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foundations for pale skin

Sephora customers often prefer the following products when searching for foundations for pale skin.

If you have pale skin, you know that it's not always easy to find the right foundation. But the right one can make your skin look healthy and radiant. Here are some great options for foundations for pale skin.

Bobbi BrownSheer Finish Pressed Setting Powder

Size: 0.38 oz/ 11 g·ITEM: 1287481

Color: Pale Yellow - very light yellow; sets and controls shine on fair to medium skin

245 Reviews


It works great no matter how tan/pale I am to give my skin a more perfected, matte finish. ...pale yellow...nice sheer powder and the pale yellow helps with redness in my skin l

What it is: A pressed powder that sets and perfects foundation for a smooth, flawless finish.


Pressed Powder

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, phthalates, and sulfates SLS & SLES.

What Else You Need to Know: The unique yellow base complements all skin tones to create a natural-looking tone—it even looks natural on pink complexions. Sheer Finish Pressed Setting Powder comes with a powder puff.


I’m very pale to the extent that I struggle to find highlighters, proper foundation shades, proper concealer, etc. ...Evens out skin tone nicely. But, sadly the shades are limited and the one I have (light) is too yellow for me, I am pretty pale so sometimes its hard to blend it to make it match my skin tone better.

What it is: A lightweight, refillable, pressed finishing powder that layers smoothly over foundation for a fresh, soft-matte finish that lasts all day.

Coverage: Light


Pressed Powder

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens and phthalates. It is also vegan and cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: Enriched with skin conditioners and ultra-fine absorbing powders that help blot away excess oil, this powder is designed to appear invisible on most complexions and won't settle in fine lines. Compact is refillable—once you hit pan, just pop in a refill (sold separately). It includes a cushion-puff applicator.

CLINIQUEBeyond Perfecting Powder Foundation + Concealer

Size: 0.51 oz/ 14.5 g·ITEM: 2021111

Color: Clove

35 Reviews


Surprisingly non drying, it does not look dry or heavy in fact it has a little bit of a glow that I appreciate since I have dry skin. It wore all day on my skin but oilier types may need to touch up. ...But I really do love this product! I am very pale and dune was a perfect match for me.

What it is: A full-coverage powder foundation and concealer in one with a unique, dual-sided sponge for easy on-the-go application.

Coverage: Full

Finish: Matte

Formulation: Pressed powder

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens.

What Else You Need to Know: This product is non-acnegenic, dermatologist-tested, ophthalmologist-tested, and allergy-tested. It’s 100 percent free of fragrance and oil, and is sweat and humidity resistant with up to eight hours of wear.

NARSNatural Radiant Longwear Foundation

Size: 1 oz/ 30 mL·ITEM: 2031177

Color: Belem - Medium Dark 3.6 - MD3.6 - medium-deep to deep with warm undertones, and a red tone

3.6K Reviews


Great foundation for acne prone skin...Love, love , love this is my go to foundation. It’s light and buildable. I have acne prone skins and never any breakouts. ...the it girl of foundations...This foundation is so good that every other foundation pales in comparison.

What it is: A buildable, full-coverage foundation with up to 16 hours of lightweight, natural, fade-resistant wear.

Coverage: Full

Finish: Natural

Formulation: Liquid

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, and Combination

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Blend of Fruit Extracts (Raspberry, Apple, and Watermelon): Helps support skin’s elastic fibers to smooth the look of skin’s texture over time for optimal radiance.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehyde, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, triclocarban, and fragrance. This product is also gluten-free.

KVD BeautyMini Lock-It Full-Coverage Long-Wear Matte Liquid Foundation

Size: 0.5 oz/ 15 mL·ITEM: 2160703

Color: Medium 54 Cool - medium sesame with cool undertone

78 Reviews


Finally, a full skin-tone range of travel sizes!...They usually only sell minis of 3-5 "generic" shades, leaving a pale girl like me out. The fact that this is a full range, 30 shades worth of foundation in travel sized packaging is amazing! ...Love this, however i would not call it "Full Covereage" It does really hel;p with oily skin though! It lasts longer than most foundations i have tried to use with my oily skin

What it is: A vegan, full-coverage liquid foundation that delivers extreme coverage and all-day long wear with just a droplet—a little Lock-It goes a long way.

Urban DecayStay Naked Weightless Foundation

Size: 1.0 fl oz/ 30 mL·ITEM: 2246890

Color: 10CP - ultra-fair cool with a rosy undertone

2.1K Reviews


Best Foundation for oily skins...With this new foundation it lasted me 12 hrs before I took it off....I have dry skin and I’m so happy that they have pale shades with warm undertones.

