Finding good foundations for pale skin is quite frankly a minefield and recommendations for brands that make decent light shades is one of the questions I get asked the most. To help you make a decision on what the right brand/shade might be for you, I'm pulling together a foundation library with as many swatches as possible.
You'll be able to find a variety of different priced foundations, as well as all sorts of formulas. I'll be adding to this post on an ongoing basis, so if there's a brand you think I need to feature or a shade that i've missed, please let me know and I'll do my best to include it. I've also added a mini write up of each one to give you an idea of shade range and formula, but if you'd like full reviews of any in particular, let me know and I will get to work!
HD Brows Fluid Foundation R0001 Ivory - liquid formula, semi-matte finish, medium to full coverage, 9 shades in total.
Vichy Dermablend 05 Porcelain - liquid formula, slight yellow tone, full coverage (also great for covering blemishes/dark circles/redness etc), avoid if you have very dry skin as may go patchy, 6 shades in total.
Urban Decay Naked Skin 0.5 - pink toned/Urban Decay Naked Skin 1.0 - v.slightly yellow toned - both have a liquid formula with a medium coverage. They look very natural once applied to the skin, not obviously like foundation. Works well for most skin types, oily skins will benefit from a bit of powder on top. 18 shades.
Laura Mercier Silk Creme Oil Free Photo Finish Foundation - slight pink tones, liquid formula, medium to full coverage. Satin/matte finish, looks great in photos. Good for normal, oily or combination skins. 10 shades to choose from.
Max Factor Skin Luminizer Light Ivory - liquid formula, neutral toned, medium coverage. Benefits from a touch of powder over the top to help set it. 6 shades in total.
GOSH Foundation Drops 002 - v.liquid formula, needs shaking before use, slight yellow tone. Good for normal to dry skin as feels quite hydrating. 5 shades to choose from.
L'Oreal Infallible 24 Hour Foundation Porcelain - liquid formula, slight pink tones, impressively pale for the high street! Light-medium coverage, good for normal/combination/slightly dry skin, would avoid if very dry. 8 shades in the range.
L'Oreal Infallible 24 Hour Matte 10 Porcelain - liquid formula, matte finish, with neutral undertones. Looks darker than the non-matte version in the same shade, Good for oilier skins. Medium coverage, avoid if you have very dry skin as can look patchy. 6 shades to choose from.
L'Oreal True Match Foundation N1 Ivory - liquid formula, slight pink undertones, very pale. Light to medium coverage, hydrating formula, good for normal to dry skins. 18 shades in total.
B.Radiant Illuminating Foundation in 010 Linen/020 Rose Ivory/030 Beige - liquid formula with a slight 'glowy' finish. works well for normal to dry skins. 010 Linen oxidized badly on me but has neutral undertones, 020 is pink toned and 030 more yellow. 5 shades in total.
B.Even Oil Control Foundation in 010 Linen/030 Beige - liquid formula with a matte finish, aimed at oilier skins so avoid if dry. Again, some oxidisation on me - I would recommend a swatch in store if you can. Both shades I have are yellow based, but there are 8 in total.
Too Faced Born This Way Porcelain - liquid formula, medium to full coverage, satin finish. works best with normal skin, avoid if very dry or very oily. The lighter shades seem quite yellow toned. 12 shades to choose from.
NARS Sheer Glow Light 1 Siberia - medium coverage, semi-matte finish (looks very natural on the skin). Very pale with yellow undertones. 20 shades to choose from.
NARS Sheer Glow Light 2 Mont Blanc - medium coverage, semi-matte finish (looks very natural on the skin). Very pale with pink undertones. My holy grail shade and formula. 20 shades to choose from.
NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Light 1 Siberia - v.liquid formula, yellow toned, medium coverage. Works well on most skin types, oil-free, would need a touch of powder if combination/oily. 20 shades available.
Make Up For Ever Ultra HD shade R210 - liquid formula, very natural on the skin, medium coverage but can be built up, great for all skin types (although prep v.dry skin with a hydrating primer). Fantastic for photos or film work (or weddings) as designed to work with HD technology. 18 shades to choose from.
Liz Earle Signature Foundation 01 Porcelain - liquid formula, medium to full coverage, yellow undertones, quite dark for the lightest shade available. Good texture, sits well on combination to slightly dry skin. 3 shades.
Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint Bare 01 - v.liquid formula, light coverage, more like tinted moisturiser. Blends out well but benefits from a touch of powder to help it set. Yellow undertones. 3 shades available.
Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder 1 Fair - liquid formula, needs a good shake before dispensing to mix the foundation and serum. Neutral undertones, light to medium coverage. Works well for most skin types, 10 shades to choose from.
Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Perfectly Satin 24HR Alabaster 01 - liquid formula, full coverage, with matte finish. Pink undertones, works well for oily skins, long-lasting. 10 shades.
Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Perfectly Nude Alabaster - liquid formula, yellow undertones, medium to full coverage. Good for most skin types, 18 shades.