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A Pale Girl’s Guide to Makeup: Favourite Products

April 10, 2015

Hi Everyone!

Today I’ve decided to share my favourite products for my fellow fair skinned ladies out there. If you’ve been following me for any amount of time I’m sure you’ve noticed that I am white as a sheet. Despite the huge popularity of self tanning I am really not interested and I embrace my paleness. With that being said, being fair can make it challenging to find products that work for you so I thought I’d share a few. Now of course fair skin should never limit you, with a light hand I can pull off most blushes, bronzers etc., but it’s still nice to have products tailored to my skin tone.

I should note that I have a cool undertone, so any foundations or concealers that I mention are likely intended for that undertone.

Nars Laguna Bronzer


The first product I want to mention is a cult favourite amongst many skintones, but I like this particularly for light and fair skin. I have tried a variety of bronzers and worn some pretty dark ones just fine, but I like this for the tone. It’s not too red, which can look unnatural on fair skin since a real tan from the sun is more likely to have a red undertone than it to be natural on fair skin. I can really bronze up my skin with this and not look orange or muddy. When you’re fair you need a bronzer where you can dust it on and not go from the colour of paper to oompa loompa orange in 2 seconds flat and this does that for me.


MAC Emphasize Powder


Ever since I got into highlighting and contouring I have been on the hunt for a powder to set my concealer with that would actually highlight and brighten. It seemed like every one I tried wound up being the same colour as my skin, setting it but failing to brighten. I wanted Emphasize forever, but you can only get it online or in a MAC Pro store so I hesitated. I recently sucked it up and I’m so glad I did. This is the only powder I’ve ever found that is actually brighter than me. This is bright enough that I can actually overdo it, which I’m jumping for joy at. So if you’re as fair as me and you want the true highlighting effect, give this a go. It does have a slight shimmer in it, but nothing more than a brightening powder or something like that would so it’s not glittery or anything.



Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer- Fair Neutral


On the same note, concealer is part of my highlighting routine and it’s also challenging to find one light enough to highlight with. I usually go for the lightest shade and that usually ends up being either my skintone or slightly lighter but not light enough. I was using the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly and it was a good concealer but it needed to be a touch lighter. Sephora was out of that one so I picked up this one and it’s way better. The concealer blends way easier and it’s actually light enough to set a base for highlighting. Like I said I’m cool toned, but this concealer is in a neutral undertone and still works perfectly for me.


Tarte Celebrated Blush


I’m not one to limit myself in terms of blush because of my fair skin. If I like the colour, I buy it and figure out how to use it. But with that being said, it is nice to have some blushes around that you can just put on without a super light hand. This blush doesn’t look like much, but it gives this healthy sun-touched pinched kind of look. It’s perfect because it is light but can be built up to be more prominent. This has quickly become one of my absolute favourites because it’s so easy for me just to throw on with any eye look.

Celebration swatch

Vanilla Pigment


If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know I like a strong highlight. On fair skin it can be a challenge to have a strong highlight that’s not going to be too bronzey or too gold and look darker than your face. I do have highlighters in gold and bronze that I dust lightly, but something I want to light my face up like a disco ball with no limits and I can do this with Vanilla Pigment. This is probably as light as you get and it’s perfect to stand out against fair skin. I bought the to-go size which makes it a fairly affordable highlight. It also works well as a browbone highlight. Sometimes I add a highlight there and I may as well not have bothered because it doesn’t show up, but this has a reflect in it, so it really shines when it catches the light.


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush- Luminous Flush


My other blush favourite for fair skin belongs to Hourglass. I only own one of their Ambient Lighting blushes, but the one I own is perfect for fair maidens like me. Since it has Ambient Lighting Powder throughout, it’s not pure pigment and that makes it easier to pull off. Plus the shade I have, Luminous Flush is the perfect medium rosy pink shade, that looks perfectly natural on my skin tone.


Nars Audacious Lipstick- Raquel


It seems to be a challenge to find the perfect nude lipstick. Either they’re too light and I just feel washed out or they’re darker and not really nude anymore. I find that nudes with peach in them look the best on me and Nars Raquel is just perfect. It’s not too beige which is what I think washes me out, but it’s not too dark so it doesn’t come across as straight brown. This adds a fresh look to my face, but it still neutral so it goes with tons of looks.


Final Tip

If you’re having trouble finding a foundation that matches you because they’re all too dark it might be a good idea to invest in a white foundation, so that you can adjust your foundations to match you exactly. This is good too if you’re fair but do self tan because you can buy your self tan shade and the lighten it to your natural skin tone. MAC Face and Body Foundation comes in white (online) and I believe Illamasqua makes one as well.

I hope this post gave my fellow pale girls some product ideas! Leave me a comment down below with your favourite products for your skin tone!

Bye for now!






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  • Reply Grateful Geek April 10, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    I hear you I have fair olive skin and it’s so hard to find the right color match! My 3D fiber mascara trumps it all though! Have you tried this stuff? I’m loving it 🙂

    • Reply Chelsey April 10, 2015 at 8:45 pm

      Olive is particularly difficult I hear. I have not tried the fiber mascara from Younique, but my eyes are super sensitive so I’m not sure it would be a good idea!

      • Reply Grateful Geek April 10, 2015 at 8:46 pm

        My eyes are sensitive too that’s why I use it :p This was the only mascara that didn’t bother it (they do have a 14 day love it guarantee though so if it did bother them you can return for 100% refund no questions ;p).

  • Reply Melissa April 10, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    Wow, that UD concealer really is light! I’ve been looking for a light concealer, I might have to give this one a try now after seeing your swatch.

    • Reply Chelsey April 10, 2015 at 9:45 pm

      Ya its awesome! It is so smooth. Plus the shade is a pale girl’s dream

      • Reply Melissa April 10, 2015 at 10:04 pm

        I never actually think of Urban Decay for anything beyond lipstick and eyeshadow so I forget that they have a whole collection of other products.

        • Reply Chelsey April 10, 2015 at 10:06 pm

          They are really starting to build up their face products! The Naked Skin Foundation is great too.

  • Reply kelleemudiva April 11, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Great tips Chelsey!

  • Reply Rachel Ellis Fashion & Beauty April 12, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Great post! I have pale skin too and found that the NARS Laguna bronzer is great! My fave blush is definitely MAC Springsheen or Benefit Hervana – they are perfect for fair skin 🙂 Great post! xxx

    • Reply Chelsey April 12, 2015 at 6:37 pm

      Thank you! I have both of those and I really should play around with them more!

  • Reply danniekbeauty April 21, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    I absolutely love hits post! The struggle is real, and I definitely know how you feel with trying to find a powder to set concealer that actually highlights! Definitely going to look into a few of these. Love your blog girl xoxo

    • Reply Chelsey April 21, 2015 at 5:36 pm

      Thank you! I hope that this helped you out as a fellow pale girl haha!

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