These Affordable Foundations Work With Pale Skin, Not Against It

Updated 03/08/18
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If you have fair skin, you'll know full well just how tricky finding a foundation can be. You're after something that melds with your complexion, covers blemishes whilst flattering the nuances you don't want to hide (freckles, beauty spots and the like) without setting to a rock-hard layer of chalky colour after application. Not too much to ask.

But then add in the criteria of price and you've got another challenge on your hands altogether—drugstore foundations for pale skin are few and far between, right?

Well—for years, it was only the luxe beauty hall brands that funnelled time and money into creating the most realistic shades for all skin tones. But seemingly, times are a-changing and finally, high-street beauty companies are following suit, extending their shade ranges to suit the full spectrum of British skin tones. That means that it's not only easier than ever to find shades suitable for darker skins, but the fairer end of the equation has more options now too.

Ready to solve the case of the best drugstore foundations for pale skin? The following formulas should see you right.

best drugstore foundation for pale skin: The Ordinary Coverage Foundation
The Ordinary Coverage Foundation $6
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If it's coverage you're after, The Ordinary's foundation is pretty impressive. The texture is rather runny, but the pigments are pretty hardy, meaning they'll cover any blemish or patch or redness. Plus, there are plenty of fair shades that take into account factors like undertones.

best drugstore foundation for pale skin: Maybelline Superstay 24h Foundation
Maybelline Superstay 24h Foundation $10
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As Maybelline's liquid foundation sets on your skin, it becomes almost transfer-resistant, so that white shirt is probably safe. Long-lasting it may be, but it won't suck your skin of all moisture too. Dreamy.

best drugstore foundation for pale skin: Models Own Pro-Foundation Stick
Models Own Pro-Foundation Stick $10

Model's Own gel-textured foundation stick gives such a glowy finish that you'll look almost ethereal—I've already expressed my undying love for it here

best drugstore foundation for pale skin: NYX Total Control Drop Foundation
Nyx Total Control Drop Foundation $14
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For so long, there was only one way to achieve a matte finish, and that was to go heavy on the coverage. But Nyx's dropper foundation rewrites those rules. It dries down to a cashmere texture, but it's so runny and sheer that you can apply only the coverage you need that day. It comes in 24 shades that don't ignore any corner of the spectrum.

best drugstore foundation for pale skin: CYO Lifeproof Long Lasting Foundation
CYO Lifeproof Long Lasting Foundation $8
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Another foundation that takes varying undertones into account, it blends down to an almost undetectable finish—just make sure you apply with a wet Beautyblender.

best drugstore foundation for pale skin: Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation
Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation $10
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There aren't many shades suited to darker skin tones in this foundation (bad), but the fair shades are plentiful. It also contains apricot extract to perk skin up a bit.

Best drugstore foundation for pale skin: L'Oreal Paris Infallible Shaping Stick Foundation
L'Oreal Paris Infallible Shaping Stick Foundation $9
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L'Oreal's buttery stick melts on contact with the skin, building nothing more than a veil of colour that won't render stiff after a few minutes. And there are plenty of fair shades that don't look chalky at all.

And with that, may you never have a dodgy colour match again.

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