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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.

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I play with Nars Albatross and Satellite of Love as highlighters- and I'm equally pale.  Think Bobbi Brown Alabaster.  I use them to reflect the shadow from my glasses.

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Great, thank you for the suggestion!

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I use Kat Von D's Foundation in 44, so I'm just as pale. I have the same problem as you do with bronzers. I found that Urban Decays Naked Flushed works really well with my skintone. The bronzer gave a very nice hint of color, the blush gave my cheeks a very natural rosey glow, and the highlighter wasn't too shimmery. It was a palette I hadn't considered before because I thought the colors would be to intense on my skin. I was quite impressed!

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The Urban Decay Naked Flushed picture online makes the bronzer look super orange. Is it like that in person?

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Hi lreagan, 

 

I'm a pretty light tone as well but while Hoola can be GREAT for some skin tones its a bit more intense and tricky to work with for lighter tones! I use it sometimes but it's often a bit muddy and I end up going with a shimmery bronzer anyway Smiley Wink

 

I second the suggestions of the Nars duos and the Naked Flushed! The colors are soft yet subtle and can be easily applied or blended for a heavier or lighter coverage. 

 

Try also the Lorac Tantalizer Highlighter and Matte Bronzer Duo- now in a super cute $12 mini size!

 

 

http://www.sephora.com/tantalizer-highlighter-matte-bronzer-duo-P378377?skuId=1510262

 

I like bronzers with a more golden-like undertone to really get that golden sun kissed look. 

Luv&Lipgloss, Diana

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The Lorac bronzer looks pretty dark! Are you sure it would work on really pale skin? Is it lighter in person?

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Check this out - Kat Von D is too dark for me!  Whaaat.  Anyway, I've found the key to contouring for us ghosts is to 1) skip the shimmer! Go with a matte bronzer/color to avoid calling attention to the "shadows" you're trying to create.  Shimmer can work in a bronzer you're using for your whole face, but as a contour try to avoid it; 2) AVOID ORANGE!  A ton of bronzers will pull to the orange side to mimic a tan, but when contouring this just looks like crap.  Try to find a very very neutral or even blue toned contour shade to actually work with your complexion.

 

Honestly, I've used MAC's Omega eyeshadow as a contour shade, but I'm currently looking at Fyrinnae's bronzer/contour colors, as they have one for very pale complexions.  Also, use a light hand!  You can always add more, but too much contouring gives a strange look.

 

My ALL TIME holy grail favorite highlighter is Too Faced Candlelight Duo - it really gives a beautiful glow that can be made ethereal and glamorous with a heavier application and subtle and radiant with a lighter application.  It's a crazy good price for the amount/value of the product and it's a beautiful, smooth, buttery powder which I absolutely adore.  (P.S. I am not a Too Faced employee/sponsored by the brand, this product is just seriously underrated lol)

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Thanks for the suggestion! So you would recommend the Candlelight duo over the regular/original Candlelight? I was looking at that one online earlier and definitely wanted to check it out.

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Yes, it's a better deal and I think it's a better product.  I seriously don't think I'll buy another luminizer/highlighter again!  (OK, I will, but this is still my HG haha)

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I also have a fair complexion and totally understand what you are going through.  I agree with Buzzbee-the Urban Decay Naked Flushed contains colors that really work well for me.  The bronzer isn't orange or too dark.  The blush gives a natural rosey glow and the highlighter is just enough.  You can use each on their own or swirl them together.  I think you will be very pleased with this product.  If you are looking for a really beautiful highlighter, consider the Ambient Lighting Powders from Hourglass.  They are incredible.  I have two- Mood which is a soft lavender pink with a bit of pearl to it and Luminous which is a gorgeous champagne pearl that  has a bit more glow than Mood. They are not heavily pigmented so you don't have to worry that they will deposit too much color on you.  They give your complexion some life and a lit from within glow.  They look good even in daylight.

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You can also give your skin a healthy looking glow by using the HD powder from MUFE or also use a shimmer powder which doesn't make you have a shimmer all over your face it adds radiance and gives your face a glow.Hope this helps!

