As you may be able to tell, I have very fair skin. And I know there are a lot of pale beauties out there. Finding a bronzer or contour shade can be really difficult as most bronzers are too dark or red toned or orange and appear too strong and muddy on our face. So I thought I would share with you some of my favourites. I often see questions being asked on other websites, posts etc. about what would look good on pale skin. Some people think pale people shouldn’t contour or bronze! But I disagree. You just gotta have the right skills and the right products. These are just the products I personally have found to be really great and might be great for you too! So I hope this is helpful!
I think to begin with it is important to have some understanding of the difference between bronzing and contouring. Although I am no expert on the matter, I’ll try give a quick explanation incase you don’t know.
Bronzing – Quite simply, bronzer is used to warm up the skin tone and indeed bronze the face where the sun would naturally hit your face to look more sun kissed i.e. across the cheek bones, around the forehead and temples, maybe a little on the nose – all to personal preference really. I have seen people use the bronzers I talk about as contours but I find that on pale skin they just are too warm to contour e.g. under the cheekbones and it really doesn’t look right.
Contouring -Contour is used to create more depth and dimension to the face. With contour you are using the colour to create the illusion of shadows to slightly enhance/alter how your face shape is. i.e. You contour under your cheekbones to create a shadow and depth going in, in order to make it appear your cheeks come out more, and cheekbones more defined. And around your temples and edges of your face and all that jazz, to make your face appear slimmer where you would like, or around your jaw bone to make your jawline more defined. So especially on fair skin, I think it’s important to have different colours for each one. As these warm bronzey colours don’t necessarily mimic a shadowy colour on white skin.
For Bronzing up the skin.
Both of these bronzers are matte, and actually quite light coloured when you put them on. (They look quite dark in the picture)
Illamasqua Blush in Disobey – Finally got my hands on this blush. One of my absolute favourite bloggers/youtubers Nikkietutorials has been using it forever as well as the Illamasqua eyeshadow in heroine. You can’t get illamasqua in NZ so I was pretty excited to be able to try them. This has a beautiful, very soft, pigmented formula. The colour is lighter and less red toned than the Bobbi brown bronzer. And I think I will probably be choosing this bronzer over it from now on. But basically, it is a beautiful formula and the colour looks great on fair skin, which is the main goal here.
Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Golden Light 01 – The formula of this one is quite similar but not quite as soft and buttery smooth as the Illamasqua blush but still very nice. The colour is slightly darker, slightly more reddy. Still does a beautiful job of bronzing around your face especially in the summer times. 🙂
These colours are more taupey-ashy toned. Because pale skin is so white, a shadow on our face isn’t going to be golden brown as such and so these colours is just spot on. And are both matte of course.
Nyx Blush in Taupe – this blush is a must have. I finally got my hands on this product this year and omg holy grail. Until then I could never contour my face, I had even tried using the bobbi brown one but although it is light coloured it still didn’t work. It was so exciting when I got this because I could actually contour my face without looking weird! Because it is sheer, it’s easier to build up and work with especially if you are a beginner contourer. haha You need this in your life! Not to mention it is a “drugstore” priced product. Amazing 10/10.
Illamasqua Eyeshadow in Heroine – Just recently got this with the blush Disobey, again recommended by Nikkitutorials. As you can see the colour is quite similar to nyx taupe, maybe a little warmer. (I need to work on my colour descriptions, I’ll get better promise.) But it is much more pigmented, it is classed as an eyeshadow so maybe that is why but I like it as its quite fast to get the pigment on there and work it in. Great contour colour, formula, does the job. Yes. Amazing.
Hope this was somewhat helpful and made choosing a bronzer/contour powder much easier! Another tip is getting a foundation a 2 or 3 shades darker than your natural skintone. I haven’t really given that way a good go before. If you have any comments or tips feel free to leave them below! As well as any of your favourite bronzers that you recommend!
Thanks for reading!