These are the best foundations for very pale skin, according to Reddit users

15th Nov 17 | Beauty

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It’s no secret that when it comes to foundation, darker skin tones aren’t well catered for on the whole – although that is changing with the likes of Rihanna and Huda Beauty’s ranges. But finding a shade that suits at the other end of spectrum can be just as tricky, as pale-skinned Reddit user Rhianneman pointed out when she posted a question on the site’s Make-up Addiction page.

“I’d love to hear your recommendations for pale foundations! A lot of affordable foundations come up very orange on me or oxidise orange eventually,” she wrote.

That means when a foundation turns darker when it goes on your skin and comes into contact with oxygen. Rhianneman said her closest match is the Maybelline Fit Me in 110 Porcelain, £6.99, Superdrug. “Bonus points for foundations that work with oily skin,” she added.

In reply, the helpful users of Reddit came to the rescue with heaps of suggestions for alabaster-skinned ladies (and gents). Here’s what they had to say.

“If you’re oily Revlon Colourstay [£12.99, Superdrug] and a foundation lightener is your best bet,” recommended Becatron7, with Simpsea52 agreeing that “Revlon Colourstay has a couple of pale shades and it’s great for oily skin.”

Three users said they love the palest shade of L’Oreal Infallible Foundation £10.99, Boots, with Lunaforgotten posting,”L’Oreal Infallible 24hr in Porcelain is near white and quite matte. It was too light for both me and my friend.”

Rhianneman responded and said the formula wasn’t very long-wearing for her, however, so if you’ve got oily skin as well it might not suit.

Also in shade Porcelain, GOSH X-Ceptional Wear Make Up, £7.99, Superdrug, got a shout out from Cherrycoffeecola as “the best match I’ve ever found… I found it a nice neutral, slightly warm, that doesn’t oxidise dark.”

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Seventeen Stay Time Foundation, £6.49, Boots, comes in “nice paler colours that aren’t orangey,” according to Fxcktyler.

Several users suggested that lightening drops like those from MUA or NYX may be the solution for how to find your perfect pale foundation shade.

“The NYX drop foundation in the lightest shade is a god send for me,” said Spacetechnology, meaning the NYX Total Control Drop Foundation in Pale, £14.

“That foundations tend to pull orange on you suggests that you might be having an issue with either undertones or lightness of the formula,” said the very knowledgeable Hagia_b*****d. “With regards to undertone, it could be that the foundations you’re trying are either too warm, too pink, or not muted (grey/blue/purple toned) enough for your skin.”

She suggested starting with Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in Light Porcelain, £8.99, or Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in 51, £8.99, and adding NYX Pro Foundation Mixer in White, £8, all from Boots.

“The Rimmel foundation is very pink, and the Bourjois one is very yellow, so you’ll be able to get a good sense for whether you lean more pink or more yellow by seeing how these two foundations look on your skin,” she continued. “If both still look a little bit odd on your skin, you might want to add a little bit of purple colour corrector to your swatches to make them more muted.”

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