Buying makeup for pale skin can be really difficult, as most foundations, bronzers and even blushers can come up too dark and make our faces look different colours to our bodies.
As a girl with super pale skin even in the summer, I know just how hard it can be to find makeup that suits snow white complexions. However, having tried a lot of brands (and products!), I can safely say that there is makeup out there that caters for pale girls and enhances complexions beautifully.
Foundation For Pale Skin
Finding the right foundation for pale skin can be really difficult as many foundation shades are simply not light enough to perfectly match very pale, porcelain skin.
The first step in finding your perfect foundation is knowing your undertone. Although you have pale skin, you cannot simply opt for the palest shade available in your favourite foundation. Many of us with pale skin have a pink undertone to our skin whereas others have a slightly warmer, more yellow undertone. Once you have identified your undertone, you can go on to find a foundation which perfectly matches your skin tone.
- MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation
- Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Foundation
- NYX Total Control Drop Foundation
1. MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation
With such a vast shade range, the MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation is a wonderful base product to use if you want to create a long-lasting, soft matte complexion. The oil-free foundation helps to control shine whilst blurring imperfections for a beautiful, flawless base.
Lancôme Teint Visionnaire Skin Perfecting Foundation and Concealer 30ml4.43 Stars 7 Reviewsfrom£40.00
Estée Lauder Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF10 30ml4.5 Stars 20 Reviewsfrom£32.50
Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Perfectly Satin 24HR Makeup SPF15 (30ml) (Various Shades)4 Stars 4 Reviews£30.00
2. Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Foundation
Create a dewy, natural finish with the Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Foundation, a long-wearing foundation which adds serious glow and luminosity to the skin. The ultra lightweight foundation glides over your complexion, offering semi-sheer coverage which looks just like skin. The perfect light base for even the most fair skin.
RMS Beauty 'Un' Cover-Up Concealer (Various Shades)4 Stars 4 Reviews£28.00
benefit Fake Up Concealer - 014.36 Stars 25 Reviews£22.00
benefit Erase Paste - Fair (4.4g)4.31 Stars 13 Reviews£22.00
3. NYX Total Control Drop Foundation
Create your perfect base with the NYX Total Control Drop Foundation. Apply one thin layer for a barely-there, sheer finish or build up for a high coverage, flawless base which lasts all day long.
Top tip: If you have very pale skin, try mixing the Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation in the shade 01 into your favourite liquid foundation to create your perfect shade.
RMS Beauty Living Luminizer Highlighter4.75 Stars 8 Reviews£30.00
Daniel Sandler Watercolour Fluid Blusher 15ml (Various Shades) - Cherub4.36 Stars 55 Reviews£16.50
benefit Posietint 10ml4.84 Stars 19 Reviews£25.50
Concealer For Pale Skin
Dark circles and uneven pigmentation are often more noticable on pale complexions. Finding the right concealer which perfectly matches your skin tone and brightens up any dull areas is the perfect way to create the illusion of a flawless complexion.
Whether you prefer a lightweight, brightening concealer or a heavy-duty creamy product, finding your perfect skin-flattering shade is essential.
- Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer
- By Terry Touche Veloutée Liquid Concealer
- EX1 Cosmetics Delete Fluide Concealer
1. Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer
Conceal and cover dark circles and imperfections with the iconic Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer. The rich creamy formula comes in a wide range of shades to help to completely cover the appearance of any discolouration on the skin. With a slightly peachy undertone, the Creamy Concealer works wonders for counteracting any dark circles under the eyes, particularly on pale skin.
bareMinerals Lovescape bareSkin Sheer Sun Serum Bronzer 30ml3 Stars 3 Reviews£20.80
Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronzing Tint 30ml5 Stars 2 Reviews£23.60
Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Curvy Contour 6g4.39 Stars 23 Reviews£21.00
2. By Terry Touche Veloutée Liquid Concealer
Perfect for on-the-go application, the By Terry Veloutée Liquid Concealer illuminates and conceals, gliding effortlessly over the skin to deliver matte, crease-free coverage. 1 - Porcelain is the perfect shade for those with very pale skin as the skin-flattering shade blends beautifully into the skin for a barely-there finish.
bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss - Various Shades (4.5ml)4.67 Stars 12 Reviews£13.60
Lancôme Juicy Shaker Lip Gloss5 Stars 8 Reviewsfrom£19.50
Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick 0.12 oz (Various Shades)4.57 Stars 14 Reviewsfrom£26.00
3. EX1 Cosmetics Delete Fluide Concealer
The EX1 Cosmetics Delete Fluide Concealer in shade 0.1 is a dreamy concealer for super pale skin tones. Rich in pigment and creamy in formula, the Delete Fluide blends effortlessly, delivering high coverage without feeling heavy or cakey on the skin.
