With Christmas fast approaching, my parents have started to enquire exactly what’s on my wish list (the cuties) and I have to admit, most of it is make up orientated. But in particular, make up for the kind of pale skin most high street brands apparently don’t know exists. I can’t tell you how many times I have tried an ‘ivory’ foundation and still looked orange, so I am determined to collect the perfect pale girl make up bag this year. Because sometimes a girl can’t be bothered to fake tan, am I right?
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, Siberia shade £31.
I have heard nothing but great things about this brand and of course, the shade in particular. The sheer glow effect is perfect for me as I have pretty dry skin and could do with the extra hydration, but the most important fact is that it brightens up your face and avoids that thick, discoloured look.
Benefit Watts Up! Soft Focus Highlighter, £24.50.
Highlighting is definitely a task when you’re pale. It’so much harder to get that beautiful glow you’re after without looking ‘too much’, but Benefit has the answer with this soft strobe highlighter. With the perfect shade that’s perfect for all complexions it’s a must have really.
bareMinerals bareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer, Fair, £22.
I can’t wait to try this. A serum and concealer in one is perfect for covering and soothing these hideous dark circles that occupy my eyes. And with basically translucent skin against those purple demons, I need the best coverage I can get.
Kat Von D ‘Shade and Light’ face contour palette, £36.
Contouring is SO difficult when you’re pale. It’s super hard to not look like you’ve stepped straight out the circus tent, but of course Kat Von D (the make up and tattoo queen alike) has it down with this contour palette.
Make up Forever HD Powder, £22.
Okay so admittedly this one works for all skin tones given that it’s basically invisible, but it’s particularly great for pale girls because it’s, well invisible. Not only does it get rid of any oil you need to get rid off (not a personal problem for me), but it sets your make up beautifully without damaging any of your contour skills.
Illamasqua, Skin Base Mixer, White, £26.
This is a make up revelation for us pale folk, and a must have for any make up bag if you’re lightly toned or a fan of fake tan and don’t want to pay for two shades of good foundation. Just simply add a few drops into your foundation and you have a completely new, custom-made shade just for you. And if you’re looking for a cheaper version (because, aren’t we all?), try The Body Shop shade adjusting drops here.