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Best Foundations for Fair and Pale Skin

Best Foundations for Fair and Pale Skin, plus the best things to mix with foundations to customize them.

Best Foundations for Fair and Pale Skin

I’ve wanted to bring you an updated Best Foundations for Fair and Pale Skin for quite a while now. This past week I had the time to do it. I spent just over 3 hours outside in indirect sunlight so that I could do face swatches of 49 foundations for you. Many of these are vegan. I actually do own more than 49 foundations, but these were the ones I grabbed. I’d be happy to do individual wear test videos & reviews for any you request.

I did not add white foundation mixer to any of these. I did add Nyx Opalescent to two of them to make them apply better on my dry skin. Nyx Opalescent does not change the color but it does change the texture / finish.

I used coconut oil to remove and moisturize in between swatches. Fingers, foundation brushes and a beauty blender were used to apply the foundations. A microfiber cloth was used to wipe off the tools in between.

I prefer neutral or neutral leaning warm foundations that are light to light-medium coverage for my dry sensitive skin. I want a foundation to hide my redness and blur imperfections, as well as match my neck and chest. My face appears darker because it has a lot of surface redness from rosacea.

See my best vegan foundations article that inspired this video!

Best Foundation Mixers

You can shade adjust any of these foundations with the following products to make them a better match for your skintone. Pale olive exists, just as fair warm and fair cool do too.

Best Mixers for Dry Skin

Best Mixers to Lighten Foundation

Best Mixers for Olive Skin

  • Nyx Pro Foundation Mixer in Olive

Best Mixers to Deepen Foundation

What I Put On Before Foundation

Best Foundations Swatched on Pale Skin

These photos are not edited at all. You can see all my flaws, my pores, everything there is. Because it was an overcast day the clouds came and went, changing the lighting slightly throughout the several hours while I took these photos. Right after I finished there was a downpour of rain. My timing was pretty perfect.

Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation in L41 Neutral (with Nyx Pro Opalescent) swatch Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation in L41 Neutral (with Nyx Pro Opalescent)

Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation in L41 Neutral (with Nyx Pro Opalescent). I think L41 is a great match for my skintone. (vegan)

Nyx Total Control Drops in Pale (with Nyx Pro Opalescent) swatch Nyx Total Control Drops in Pale (with Nyx Pro Opalescent)

Nyx Total Control Drops in Pale (with Nyx Pro Opalescent). Pale is a good color match for my skintone.

Natasha Denona Face Glow Foundation in 10 Neutral Porcelain swatch Natasha Denona Face Glow Foundation in 10 Neutral Porcelain

Natasha Denona Face Glow Foundation in 10 Neutral Porcelain.

FOM Facial Enhancer in Light swatch FOM Facial Enhancer in Light

FOM Facial Enhancer in Light.

PUR Bare It All in Porcelain swatch PUR Bare It All in Porcelain

PUR Bare It All Foundation in Porcelain.

Cover FX Liquid Foundation in N0 swatch Cover FX Liquid Foundation in N0

Cover FX Natural Finish Foundation in N0. (vegan)

Idun Minerals Norrsken Foundation in Jorunn swatch Idun Minerals Norrsken Foundation in Jorunn

Idun Minerals Norrsken Foundation in Jorunn.

Paula's Choice Serum Foundation in Porcelain swatch Paula's Choice Serum Foundation in Porcelain

Paula’s Choice Serum Foundation in Porcelain. (vegan)

Milani Conceal + Perfect in 00 Light Natural swatch Milani Conceal + Perfect in 00 Light Natural

Milani Conceal + Perfect in 00 Light Natural.

LA Girl Pro Coverage Illuminating Foundation in Fair swatch LA Girl Pro Coverage Illuminating Foundation in Fair

LA Girl Pro Coverage Illuminating Foundation in Fair.

Glory Boon Foundation in Glow swatch Glory Boon Foundation in Glow

Glory Boon Foundation in Glow. (vegan)

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Snow swatch Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Snow

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Snow. (vegan)

The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation in Chelsea swatch The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation in Chelsea

The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation in Chelsea. (vegan)

100% Pure Bamboo Blur Tinted Moisturizer in Creme swatch 100% Pure Bamboo Blur Tinted Moisturizer in Creme

100% Pure Bamboo Blur Tinted Moisturizer in Creme. (vegan)

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Illumination SPF 50 in Fair swatch It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Illumination SPF 50 in Fair

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Illumination SPF 50 in Fair.

It Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact Serum Foundation SPF 50 in Fair swatch It Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact Serum Foundation SPF 50 in Fair

It Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact Serum Foundation SPF 50 in Fair.

Tarte Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation in Porcelain swatch Tarte Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation in Porcelain

Tarte Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation in Porcelain.
NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation in Siberia swatch

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation in Siberia

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation in Siberia.

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation SPF 15 Porcelain swatch Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation SPF 15 Porcelain

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation SPF 15 Porcelain. (vegan)

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation in Fair swatch Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation in Fair

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation in Fair.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation in .05 swatch Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation in .05

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation in .05. (vegan)

Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation in 1.0 swatch Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation in 1.0

Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation in 1.0. (vegan)

Josie Maran Vibrancy Argan Oil Foundation in Dynamic RG5 swatch Josie Maran Vibrancy Argan Oil Foundation in Dynamic RG5

Josie Maran Vibrancy Argan Oil Foundation in Dynamic RG5.

