I have never been one to pay attention to trends, but I was happy to see the “bronze” trend slowly on it’s way out over the last couple of years. This was mainly because of my naturally fair skin (which was mocked when I was younger), but also because of the fundamental belief that I’ve come to subscribe to, which is that natural is beautiful. What I once viewed as a “flaw”, I have come to embrace — and dare I say love — my alabaster completion. Aside from the kind of self-acceptance that only comes with age, this newfound confidence was mainly thanks to the emergence of stunning, fair-skinned celebs that changed my standard of beauty. I realized that you didn’t have to be bronze to be beautiful, and pale is pretty (thanks, Emma Stone!)
Although I’m pale year-round, one of the perks of the fall and winter season is that the makeup trends move from bronze to fair, so we fair-skinned ladies can really embrace our complexion! In the spirit of the season, and in honour of my favourite fair skin celebrities, I have created a round up of makeup styles for pale skin, including cruelty free makeup that I have tried and love myself. I know it’s tough to find good makeup for fair skin, but through years of trial and error, I have found some amazing (and cruelty-free!) products that are sure to flatter the fairest of skin tones! Here are my picks for key makeup looks, tailored to pale skin:
Makeup Styles for Pale Skin
Evan Rachel Wood’s beauty looks are constantly evolving, but the one thing that never changes is her gorgeous, porcelain complexion. But when it comes to finding foundation for pale skin, selecting the right shade can be extremely tricky (especially with limited “fair” options!) But after years of trying to find the right foundation shade, I found my foundation soulmate in NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in ‘Siberia’.
The Perfect Blush
Having fair skin, I always shied away from using blush, because I didn’t want to accentuate any existing redness in my skin. But after experimenting with different shades, I discovered that the trick is to find peachy or petal pink shades that compliment your skin tone, rather than clash with it. So far, my favourite blush is NARS blush in ‘Angelika’, or if you’re looking for a truer pink shade like Michelle Williams, I suggest using Smashbox Blush Rush in ‘Petal Pink’.
The Right Red Lipstick
Finding the right red lipstick for fair skin (à la Rooney Mara) is all about knowing your skin’s undertones. For example, I have fair skin with blue undertones, so I stay away from shades of blue/red and purple/red because they exacerbate my paleness. I prefer to stick with true reds or red-oranges (yes, contrary to popular belief, fair skinned girls can pull of orange-red lipstick!) My favourite red-orange lipstick is NARS Lipstick in ‘Heat Wave’. If you have fair skin with redder undertones, then opt for blue-reds or true reds with a hint of blue, so the touch of coolness in the lipstick will help downplay any ruddiness in your skin.
The Perfect Contour
To achieve a gorgeous contouring effect with fair skin like Amanda Seyfried, you have to find a bronzer or pressed powder that is neither too “golden” nor too “beige”. After a lot of experimenting with different brands, I’ve come to love Too Faced’s Milk Chocolate Soleil Light Matte Bronzer. It’s not too bronze, and it’s not shimmery, so I can wear it year-round, to add some colour and definition to my cheeks.
One thing we can all agree on: Emma Stone has perfect skin. To prep your delicate porcelain skin before make up, I recommend using facial products that are geared towards sensitive skin. My all-time favourite products for flawless skin are Lush’s Oatifix mask, and Lush’s Eau Roma Water Toner for mature and/or sensitive skin. Whenever I use the Oatifix mask my skin is one hundred times softer, and my make up glides right on for a smooth, matte finish.
Kristen Bell can thank her vegan diet for her flawless complexion, but beautiful skin doesn’t stop at what you eat — you have to take care of it. To maintain healthy looking fair skin, you must always protect yourself by using sunscreen, even in the winter months. I’m still on the hunt for the perfect facial sunscreen, but until then, I love this primer/suncreen hybrid, Photo Finish Foundation Primer with SPF 20 by Smashbox. Aside from the obvious sun protection benefits, this primer will actually make your foundation look better.
So, what fair skin makeup products would you try? Do you have any fair skin makeup tips to share? And what makeup looks worn by fair skin celebrities would you copy? Share your thoughts in the comments below.