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Help with contouring extremely pale skin

I'm looking for a bronzer and a highlighter to try contouring my face, but the last time I tried a bronzer (Benefit's Hoola), it looked AWFUL. Maybe I used too heavy of a hand, but it just looked so fake and strange on my pale face. To get an idea of my how pale I am, I use shade 42 in Kat Von D's Lock-It Tattoo Foundation and Siberia in Nars Sheer Glow Foundation. I want to try contouring again because although I love the Kat Von D founation, it makes my face a little too flat and I want to look healthy instead of sickly, LOL.


Is there a specific type of bronzer I should look for? One with a certain undertone? Also can someone recommend a good highlighter? I'd prefer one in a powder formula, not a cream highlighter.

Re: Help with contouring extremely pale skin

I'm pretty light skinned too, I'm 44 in KVD lock it tattoo foundation and porcelaine I in lancome dual finish.


I love benefit dallas as bronzer, it works as countour or all over. Its not shimmery, glittery or orange, the perfect natural looking sun kissed tan. LOVE. Been through 2 boxes already. Right now I'm using benefit hoola, with a very light hand I can get the countour I want and it doesnt look too dark/muddy so long as I use very little and blend properly. Because I am so pale right now, adding that touch of color makes all the difference. And it brings out my cheekbones, and if you use blush and highlighter along with a good bronzer, they really pop out!

Re: Help with contouring extremely pale skin

I'm also just about as pale as they come (I'm a 0.5 in UD Naked Skin Foundation...their lightest shade!) For bronzer, I've been happy with Benefit's 10 Highlighting/Contouring duo. It comes in a square box like Hoola and it has a shimmery highlight and a flat bronzer. The bronzer is very subtle and looks great on my fair skin.


Make sure you're using the right tools - a fluffy powder brush like a MAC 150 will give you a nice, healthy glow without putting too much product in any one place. 


Re: Help with contouring extremely pale skin

Totally forgot about that boxed powder, good call!

Re: Help with contouring extremely pale skin

Have you tried Too Faced Chocolate Soleil? I've been using this bronzer for a couple months now and it adds just enough color to look healthy and sun-kissed.

Re: Help with contouring extremely pale skin

I also wear NARS Siberia- high five for the rediculously pale! Smiley Happy Benefit Hoola does tend to have a muddy look for me too, I can make it pass-able with a very light hand, but I just find its too brown for me. I think something with a touch of pink/reddish color works a little better on my skin tone. For matte bronzer, I like Bare Minerals Faux Tan (use a light hand for this one too). Or, if I want a little shimmer I like Benefit 10 or Stila's One Step Bronze (this is cream/liquid, but absolutely STUNNING in my opinion!).

Re: Help with contouring extremely pale skin



I am even fairer than you and I absolutely love Smashbox's Bronze Lights in Sunkissed Matte.  I wear it everyday and apply it with a slanted tipped blush brush.  My favorite highlighter is Bobbi Brown's Shimmer Brick in Nectar.  It looks fantastic on! 

Re: Help with contouring extremely pale skin

I am fair also and find most bronzers look, well, brown!  I love Lorac's Baked Bronze powder and apply it with a kabuki brush and a very light hand.  I follow the shape of the letter 3, starting at my upper hairline, down my temples, around the lower cheekbone, and back around to the lower jaw-line, ending at the chin.  Reverse the letter 3 on the opposite side.  For highlighter, I use NARS Albatross.  It is a white hightlighter powder with golden highlights, but very subtle.  I apply it with Sephora's Domed Brush so I can pinpoint where I want it.  I apply it at the tops of my cheekbones, across the forehead, and the tip of my nose.  If you want to emphasize the cupid's bow of your lips, you can apply a little in the center with a smaller brush.  You can also use it as a highligher under your brows and in the inner corners of your eyes.  Be sure you have the right tools to work with; it can make all the difference. Just keep playing around till you find the look you want.  That's the fun of make-up!

Re: Help with contouring extremely pale skin

The physicians formula "happy" baked bronze hearts  (that's not the actual name but close) looks intimidating but when u swirl your brush over the hearts, it doesn't pick up in a dark way it's very natural.   

I will find you a link! 


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