10 April 2012

Foundations for Pale Skintones

You know that moment when you've finally found a foundation that matches you skin colour perfectly and you buy it immediately.Then when you get home you can't wait to try it out - only to find it doesn't match your skin at all. The colour is too dark, you feel disappointed and hide the foundation away in the hope you can at least use it when/if you get a tan this summer. Finding a foundation shade to suit you is hard enough without the added chore of finding one light enough. When i'm scouring the make up aisles in Boots I automatically head for the lightest shades of foundation. I know a lot of people can relate to this; so I wanted to compile the foundations I own which I think will be suitable for paler skintones! 
Light foundation shades swatched and compared. Photographed in order below.


The palest shade I own is this one by GOSHcalled X-ceptional Wear in Porcelain 11. The foundation has a medium coverage, dewy finish and stays on the skin. 
Some brands definitely seem to cater more for paler skintones. I would recommend checking out Collection 2000, GOSH and Revlon. I think MAC, Rimmel and 17 don't have a great diversity of lighter shades.

Embrace the pale look, but if you like a bit of colour opt for a tinted moisturiser for a instant boost. Or some trusty fake tan will do the job nicely, check out my post on fake tan here if your looking for one! 

Hope you have found this helpful, do let me know if you have any questions . What foundation do you recommend for pale skin?
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27 comments:

  1. i love revlon colorstay. has to be my favorite drugstore liquid foundation!

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    1. same here, i have been using it for years! Currently on the hunt for a new one now x

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    2. I wish I could use the Ganier BB cream, my skin is way to pale for all these "budget" foundations :(

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    3. Personally I consider colourstay to be a real personal horror story, no matter which formulation it just looks dull and very obvious on the skin, even though it has great coverage.. I do however love this blog post since I'm exactly NC15 and prefers dewy finishes..

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  2. Great post - Max Factor sell some uberpale foundations x

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    1. thanks jenny, will have to check them out! x

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  3. This is so useful, I'm a casper and struggle to find a foundation pale enough but when you do it's a miracle! xo

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  4. What's the coverage like on the Collection 2000 Colour Match? I bought the lasting perfection one in 1 Vanilla and it was so orange on me,very disappointed even though it's the lightest the second shade is lighter :)

    xxx

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    1. coverage is medium, yeah you have to swatch all the shades to find a perfect one! x

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  5. This is such a useful post! I'm a ghost too and I really like Bobbi Brown foundations in Alabaster and Estee Lauder in Shell. I think I'll be checking out the Collection and Revlon ones! xx

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    1. yeah i like estee lauder i think i'm 'ecru' with them. Need to invest in a bobbi brown foundation x

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  6. Great post! I love the Bare Minerals foundation in light - it really blends and matches my skintone well!

    Em
    x

    http://emberdrake.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. I'm super pale too, with yellow undertones, and I use Lancome Teint Miracle - they have a good selection for pale skin, I find, and a half-decent selection for dark skins too, considering that the vast majority of companies don't bother with foundations for darker skin!
    S xx

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    1. Yeah i definitely think people with darker skintones have a harder time finding a foundation! x

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  8. im so pale too! and i use liz earle skin tint in bare :) its the only one ive managed to find thats really good and doesnt leave me looking orange! i might have to try out a few of these :) x

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  9. I'm paper pale and have the hardest time finding shades that work for me I ended up going with MUFE HD in 110 Pink Porcelain I like these shades you have here I'm going to have to look some of them up!

    -Ash
    Beauty Flawed

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  10. I've had this problem so many times and it's so frustrating! Thank you for the great post full of options. I've used the Revlon foundation and the Olay one looks nice. I've actually found one that's perfect for my skin tone - CoverGirl Natureluxe!

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  11. I have quite pale skin and struggle to find decent foundations that don't make me look like an orange! I have the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation to have quite a nice range of light shades and have really been loving the Garnier BB Cream.

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  12. I've been using Revlon Colorstay for almost a year now, and I found that I actually match Buff *and* Ivory (the lightest shade) pretty well at any time, which is rare! Lovely post, especially since so many of us pale girls have trouble finding good foundations! :)
    colormeloverly.blogspot.com

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    1. the best bit of blogging is reading all the comments after, so happy other girls can relate to this! x

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  13. I'm super pale too so feel your pain in finding the right colour.
    I had the GOSH one for a while and really liked it.
    I'm currently using the new Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation which is nice, smells lush and has sort of sparkles in it!
    JS xx

    http://januarysublime.com

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    1. I'm using it too :) i got 'true irovy' but even thats a bit too dark! x

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  14. such a good review, your blog is just so lovely, keep up the good work, ill be visiting again very soon :)

    http://haveapeekinsidemywardrobe.blogspot.co.uk/
    xxx

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  15. Thanks for this review! I'm also really pale, MAC NC15 is way too dark and orange for me.
    I'm really happy with Bobbi Browns Skin Foundation in Porcelain. It's the perfect shade and the coverage is light to medium which is perfect if you have freckles :D
    The GOSH foundation looks quite good here, I'll definitly search for some comparisons.

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  16. I also have difficulty finding a foundation light enough. Here is a link to the swatches I have on my blog. I hope that it is helpful!

    http://imoffendeddotdotdot.blogspot.com/2012/04/pale-face-finding-foundation-when-you.html

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  17. Great post! I'm really pale and find it hard to find a foundation which doesn't leave me looking orange.

    For the last 2 or so years I have been using Bobbi Brown in the shade Porcelain which is a good match.

    Lisa, xx

    www.pearlsandpyjamas.com

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  18. Thanks! Very useful! I think its so bad how hard it is to find a pale foundation! xx

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