A general guide for lighter skin would be to avoid anything that looks harsh, whether it is a dark slash of blush, very deep lips with no other makeup, or tons of bright eye makeup. Choose one area of your face on which to focus.
Fair skin tones can have all different eye colors, so choose eye shadow colors that complement your eye shape. Make sure that the colors are well blended. Taupe is universally flattering. Mascara can be brown or black, although those with fair skin and very light hair might prefer brown, as it looks more natural on blonde lashes.
A flush of color on the apples of the cheeks makes lighter skin look healthy and radiant. Look for pink or peach tones, and apply with a light hand. Gel blushes may also work well, since you can sheer them out and they mimic natural flushing very well. Avoid brown or plum blushes, as these can look muddy on fair skin. Makeup should make you look brighter and fresher, not muddy and dull. You may prefer a bit of sun-kissed glow; bronzer, not the tanning bed, is the best and safest solution. Avoid any bronzers that have an orange cast, and dust lightly where the sun would naturally hit your face.
Most lip colors look lovely on lighter skin, except for deep browns. Although pale lips have been spotted all over the runway, choose a pale lipstick with a bit of color to it to avoid a corpse-like look. Similarly, very dark lips are huge for fall 2009. You can still wear this trend, but choose a sheer lip color or gloss instead of doing an opaque lip, which can look very stark. Red lips are always classic and look gorgeous on fair skinned ladies-just look at the Hollywood starlets of the 1940s and 1950s!
This guide to makeup for fair skin should get you started with your makeup routine. Remember to always have a good base, and that less is more when applied to fair skin. Embrace your beautiful, fair skin and enhance it with makeup.
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