I come from a long line of pale people and I'm never more aware of it than when Summer is right around the corner and the thoughts of skirts and shorts bounce around in my head. I don't particularly like looking ghostly, but that's exactly how I'd describe the color of my skin right now - right after winter. Signs of spring are popping up left and right, blue skies, sunny days, green grass and daffodils have all made an appearance already (except my white legs, those are still hiding); but where has winter left my skin? A light shade of ivory, that's where.
Whether you're genetically or seasonally pasty (as I like to call it), I'm sharing products I think you may just need to try. Here are some of my tricks for fooling everyone outside my home into thinking I've got at least a tiny bit of color in my skin tone this time of year:
If you do not know the miracle that is facial bronzer, now is the time to get in the know. I've been using Bronze Pressed Powder from Living Nature (courtesy of Saffron Rouge) since October and it's almost gone (6 months of almost daily use) because as soon as I used it once and noticed the difference, I couldn't resist using it every day. It gives life and a natural tone to my skin sans a powdery finish. It goes on smooth and blends into skin so well you don't even notice its there. I've tried other bronzers but this one is my favorite by far and its BDIH Certified Natural which is a big bonus in my book. Don't leave home without it!
Good to know: Yes, the Living Nature bronzer contains talc and I generally avoid it although talc is not inherently bad, it is the potential contamination that is the concern (i.e. asbestos). The German natural certification agency, BDIH absolutely prohibits the use of contaminated talc in any product that have been certified by them.
2). Cream Blush
To quote my mother, "I think you need some blush". Having that just-took-a-walk facial flush is key to getting your glow on. Ever since I discovered the beauty of cream blushes (and currently experiencing dry skin) I'm a convert from the powder varieties. My current favorites are Freedom Glow Beauty Balm (in Blushed) from Revolution Organics and Aura Multi-Use Blush (in Torch) from Vapour Organic Beauty. I only use a very small amount (at the risk of looking clown-like) but it totally works and provides just the right amount of subtle color.
Note: Don't be alarmed by the dark colors of both of these when you open them. It won't go on that dark and be sure to blend with your fingers or makeup sponge so it melts and blends into your skin for a totally natural look.
I'm not a glitter girl, so by shimmer I don't mean glitter - I mean glow. This is an essential part of the glow and this step can't be missed if that's what you're truly after. I can't rave enough about RMS Beauty Living Luminizer (in fact I first raved about it almost 1 year ago, click here to read my review). My opinion of it hasn't changed since then, if anything I'm even more of a fan now. This is a truly remarkable product and I know of nothing on the market that comes close to it. No makeup bag should be without this pot of gold (er, silver). This product is my not-so-secret weapon. I've been using the same pot of it for the past year and I'm just now running out of it (which means I'd better re-order before this becomes a crisis situation).
4). Facial Mist
I'm talking about toner in a spray bottle that you can lightly mist your face with. I love Sanre Organic Skinfood Rosy Fresh Toner - the way it smells pure and fresh and how it hydrates. I find myself applying it not only after cleansing but in the afternoon for a pick-me-up as well. The rose toner is good for dry/mature skin types while the Lemon Sparkle toner is intended for oily or acne-prone skin types. I also really like Intelligent Nutrients Anti-Aging Mist and Blissoma Solution's Intense Hydration Tonique. Both are refreshing and help give a natural, fresh-faced finish as opposed to a powdery, dry, matte one; which I think tends to make women look older than they are.
To learn about why its a good idea to use a facial toner, check out this article from Natural Beauty Expert, Christy Coleman: To Tone Or Not To Tone ~ That Is The Question
5). Lip gloss or lip balm
I'm more of a lip balm/lip gloss girl than a lipstick girl and okay, while lip gloss or balm probably doesn't make me look less ghostly by itself, I tend to think heavily saturated color on the lips of a pale woman can definitely make her look even more pale. These are my top picks at the moment:
Vapour Organic Beauty's Multi Use Lip/Cheek Balm in Torch
Revolution Organics Freedom Lip Gloss in Innocent
RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek in Promise
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