(Closed) DIY makeup for fair/pale skin?

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

I have fair skin and also fair eyebrows, which makes me look washed out in pictures. I think the trick is to use makeup to “mark” the features on your face so that, while your skin is pale, your features stand out against it so that you avoid a “washed out” look.

I suggest 1) pick a foundation that matches your skin perfectly 2) use a natural looking, but noticable blush to give your skin some color, 3) use eyeliner/false lashes, lipstick and eyebrow pencil to make all the other features on your face stand out and show up on camera. You don’t need to use a ton of makeup to do this, less is more, and I would suggest staying away from dark eyeshadow and black eyeliner (I used a light pink eyeshadow and dark brown eyeliner because darker colors look to severe on me).

here is my wedding day makeup look! I wanted to look as natural as possible but still have my features stand out on film:

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Go for a much brighter blush than you would imagine wearing.. just don’t use too much. Using a very bright pink/peach on just the apples of your cheeks will make them look very natural and rosy. NARS orgasm looks good on every skin tone.

Deathbydesign gave awesome tips. The only other suggestion I have is using a highlighter on your brow bone and cheek bones. You can use your finger tips or even better, a japanese fan brush to sweep a c shape from your brow bone to your cheekbone. This is very subtle but will really make yout look super polished, especially in photos.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@mrsginmay:  what kind of highlighter do you use?

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@MrsJazzy:  Right now, I’m using physician’s formula eye brightner. It’s a pressed powder. The best I have used though is Benefit Cosmetic High Beam. It’s pricier but worth it. I have actually used quite a few different highlighters, both powder and liquid.. and have never had bad results.

NARS illuminator is really nice because you can add a dab to your foundation or use it alone as a highlighter. It has more of a bronzier effect than most, so only use it if you want a little extra color

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@mrsginmay:  how do you best apply the liquid kind? i’ve only ever used powder

Post # 11
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304 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@MrsJazzy:  put the tiniest dab on your ring finger tip and dap across your brow bone very lightly. Use the same method for the top of your cheekbones.

You can also you a little on your lips. Right above the center of your upper lip (cupids bow) and also a dab in the center of your bottom lip, to add fullness.

 

Post # 13
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304 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

No prob! I trained to be a makeup artist before deciding to get an art degree. I love to help

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I am very blonde and very pale. I am having a professional do mine as I hardly ever wear makeup and have no idea what I am doing.

I told her that I do not want to be washed out, but I also never wear makeup and do not want to look like a clown.

She suggested a light gold for blue eyes, (MAC has nice golds) and a pink that is pretty close to my natural lip color. She is also going to be coloring in my brows (this took several test runs as I have hardly any brows!) and is putting in fake lashes.

For foundation, I went to sephora to get matched. I really liked Lacome best, it covered any red spots, but did not wash me out. It did not look at all like I had a cake face!

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

In addition to using highlighter (great suggestion!), learn about contouring as well. It helps visually define your facial features and direct the eye. Contouring is used under your cheek bones, at your jaw line, on the sides of your nose, etc. Choosing the right foundation and applying it well is also important. The HD foundations offered by several different lines are good because they are formulated with photography in mind. Applying them with a good foundation brush using a stippling action will help you achieve maximum results. Oh, and don’t be afraid of things looking “too much”. You truly do need a bit more make-up than usual to translate to the camera.

I went for a rosy glow on my day after photos that looked quite natural. FYI… the blush that we used for this look (by NARS) was bright fuschia in the pot. It looked crazy bright, but went on soft and sheer.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@lovekiss:  You looked phenomenal!! So natural and rosy 🙂 Great job!!

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