Sunday, 26 August 2018

5 Foundations That Actually Match My Crazy Pale/Fair Skin


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A few years ago now, I shared 5 of the best concealers for pale or fair skin and had so many of you get in touch to let me know how helpful it had been. So a blog post on the best foundations for those skin tones is certainly well overdue.



Also, back in 2016 when I wrote that post, I very rarely used foundation mostly because I simply couldn't find one in my price range that even slightly matched my skin tone and colouring but also because I didn't feel like I needed to cover as much back then. Since then my skin and the way in which it behaves has changed (am I the only one who gets more breakouts now than they did in their teens?) and there have been some incredibly exciting new brands and products to launch to cater to a wider audience of women (and men).

So here are my 5 favourite foundations for fair or pale skin;

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Foundation in 110 (£26)

When I think about truly inclusive shade ranges, two brands immediately spring to mind with Fenty Beauty being the first and the second being Bobbi Brown, who also feature in today's post. I'd been wanting to try all things Fenty Beauty ever since I first heard about it but sadly there is no counter in Glasgow for me to go and get colour matched and to try out the range as a whole. So when I travelled through to Edinburgh last month for my weekend away with Kia, I made it my mission to pay the Fenty Beauty counter at Harvey Nichols a visit and this discovery, plus the other items that I picked up, is as a result of said visit.

I wasn't sure that the matte formula would be for me, especially as I have dehydrated skin but applying my normal moisturiser followed by the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Primer left me with a properly hydrated base. The shade range truly is something to behold and seeing a whole host of people being represented is something that really is long overdue. The fact that there were actually several shades that could have worked for someone as pale as me, depending on my colouring and the undertones of my skin was remarkable and I honestly couldn't believe the fact that I was actually the second lightest shade in the range as that is something that I have never been able to say about a foundation. Normally the lightest shade is far too dark or orange for me and my pale skin. To say that I'm impressed with what I've tried from Fenty Beauty so far is an understatement! I can see some serious damage being done when I'm in Sephora in a few weeks time...

The Ordinary Serum Foundation in 1.0 NS Very Fair (£5.70)

Now I have to say, there are definitely high end foundations that have matched my skin tone well, as you will see from the existence of this very blog post and the brands and products featured within it but there is not a single drugstore foundation that is anywhere near light enough for me and my skin tone so it has meant shelling out £20-£30 each time that I find one that works for me. That was until I finally tried The Ordinary.

After years of hearing incredible things, we finally got a The Ordinary counter in House Of Fraser Glasgow about a year ago now and I've been frequenting it and recommending it to friends and family ever since. Because, even though it is hard to believe, this foundation was just £5.70! All I can say when it comes to this foundation and The Ordinary range is general is, BELIEVE THE HYPE! Again, much like Fenty Beauty, different undertones for each shade have been considered and I can totally see why there was huge wait list for this when it first came out.

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Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation in Alabaster* (£31)

You might remember me mentioning this foundation in my Bobbi Brown #CantLiveWithout blog post and I have been using it ever since. When it comes to feeling like I don't having anything at all on my skin, this is the foundation that I reach for. That's not to say that the others feel heavy or cakey on the skin by any means but this one just truly feels like you're wearing nothing at all.

The colour match is also so on point for me and my complexion and covers imperfections, alongside their epic Corrector (I can't go without this in my routine now!), whilst still looking like skin. A little goes a long way and I love the way that it applies when I use the Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face Brush. I can build it up if needs be as well. It's just such a great base!

Benefit Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation in 1 Fair Cool (£25.50)

First of all, how adorable is the packaging of this?! Oh and the fact that it comes in a dinky adorable little travel size too?! Not that you should be swayed by packaging as much as I am but I think it was why I was finally intrigued enough to see what a Benefit foundation would be like on me and my notoriously difficult to match skin colour.

Up until now, I'd actually never tried a Benefit base product and was more than pleasantly surprised when I had this applied at the St. Enoch Summer Garden Party Event (check out my Insta Stories to see more from that night). It feels lovely on the skin and I like the fact that it's a light to medium coverage. It's been my everyday 'I'm just heading out to the Post Office, dentist or shops' foundation and I love how quick and easy it is to apply. It also feels just like your own skin and in a similar vein to the Bobbi Brown foundation mentioned above, has SPF 15 built into it. Definitely one to give a try, especially if you haven't ventured into that aspect of the Benefit line.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation in 1 Fair (£32)

Again, I've raved about this foundation on the blog before in my The Best Foundations For Someone Who Hates Wearing Foundation blog post and I couldn't do a foundations for pale or fair skin blog post without mentioning this. It was probably the first time that I ever felt like not only did it match me and my Casper the Friendly Ghost style pale skin but it actually made my skin look glowing and so much healthier at the same time, quite the feat to be honest and it immediately lived up to it's name for me.

This is the foundation that I reach for when I'm looking for the fullest of coverages or when I'm going somewhere fancy or know that my photograph will be taken. You essentially look airbrushed in photos, it's that good! Charlotte has recently expanded her foundation shades even more, adding a shade 0 to the Magic Foundation range, which I am desperate to try, especially when, believe it or not, I get even paler in the Winter months.

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So there you have it, my absolute favourite top 5 foundations for pale or fair skin that I have tried so far. I cannot recommend these formulas and shade ranges highly enough and there really is one for every skin type, tone and issue.



Do you struggle to find foundations that actually match your skin tone? Have you tried any of the foundations featured in today's post? If so, what do you think of them? And would you like to see more top 5 style posts but for other beauty, or even fashion, items?

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