Finding the correct shades of makeup is hard enough, but women with fair skin tones have it especially rough: Many brands offer only one or two light shades, and any makeup misfires will be extra noticeable on such a pale palette. We found expert-approved tips for foundation, blush, and lips.
This is the trickiest part of the job, since you need to find an exact color match. Total Beauty rounded up the ten best foundations for fair skin, which range from Cover Girl’s oil-free option for under nine bucks to a luxurious Koh Gen Do pump foundation for $62. Their best tip: Mix and match various products you’ve accumulated that just weren’t quite the right shade or didn’t provide the correct amount of coverage. Combine ’em and maybe you’ll create a perfect match.
When it comes to your cheeks, stick with pale pink blushes for the most natural flush. “On fair skin, baby pink gives a subtle flush. It’s almost like the same color as the inside of your lip,” makeup artist Ashleigh Ciucci told Allure. She recommends Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Cream Blush in Pink, which won’t look too orangey.
Women’s Health got celebrity makeup artist Kimara Ahnert to spill the best lip colors for pale skin. Here’s her rundown: Universally flattering colors include skin-brightening light brown and pinkish beige. Those with cool undertones should opt for nude, light mocha, and light mauve shades, while those with warm undertones are complemented by shell, sand, and nude peach. And, just as importantly, porcelain-skinned ladies should avoid severe shades like bright pink, dark bronze, and dark mocha.