Whilst Bronzers are a summer staple for girls with a healthy holiday tan, summer makeup for pale girls can be much more of a challenge. As a girl that only freckles, never tans, I know the pain of being ghostly while everyone around me slowly browns.
Fake tan is a no go for me (it just makes me look silly!) so I have to make do with what I have. Luckily for me being fair skinned has become much more popular this year thanks to pale beauties like Nicole Kidman, Nicola Roberts and Lily Cole. They’ve definitely made it easier to find a decent foundation that doesn’t leave you looking just plain orange.
I know how tough it can be to find a good summer look, so I’ve been experimenting and coming up with some tips for those of us who can’t get brown!
My top tips:
+ Whatever you do, do not overdo your foundation! For fairer skin high factor sunscreens are a must (unless you want to end up with a very unflattering pink nose) and no matter how invisible your protection is with foundation and sweltering heat it’s a recipe for disaster. Try and blend it carefully to problem areas such as under the eyes and nose, or try and brave it bare. Remember sunshine is good for your skin as
long as you stay well protected!
+ It might sound obvious but match your colour! Fair skin really shows up poorly matched foundation and bright sunshine will only make that worse. If you’re having trouble finding light enough shades then check out Maybelline’s Dream Matte Mousse range for great pale shades like Champagne, Ivory and Porcelain. (£6.99 at the moment with a 3 for 2 Deal at Superdrug!)
+ Just because we can’t bronze doesn’t mean we can’t shimmer! Pick up my current weapon of choice, Shimmer and Shade from the underrated Collection 2000. This is a great alternative to bronzers for us pale girls. Illuminate your cheek bones and under the brows with the shimmer and blush up the apples of your cheeks with the shade.
+ Heavy lipsticks are also a no-go for the summer. For pale skinned girls a really bright red lipstick can be fantastic, but on summer days is far too vampy. Switch it for a clear or light coral gloss to match your skin without drowning you out.
+ Finally, grab yourself some good makeup remover that’s gentle on the skin. Hot weather melts makeup quickly and you can end up with heavy panda eyes in the afternoon. Keep your skin and pores clear by keeping your makeup in place.
I hope these tips were helpful to all of the fair skinned beauties out there. Summer needn’t be trouble for us anymore!