Best Foundations For Pale Skin

best foundations for pale skinA reader recently asked about the best foundations for pale skin, which I thought would be great for a post.

I know how tough it can be to sometimes find a foundation that perfectly suits your skin tone, so my recommendation would be, if you can’t find an exact color match, you can always mix.

As a makeup artist, I mix foundation nearly every time I do makeup (this foundation is a great, affordable one to use and mix at home) because there reall is no “one color fits all” – and for foundations for pale skin, it can be tricky, especially as it depends on what undertones you have.

I have to say though, I’ve actually got a ton of suggestions for foundations for pale skin, and below are some of my suggestions.


Department store:

Or, you can mix your own! The next option is to get a lightening liquid that you can mix into your foundation to get your perfect color. You can try out The Body Shop’s Shade Adjusting Drops, a product where you can lighten your foundation – the best part is, it’s affordable! (Full review on that here.) Pick any foundation closest to your skin color and then add in a drop of their Lightening liquid and mix until you get your perfect shade.

I hope some of my suggestions will help out those looking for foundations for pale skin. If anyone else has more recommendations, please let me know and I will update the list.

P.S. Check out Best Foundations for Makeup Beginners and Should You Be Adding Oil to Your Foundation?

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  1. What I usually do is that with my MAC shade, I google a particular foundation like the Revlon Colorstay, for example, to MAC shade. So for me, it’ll be like Revlon Colorstay foundation to MAC NC30 and they’ll usually have results which tell you the corresponding shade(: That isn’t as good as actually swatching in stores of course but it might cut down on the workload heaps. Okay, I cheat heaps as well because my skin colour’s pretty damn similar to Roseanne so I usually wait for her to release a review stating the shade before I purchase lol. I hope that helps!

    1. Yes i agree too! Chanel has wonderful shades for pale faces.. the only problem is that the formula doesnt last in our weather in SG. Used to be my holy grail foundation and I repurchased so many times!

      1. To be honest I have not tested it in warm weather, it has sat unused on my dresser since I arrived in Los Angeles – I would hate to wear foundation in this sun! Also, I’m pretty sure I’ve tanned so much on my face it is no longer a colour match…

  2. Hi, I am pale, too.
    Shiseido has some very light shades, I00 for example. Clarins has 103 as the lightest shade in most countries.

    As far as Bobbi Brown is concerned, porcelain and alabaster are the lightest shades, Clinique also has alabaster in some of their foundations (ivory was too dark for me). And Nars has some very light shades, Siberia being one of them.

  3. Thanks Renee, great post! I have so much trouble finding foundation for my skin, the best I’ve found at the moment is Illamasqua Skin Base, it’s such a novelty using a foundation in shade 2 (even if shade 1 is pure white!)

    1. Hey, thanks girl! Hmm spray foundations, I am not sure what you mean? I am really behind, I have never heard of spray foundations, haha! These ones listed are all liquid though, hope it’s stil helpful. xx

      1. Hey no worries 🙂 A while back Dior had launched Diorskin Airflash Spray Foundation, which was really good 🙂 Yes still very helpful thank you 🙂

  4. The Make Up Store also has a great spectrum of colors – we had some pale girls who nearly died with joy because they were able to find a perfect shade. Best of all MUS is a fabulous brand so you can’t go wrong with them!

  5. Great tips and list of products. My sister has a pale skin and she is on a look out for a new foundation and these here are worth a try. Thank you

  6. Revlon “Nearly Naked” in Ivory is my favourite; I possibly like it even more than Colourstay 🙂 Its sheer but smoothes and covers over nearly all imperfections/pigmentation issues. The only extra concealor help I need is if I get one of those bog, mean, pimples, lol 🙂

  7. Another Tip for people with pale skin
    Rimmel London Foundation if porcelain is too light for you and ivory is too dark for you
    (This is the case for me) Light Porcelain is a saint!

  8. I’ve had to find another suitable foundation since both Lancome (to whom I’d been a loyal user since 1986) and Estee Lauder both discontinued the formulas and super pale shades I needed. I find NARS, Light2 “Mount Blanc” to be acceptable, but it lacks sunscreen. I’ll stay on the hunt.

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