Pale & Proud: Make Up Advice For Fair-Skinned Ladies

Kathryn Kearns
Published: January 21, 2015

If you’re fed up of using the sun beds, smelling of biscuits or caking yourself in fake tan – just stop already. Fair skin is beautiful too, and thanks to gorgeously translucent celebrities like Dita von Teese, Emma Stone, Rooney Mara, the Fanning sisters, and Cate Blanchett, to name a few, pale is becoming fashionable again.

It’s time you embraced your natural skin colour, and wore makeup to enhance your natural beauty rather than changing it. Start here, by checking out these makeup tips and products designed especially for pale skin and learn to love the skin you’re in.

All about that face

Finding the right shade of foundation can be difficult for anyone, but it’s especially difficult for you really pale-skinned beauties. It’s a hard to find a good match as many foundations tend to stop Dainty Doll rangeat a certain shade.

The Dainty Doll range by Nicola Roberts from Girls Aloud has been designed especially for fair skin. You should check it out if you haven’t done already. Aside from that, neutral foundations look best on you, and try to avoid foundations with yellow undertones, as these can make you look washed-out.  L’Oréal True Match Lumi Majique is a great foundation for those on a budget, and they have a lot of shades to choose from.

When it comes to powder, blusher really is your friend. Don’t overdo it though, keep it natural. Pale pinks, soft peaches and warm apricots are all perfect for your skin tone. A light dusting of shimmery Bronzer can also be used on your cheekbones, brow bones and temples to add some different tones to your face. Not too much though.

Lips don’t lie

Whether you want a nude or coloured lipstick, it can be tricky to make the colour work on fair skin. With nudes, if you go too pale you’re in danger of looking, well dead. The right nude lipsticks for you are those that include notes of peach or pink, and try to avoid browns and oranges.

To add some colour for that special occasion, you might want to consider a red lipstick. Although, on pale skin it can look a little startling if you’re not used to it, it can also make your lips pop. Revlon's Colorburst Matte Balm in Standout looks great on fair complexions.

Eyes wide openred lipstick and black eyeliner

When it comes to eyes, eyeliner is key, as it can make your eyes really stand out from the crowd. Using liquid eyeliner, you can create all kinds of looks that will look great in contrast to your skin. For a dramatic effect, also use a dark mascara. A great eyeliner to use is Soap & Glory’s Supercat Eyeliner Pen, as it’s easy to control and has a bigger tip than other liquid liners.

As far as eye shadows are concerned, you should definitely keep it cool.  Pale, natural colours look great on pale skin. Champagne greys, soft pinks and even cool browns all match well and will really make your eyes pop out! Colours to avoid are bright colours like blue, bright pink and anything yellow.

Eyebrows on fleek

If you have fair hair to go along with your pale complexion, your eyebrows are probably pretty fair, too. It’s a good idea to gently shape and define them with an eyebrow pencil that’s not too dark.  Even if your eyebrows are not fair, take the time to fill them in to make sure they don’t get lost on your face. Eyebrows shape your look, so it’s important to get them right.