Contouring/Coverage for Pale girls?

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@GoldStar:  Since you are fair complected, try contouring with a foundation that is a shade or two darker than your skin. Maybe a pressed powder?

As for primer, I have heard that monostat chafing gel is pretty comparible to the smashbox primer, but I have not used it (primer kills my skin!)

I highly suggest checking out Elf cosmetics. Their HD setting powder is seriously the bomb and their brushes from the studio line are pretty dang amazing. I use their flat top brush for my liquid foundation, the stippling brush for my blush, the kabuki brush for my setting powder, and the angled blush brush for contouring. They have a contour powder that is great, but it is kinda dark. I have used it on myself with a VERY light hand in the winter and it turned out pretty well.

Post # 4
7281 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Primer- NARS skin smoothing face prep. It’s great for evening out scars and fine lines

Contouring- NARS blush/bronzer duo (I use the sin/casino combo with sephora brushes- round for blush, angled for contouring). If you buy this, a little goes a loooong way. They are highly pigmented.

I swear, I am not a NARS sales person. I just love those two products.

Post # 5
4812 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Hey, I don’t know much about what makeup you could use but just wanted to pass along that sometimes getting your makeup done can be cheaper than buying the expensive products for yourself.  But of course if you will continue to use them in the future it can be worth it, it just would have been more money for me than getting my makeup done 🙂

Post # 6
92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013


@echapman:  +1 for ELF! I have a rather large makeup collection and I am always reaching for my elf products. I currently have the Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Primer and I still reach for my $6 Elf primer 🙂


And for contouring (and any other makeup tips for that matter) I highly suggest leighannsays’ youtube channel! And of course, this video specifically. She thoroughly explains the steps and the products she uses… which are affordable and easy to find! 


Post # 7
676 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@GoldStar:  I use the monistat chafing gel as a primer and I think it works pretty well.  I have a Tarte Bronzer in I think Park Avenue Princess, it’s a very light color.  You definitely want to make sure that whatever bronzer you choose doesn’t have any shimmer in it and shouldn’t be too orange.  I would definitely look up videos on YouTube, they can be a lifesaver.  You can also just use a pressed powder for a few shades darker.  Lisa Eldridge has really good videos on YouTube, she has some that break down foundation, contouring, highlighting, etc.  I highly recommend her.

Post # 8
1266 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I’m very pale, and I find that Urban Decay Naked foundation comes in the best range of colors.  For primer, I love Too Faced.  Contoring with pressed powder a few shades darker using a small-ish brush works well.  I would go two shades darker than your natural skin tone.  Second @mrsmeyers84 that Lisa Eldridge has great videos on YouTube.  She’s a professional make-up artist that works was top celebrities and magazines, and she’s always pointing out which products are great specifically for being photographed.

Post # 9
2291 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

I was just reading that chaffing cream + Ben Bye tattoo concealer is a great scar cover. I’m really pale and to contour I use this. It’s a nice light brown. I have trouble with bronzer because the orange looks neon on my skin.

Benefit Contour Powder

Post # 14
4138 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Try looking into makeup forever or cover FX. You’ll need someone trained on it to show you,  but those will cover everything and anything. Those brands cater to more advances techniques like countouring and such. 

Post # 15
676 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@HappySky7:  @GoldStar:  Yeah Cover FX is good!  I’ve used that before and the coverage is amazing but I would definitely have someone show you how to use it because you have to have a light hand with it so you don’t get pan face.  The concealer is amaze-balls too.  Makeup Forever is awesome too, their HD Foundation is my go to foundation.  You could also try MAC Face and Body because it has buildable coverage.  Just make sure whatever you pick doesn’t have any SPF because it causes flashback in photos and make you look even more white.

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