What’s the best foundation for pale skin?
As a pale-skinned redhead who doesn’t tan ever, I find myself on a constant search for the best foundation for pale skin. This can be a harder search than you might expect: with many beauty brands catering mostly to mid-tones, those of us at either end of the scale can find it tough to track down a foundation that won’t just make us look like we haven’t washed for a week.
I’ve tried many different brands in a bid to find the best foundation for pale skin, and the list that follows features just a few of the ones I’ve tried. Needless to say, these are just the products I’ve used myself, so the list is far from exhaustive, and I’m hoping some of you will help add to it by leaving your own suggestions in the comments. Before I start, I’m also just going to go ahead and state the obvious: that not all pale skin is pale is pale in exactly the same way, so what works for me may not work for you, and vice versa.
For reference, I have combination skin which is pale and freckled, with pinkish undertones. In MAC terms, I’ wear NW10, which isn’t quite perfect, but close. Here are a few of the foundations I use, or have used, instead, starting off with my current favourites:Read my review] Read my review]
This powder-based foundation is so pale it’s almost TOO pale. Almost, I said. It’s also a pretty great foundation, whether used on its on, or over liquid foundation for a full-coverage, flawless kind of look – read my full review of it here.[Read my review]
A yellow-based foundation, which is one of the palest I’ve found. This offers medium coverage, but unfortunately didn’t really work out for my skin, despite getting very positive reviews elsewhere. [Read my review]
Undaunted by my previous experience with NARS, I went on to buy their ‘Sheer Glow’ foundation instead, to see if the lighter formula would be better on my skin. And was it? Read my review to find out…Read my review] Read my review] Here’s my review.
More of the best foundation for pale skin…
Super-heavy coverage, which will disguise just about any flaw. RF105 is the pale faced girl’s secret weapon: it’s pure white, so it’s not something you’ll want to use on its own (unless you actually do work as a clown), but it’s ideal for mixing with other foundations to dial down the colour.
But enough about me.
I know there are plenty of pale skinned people out there, and I’ve had a lot of suggestions on the best foundation for pale skin from my readers over the year: seriously, the comments on this post (and each of the reviews links above) are WAY more helpful than anything I have to say, so don’t forget to take a look at them, especially if you’re pale in a slightly different way from me. Because, yes, contrary to what so many makeup brands seem to think, not all pale skin is exactly the same: mine, for instance, has pink undertones, and quite a few freckles, but yours may be completely different, although equally pale.