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, my skin 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:
Hands down my favourite drugstore foundation for pale skin: I use this daily, and always re-purchase as soon as it runs out. Read my full review of it here.
This is the same colour as the first foundation in this list, but with thicker coverage: read my review here.
My review of this wasn’t very positive, unfortunately: personally I think it’s a horrible foundation, but it IS possibly the palest one I’ve found, so it may be suitable for skin types other than my own. You can read my full review of it here.
Hands-down one of the best – and palest – foundations I’ve used. This was discontinued in the UK for a while, but now seems to be available again. Read my original review here.
I had really high hopes of this, having loved my previous Bobbi Brown foundation in this shade. Unfortunately, however, this “Alabaster” is much darker than the previous version, and I found it very yellow. It also has a dewy finish which didn’t work well with my skin: I looked like an oil slick every time I wore it! Full review here.
I was really excited when MAC announced they’d be releasing their popular Studio Fix Foundation in NW10 (and NC10), which is a shade lighter than their previous palest shade. NW15. NW15 was too dark for me, and while NW10 isn’t a perfect match, still being a little darker than I’d like, it’s definitely an improvement, and it makes a good day-to-day foundation. Read my full review here.
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 – read my review here.
Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation in RF105 and RF135 (£22)
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. This is what I use if I’m stuck for the right colour and I have to resort to a foundation that’s slightly too dark for me. RF135, meanwhile, is the next lightest colour Illamasqua do. I initially purchased RF120, which is very yellowish, and much too dark for me, but 135 is a much better match. This isn’t an easy foundation to work with, however: it’s very thick and very matt, and for that reason, definitely isn’t for everyone. (My review)
This foundation offers medium coverage with a bit of a dewy look to it, and also claims to lift the skin and erase wrinkles. Sadly, I see no signs of that happening, but the colour is as close to perfect as it gets for me. It also has SPF 20, which is always good news. Read my full review here.
I’m not a huge fan of powder-based foundations, but I do like BareMinerals, and found their foundation in ‘Fair’ to be a good match for my skin. I actually use this over liquid foundations sometimes on days when I need extra coverage. (My review)
Anyway! Enough about me! I know there are plenty of pale skinned people out there, so tell me: which are your favourite pale foundations? What’s the best foundation for pale skin?