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Fair and flawless: Makeup tips for pale beauties

by timetospa July 30, 2014
Fair and flawless: Makeup tips for pale beauties

In the summertime, it seems like every girl is rocking a radiant tan. While catching some rays may give you that bronzed and beautiful look, however, it's not exactly worth risking your skin's health. The sun can potentially cause some major damage, and if you're looking to ward off wrinkles or a more serious skin condition in the long run, it's better to be safe .

Still, it's easy to feel left out this season if you're on the paler side. Even though you may be tempted to stretch out on the beach and bask in the UV light, it might be time to embrace your fair skin. The fact is, you can still achieve a gorgeous glow with the right makeup strategies and products for your complexion. Need proof? Look to fair celebs like Taylor Swift, Amanda Seyfried, Scarlett Johansson and Emma Stone.

Take these beauty tips into account and you won't even be tempted to go tanning.

Fair skin tends to be dry, so go for a liquid or cream foundation. If your skin is close to perfect or you prefer a lightweight product, opt for a tinted moisturizer. The key is finding a formula with built-in SPF so you can protect your skin while also evening out its tone.

Additionally, pale girls are prone to redness, and undereye dark circles may look more prominent. A powerful concealer with green undertones can balance out redness, while one with a yellow tint is ideal for counteracting dark areas.

You can still make your skin luminous without a tan. Use a highlighter along your cheekbones, brow bone and the bridge of your nose to add dimension to your face.

It goes without saying that bronzer and blush are key for bringing warmth to your complexion.

Don't go overboard on the bronzer, though - achieving a natural sunkissed look means using a pigment just two shades deeper than your natural tone. Sweep it from your temples along your cheekbones, and wherever else rays would hit your face.

Picking the perfect blush can be tricky if you're pale. A matte formula will merely make your skin look flat. Joanna Schlip, a celebrity makeup artist in Los Angeles, told Fitness magazine that a reflective blush will illuminate your skin better. The Colorescience Mineral Blush Cheek Colore in Blushing Bride works with your skin to give you that lit-from-within rosy glow.

There are a number of shades that you can rock on your pale lids, but your best bets are neutral and soft tones. Try a pale gray, taupe or lavender during the day, and a deeper silvery slate or navy for a dramatic look at night. SheKnows suggested opting for shimmery colors that will bring out your natural eye color.

Jet black eyeliner and mascara can sometimes look harsh against fair skin, so consider switching to an equally bold but more flattering brown or gray.

Nude or too pale lip colors will merely make you look washed out.

Instead, reach for a light but bright lip color, like the Colorescience Sunforgettable Lip Shine SPF 35 in pink, which will pop against your pale complexion, protect your pout from the sun and impart a dose of moisture. When you want to amp things up in the evening, try a rich magenta gloss.

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