Makeup for Pale Skin

Fairest of Them All

As more celebs ditch the fake tan, it isn’t as easy as just not putting your fake tan on to rock the pale and beautiful look. When Nicola Roberts of Girls Aloud appeared earlier this year at the Brits totally fake tan-less and rocking the au-natural look, heads turned and, not only this, she now has her own make-up range, Danity Doll, designed for all the pale skinned beauties out there. But she isn’t the only celeb who isn’t afraid to leave the tan behind and still look amazing, look at Lily Allen, Nicole Kidman, Lily Cole and Dita Von Teese just to name a few. Maybe trying to have an all year round tan is becoming a thing of the past? And despite what people may think, pale skin can look stunning on any hair colour. So, how do you make the most of your natural complexion? Here’s a few tips for those who want to brave the pale look.



To work the pale skin look your skin should look flawless. To start make sure you match the colour correctly to your skin tone and a good light-reflective foundation will give your skin a glow. Why not give Nicola Robert’s Dainty Doll foundation a try? Coming in four different, pale skinned shades, the loose mineral powder foundation (£19.40) gives a natural, flawless finish and won’t clog your pores.


Instead of the usual bronzer go for a glimmering blush. Blondes and red heads should stick to soft pale pinks, apricots and corals such as Bobbi Brown’s Nectar Shimmer Brick image(£30.50). The shimmering, brush on powder give you a soft glow when you apply to the top of your cheek bones, where the light naturally hits your face. Brunettes can also go for more rosy tones like Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouge in Pale Pink (£17).


For a night out a smoky eye looks great on pale skin. Max Factor’s Smoky Eye Effect’s Eyeshadow in Onyx Smoke (£7.99). The crayon-like, double ended eyeshadow, gives you all the tools you need to create the smoky eye look, just blend. To really make your eyes pop and to customise smoky eyes to make them perfect for you, brown eyes should stick to purple and blue shades, green eyes should go for cool brown and grey shades and blue eyed beauties should go for warm browns shades. Remember that if you are doing smoky eyes keep lips minimal and vice-versa to avoid looking overdone. You shouldn’t compensate lack of fake tan with more make up.


Pale skin can look lovely with a deep red lip. A perfect red lipstick can be hard to find. MAC and Chanel both have some good products but if your on a budget I really recommend Rimmel Colour Show Off in Red Fever (£6.29). The long-wearing, high shine lipstick is really a show stopper and will give you that red carpet dazzle.


SPF is so important for your skin to keep it looking its best (check out our feature on the benefits of SPF). It is anti-aging, protecting and will keep your skin soft and smooth. Good moisturising is key. Garnier Intensive 7 Days Ultra Softening Lotion with Shea Butter (£4.99) will help with any dry skin you may have and get your skin in good condition. Top this off with some Soap & Glory Easy Glistening Dry Oil Body Gloss (£5.11) which is a lazy girl’s best friend. This spray on, almond body gloss, has a subtle powder glimmer to give your skin that extra radiant glow.

It may be a daunting task, giving up the fake tan but think of the positives! No more streaks, no more fake tan smell, no more fake tan bed sheets. Going natural is the healthier way forward and so porcelain ladies shouldn’t shy away or cover up with bronzer but be proud to be pale.


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