What it is: A vegan, buildable, medium-coverage, lightweight foundation with a real-skin, long-lasting matte finish that stays put for up to 24 hours.

Coverage: Medium

Finish: Matte

Formulation: Liquid

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Ingredient Callouts: This product is vegan and cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: This foundation is designed with nine shade intensities, three master tones, and seven undertones and has a lightweight, second-skin feel thanks to its breathable formula. Its medium coverage conceals uneven skin tone and minimizes the appearance of pores with a matte finish.

Bobbi BrownSkin Long-Wear Fluid Powder Foundation SPF 20

Size: 1.4 oz/ 40 mL·ITEM: 2307411

Color: Neutral Walnut - deep brown with red undertones

120 Reviews


OILY SKIN GALS REJOICE!...Only one star off because it IS so matte, that my cheeks (which are dry, I have combo skin) will need more moisture underneath to not look so dry. ...Kudos for Bobbi for making a HEALTHY spf foundation!! This is all mineral based (so it won't cause skin cancer unlike all the non all mineral based ones) Bobbi makes the best foundation for oily skins!

What it is: A first-ever liquid-to-powder foundation from Bobbi Brown that self-sets into a comfortable soft-matte finish.

Coverage: Light

Finish: Matte

Formulation: Liquid

Skin Type: Best for Oily, Good for Combination

SPF: SPF 30 and Under

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Power Protein Complex: Helps skin look smooth and healthy.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens and phthalates. This product is also gluten-free.

What Else You Need to Know: Sweat resistant, transfer resistant, and non-acnegenic, this mask-friendly formula controls oil and stays color true all day while keeping skin protected with environmental, blue light, and UV filters.

tarteMini babassu foundcealer™ skincare foundation SPF 20

Size: 0.33 oz/ 10 mL·ITEM: 2309185

Color: 13N fair neutral - fair skin with neutral undertones

18 Reviews


I have combo skin and large pores and occasionally acne and It didn’t do much for those issues or coverage. ...honestly, the only foundation that actually matched my skin tone, seeing as how I'm pale and have acne it was able to cover up my redness without feeling/looking cakey.

What it is: A vegan makeup and skincare hybrid that’s an everyday foundation for achieving an ultra-comfortable, natural-radiant finish and custom coverage.

Coverage: Medium

Finish: Radiant

Formulation: Liquid

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily


Highlighted Ingredients:
- Babassu: Nourishes, moisturizes, and soothes.
- Sunflower Seed: Rich in vitamins A and E to help hydrate, regenerate, and condition skin.
- Hyaluronic Acid: Retains moisture for optimal hydration and a refreshed appearance.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, phthalates, mineral oil, and triclosan.


Definitely made pores disappear... but also left a slight white cast on my skin even though I’m relatively pale....I really want to love it... but it’s so messy since it breaks and crumbles easily. I have really pale skin and it gave me white cast, wouldn’t recommend for darker skin tone

What it is: A talc-free setting powder infused with silk that mattifies, minimizes pores’ appearance, and sets foundation and concealer in a convenient pressed-powder compact.

Coverage: Light

Finish: Matte

Formulation: Pressed Powder

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

What Else You Need to Know: Developed with plastic surgeons, this setting powder is infused with silk, collagen, antioxidants, and peptides to ensure it won’t settle into wrinkles while delivering an airbrushed look. Keep this translucent setting powder in your makeup bag for mattifying touch-ups.

Bobbi BrownIntensive Serum Foundation SPF 40

Size: 1.02 oz/ 30 mL·ITEM: 2555415

Color: Walnut - deep brown with red undertones for deep skin (spf 30)

226 Reviews


Best foundation so far...I have very oily skin type but I have no issues when using this foundation serum....Nice foundation!...My skin becomes more smooth and bright! I’m using serum before doing my makeup routine and I love how foundations lays on it!

What it is: A serum foundation that is powered by 25 skincare ingredients and leaves skin looking smoother, plumper, and more radiant.




SPF: SPF over 30

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Cordyceps and Ginseng: Replenish skin’s natural energy for healthy-looking, visibly glowing skin.
- A Moisture Complex including Hyaluronic Acid: Softens, visibly plumps skin, and reduces the appearance of fine dry lines.
- Vitamin E and UV Filters: Defend against skin-dulling UVA/UVB rays, pollution, and blue light.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, phthalates, mineral oil, sulfates SLS & SLES, and triclosan.

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