Yes, I am Italian but that doesn’t mean I have that olive undertone to my skin. In the summer, I burn and eventually that burn turns to tan (eventually being the right word). A tan is still something to be coveted it seems and in high school and parts of college, I coveted it. I didn’t oil myself up and put up reflectors but I was willing to get a little red if that meant I would be tan in the end.
Something changed. Maybe as I got older and started reading all these articles about how women in their twenties are starting anti-aging stuff (!) that I started to value, protect, and respect my pale skin. I was never grossly irresponsible before (my worst burns were by accident) but I started to be actively responsible. Sure, I wouldn’t have that J.Lo glow now but when I’m older I would thank myself. That’s my current thinking at least.
Still, that tan and dewy look is so in. And I love to highlight and contour as well. So I’ve had to figure out the products that work on my more pale skin (because you can be pale and dewy). I’m so pale that I am often the 0 on the foundation scale so finding foundation and a bronzer and all those things has taken some time.
I am a makeup lover, not so much to change my appearance but because I love to be creative (but dude, let’s be clear…I don’t wear it every day and I don’t feel like putting it on everyday). Like most things, I love doing it when I want to do it. I have even done my friends’ makeup when they got married so though I have no formal training, I’ve taught myself a lot.
You’ll notice there is a mix of drugstore and splurges. I love a lot of drugstore makeup but this list leans towards more splurges. If you saw my whole makeup routine, you would see much more of a balance (I’ll do that another day). But finding those products that work for my skin color sometimes means spending a bit more.
One important thing I’ve found is that a lot of these products work great on people who are tan, with olive complexions, or darker. But if I were to try the things in their makeup bag, it doesn’t work as interchangeably.So, Summertime Makeup for the Pale Girl:
First, it must have SPF. My moisturizer has SPF as well but I am not going to lie, I like to double up because chances are I may have missed a spot with the moisturizer (I am infamous for getting sunburn in the weirdest places…this last time it was the back of one hand). In my teen and college years I was loyal to Bare Minerals and last summer I even tried their Naked Liquid foundation but I personally think there are better options out there.
A few years ago I was introduced to the brand Tarte and I loved it. I started using their Amazonian Clay in light. It was still a bit dark for me, particularly in winter but I could blend it and make it work.
Months after that for some reason, one day I was at a department store and let them do my makeup. The guy happened to try this BB creme on me and it matches my skin tone perfectly. Of course, the price tag is not what I wanted to spend. But when I saw it on my face? It didn’t look like I was wearing makeup and my skin looked flawless. It also didn’t feel like I was wearing makeup. I need very little for my face and it lasts forever. It’s Diorsnow UV Shield BB Creme (I wear 020 also SPF 50, what up?). I just started my second tube in three year.
If I get a little color, I still use the Tarte.
I have never finished a Bronzer because there has never been one where I am like wow. But I am on the tail’s end of Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Matte Bronzer. I use this as a bronzer and to contour. It doesn’t have a sparkle in it which is a no-no when contouring since you’re trying to create a shadow and shimmer is going to reflect light.
I’ve used this on every skin color I’ve ever done makeup on (I have some tutorials coming up with different faces) and I have never found someone it didn’t work on.
I just bought the NYX Wonderstick and am super impressed with the highlighter end. I bought medium which was a mistake. The contour side? Not as impressive for me. It blends right back into my foundation and my Tarte Bronzer does a much better job. I’ve also been using the highlighter under my eyes this summer as well.
One of my fave’s is no longer made by Clinique. It’s Patchwork Pink.
I always use the Fresh Sugar Untinted because it’s the best for sunburn lips, chapped lips, and includes an SPF, even if it’s under whatever I am wearing that day.
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