In recent years I have taken a step away from the faux glow and embraced the pale, the main reason for this being…I’m lazy. I’m also not a girl who keeps a separate summer and winter foundation shade due to the fact that the amount of time i’m actually tanned in a year is so slight…blink and you’ll miss it, it would take me about 10 years to use up the summer shade.
So for the most part of the year I’m your alabaster, as pale as foundation goes kinda shade and I’ve been experimenting with lots of products & techniques that suit my skin shade and my cool undertones and thought I'd share them with you.
I am not a makeup artist or professional, just simply sharing with you tips and products that have worked for me
Don’t try to darken your skin with the wrong colour foundation, instead match your base to your neck and warm the skin gradually and naturally with a bronzer later. Aim for a neutral foundation with no strong undertone to even out any redness or blue veins that can both be more prominent in fair skin.
Go for a light base to avoid looking ghostly and one-dimensional and cover any unwanted marks & blemishes with a concealer.
Bobbi Brown Skin foundation
Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation
Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturiser
Add a white foundation like Chanel le Blanc de Chanel or Face Atelier Foundation in Zero Minus with your existing foundation if it is too dark.
Match your concealer perfectly to your base to avoid looking muddy or patchy
Avoid brightening or highlighting concealers for blemish covering, as this will accentuate the blemish.
Bobbi Brown face touch up stick
Laura Mercier secret camouflage concealer
Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer
Only conceal where you need to under the eye, if you don’t have bags or dark circles to conceal then don’t use concealer.
A peachy toned concealer will conceal blue circles
Mac pro longwear concealer
Bobbi brown creamy corrector & concealer
Maybelline Age rewind
Powder is another tricky one for us fairer skin gals. I find the only kinds I like to use these days are the translucent ones so they don’t add any extra colour or coverage to my base.
I only powder where I have used concealer and in any oily areas of the face to avoid shine developing throughout the day. If you don’t need powder, don’t powder, to keep a youthful glow in the skin.
Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
Jurlique Citrus Silk Finishing Powder
Bourjois Healthy balance pressed powder
Laura Mercier Secret brightening powder*
*To set under eye concealer. This powder is pure magic. In the packaging it almost looks glittery, but none of this shimmer/glitter transfers to the skin and it sets concealer beautifully whilst brightening the area.
After using powder under the eye, spray a setting spray on your powder brush and press this onto the under eye area to set the make-up and diminish the powdery residue to avoid looking dry or dull. I use Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray.
Bronzer is a fair skinned gals best friend, it can give your skin a beautiful glow and ad some shape and dimension to your face. Avoid anything too red based and aim for a shade 1 or two shades darker than your foundation for a natural buildable glow.
Rimmel Sun Shimmer bronzing powder
Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder
NYX Taupe blush for the perfect contour colour
Blush is essential. I don’t know about you but when I have put my foundation on I look like I’ve just dragged myself off the set of the walking dead, but a swipe or dab of your favourite blush will soon bring you back to the life of the living
Rouge Bunny Rouge Original Skin Blush in Gracilis
Fusion Beauty Sculptdiva Blush in Haute
Zoeva Luxe Colour Blush in Rush Rush
Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Radiance Blush in Pink Pop 07
I mostly keep black eyeliner for tight lining, Smokey eyes and cat flicks
For a more subtle, softer look you could opt for a brown, bronze, purple or navy liner depending on your colouring or preference. This way you still get definition and avoid looking too harsh.
MAC Eye Kohl in Prunella
MAC Eye Kohl in Teddy
Almay Intense i-colour in 004 Raisin Quartz
I think a bright lip looks amazing on fair skin and can really bring the face to life. Find the best shade to compliment your colouring.
Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Ripe Raspberry for a more sheer bold lip
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Ole Flamingo
Lancome Rouge in Love in 170N
Max Factor Colour Elixir in Vibrant Pink
Recap: Top tips for achieving a wide-awake pale face
Don’t try to change the colour of your face skin with foundation, match your foundation with your neck and décolletage and warm it up afterward with bronzer if you need to, this also means you can avoid having to take your foundation down your neck.
Find the perfect blush shade for you. Blush is the pale girls secret weapon and can even work to brighten your eyes if you find the right shade.
Find a bright lip colour that compliments your colouring and brightens your complexion
Line the eyes with a brown, purple, bronze or blue liner for a softer defined effect
Use a cool toned bronzer or contour powder to shape the face after applying foundation and follow with blush.
I'd love to know if you have any top tips for pale sin makeup or any favourite products you have that work well for fair skin. Please leave me a comment below.
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