I realise that this post won't appeal to everyone, but I'm keen to share this with you all as a pale faced lady.
Finding a foundation is never easy, but when your natural skin tone is closer to that of Caspar the Ghost, it can be tricky to find a foundation that doesn't accidentally make you look like an extra from TOWIE.
I've spent many years hunting for the perfect shade, and so I wanted to pass along my top tips.
Always test it on your face. I know that this might be tricky in places like Boots/Superdrug, but whenever possible, try a new foundation on your face and see how it looks in natural light. Any good beauty counter will give you a foundation sample to try yourself. Take your time and see how it reacts with your skin - sometimes foundations oxidise and turn out a completely different shade on different skin types. If you can't try it out on your face, then the underside of your forearm will give a decent enough match.
Find companies that offer more light shades. Ones I would recommend for choice of shades are Bare Minerals, Lily Lolo, Illamasqua and Dainty Doll. My current HG foundation is the palest shade from Bare Minerals which blends perfectly on me.
Stand your ground. I've actually had arguments with counter assistants who insist that I'm one shade when I very clearly know that it's not right for me. Usually after a quick swatch on the face, they agree, but never feel pressurised into buying anything that you know isn't right (harder than it seems sometimes).
Don't forget the SPF! If you can get a foundation with a bit of SPF in it, all the better. My skin lasts about 10 minutes in the sun before frying, so any extra protection I can give it helps.
I hope that these tips help a little - I think they can apply no matter what colour your skin is. It's taken me many years to be happy with my pale skin, reddish hair and freckles, but now I wouldn't be without them. Feel beautiful, whatever your skin tone may be.