I’m pale – like really pale. It kinda comes with being a ginge. If you’re also pale – which I’m guessing you are if you’re reading this – you’ll understand the struggle.
Me. Pale, pale, pale.
It’s like ‘ooo contouring, that sounds good’. But no you can’t because you’re pale, therefore you do not exist in the makeup world.
Ooo lipstick, great idea. No, pale = wash out.
Oh yeah great, I love eyeliner. Sorry no, because pale. Get out, put the liner down, just leave.
OK slight exaggeration, but shopping for make up as a pale girl can be tough. You’re forever made to look orange by the counter people, who don’t seem to understand the colour of your skin. Sorry love, did I say do a Dale Winton, no I did not. Do I look like Dale Winton. Yes, I look Dale AF.
Then there’s the fact that you have to test makeup on your hand – which in my case is like 15 shades darker than my face. To put it bluntly. Having pale skin is shit.
So I decided to put together a survival guide. And it’s really not that complex.
Step one – this is seriously essential.
Get your foundation right. Nail it. I’ve stuck with the same stuff for literally years. I don’t care how cheap and crap it is, it works for me and I’m sticking with it. And it’s mostly to do with the colours. I use Maybelline Dream Matte Mouse in light porcelain and MaxFactor Ageless Elixir 2 in 1 Foundation and Serum in Light Ivory.
However recently I got tempted by Kim Kardashian’s contouring ways and wanted to try it out for myself… I decided to dabble in something a little safer and fell in love. It’s cheap as chips but oh my is it a beautiful creation. Say hello to Seventeen’s Define and Conquer contour kit. It’s basically a fool proof mechanism to contouring.
Because it’s powder rather than liquid, it’s also ridiculously easy to use.
So that’s the face.
Onto step two. Liner and lashes.
A lot of people say that if you’re pale you have to be careful doing a dark eye. I disagree – check out My Pale Skin’s blog if you need any more convincing.
So for an easy fix to this little problem. Basically screw what people say and opt for a liner – but just go on top… Lucy MIC style.Team this with a simple mascara on both top and bottom lashes, and you’ll achieve eye pop without any of the wash out.
I use Maybelline Colossal Volume Cat Eyes and Max Factor Excess Intensity Longwear Eyeliner.
Whilst we’re on the eyes – brows are also so important. Another tricky area for both pale and ginger haired girls. It can be hard to define without going too OTT. I’m not a fan of a heavy brow, I like a more natural look. Anyway I use Benefit’s Brow Zings in light. You can go as defined or as subtle as you like and it lasts for actual years.
Stage 3. The lip.
I’m obsessed with Max Factor lippy. The colours on offer are perfect for my complexion. And you can go pretty bold without loosing the richness of colour, which is when the washout situation occurs.
The only down side with this is that it comes off pretty easy. Even their Lipfinity, which is supposed to last 7 hours, doesn’t hold out for so long.
With this in mind I’m about to invest in a liquid lipstick – I’ve heard Gerrard Cosmetics and Hour Glass are good… So watch this space.
To conclude. If you’re pale, make up can actually be your best friend. Don’t discount make up trends because you don’t think they’ll suit you. Play around and have fun. But most importantly do what works for you.