Rock Your Natural Sunless Beauty
We’ve been stressing the beauty of Sunless skin ever since Pretty Pale was first founded in 2012. Heck, our name itself was chosen for that very purpose. And while it’s true that natural skin tones are stunning, we also understand that that sentiment (while very true) doesn’t always resonate with every person.
Unfortunately, that leads some toward the dangerous paths of outdoor blankets or indoor tanning booths. Natural and artificial tanning are two things we will always strongly discourage, however, due to the numerous afflictions directly related to skin damage, skin cancer or deadly Melanoma caused by harmful UV rays. Of course, we still understand the issue for some so instead we suggest a compromise. If you must make changes, why not simply accentuate your natural beauty with some additional, but safe, alternatives?
A good skincare regimen is the key to maintaining a healthy glow. Not the sun. Keeping skin hydrated and protected from the sun are the key to avoiding premature aging. There are over the counter products available that use minerals to accomplish to look that many folks feel they achieve from laying in the sun or tanning beds – but without the damage. We love MAC’s Mineralize Charged Water Skin Hydrating Mist which leaves a beautiful fluorescence on all skintones. You can spray it all over your body for a subtle glow. The most important parts to cover are the face, decolletage and neck.
It’s important to choose the correct makeup for your sunless skin type and tone. try a foundation that blends with your skin so that your face doesn’t take on an awkward, two-toned effect. For your eyes, subdued tones such as light brown and purple shades be used to bring out your eye color. For lips, light pink or apricot lipstick or gloss are go-to colors that can enhance any complexion. With beautiful skin, less is more.
Bright or prismatic colors stand out much more noticeably on sunless skin so try to avoid those. Harsh looks that include too much eyeliner on the bottom lid also defeat the look and softness of accentuating sunless skin. The exceptions to this rule, however, include black eyeliner on the top lid (we prefer liquid or gel), dark mascara and red lipstick or gloss for a sophisticated nighttime look. For the times a sunless woman really does want to stand out by way of cosmetic contrast, those allowances look fabulous.
As much as possible though, try to keep makeup application to a minimum. This includes your blush and bronzer, too.* If you are going out at night and want your contrast to be a little more exaggerated, stick with either a smokey eye and a pale lip, or a natural eye and bold lip. Combining the two can appear too made-up.
Now let’s turn to hair care. Hair color is a personal, aesthetic choice of course. But we certainly agree with Wikihow that dark or black hair looks spectacular on the light-skinned. Conversely make sure, especially if your hair is naturally black, that your leg-shaving razor gets regular use because unlike a blonde, the dark leg hair will be noticeable.*
Regarding clothing, have fun. Be bold! This is where you can have fun and have your personality really shine through. No matter your skin tone, age, or weight, this is where you can put your personal signature on your style. There are no boundaries when it comes to color but, strong colors like green, brown, blue and black provide a nice contrast to your sunless skin tone.
The point is that there are numerous ways for you to highlight your skin with skincare, cosmetics, fashion and accessories. Although our original statement still stands. Whether you choose to add on or not, you still look beautiful just as you are. There are countless highly-paid sunless models and actresses who wouldn’t think of changing their skin. Why would you?
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