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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.

CLINIQUESuperpowder Double Face Makeup Foundation

Size: 0.35 oz/ 10.5 g·ITEM: 51946

Color: Matte Honey

698 Reviews


perfect for combination to oily skins...Remember if yours looks orange you need to exfoliate because its turning orange because of the dead skin on your face (that's why its not recommended for dry skin)...I absolutely love the coverage you get with this foundation. Unfortunately, I have very pale skin and this foundation made my face orange even in the lightest shade.

✔ Full

Skin type:
✔ Combination
✔ Oily

✔ Matte

What it is:
A long-wearing, two-in-one, powder and foundation in a portable compact.

What it does:
Get a powder and foundation combined in one portable compact. The long-wearing, full-coverage powder works as an over-foundation finisher or as a powder foundation. The extra-cling formula provides double coverage, yet leaves the skin with a natural skin-perfecting look.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Phthalates


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.

NARSNatural Radiant Longwear Foundation

Size: 1 oz/ 30 mL·ITEM: 2031003

Color: Fiji - Light 5 - L5 - light to medium with warm undertones

3.6K Reviews


the it girl of foundations...This foundation is so good that every other foundation pales in comparison. ...The Best Foundation EVER!...All I can say is WOW! I am very pale, have bad dry skin, and lots of red pigmentation on my cheeks.

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.

Laura MercierTranslucent Pressed Setting Powder

Size: 0.3 oz/ 9 g·ITEM: 2107845

Color: Translucent

70 Reviews


A COMPACT: that delivers exactly what it promises leaves skin looking airbrushed and does not cause me to breakout or look pale. ...Kind to my rosacea-princess-skin; great product...It's light and I can see my skin through it, so what I end up with is "my skin but better."

What it is:
A high-performance translucent powder that sets makeup for lasting wear without weight or texture, in a convenient, portable compact that's perfect for touch-ups on the go.

What it does:
Prolong the wear of your makeup while staying color-true throughout the day with this high-performance, translucent powder. This lightweight formula sets and perfects makeup with a shine-free, natural-matte, velvety finish for up to 12 hours. This no-flashback formula means you'll look great in photos, and it creates a soft-focus effect to smooth away the look of fine lines and imperfections. It’s available in two shades designed to look and feel natural on all skin tones.

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

Size: 0.5 oz/ 15 mL·ITEM: 2208619

Color: Deep 83 Cool - rich deep cocoa with cool undertone

79 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.

GUERLAINL'Essentiel Natural Radiant Foundation SPF 20

Size: 1 oz/ 30 mL·ITEM: 2214872

Color: 00N - porcelain

211 Reviews


I'm going to try wearing it light to medium coverage instead of full and if it still turns a weird color I'm going to take it back even though I love the look and the formula. My skin is so pale that porcelain is barely light enough so I can't wear it if it's going to darken....I won’t buy another foundation...I have oily skin and I’m super pale and this foundation is a must for my skin.

What it is: A buildable, medium coverage foundation with skincare benefits and 97 percent naturally-derived ingredients* for a naturally-glowing finish.

Skin Type: Normal, Combination, and Dry

Coverage: Medium

Finish: Natural

Formulation: Liquid

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Red Algae and Tara Gum Extracts: Help to defend skin from pollution and allow it to breathe.
- White Cocoa Bean Extract: Helps to support the skin’s natural balance and moisture barrier.

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


At first I thought this was a great foundation but it sets in heavy and looks greasy. 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.

Bobbi BrownIntensive Serum Foundation SPF 40

Size: 1 oz/ 30 mL·ITEM: 2501500

Color: Cool Sand - light beige with pink undertones; for light skin.

228 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.

IT CosmeticsCC+ Nude Glow Lightweight Foundation + Glow Serum with SPF 40 and Niacinamide

Size: 1.1 oz / 32 mL·ITEM: 2515872

Color: Neutral Rich - tan to deep complexion with neutral peach undertone

1.6K Reviews


I would recommend it to dry/normal skins types...My skins very dewy after application and provides sun protection.

What it is: A color-correcting, medium-coverage skin tint formulated with brightening glow serum and SPF 40 that delivers an immediate, visibly healthy glow.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, and Combination

Coverage: Medium



SPF: SPF Over 30

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Niacinamide: Helps visibly brighten skin, smooths skin texture, and reduces the look of dark spots and large pores.
- Hyaluronic Acid: Immediately, visibly plumps and hydrates skin.
- Green Tea Extract: Protects against environmental aggressors for healthy-looking skin.

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

Danessa Myricks BeautyYummy Skin Serum Foundation

Size: 0.85 oz/ 25mL·ITEM: 2574937

Color: 8P - light to medium skin with peach undertones

185 Reviews


pale girls!...It was too pale for me! And I’m super pale lol...I struggle to find foundations light enough and hydrating for my pale and dry skin.

What it is: A skincare-hybrid foundation with medium, buildable coverage that effortlessly creates a natural-looking, skin-like glow.

Coverage: Medium



Highlighted Ingredients:
- Jojoba Oil: Intensely moisturizes and softens skin.
- Hyaluronic Acid: Hydrates and plumps the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Olive-Derived Squalane: Known to balance oil production and diminish visible signs of aging.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, sulfates SLS & SLES, triclocarban, triclosan.

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