As someone whose foundation shades range from “porcelain” and “ivory” to “fair” and “fairly light,” I’m no stranger to the unique struggle that is having pale skin. For those of us who are naturally fair-skinned all year round or those who lose pigment during the winter months, feeling and looking “pale” can be quite the challenge.
Celebrity makeup artist and hairstylist Danni Katz—whose clients include Priyanka Chopra, Lea Michele and Cara Delevingne—understands that pale skin tones can be tough. “In the winter, we lack that sun-kissed glow,” she says, which is so commonly associated with health and beauty, so it’s easy to look washed out.
And then there’s the fine line you can cross between defining your features and looking like a clown, which Dermstore esthetician and makeup artist Christine Walsh (another pale-skinned beauty) understands, firsthand. “Pale complexions can be challenging because the colors can often be too pigmented and harsh,” says Walsh. “When it comes to foundations, they can often look too pink or too yellow. And most bronzers are often too red or too intense.”
Below, Katz and Walsh share their tips for every step of your makeup application so you can embrace or counteract your pale skin and achieve a beautiful, natural finish.