12 best foundations for people with pale skin
From Snow White to Elsa, these foundations have you covered no matter how fair your skin is.
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Finding a perfect match for your foundation is like finding true love – there are a lot of options out there but only one is really right for you. And honestly? You've got to kiss a few frogs before you find your prince. Unfortunately, the same goes with trying out new foundations.
If you have extra-fair skin, it can be a bit tricky. Every foundation range has about a million tan shades, but for people whose skin is either end of the spectrum, it's tough to find a match.
If you've got darker skin, check out our guide to the best foundations for you here – but if you've got pale skin, read on!
Fenty Beauty was undoubtedly the runaway hit of 2017, and the brand's launch sparked a huge push for a more inclusive range of shades.
It's safe to say that while it definitely caters to darker-skinned customers, Fenty Beauty does not disappoint when it comes to those who are extra pale, too.
The foundation is described as a "soft matte, longwear foundation with buildable medium-to-full coverage", and that's exactly what you're getting.
You can purchase the Fenty Beauty "Pro Filt'r" foundation at Sephora.
Illamasqua "Skin Base" foundation is definitely what you'd call a realism foundation – buildable coverage that actually looks like real skin is hard to come by!
The palest wearable shade is the 02, which is a neutral-toned pale shade, but there's also a pure white shade in the range that you can use for mixing if it's still too dark.
Alternatively, you can use the white shade as a highlighter, because any pale person knows that highlighters sometimes match your skin better than any foundation.
You can purchase Illamasqua at ry.com.au.
If there's one foundation that gives new meaning to the words "full coverage", it's the Marc Jacobs "Re(marc)able" foundation concentrate.
Let us assure you, a little goes a very long way with this foundation, so don't be discouraged by the smaller amount in the bottle (22mLs).
All you need is a drop or two to cover your entire face. Apply with a dense brush and make sure you really buff it in.
As drugstore foundations go, this is definitely one of the palest on the market.
Maybelline's "Fit Me!" Matte and Poreless foundation has a smooth, matte finish (shockingly enough) and reportedly contains micro-powders that reduce the appearance of pores.
It's suitable for anyone with combination to oily skin, so if that's you then you're lucky enough to be able to wear this foundation comfortably.
If you've got pale skin, chances are that someone has recommended you try the Kat Von D "Lock-it" tattoo foundation – and there's a good reason for it.
One of the biggest names on the market, Kat Von D Beauty is known for catering to her pale clientele (especially given how pale Kat Von D is herself!).
This foundation has a buildable formula and a velvety texture, and as with all Kat Von D products it is totally cruelty-free.
You can purchase the Kat Von D "Lock-it" tattoo foundation from Sephora.
One of the palest foundations on the market, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD foundation in Alabaster is a popular choice for that truly ethereal look.
The foundation is designed to hold up under intense studio and filmmaking lights, so you can be sure that you'll look absolutely flawless for any event you may have on.
It gives medium to buildable coverage, but it doesn't feel as heavy on the skin as you'd expect for the formulation.
If you're after a full coverage foundation that has SPF15 and a flawless finish, you're definitely going to want to consider Lancome's "Teint Idole Ultra 24H" foundation.
It's a velvety matte texture on the skin, and is formulated with EternalSoft technology that reportedly keeps your skin shine-free for up to 24 hours.
If that hasn't convinced you, the foundation is also said to be transfer-proof and is oil-free, so it suits people with combination to oily skin types.
You can purchase the Lancome "Teint Idole Ultra 24H" foundation from Adore Beauty.
Hourglass is definitely one of the more high-end options on this list, so if you're in the market for something a little more luxe, this is the foundation for you.
It's also the only stick foundation included here, so the formulation and finish is a bit different from the others.
The stick melts into the skin creating a long-wearing full coverage look, and can also be used for concealing, highlighting and sculpting in a pinch.
Now, if you haven't heard of the Born This Way Foundation, you've really been underground because it's easily one of the most-talked-about foundations of the last few years.
There's only one slight problem. In Australia, the shade range only extends to Porcelain, which isn't actually as pale as the name may lead you to believe.
In order to get the shade Swan (the true lightest shade) you'd have to order one from the US or UK and use a freight forwarding service to get it here. But you know what? It's worth it.
If you want to give a darker shade a try, Too Faced's range is available at Cult Beauty.
The Tarte "Shape Tape" concealers are holy grail products for almost every beauty YouTuber and Instagrammer out there, and let us assure you that the foundations are just as good.
You can get them in two different formulations (hydrating and matte) depending on your skin type, and although we've personally only tried the hydrating formula, we're big fans.
The coverage is buildable and applied directly onto the skin with the same doe-foot applicator as the concealer. If you'd like to read our full review on this foundation, you can find it here.
At the moment, Tarte "Shape Tape" foundation is available from Tarte.
Huda Beauty was the second brand to release a huge range of foundation shades (following the Fenty launch), and you can be sure that that extends to the pale shades too.
Milkshake is the palest shade in the range, and it's a super-velvety formula that aims to make you look as if you've got a Snapchat or Instagram filter on in real life.
This airbrushed look is no joke – you really do look smooth and sleek when you use this foundation, and it gives full coverage so you don't have to worry about problem areas.
You can purchase the Huda Beauty "Faux Filter" foundation from Sephora.
Last but not least, the Rimmel "Match Perfection" foundation is an affordable and effective option for pale-faced people on a budget who still want smooth, full coverage.
It's hydrating on the skin and gives a dewy finish that you may not have expected from a budget foundation.
It is buildable in coverage but the real bonus is that it has SPF30, which makes it a smart choice if you're heading out into the sun for the afternoon.
Best YouTube channels for pale skin makeup
Here's the thing: I'm as pale as pale can be. So when I tell you that these channels can genuinely help you find the right colours, products and looks for your skin tone, I know what I'm talking about.
These YouTubers know what's up, so you're bound to find a look for every occasion, and a tip for every dilemma.
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