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The Best Makeup Shades For Pale Skin

How to Wear Bright Shades on Cool, Fair Skin Tones

For those of you with cool undertones and pale skin, Spring makeup often means a never-ending succession of pastel shades and baby pinks. But it doesn't need to be that way. Fair-skinned women can wear bright color just as well as anyone else — they just need the right shades. To help you break away from babydoll colors and into fresh, vibrant hues that'll have you looking lively, I've put together tips for choosing the right stuff. You'll be well on your way to a great bright look if you just keep reading.


  • Transparency is key. Bright hues are easy to wear if they're less opaque, since the color won't show up harshly on fair skin. Lip sheers and glosses, cream or gel blushes, and loose or cream eye shadows are your friends.
  • Since you have cool undertones, look for shades with blues or violets in them. Blue-toned pinks, violet-inflected reds, teals, and emerald greens are all bright, seasonable shades that will also look great on you.
  • Since all color shows up well on pale skin, choose one feature to showcase, and keep the rest pretty but natural. Do a gorgeous teal eye, an amazing pink cheek flush, or a bright pink lip, all of which are trendy right now, but don't do them all at the same time.
  • Check out the widget below to see examples of the shades that suit you best.



Join The Conversation
yeokr yeokr 7 years
I have a hard time with a lot of bubblegum pinks. My hair is only red-ish, but it gets a lot more fiery looking when the pink starts competing with my eyebrows! I have been dabbling in L'oreal's HIP eye shadows in the bright greens and purples! I also really like the coral blush from Benefit, Coralista. I love the brighter colors when I transition from super pale winter complexion to a little pink-er summer complexion!
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
My favorite thing about being super pale is wearing bubblegum pink blush. I love the doll look it gives :) But, I admit it, I broke down this Spring Break and fake-baked, haha (but only subtly, I promise!! No Snookie-skin for me!)
janedahling janedahling 7 years
Yay! Thanks for including us pale people! My friends all came back from spring break with tans, and enjoy standing next to me so that they can look even more tan, haha!
BellaH68 BellaH68 7 years
Any idea's for those with fair, yellow toned skin?
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