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Too Faced's Pink Leopard and Snow Bunny should be able to work for you. It's the ones my fair friends gravitate toward because rather than a flat bronze/brown color, there's multiple shades to break up the color and soften it down some.

 

Pink Leopard works well because it balances the brown with a champagne and hints of pink (even nice to sweep over a blush) while Snow Bunny has shades of brown, champagne, pink, and vanilla, you can also use a fan brush to pick up specific color blocks too rather than use them all together to bronze, contour, and highlight. Plus you can use bronzers like this for shadows by picking up individual colors with small shadow brushes.

 

 

 

Stila's All Over Shimmer Kitten Duo might also work:

 

It's like a much softer version of the Lorac one Diana mentioned. Since both do contain shimmer, use a fan brush as to lot overload your face with shimmer, or follow up with a dusting of a setting powder.

 

If you want a matte bronzer, Too Faced's Milk Chocolate one works and is suited for fair skin:

 

As for highlighters, if you're wanting one that is separate and not mixed in like the ones above with bronzing shades, check out Lorac's Oil Free Luminizing Powder in Luminous:

 

Or if you want something softer with a cooler, pink tone, try Smashbox's Soft Lights in Shimmer:

(It's actually much more fair and pink than the photo, Google images of it and the other shades if need be).

 

Tarte makes both a champagne and pink toned highlighter too that is a touch more subtle and not as pigmented as the Lorac and Smashbox ones.

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I love love love the too faced pink leopard and snow bunny!  They are perfect for fair/light skin.  i use the too faced bronze-buki brush and it just gives me the perfect amount of color! Not too shimmery not to garish. Just very pretty!

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That brush is amazing, it also works well to blend liquid foundations too for a soft focus look!

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oh, I didn't even think of that!  I have MAC mineralize foundation and it always goes on too heavy, I'm gonna try that out righ now!

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Put the foundation on a palette or on the back of your hand rather than directly on the brush, sweep some onto the bristles a little at a time to build up!

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@lylysa - I have one word for my complexion right now "flawless"!  What a difference tools and techniques make!  Thank you!

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You're welcome! I'm glad it worked out for you!

 

Another useful trick with the TF retractable brushes (or any retractable brush, especially synthetic ones), they make great transporters for loose powders to touch up!

 

Rather than carry a giant jar of loose powder and risk it making a mess in your bag, swirl up a fair amount in the morning, cap it, then carry it with you in your bag! Whip it out, retract it down and use it to dust some powder on when you need it. Since the bristles are synthetic, any oil picked up won't absorb into the hairs and breed bacteria so it's slightly more hygenic then regular/natural brushes, but of course it still needs to be cleaned at the end of the day with brush cleaner and washed regularlly.

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I used to do that with the Bare Minerals foundation and their retractable flawless face brush. I dont use their products as much because the powders seemed to settle into fine lines and make me look drier/older  I have since switched over to liquid foundation/BB/CC/tinted moisturizers.   I was told though that you should use a powder to set your liquid foundation. Do you know of any that are not drying?  I have tried all of the Mineral Veils from BM and dislike them all!

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Try Urban Decay's silica based HD powder Razor Sharp (you an unscrew the cap/puff part) as it contains encapsulated water molecules.

 

For a non HD powder with a translucent finish, Stila's Hydrating Finishing powder relies on shea butter to condition skin.

 

For something with color and can even double as a sheer powder foundation, Smashbox's HALO powder also contains encapsulated water molecules. It's one of my favorite powders! The compact contains about 3-4 times the amount of powder in a pressed compact.

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Ooohhh I am gonna check those out on Thursday! ill let you know how I make out.

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Because the UD one is a HD based powder, a tiny bit goes a long way and is more of a finishing powder rather than a touch up one as well.

 

Too Faced's Absolutely Invisible powder is a pressed, compact powder that's another option too, it's enriched with vitamins, minerals, and sea-based botanicals to nourish skin and it's very finely milled so it's weightless on skin!

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The Milk Chocolate one looks like it would work best for what I want! I'm going into the store tomorrow for the VIB event and I'm going to look crazy swatching like 10 different bronzers, haha! Thanks so much for the suggestions!

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No prob, it smells DELISH too, just like chocolate....but no calories Smiley Tongue

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