Best Foundations For Pale Skin

best foundations for pale skinEvery skin type is beautiful, but unfortunately it can be tough to find a foundation that can suit your skin tone exactly.

Thankfully, makeup companies are getting better each year. I got a question from a reader recently who asked, “I have very pale skin, and I find it really hard to find good foundations for me; they are normally too dark for me. Any suggestions?”

I’ve actually got a lot of suggestions! Truthfully, BB Creams might be the safest bet for those with extra light skin – the common complaint about some BB Creams is that it’s too light, but they may work in your favor. (Check out Are BB Creams Bad For Your Skin? before proceeding, though.)

I’ve also searched around and found some that I think would be great:

Best Drugstore Foundations for Pale Skin

  • Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation “51 Vanille Clair”. Available at Amazon.
  • L’Oreal Infallible Foundation “015 Porcelain”. Quite hard to find these days but you can fint it at and Boots.
  • L’Oreal True Match Liquid Foundation “Light Ivory”. Available at Amazon.
  • Maybelline EverFresh Makeup “Ivory”. Quite hard to find but still available in Europe. Available internationally at Amazon.
  • Mary Kay Medium Coverage Foundation “Ivory 105″. Available at
  • Max Factor Lasting Performance “Fair 100″. Available at Amazon and Boots.
  • Maybelline Pure Makeup “Porcelain Ivory”. Available at Amazon.
  • Revlon Colorstay Makeup “110 Ivory”. Available at Amazon and Boots.
  • Rimmel London Match Perfect in “Light Porcelain”. Available internationally at Amazon.

Best High End / Department Store Foundations for Pale Skin

  • Bobbi Brown Luminous Moisturizing Foundation “Warm Ivory #1″. Available at Nordstrom and Amazon.
  • Clinique Superbalanced Makeup “Ivory 1″. Available at these stores that ship everywhere: Amazon and John Lewis.
  • Burberry Sheer Foundation “Trench No. 01″. Available internationally at Nordstrom and John Lewis
  • Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk UV Foundation “2 Ivory”. Available internationally at Nordstrom and Amazon.
  • Laura Mercier Oil Free Supreme Foundation “Porcelain Ivory”. Available at Sephora and Amazon.
  • Chanel Vitalumiere Fluid “20 Clair/Cameo”. Available at Nordstrom.
  • Lancome Renergie Lift Makeup “Lifting Porcelain”. Available at Sephora and Nordstrom.
  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 “NC15″ and “NW15″. Available internationally at Amazon.
  • Make Up Forever HD Foundation “115 Ivory”. Available at Sephora and Amazon.
  • Tom Ford Traceless Foundation “Alabaster 01″. Available at and Nordstrom.

To consider: Custom Blend Foundations

At a last resort (or if you really wanna go the extra mile!) there are custom foundations available, although it could be a bit hard to find and work with. There are 2 other options if you are looking for a more custom made, speciality foundation for pale skin. The first is Prescriptions Custom Blend, an online video service where they will custom make your perfect foundation as well as powder.

The next option is a DIY option, where you can make your own custom blend liquid foundation with Illamasqua, a UK makeup brand whose website ships all over the world. Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation in 01 is a pure white liquid, made to lighten their foundations. Pick one of the foundations (or any foundation from any brand, really) closest to your skin color and then add in a drop of their 01 white foundation and mix until you get your perfect shade.

I hope some of my suggestions will be the right fit for you. If you have any other recommendations for foundations for pale skin, please let me know and I will update the list.

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