How to Choose Makeup for Fair Skin

Choosing makeup for fair skin can be difficult because many colors tend to stand out too loudly with a light color as the backdrop. Even when it's time to go out on a date and switch to the night look, there are ways to look dramatic without busting out unflattering dark colors. You can choose colors that bring out your natural beauty and make you sizzle--without going overboard.

Things You'll Need

  • Quality makeup brushes


    • 1

      Find the right under-eye concealer. Very pale skin can become translucent around the thin, sensitive areas surrounding the eye, making it possible to see the tiny purple and blue blood vessels beneath. To neutralize this, get a concealer with a yellow base that evens out the tones.

    • 2

      Find the right shade of foundation by matching the shade to the inside of your forearm or your neck. This might be slightly lighter than the color of your face, but that should be fine as long you apply the makeup sparingly. Follow up with mineral powder for a natural look.

    • 3

      Skip the blush if you have a tendency to get flushed or have naturally rosy cheeks. However, if your cheeks typically are pale, go for a soft pink or coral shade to bring some life into your face. Stay away from colors that are too bold, especially anything that looks too red.

    • 4

      Choose pastel shades of eye shadow for day looks. For night looks, dark browns look flattering on light complexions.

    • 5

      Use an eyelash curler, extra coats of mascara and create a thicker line with the liner. If you want to create the ever-popular smoky eye look, go for different shades of gray or bring in some medium purple.

    • 6

      Use coral and pink shades for lipstick as well as berries. Instead of lipstick, you can opt for a lip gloss, which can add color while remaining sheer and natural-looking. When going out at night, pass on the dark reds and brown shades and choose a bold, bright red. Bright red lips on a pale face is an eternally classic look, and it is sure to make heads turn.

    • 7

      Choose the lighter of two colors if you need to use an eyebrow pencil and you can't quite decide which is the best match. The lighter shade will be easier to blend and create a natural look.

Tips & Warnings

  • Cream blushes are a good alternative for regular powder blush.
  • When applying makeup, start with less and add more later if necessary.
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