Guest Post: Pale Faced Perfection

Now that summer’s over and my bronzed skin is slowly becoming pale again I’m bracing myself for a bombardment of tanning product ads promising that ‘natural summer glow’ with ‘no streaks’ and ‘no bad smells’ etc etc.. and while I must admit that I do like to have a bit of colour I sometimes think that there is too much pressure on women to bow down to the bronze rather than just be happy with the natural colour of their skin. This inspired me to give my fair skinned sister a makeover using products that I feel really highlight her pale skin while still giving it a subtle glow, see what you think! Screen Shot 2013-09-18 at 11.37.05

As you can see from this pile of makeup, I experimented with a few different products to create this look as I prefer to blend small amounts of primers/concealers/foundations to create a light base rather than using just one product on the face. Here’s a brief step by step to help guide you if you want to have a go!

  •    I blended a small amount of  Benefit Porefessional and Bourjois 123 Perfect liquid foundation together then applied this all over, followed by Benefit It Stick and Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse used to conceal any small blemishes. I then used a powder puff to apply a thin layer of Rimmel Clear Complexion Clarifying Powder all over the face to prevent any shine.
•    Next I swept some Too Faced Pink Leopard Bronzer over the cheeks and down the bridge of the nose, followed by a tiny dot of Maxfactor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush blended in at the top of the cheekbones just under the eyes. Once I’d brought some colour into the cheeks I used Benefit Miss Popularity to highlight under the brow, at the cheekbones, at the sides of the nose and the crease that runs from the nose to the top lip.
•    For the eyes I used L’Oreal Superliner Gel Intenza to line the upper lid followed by They’re Real! Benefit mascara. I very slightly penciled in the eyebrows using a No7 Essential Eyeliner.
•    Finally, I lightly lined the lips with ModelCo Illusion Nude Lip Liner to give a very slight fuller appearance.
If you want any more info on the exact shades of the products I used then please get in touch and I’ll be more than happy to answer any questions! What’s your opinion on fake tan? Maybe you swear by applying it daily or perhaps you’d never go near it? Whatever your take on the fake bake, let me know!




  1. Nik
    21 September, 2013 / 5:21 pm

    You are very skilled to create that subtle look. I do not mind fake tans but prefer to have it done professionally as a treat. X

  2. Jodie
    21 September, 2013 / 8:19 pm

    I’ve never used fake tan and I never will. I just think its silly to go to some much effort and expense and possible mishaps to change something that not a single person actually cares about. And I’ve seen way to many women with orange feet. I mean really, if u’ve messed up ur tan, wear socks!

  3. 22 September, 2013 / 4:58 am

    She looks really natural but really pretty too, I think it is a perfect look. I am very white, winter and summer as I don’t like to tan at all. I spend more on SPF than anything (just personal preference I hasten to add, I have tried self tan and don’t like it as I have red hair, freckles and grey eyes). Pretty sure with that combo I wasn’t supposed to be brown!. I do make sure that I get some time in the sunshine without SPF to get my vitamin D though.

    Applied well, fake bake can really change the confidence in someone so I wouldn’t ever judge.

    Makeup wise I tend to go with the pale foundation and warm it up a little with a good matte bronzer and blush on a daily basis. That and a touch of a nice “my lips only better” lipstick and I am good to go.

  4. 23 September, 2013 / 7:04 pm

    She looks gorgeous, such a even and glowing cover without looking orange!!

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