Fashion & Beauty

Top Three Foundations To Suit Each Skin Colour

Written by Izzie Berry

Many women have had trouble finding the right foundation for their skin tones. For very fair skin, a main issue can be finding a new foundation that will match fair skin, as many of them oxidise and can look a little on the orange side.


So with this in mind, here are the top three foundations that are well suited for each skin colour.




  • MAC Face and Body £23.50: If you find that your skin is leaning towards the very fair side, try using the MAC face and body foundation. The coverage is buildable, so you don’t have to worry that the first application will instantly make you cakey. On the plus side, it doesn’t oxidise! The shade range isn’t too wide, with only thirteen shades, so you won’t have to worry too much that each shade is going to be too dark, as this range of foundations caters towards fair skin.


  • Too Faced Born This Way: £29: Many of you would have seen this circulating around social media, and so it should! The born this way range boasts of catering towards those who are on the paler side, using formulas that match yellow based pale skin, neutral toned skin, and pink under toned pale skin making it have a very varied range to suit all most every pale skin out there. The coverage on this is very much more of a medium, however it still has the dewy finish if you don’t want anything too heavy.


  • L’Oreal True Match £9.99: Ever since L’Oreal released this foundation, they prided themselves on being able to match many skin tones, and have recently proven to match 98% of the UK’s skin tone* with the range having an impressive twenty eight shades. Therefore, this foundation is on my top three, as it carefully matches even the fairest of skin colours. The formula also matches that of your own skin’s pigmentation to help match as well as the foundation can to your skin colour.




  • Maybelline Fit Me £7.99: For those of you who are still on the fair side, but not so much that you’re not completely porcelain. This Maybelline foundation comes in nineteen shades, the fairer shades vary in cool tones and warm tones so you’ll be able to find a shade that really matches your skin tone.



  • NYX Total Control Drop £14: This foundation has also been trending within the beauty community for a while now, but with twenty four shades, NYX have upped their game with trying to match everyone’s skin tone with a foundation, the lightest shade in this range is 01 Pale, and it certainly is pale, from looking at it online, to going into the store and trying it on my hand myself it is for those with very fair skin.


  • Urban Decay All Nighter £29: Just like the NYX Total Control Drop foundation, this foundation comes in twenty four shades, with the lightest being in the shade 0.5. Its variety in colours helps to differentiate the paler skin tones by the under tones, for example, a shade that works for a very pale person with pink undertones may not work the same for a person who is just as pale but has more yellowy undertones, so distinguishing between the two is crucial when looking for a foundation. However, if you need help with finding out what undertones you may have, the makeup artist at the counter will be more than happy to advise you.




  • Estee Lauder Double Wear £32.50: Estee Lauder has been a firm favourite for people who enjoy affordable luxury, while Estee is very well respected and do wonderful products, they’re still classed as a drugstore brand as you can find that most Boots will have an Estee Lauder counter. Most of the twenty nine shades within the Double Wear range are for more warmed toned skin tones. Meaning you’re more olive skinned than those who are fair or very fair would be. This foundation would be a good one to try if you’re looking for something luxurious but still within a reasonable price bracket.


  • Kat Von D ‘Lock it’ Liquid Foundation £27.00: Much like the Estee Lauder foundation, the Kat Von D Lock it foundation also caters towards neutral and warmed toned skin, so again is perfect for those of you who are olive skinned or have a little bit of a yellowy undertone to the skin. This foundation is extremely thick and offers super full coverage, so for those of you who have oily skin will also love it, a little goes a long way with this product as well so you’ll save money in the long run too!


  • Rimmel Match Perfection £7.99: Although the shade range isn’t extensive and only twelve shades being available online at Boots, much of the shades are for more medium skin types, with seven out of the twelve shades online being named ‘nude’ or ‘beige’. On the plus side however, it is super affordable and well worth a try as it boasts twenty four hour moisture making sure your skin looks and feels really hydrated.




  • L’Oreal True Match £9.99: It is strange seeing a type of foundation that I listed for very fair skin in this list, but as I mentioned, the entire L’Oreal true match range has at least one foundation that will match nearly all skin tones. If you’re looking for a new foundation but may be a little too nervous to go to the higher end brands and feel like you may waste your money if you don’t like it, this drugstore favourite is something you need!


  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid £23.50: With an impressive forty six shades, anyone can find a shade to suit their skin tone within this extensive range. Each shade has been carefully made to fit most skin types. If you find that most foundations you have tried have either been too dark or too light, with this foundation you can feel comfortable in knowing that with this shade range you can almost guarantee you’re going to find the right shade for you.  In addition to the large shade range, the coverage is medium but also buildable if you wish to have it fuller, it also controls shine, which for many of us is a God send, and it does also have an SPF of fifteen to help add some protection for our skin.


  • NARS All Day Luminous Weightless £34.00: The cult favourite foundation with a respectable twenty shades, ensures that even though they don’t have as much of a wide range of shades for deeper skin shades than other brands, they do however make sure that the shades they do have will match a variety, as each shade for deeper skin has different undertones to them including red, espresso, yellow and golden undertones.




  • Bobbi Brown Skin £34.00: Much like the NARS foundation, Bobbi Brown also differentiates the different type of deep skin by the undertones of the skin, once again enhancing on olive and yellow undertones to help match as perfectly as they can to those with the deepest dark skin, within their shade range. “Cool Espresso 10.25” is the darkest shade.


  • A. Girl PRO.Coverage HD Long Wear Illuminating £11.00: Available mostly online through Beauty Bay, the shade range surrounding this foundation was largely for deeper skin, again, if you’re looking for a new foundation but don’t want to spend too much money this is definitely a brand you should be aware of.


  • Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear £31.50: Lancôme have now introduced forty shades to this range, eleven being for those of deep and dark deep skin tones which, for a luxurious high end brand is brilliant. It is also long lasting so there is no need to worry about having to retouch your makeup at work or in public toilets!


If you still struggle on finding the right shade for you, The Body Shop do shade adjusting drops for £10.00, that you can add to your foundation to either help lighten or darken depending on your needs.





About the author

Izzie Berry

Aspiring journalist with a love of all things beauty.