The Biggest Beauty Mistakes Pale Women Make

Megan Segura
The Biggest Beauty Mistakes Pale Women Make
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First, some honesty: Being pale doesn't suck. It does, however, come with some limitations ... the vast majority of them involving a) the sun and b) makeup. If you're not armed with the proper knowledge of the best makeup colors and techniques for your fair skin, you run the risk of committing some serious beauty faux pas. These 5 beauty mistakes are all too common amongst the fair-skinned, but they don't have to be. Knowledge, as they say, is power.

Nude Lips
Julianne Moore is a porcelain goddess, but even porcelain goddesses make mistakes from time to time. A light pink lipstick like this one washes out the lower half of her face, and her gorgeous features get lost in translation. Even when pairing with a bold eye, pale women should steer clear of nude and pastel lips, unless it's the absolute perfect shade for your skin tone.

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Garish Blush
Blush is meant to impart a natural flush to your skin, not overwhelm your entire look. Blending is the key to any good blush look, but fair-skinned ladies in particular have to be diligent about making sure that their blush enhances their natural complexion rather than looking obvious.

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Bare Eyes
When someone with a fairer complexion takes a hiatus from eyeliner, you'll generally see one of two results: either a fresh, youthful look... or the look of exhaustion. It may be tempting to spare those extra five minutes in the morning, especially if you're short on sleep, but nothing wakes up the face quite like a slick of liquid liner.

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Pairing Pale Makeup with Pastel Clothes
The Fanning sisters are obviously lovely, but here they provide the textbook example of why color and definition are key for flattering pale complexions. The best way to avoid the ghostly effect? Accent with a bold lip color to breathe new life into your look.

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Trying To Be Something You're Not
Actresses like Cate Blanchett and Christina Hendricks embrace their pale skin, so it makes complete sense they look amazing while doing it. Lindsay Lohan, on the other hand, abuses the bronzer in her attempts to replicate a tanner complexion, and she often ends up with visibly mismatched foundation and way too much bronzer.  

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