If you’re anything like me, November is officially the “pale season”. Your summer tan has faded and now you’re realizing that all of your old foundation shades are far too dark. In addition to having to pick up a lighter foundation shade, you’ll also want to adjust the rest of your makeup to compliment your new, porcelain complexion. Here are a few tips for finding the right makeup for pale skin and learning to embrace the pale.
Do all you can to get clear skin
In the summer, blemishes and discolorations are temporarily masked with your summer glow, which means once it goes away any little imperfection is more noticeable. If you are prone to redness (especially with the cold temperatures and wind of fall/winter), use a primer to tone this down (like the Clinique Superprimer Face Primer). Use a daily scrub to clean pores and keep your skin exfoliated (try Yes to Tomatoes Daily Deep Pore Scrub). For the acne-prone, try the Kate Somerville EradiKate Acne Treatment. I haven’t had to use this myself (thankfully), but have heard rave reviews from others.
Choose the right shade of face makeup
Finding a foundation that is light enough for pale skin is hard (just like I imagine African American women have a hard time finding dark enough shades to match their skin- especially at drugstores). Thankfully, there are a few brands that carry an array of light shades that aren’t too pinky. For higher-end brands, I suggest Make Up Forever HD Invisible Cover Foundation in “Pink Porcelain” or NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Sibera. For drugstore buys, I’ve used both Revlon ColorStay Makeup in “Ivory” and L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation in “Porcelain W1” – they are great alternatives at a lower price.
Avoid harsh shades of eye, cheek and lip colors
Most women with pale skin look better naturally in cooler colors, so I would suggest sticking with those. For eyeshadows, these include neutrals like silver, beiges, grays and nudes and colors like navy, blue, pinks and pastels. The Maybelline Eye Studio Quads have great color options for paler skin tones. For lips, avoid any color that is too dark. This doesn’t mean you can’t pull of brights (you can!), just nothing too harsh or dark. For brighter colors, try Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in “Cherries in the Snow” or Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Sheer Candy Glossy Balm in “Succulent Pomegranate”, and for neutrals try rose and mauve shades, like Kat Von D Painted Love Lipstick in “Lolita”.For mascara and eyeliner, sometimes black can be too harsh, so try a brown or black brown, like the CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Mascara in “Brown”. Lastly, stick to apricot and pink blush shades, like Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Charisma.
Embrace your pale
Having light skin isn’t the end of the world. While I complain all the time about it, I’d much rather be considered pale than go fake-tanning and get skin cancer. If you need a little inspiration, just look at the image at the top of this post. Amanda Seyfried, Emma Stone, and many others are perpetually pale and still look amazing.
Are you a fellow pale female? Let me know- what is your favorite makeup for pale skin?