The Best Makeup for Very Fair Skin

cover pelle chiaraVery fair-skinned women are always faced with several issues when it comes to makeup. Beginning with the base; it is very hard in fact to find the right shade of foundation, concealers and powders, since the lightest nuances are often an exclusive of Asian markets. The same goes for eyeshadows & co: it is essential in fact to find the right balance of colors to avoid a sharp contrast with natural complexion. We asked Claudio Fratoni, NARS Brand Manager, for some advice for a perfect makeup for those who have a very fair skin.

What’s the ideal makeup base for fair skins?
The first step for a perfect makeup is the primer, that evens and enhances the skin. Applying just a little on the whole face is enough to assure a perfect hold of the foundation and avoid unaesthetic color spots. Then it’s the turn of the foundation. It is best to choose one with a translucent finish to be applied with little touches only where necessary, that is cheeks and nose. Then proceed with the application of the concealer, from the inside corners of the eyes creating a ‘V’ that lightens not only the bottom of the eye but also the top part reaching the brow line. Lastly, seal everything with a transparent powder.

What colors for the eyes should very fair-skinned women choose?
There are two options: a very intense makeup, like “smoky eyes”, for example, or a very defined makeup in a 1950’s style. Very fair skins don’t do well with natural or nude shades, they don’t enhance them and hide their brightness. Beware of pastel colors as well, which tend to take away the freshness of the face making it appear unrested. Generally speaking, focus on black, brown, gold, silver, plum, bronze , very dark green, greige, warm pink and peach, while it would be best to avoid purple, gray, light green, baby blue, white, orange and fuchsia.

What are the lipsticks that complement a very light skin?
Red, plum, peach, ruby, flesh pink, peach and salmon are perfect.

What are colors to avoid ?
Definitely no brown, fuchsia, nude tones, pastel pink, purple and orange.

Can we use powder to give a touch of liveliness to our face?
Those with an extremely fair complexion must surrender to the fact that if the tan is not natural, it’s better to leave bronzing powders aside. Always use blush instead and match it with the lipstick. But beware of bright pink, you’ll look hot rather than ‘healthy’!

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Francesca Zaccagnini

28 Responses to The Best Makeup for Very Fair Skin

  1. Constance says:

    Love all the tips, they are really helpfull!

  2. Such an interesting article! Thanks for sharing lovely BTS team <3

    Baci baci! xxx

  3. Chiara says:

    Ciao Chiara,interessante questo post non concorso però sulla scelta del rossetto prugna lo trovò troppo pesante per chi ha una carnagione chiara.

  4. I love using concealer, such a versatile piece. Great tips!!


  5. Alanda says:

    Great advice. Thanks heaps for sharing


  6. okmi says:

    eally nice interview with good advices. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Beth says:

    Great tips for those of us with fair skin! Thank you!

  8. dominika says:

    Such a useful tips for me!

    Love NARS eyeshadows!


  9. Madison says:

    Great tips! Thanks so much for sharing!

  10. Vanessa says:

    Thanks for sharing these great tips! I’m extremely fair and I agree that it’s hard to get the base right. Most days I just dust on some translucent powder and I’m good to go.

    Happy New Year! Have a blessed 2016~

    Love, V.

  11. Lisa Wiesner says:

    I actually have quite fair skin and I love the mac foundations because they have very fair colours. altough i am fair i like to wear brown lipsticks. I feel like when the eyes are made up with eyeshadow and with an eyeliner and a nice contour, then every lipstick can suit.

    xx Lisa

    thank you for this useful post, will def try one of the products!

  12. Gianina says:

    Happy New Year Chiara!! May all your wishes come true!

  13. Lauren says:

    Thanks for the tips, my skin is quite pale especially during the winter x

  14. Style Tomes says:

    So useful for my skin tone. Coral reds look wonderful on lips on fair skin.
    Style Tomes

  15. Elizabeth T. says:

    Thank you so much for sharing all of these helpful tips and tricks :) I’m very fair, especially in the colder months, so these tips are definitely going to be useful for the next month or two <3

    XO, Elizabeth

  16. Lily says:

    Really nice interview with good advices. I hope they’ll be useful for me :)
    xoxo, Lily ♡

  17. Olga says:

    Such a useful post! Finding great makeup for very pale skin is such a challenge! Would be great to have some foundation recommendations – Nars Siberia is still too dark!

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