Because pale most definitely IS interesting...
Finding the right foundation for pale skin is a tricky business. Go too dark and you’ll look like you’ve been tangoed and leave an orange fuzz around your jawline, go too light and you may cover all the natural pigment in your face, tipping you onto the wrong side of pale and interesting.
Don’t fret: we’ve hunted down the best foundations for pale skins so you don’t have to plod from make-up counter to make-up counter in the desperate search for that really uber pale shade…
Best for Sheer Coverage: Chanel Vitalumière Aqua, £33
Palest shade: Beige 10
This Chanel foundation is extremely fluid, light, easy to blend, and will stick around from day to evening without ever looking mask-like.
Best for Flawless Skin: Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, £36.50
Palest shade: 2
This really is silky coverage at its best – it conceals all manner of flaws without looking caked on.
Best Bargain: Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation, £9.99
Palest shade: 51
One of our favourite less costly brands, this Bourjois foundation is brilliant if you’d like a little sheen to your skin.
Best for Porcelain Skin: Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation, £31
Palest shade: Alabaster 00
This is a lovely weightless foundation for those with pink undertones. It can be used sparsely or more generously depending how much coverage you want. It is also moisturising so perfect if you want a dewy finish and suffer from normal to dry skin.
Best for Customised Blending: Face Atelier Ultra Foundation, £34
Palest shade: Zero Minus
In the kit of the lovely Lisa Eldridge, this Ultra Foundation in Zero Minus can be mixed with shades to customise your foundation to make it a touch paler. Genius.