Blush For Pale Skin
Many of us with very pale skin can often shy away from blush as it can often look too bold and stark on very fair skin. Finding the perfect shade to flatter very fair skin is essential in finding a blush which truly looks like a natural flush on your skin.
If this is your first venture into blush, opt for a sheer wash of colour with a cream or liquid blush rather than a richly pigmented powder.
- Daniel Sandler Watercolour Fluid Blush - Cherub
- Stila Convertible Colour Dual Lip and Cheek Cream - Gerbera
- Perricone MD No Blush Blush
1. Daniel Sandler Watercolour Fluid Blush - Cherub
Add a pop of colour which looks just like skin and lasts all day with the Daniel Sandler Water Colour Fluid Blush. Enriched with Jojoba and Vitamin E, the ultra-smooth formula glides over your skin leaving a beautiful, natural flush. The shade Cherub is a beautiful soft pink shade which flatters even the most pale of skin tones.
2. Stila Convertible Colour Dual Lip and Cheek Cream - Gerbera
The Stila Convertible Colour Dual Lip and Cheek Cream in the shade Gerbera is a dreamy multi-use product for very pale complexions. The creamy product glides effortlessly onto the cheeks and lips, adding a fresh, natural-looking peachy glow to your skin.
3. Perricone MD No Makeup Skincare Blush
Perricone MD make beauty products that simply enhance your complexion. Light on pigment, the Perricone MD No Makeup Skincare Blush adds a healthy flush of colour to the cheeks which perfectly flatters even the most fair skin tones. Adapting to your skin tone and texture, the No Blush Blush beautifully natural.
Bronzer For Pale Skin
Second to foundation, bronzer is the one of the hardest makeup products to buy for when you have pale skin. Many bronzers are very dark and often orange-based which simply does not flatter very light skin complexions. The trick is to find a light, neutral bronzer which warms up the complexion without pulling too reddish or orange on your pale skin.
Much like blush, cream or liquid bronzers could be a lovely option for those with very pale skin tones as they are very easy to blend seamlessly into the skin for a natural golden glow.
- Estée Lauder Double Wear Radiant Bronze Cushion Stick
- Lumene Invisible Illumination Watercolour Bronzer
- Benefit Hoola Lite Powder Bronzer
1. Estée Lauder Double Wear Radiant Bronze Cushion StickCreate the illusion of a subtle sunkissed glow with the Estée Lauder Double Wear Radiant Bronze Cushion Stick. Shade Light-Medium looks ever so natural on very pale skin and blends beautifully into the skin for a sunkissed, skin-like finish.
2. Lumene Invisible Illumination Watercolour Bronzer
Add a sheer wash of bronze to even the most fair complexions with the Lumene Invisible Illumination Watercolour Bronzer. Enriched with Pure Arctic Spring Water, the sheer fluid bronzer glides onto the skin, adding a golden glow to the complexion.
3. Benefit Hoola Lite Powder Bronzer
The lighter version of the iconic Hoola, Benefit Hoola Lite is perfect for very pale skin tones and adds subtle warmth and definiton to the complexion. The pale bronze shade adds just the right amount of glow to the skin, allowing you to achieve a healthy, sunkissed glow.
Lipstick For Pale Skin
Lipstick is the one area in makeup you don't need to worry or compromise if you have very pale skin. Bright pinks and scarlet reds look beautiful on pale complexions so experiment and choose a daring, eye-catching shade.
1. MAC Lip Duo Kit
MAC Ruby Woo is the perfect bold red for the fair faced. With rich blue undertones, MAC Ruby Woo flatters even the most fair of skin tones and makes your teeth look super white. Line with the Ruby Woo lip liner then apply the richy pigmented lipstick for an eye-catching, divine look.
2. PIXI Mattelast Liquid Lip
Pink looks so beautiful on pale skin tones and the PIXI Mattelast Liquid Lip in Pleasing Pink is the perfect bright, blue-toned pink to add a pop of colour to your look and brighten your complexion. Entiched with Rosehip Oil, the Mattelast Liquid Lip glides across your lips leaving behind rich, opaque colour which lasts all day.
Lipstick Queen Lipstick - Frog Prince
As the Lipstick Queen Frog Prince Lipstick adapts to the unique pH of your lips, it creates such a flattering rose pink shade on even the most pale of complexions. Simply apply onto your lips and the nourishing lightweight formula will transform into your perfect pink hue on your lips.