Oxygenetix Foundation in Opal swatch Oxygenetix Foundation in Opal

Oxygenetix Foundation in Opal.

BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Gel in Opal swatch BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Gel in Opal

BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Gel in Opal.

Illamasqua Skin Base in 2 swatch Illamasqua Skin Base in 2

Illamasqua Skin Base in 2. (vegan)

Wet n' Wild Photo Focus Foundation in Porcelain swatch Wet n' Wild Photo Focus Foundation in Porcelain

Wet n’ Wild Photo Focus Foundation in Porcelain. (vegan)

Perfekt Skin Perfection Gel in Luminous swatch Perfekt Skin Perfection Gel in Luminous

Perfekt Skin Perfection Gel in Luminous. (vegan)

Buxom Show Some Skin in Tickle the Ivory swatch

Buxom Show Some Skin in Tickle the Ivory

Buxom Show Some Skin in Tickle the Ivory.

Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint in Light swatch Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint in Light

Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint in Light.

Nyx HD Studio Foundation in Nude swatch Nyx HD Studio Foundation in Nude

Nyx HD Studio Foundation in Nude.

Senna Lasting Illusion Foundation in Alabaster swatch Senna Lasting Illusion Foundation in Alabaster

Senna Lasting Illusion Foundation in Alabaster.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Foundation Stick in Warm Alabaster swatch Anastasia Beverly Hills Foundation Stick in Warm Alabaster

Anastasia Beverly Hills Foundation Stick in Warm Alabaster. (vegan)

Hot Makeup Foundation Stick in NP30 swatch Hot Makeup Foundation Stick in NP30

Hot Makeup Foundation Stick in NP30.

Kat Von D Lock It Powder Foundation in L42 swatch Kat Von D Lock It Powder Foundation in L42

Kat Von D Lock It Powder Foundation in L42. (vegan)

bareMinerals BarePro Foundation in Dawn swatch bareMinerals BarePro Foundation in Dawn

bareMinerals BarePro Foundation in Dawn.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Powder Foundation in Fair Honey swatch Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Powder Foundation in Fair Honey

Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Powder Foundation in Fair Honey. (vegan)

Go Natural All in One Foundation swatch Go Natural All in One Foundation

Go Natural All in One Foundation. (as seen on tv)

Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint in Opal swatch Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint in Opal

Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint in Opal.

Face Atelier Ultra Foundation in 1 Porcelain swatch Face Atelier Ultra Foundation in 1 Porcelain

Face Atelier Ultra Foundation in 1 Porcelain. (vegan)

Urban Decay One and Done in Light swatch Urban Decay One and Done in Light

Urban Decay One and Done in Light. (vegan)

Too Faced Beauty Balm in Snow Glow swatch Too Faced Beauty Balm in Snow Glow

Too Faced Beauty Balm in Snow Glow. (vegan)

Pixi Illuminating Tint & Conceal in Light Glow swatch Pixi Illuminating Tint & Conceal in Light Glow

Pixi Illuminating Tint & Conceal in Light Glow.

Mehron Pro HD Cream Foundation in L3 swatch Mehron Pro HD Cream Foundation in L3

Mehron Pro HD Cream Foundation in L3.

RCMA Color Process Foundation in KA-1 swatch RCMA Color Process Foundation in KA-1

RCMA Color Process Foundation in KA-1. (vegan)

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light swatch MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light. (purchased pre 2012, not currently cruelty free)

Idun Minerals Powder Foundation in Jorunn swatch Idun Minerals Powder Foundation in Jorunn

Idun Minerals Powder Foundation in Jorunn.

Skin Deep Tinted SPF 20 swatch Skin Deep Tinted SPF 20

Skin Deep Tinted SPF 20.

Tarte Confidence Creamy Powder Foundation in Fair Neutral swatch Tarte Confidence Creamy Powder Foundation in Fair Neutral

Tarte Confidence Creamy Powder Foundation in Fair Neutral. (vegan)

Foundation Swatch Comparisons

Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Creme Review and Swatches
Top row is all Kat Von D

Idun Minerals Norrsken Liquid Foundation Review in Jorunn on Pale Skin Cruelty Free Drugstore Foundations and Concealers Cruelty Free Pale Foundation Swatches Pale Foundation Swatches

The Best Pale and Fair Foundation swatches that are cruelty free
See my best foundations for pale skin article

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Best Foundations for Fair and Pale Skin, plus the best things to mix with foundations to customize them.

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  • What an amazing list of products you tested Phyrra – your poor face had had it by the end.
    It’s amazing the variation between supposed ‘porcelain’ shades.
    I think I like the Kat Von D lock it foundation and the Idun foundation the best on you.
    Some of them were so scarily brownish.

  • Amazing job! Some of these look really nice and definitely give me a better idea of what may or may not work for me as a fellow fair girl. The PC Serum one looks good on you in the photo, I’m really curious what your thoughts are. Like you, my main concern is evening out rosacea redness but my skin has been a combination roller coaster lately. I never know one day to the next how it’s gonna behave lol.

    • I only recently received that one so I haven’t done a wear test with it. So far people have requested a wear test with the Pur Bare it All, Tarte Creamy Powder, Paula’s Choice and Milani 2 in 1.

  • WOW WOW WOW!!! You win the internet forever for subjecting your face to this. As a fair faced person with limited access to non-mainstream samples (Sephora at Penney’s, Ulta, & Dillards are the local shops) , I appreciate this so much!

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