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Kinds of Foundation/Concealer for Girls With Very Pale Skin

Updated on June 7, 2014
Christina Hendricks beautifully fair skin tone.
Christina Hendricks beautifully fair skin tone.

Finding the right shade.

I've always had a hard time finding foundation light enough to naturally blend in with my skin tone. By searching high and low, I've accumulated some options that I hope to share with my fellow fair-skinned ladies.

These are the products I personally use on a daily basis:

Rimmel London Fix & Perfect Pro Primer.

What I love about it:

  • It evens out my skin before I apply foundation.
  • It doesn't feel oily or wet like many primers do.
  • It works well with the NYX foundation so that my coverage lasts as long as needed.
  • It's very affordable (about $8 in local stores)

NYX Stay Matte but Not Flat foundation in Ivory.

What I love about it:

  • It provides great coverage
  • The matte finish lasts all day.
  • it's oil-free and water based, so I don't have to worry about it breaking me out.
  • Extremely affordable (I buy mine for $5 a tube).

Other products I recommend:

There are a few things I use occasionally depending on what my skin looks like that day. For example, some mornings I wake up with my T-Zone area red.

So sometimes I use Loreal's Magic Anti-Redness correcting primer.

Why I love it:

  • It's just enough green to cancel out the red.
  • The consistency is thin so that after you apply your primary primer and foundation you don't end up looking like a cakey mess.
  • A little goes a long way/will last you for a while.
  • Affordable.

Rimmel London Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil in Pure White.

What I Love about it:

  • I usually apply this on my under eyelid to look bright eyed and bushy tailed.
  • You can use it to contour.
  • It's soft and imprecise so the liner goes on and looks quite natural.
  • Easy to blend, easy to apply.
  • It's a pencil (as opposed to the mechanical liners). I like sharpening my liner because it reshapes the point.
  • Reasonably priced and available at any local pharmacy.
  • Can cover blemishes (mix with a little bit of foundation and apply to area).

An alternative to the NYX Matte but Not Flat foundation is Loreal's Magic Nude Liquid Powder in Light Ivory.

Why I Love it:

  • It applies as a liquid but transforms into a powder. This would be good for a day where you want to wear minimal make up, more of a "bare" look.
  • SPF 18!
  • The consistency is very thin, almost more of a liquid than a cream. It makes for easier blending.

The color was definitely light enough, and I was pleased after I first applied it. By the end of the day I noticed it was a bit shiny. So, I would say this product is great for people who don't need a lot of coverage but do want a subtle way to even their skin tone.

I like to add some shimmer into my foundation sometimes for that beautiful but subtle glow. I use No7 Stay Perfect Smoothing Eye Shadow in Pretty Pink.

Why I Love it:

  • It's a cream so it blends easily.
  • Long lasting after application.
  • Can be used on eyelids, cheek bones, eyebrow arches. Very versatile.
  • A little goes a long way.
  • Hypo-allergenic, and it's never broken me out.

The Importance of Applying Foundation Correctly


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