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How to Choose Makeup For Fair Skin Tones

Makeup Tips For Fair-Skinned Women

Krysten Ritter, who is known for her signature blunt bangs and alabaster-toned skin, is a master of picking the most gorgeous shades for her complexion. And as Krysten proves, the key is to go with soft, sheer tones and to embrace your natural coloring. To see some more tips on getting fair-skinned makeup right, just keep reading.

Complexion: Regardless of your coloring and undertones, it's always best to match the shade to your skin. If you need less coverage, go with a sheer tinted moisturizer to let your skin shine through, and if you need to amp up the coverage, try a liquid or cream foundation, using a colorless or pale powder to set.

Lips: For the most natural look, try soft apricots, sandy pinks, or rosy pinks. For night, a pinky-red color gives a dramatic flair. Avoid browns, which can look dull on fair skin.


Eyes: Create a subtle enhancement with soft pink, pale blue, champagne, navy, gray, or cool brown hues. Use black or black-brown mascara to ground the look and play up your eyes.

Cheeks: Soft peach, pale pink, and apricot are all great blush options for porcelain-toned skin. But when it comes to bronzer, avoid anything too warm; honey-toned shades with shimmery pink or peach flecks will flatter most.

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Maria-Del-Russo Maria-Del-Russo 5 years
 @ModernGraceKelly Thanks for this tip! It can be so difficult to find one brand that works for a specific skin tone. Nice to know that Burberry is doing it well!
ModernGraceKelly ModernGraceKelly 5 years
 @Renees3 Bite Beauty’s Lush Lip Tint in Watermelon, and I've also read it could be a  Tarte Lipsurgence lip stain. 
ModernGraceKelly ModernGraceKelly 5 years
I also have fair to light skin and prefer Make Up For Ever or Burberry. The entire Burberry line seems like a match made in heaven for fair skin. 
GummiBears GummiBears 6 years
I am going to pass this to my fair complexioned friend. She is a borderline redhead in addition to being fair and I always thought she would look so good in peach blushes. Never mind that I like the color but doesn't show up on my skintone. *lol*
Renees3 Renees3 6 years
I would also LOVE to know what lipstick she's wearing in that picture. I love love lvoe the color. For those having a hard time finding the right color, I just recently bought some mineral makeup online. You can get trials of a bunch of the colors and see which matches you. She had some REALLY white ones. is the site. I'm not affiliated with them other than being a new customer. I really like how many colors she has to choose from. and if you can't find it, sh'ell make it!
Jaime-Richards Jaime-Richards 6 years
Great suggestions!! I have fair skin, and for me, I really like Laura Mercier and Aveda tinted moisturizers. I have also had luck Revlon PhotoReady foundation.
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 6 years
Nars *just* released new shades of concealer, too. They've added more shades for dark complexions and one for light complexions. Might be worth seeking out.
junebrug junebrug 6 years
Those are good suggestions from magic. I have a foundation cream from Mally Beauty in Fair which is IMHO white paint. Everything else she makes is orange. I have no use for it, I'd be willing to send it to for free if you want it. Been used once, save the money. Try Chanel's Dawn, two shades lighter than their Alabaster, that's the lightest color I've ever seen in my life. You look pink, so avoid anything yellowish. Have you tried Cle De Peau? I hate to say it, but the more expensive the line. the more likely you'll find the right color. I would bet you'd find something at Cle De Peau or Chanel. Nicole Kidman is a big fan of Lorac.
magickofreiki magickofreiki 6 years
EricaJane- Try Jane Iredale for foundation and Benefit Cosmetics Erase Paste #1 for concealer (the BEST)
EricaJane EricaJane 6 years
i've never found a foundation that is light enough for my skin. ever. i don't know what brands you have found where the lightest shade is practically white paint, but i'd love to find out! i feel like i've tried them all. have any suggestions junebrug?
junebrug junebrug 6 years
I would caution us pale ladies away from lines that have very few foundation colors (the lightest is usually the color of white paint, the second is too dark and yellow) and also lines that are very yellow-based. Bobbie Brown makes me look jaundiced. I personally am loving Clinique's Even Better, it comes in a lot of colors, and is dewy enough to make you look younger. I'm very neutral and Ivory (03) is a perfect match for me. I always veered away from warm colors, but this summer I went peachier and I'm glad I did. I love MAC's coral Alpha Girl blush and Nars chubby lip pencil in Bolero. Bolero is a mod-pale peach that's a little scary at first sight -- put a bit of pink gloss over it and it's perfect. If you're really fair, go with light colors, it makes you look younger. I find that a peach blush with gold flecks actually looks like a light tan on very fair skin. Personally Krysten's colors are too dark for me.
bonnieux bonnieux 6 years
i have fair to light skin, and i just bought "makeup forever" from sephora, and i think it might be the closest match to my skin color. the line has a large range of colors. i hate wearing harsh makeup that's too dark, cuz i don't like looking "made up" i prefer the no makeup- make-up look ; )
CalidaA CalidaA 6 years
TOTALLY agree. Sunblock and I have become good friends over this sunny summer ^^;;
Renees3 Renees3 6 years
I have a hard time finding foundation. It's always too pink or peach. I have to be careful with yellow based too. It's an ongoing battle!
magickofreiki magickofreiki 6 years
I loved that NY Times article! I can definitely relate :-)
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