(Closed) Make-up for pale skin

posted 5 years ago in Beauty
Post # 16
769 posts
Busy bee

KateA17:  I am pale as well so pale I glow in the dark in bowling alleys so I thought I’d chip in and tell you what I’ve found. 

For drugstore foundations: rimMel match perfection 010 is the lightest pink cool undertoned foundation I’ve found. Revlon colour stay make an ivory shade which is probably too dark but worth checking out and the loreal true match ccool shades go quite light as well. Wet n wild coverall in fair is meant to be light with good coverage too- I ordered it online last week but im in Australia so cant speak from experience yet. 

Bobbi brown skin foundation in alabaster and nars Siberia are light shades too but definitely lean neutral with yellow undertones. Nars loose powder   In snow is wonderful and pink in undertone. 

Mac is a great starting point for face colour – blushes and eyeshadow but their foundations nw10 are too pink and a fraction too dark for me And nc15 makes me look oompa loomapish. 

Ive heard nothing but great things about the kat von d lock it tattoo foundation in light 42 if you are after the fullest coverage. It was discontinued but they are meant to bring that shade back in the fall. 

For me personally cause I have neutral undertones I’ve found graftobian HD foundations to be the best colour wise. They are a theatrical makeup range and take some getting used to but photograph wonderfully and aren’t too expensive. there are 64 a shades the ultralutes is where I would start. 

Aside from that boots 17 18 hour stay time concealer in the shade extra fair is the one product I use for coverage on a daily basis. It’s pretty cheap and has medium build able coverage so I love it. 

The laura mercier secret concealer for undereye a in the shade 0.5 is amazing too- prevents me from looking like uncle fester. 

Good luck. I would love to hear any other suggestions. 

Post # 17
2523 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’m very pale and I love everyday minerals.  You also sound like a true neutral tone like me, it is hard to find something more neutral (I find most foundations to be warm), but everyday minerals have foundations light enough (it is actually the first foundation where I don’t use the very lightest one) and there neutral is truly neutral.  

I even used their matte foundation on my wedding day.  Unlike most mineral makeup, that one looks great in photography- even flash!  

Post # 18
1312 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: A very pretty church.

KateA17: I’m pretty pale and would recommend Madison Street Beauty (on Etsy). They have pale mineral foundations (both matte and shiny).

Post # 19
2494 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I use Clinique’s color “Alabaster”, it’s the perfect color for my very pale skin

Post # 20
58 posts
Worker bee

Honestly, you may not be able to find a commercial makeup brand that makes foundation light enough for you. I have never been able to and have my makeup custom blended with Prescriptives. That said, a good makeup artist should have and be able to blend her own foundation to match your tone perfectly and then buff/airbrush it onto your face. If you’re still in the process of interviewing artists, you might ask whether they do this. Not all do, so it’ll be good to check.

Post # 21
1617 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Cape May

I’ve got the same coloring as you – pale pinkish skin a day blue eyes except dark hair. I’ve had the best luck with L’Oréal True Match foundation. They have so many color choices based on your undertones is great. 

Post # 22
118 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I also have similar colouring to you and I use the lightest Nude by Nature mineral powder foundation as my everyday foundation. For my wedding makeup the MUA is using a Napoleon Perdis stick foundation — it was the only one she had that was light enough and didn’t look orange on me. 

This is my makeup inspiration:

Heather Graham

Post # 23
1341 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

KateA17:  I would go to Sephora and get a skin match. They can give you some good recommendation that will match your skin.

Post # 24
2073 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I agree with the posters who suggested Bobbi Brown. I’m very, very pale and there is still one shade lighter and with different undertones than the one I use. My makeup artist had no problem matching a foundation she had to my skin. In fact, she mixed two different colors to get it just right. I’d suggest trials with any makeup artist you’re thinking of using. Yeah it costs money, but in this case, it will help you figure out who is best and allay some of your concerns. 

Post # 25
594 posts
Busy bee

KateA17:  I’m very, very pale, as well, though with black hair/eyebrows/lashes and brown eyes – I’m colored like Snow White, ha. I normally do my makeup like Dita Von Teese. I think this vintage, classic look would work just as well on a blonde:

Post # 26
331 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

KateA17:  I have a similar issue and the one I found that I love. Used for my wedding and also my sister’s wedding, she used it too, was chanel perfection lumiere in 12 beige rose. Its just the right about of color and the hint of rose to even out without looking out of place. Go to a counter and the will hook you up with a small sample tub. I love it because it covers but also adds a glow so you get a little life into the skin tone rather than just a bland match

Post # 27
594 posts
Busy bee

KateA17:  Ooh, I can’t believe I forgot to say this earlier!

I don’t know where you live, but I live in an area with a huge Japanese population, and I always buy powder and foundation in Japanese shops! They make the palest makeup I’ve ever seen, which is perfect for my skin. It’s super affordable, too – one of the powders I get is $1.50!

Post # 28
558 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015 - Thorpewood

I’m super pale too!  I love Meow Cosmetics, personally.  


I’ve had a lot of luck with their makeup.  It doesn’t make me break out or anything like that and they have samples which, depending on how much makeup you use daily, the samples last quite a while.  Plus all the shades are named after cats, so that’s fun!  🙂

Post # 29
279 posts
Helper bee

Try L’Oreal True Match. They make Warm, Neutral and Cool shades, and their colours go very light. I’m guessing C1 might work on you since you have pink undertones.  I’m very pale and have a hard time finding makeup that’s light enough also. I bought W1 and it was TOO pale for me. I always struggle with the lightest shade in a range being too dark, and have never found another foundation that was too light.

Also, I know MUFE HD Invisible Cover has some light, pink toned shades. I got their lightest yellow based shade (117)  and it was a great match for my pale, warm skin. Their pink based colours go even lighter than the yellow ones do. 110 might work for you.

Post # 30
5106 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

I’m also very pale. I use Bobby Brown corrector and the Bare Minerals line.

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