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The Best Foundation for Pale Skin

By Ellie Child and Rebecca Jenkinson - 3 months 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.

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 color this formula provided. And let’s not forget, the gorgeous radiant finish.

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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.

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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 moisturizing ingredients, this iconic product helps give you a youthful radiant glow, while also reducing the appearance of pores and imperfections. Win-win!

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Revolution Conceal & Hydrate Foundation - F5

Revolution Conceal & Hydrate Foundation

This super affordable option from Revolution is a great one for everyone, thanks to their range of undertones and shades. It utilizes the likes of hyaluronic acid within its formula that ensures a natural-looking finish for effortlessly chic results. Better still, it’s also super easy to buff and blend across the skin! Simply use your fingertips or a clean beauty sponge to apply.

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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, it pays 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.

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Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Soft Radiance Foundation SPF 50 - 0.3 Silk Ivory

Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Soft Radiance Foundation SPF 50

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 SPF protection to keep your face safe in the sun.

The foundation has a medium to full coverage and is infused with hyaluronic acid to help you achieve a glowy, dewy effect.

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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.

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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 minimizing the appearance of redness, blemishes and dark circles. Choose from an array of pale shades, including True Ivory and Alabaster.

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Best foundation for pale oily skin:

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

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

Are you a pale beauty who struggles with that classic mid-afternoon shine? Don’t panic. The L.A. Girl foundation helps minimize 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 that 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 moisturizer for an extra burst of hydration.

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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 color. And thanks to the genius ingredients included, it enhances the skin texture whilst also providing a fantastic color match. Build-up, buff and blend for a beautiful complexion.

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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 that provides a beautiful natural finish. Simply swipe across areas you want to cover and blend with fingertips or a foundation brush.

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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.

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Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation - 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.

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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 color match for everyone and every occasion.

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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.

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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.

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bareMinerals Blemish Rescue Foundation

bareMinerals Blemish Rescue Foundation

This foundation has pale shade range and contains salicylic acid to minimize the appearance of blemishes. It also contains a blend of zinc, sulfur, kaolin clay and phytosphingosine which helps purify your pores and prevent future breakouts. The powder formula is easy to blend and even easier to build up depending what look you want to create.

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

If you're looking to add a little extra warmth to your complexion, check out our range of bronzers for a subtle post-holiday glow.

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.