The Best Powders For Pale Skintones

There’s nothing worse than spending ages on your makeup only for it to smudge, crack or fade throughout the day. To avoid, you’re going to need a decent powder in your makeup arsenal.

If you’ve got pale skin, this can prove difficult. Many of the paler shades are often not pale enough, undoing the hard work you just put into your foundation (not cool).

To help you out, we made it our mission to find the best powders out there for pale skintones and asked our team of beauty obsessives to give you the lowdown. Here’s what they thought.

RCMA No-Color Powder

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“The RCMA No-Color Powder is phenomenal! It smooths out your skin and keeps it matte without looking dry! As the name suggests, it’s pretty much invisible, so it’s just perfect for pale skin tones like mine. Talk about makeup bag staple…” – Aoife (@glambyaoifee)

Nabla Close Up Baking & Setting Powder

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“I am an oily, pale skin gal and I actually love it! It’s taken me years to appreciate being a bit on the pale shiny side. But the NABLA Close Up Baking & Setting Powder is a great balance of setting my make up (especially my under eyes…. hello bags!) whilst letting me keep a nice healthy glow. It’s almost a silk like texture, glides on and doesn’t cake! Unlike most powders, it doesn’t make me look like a ghost or give me a weird banana yellow undertone. Highly recommended for those pale/oily based people out there! Also, every single MUA I work with on set raves about it – which is why it had to go straight in my basket!” – Stacey, Producer

Elcie Translucent Powder

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“I didn’t think I could love any powder as much as the RCMA No-Color Powder… until I decided to branch out and gave the Elcie Translucent Powder a go. To cut a long story short, I’m in love. The true test for me is how my makeup looks at the end of the day, and this game-changer passes with flying colours. After sweeping a tiny bit over my face to set my look, my skin looks smooth, mattified and airbrushed all day (and night!) long. It’s kind of like an IRL filter, which is exactly what I need in my life.” – Francesca, Marketing Executive   

Linda Hallberg Infinity Filter Loose Powder

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“I always set my face with the Linda Hallberg Infinity Filter Loose Powder in the shade Light. I like to use a setting brush, applying to my T-Zone and nose in particular as they tend to get oily during the day. Let me tell you, if you want an amazing base, you need to try this powder! Not only is the formula vegan (big thumbs up), but it makes my skin looks flawless, instantly diminishing the look of pores and imperfections. This powder also gives a luminous touch of glow, which is exactly what I need!” – Arianna (@theariannam)

RCMA No-Color Powder

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RCMA No-Color Powder is a go-to product that I absolutely stand by. The bottle is massive and lasts for what feels like ten years! As there’s no SPF in this powder, you get zero flashback. It’s also mega affordable. I apply using a flat brush, pushing the powder in to properly set the makeup and wiping away any excess. Don’t be put off it because it’s a loose powder as it truly will last you forever and it will give you that natural, matte finish. A must-have for my fellow matte-loving babes!” – Adele (@adelesmakeup)

Jeffree Star Magic Star Setting Powder

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“I never thought I would get excited by a setting powder until I got my hands on Jeffree Star’s Magic Star Setting Powder. Being a bit of a magpie when it comes to shiny things, the metallic pink star embossed lid (what else for J*), was always going to capture my attention, but it’s the formula that truly stands out for me. With a silky smooth texture that melts into skin, it airbrushes away pores, whilst firmly (yet weightlessly) fixing foundation and concealer in place. I’ve worn it both to set a full face of makeup, and to lightly dust over bare skin and it keeps the shine at bay for hours, whilst the Fair shade sits perfectly on my ivory complexion – neither washing me out, or making me look orange. The best bit? It smells like candy floss!” – Rose-Ann, Creative Ops