The Best Foundations For Fair Skintones

Finding your perfect foundation match can be difficult when you’re at the lighter end of the colour spectrum. Often, it all comes down to identifying your undertone (see: How To Find The Perfect Foundation Match Online), and discovering a foundation with plenty of shade options to accommodate for a range of skintones.

To make things a little easier, we asked five beauty obsessives with paler complexions about their favourite foundations. Scroll for the 411.

The Ordinary Coverage Foundation SPF 15

“I initially bought The Ordinary Coverage Foundation because I love the serums, but it’s honestly the best foundation for a natural to full coverage look – plus it has SPF! I have combination skin and have struggled to find a foundation that doesn’t go patchy after a few hours. This one covers any imperfections and leaves my skin looking flawless all day. I apply with a brush for a satin/matte finish then use a small amount of loose powder to set. It’s that good I bought my twin sis a bottle too!” – Holly, Logistics 

Jouer Cosmetics High Coverage Creme Foundation

“I recently tried the Jouer Cosmetics Creme Foundation in Soft Beige for the first time and I have to say it is the best full coverage foundation ever! For best results, I’d suggest moisturising your face first, especially if you have dry skin. I used The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid and my favourite primer, then applied the creamy formula to my face using a foundation brush. It set beautifully on my skin, covered all my redness and blemishes, and matched my skintone perfectly. The shade range is impressive, so I’d definitely recommend to anyone wanting a long-lasting high coverage foundation.” – Arianna (@theariannam)

L.A. Girl PRO.Coverage HD Illuminating Foundation

“I’m like Caspar the ghost (!) so I use L.A. Girl Pro Coverage Foundation in shade Fair. The medium-full coverage formula is beautiful, leaving me with a gorgeous, luminous glow. This is the perfect foundation for summer when you want to look especially healthy and radiant.” – Aoife (@glambyaoifee)


Milani Conceal And Perfect 2 In 1 Foundation

“For years it’s been a real challenge for me to find a shade to match my pale skin. I’ve always gone for a natural look, but it seemed like no matter which foundation I tried, I always ended up sporting a slightly orange hue. Thankfully, I’ve recently discovered the Milani Conceal & Perfect 2 In 1 Foundation, and it’s now officially my all-time favourite! The shade range is huge, so it was really easy for me to colour match to my complexion. Porcelain is perfect because it caters to my pinky undertones, and the formula is full coverage, so it completely masks my dark circles and pigmentation.” –   Francesca, Marketing Executive 

The Ordinary Coverage Foundation SPF 15

“I was really intrigued to try The Ordinary Coverage Foundation as it is ridiculously cheap, and I’ve heard really good things about it in the beauty community! I love my makeup to be full coverage without looking caked on and this foundation is perfect for exactly that. Most importantly, The Ordinary offer pale shades that aren’t too pink – a huge bonus! The application is so easy, it blends super smoothly with a foundation brush and sits comfortably on my skin all day long. I think I may have found my new holy grail product!?!”  – Adele (@adelesmakeup)