long. Obviously there’s plenty of shade options on offer for both pale and darker skin tones, and you just know it blends like a dream.

Best cruelty free foundation for pale skin:

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Liquid Foundation - Ivory

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Liquid Foundation

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.

Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Luminous Matte Liquid Foundation - Angel Food 110N

Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Luminous Matte Liquid Foundation

Yet another indulgent, cruelty-free formula is the Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation. It has a full coverage, water-resistant, matte finish that helps blur blemishes, pores and imperfections. It also comes in a vast array of shades so everyone can find a hue to suit their skin tone.

Best foundation for pale acne prone skin:

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup - Fresh Ivory

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup

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.

Inika Certified Organic Liquid Foundation - Porcelain

Inika Certified Organic Liquid Foundation

This foundation has pale shade range and contains organic ingredients to minimise the appearance of blemishes. The all-natural and organic liquid formula is easy to blend and even easier to build up depending what look you want to create!

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.

Ellie Child

Written by Ellie Child

With five years’ experience under her belt, Ellie has worked alongside a range of highly regarded makeup artists, giving her a real insight into what consumers should be spending their money on.

Rebecca is a content writer with over three years’ experience and a keen interest in cosmetics. Cosmetify allows her to combine her blogging skills with her passion for beauty.

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