What To Wear On Your Face When You're Ghastly Pale

What To Wear On Your Face When You're Ghastly Pale

Picks from The Pouf.

I've never been one to extol the virtues of foundation, especially as in recent years I have opted out of the full face of makeup of my college days in favor of a more involved skincare routine. It's also because nine times out of ten, I wind up looking like Tan Mom even when a certain product is supposedly the lightest shade available. 

To paint an accurate picture of just how pale I am, I recently had a gaggle of school kids approach me and ask, assuming I was Albino (I am not), why my eyes weren’t red. And then there was the salad man at Sweetgreen who asked me (during a month that was not October) if I was heading to a costume party because he loved my ghost makeup (I was not, in that moment, wearing any makeup at all).

But some days call for more coverage, and since I have already spent hours upon hours testing products and running back and forth to Sephora, you don’t have to. Here's what to try:


Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick in Alabaster

Still having issues? Try blending what you have with Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation in White. It's basically white-out for your face, but will lighten up whatever shade you're working with.

Or use baby powder.