Who's the Fairest? Bronzers for the Pale

As a very fair makeup addict, summer can be a little strange for me. While I sort of like the bronze goddess looks everyone suggests, I can never be that. I'm perfectly ok with it. When I'm older, my skin will have far less damage than those who weren't regular SPF-wearers or those who actually baked in the sun.

I do like the look of a fake bake from time to time, but I get caught up in the cycle of trying to look even and I eventually become too obsessed with the little details to keep it up. (However, when I do, Beautisol is my all-time favorite.)

Because I like the look of a radiant, slightly bronze-y glow, I set out to find products that would work best for us porcelain dolls. Here are my picks.

To add a radiance to your skin that isn't overwhelming, try Sheer Glow by Manna Kadar. This is a light bronze gleam cream that can be added to your foundation for a beautiful hint of radiance that isn't over the top J-Lo. If you want that, try Becca's Pearl Shimmer Skin Perfector.

If you want a light glow with a little bit of shimmer and sparkle, check out Tokidoki's Royal Pride. This is the lightest of their bronzers and is incredibly pretty. Those who follow me on Twitter know that I was on the hunt for what would be perfect on my very fair skin. After visiting counters in every department store and several trips to Sephora and Ulta, this was the best color I could find. It adds a hint of bronze, shimmer and sun, but doesn't turn me brown.

If you prefer a slightly more flushed look, like you've actually spent the day in the sun and are truly a fair-skinned bombshell, check out Cover FX's Sunkissed Bronzing Powders in Garnet. The (apparently) best kept secret in the makeup industry is that the Snow Whites among us don't actually turn brown. We turn pink. Then if we are lucky, we may get a touch of golden color that lasts a few days. Garnet is beautiful, sexier than the color I might actually turn, but not in a vampy way. Be sure to use a light touch with this. It's packed with pigment!

I couldn't pass up this really pretty little Illuminating Face Powder in Amber Nectar from Milani. The roses are too cute and it actually gives you a natural, very light bronze (with a little peachy-pink) color. It's definitely on the matte side and works well all over, as a blush and especially well as a contour color. 

Finally, if you want your skin to glow from within, try adding a bit of Smashbox's Photo Finish Luminizing Primer before you apply your foundation. Try adding it just to your cheekbones for a subtle glow, or all over for a slightly bronzer look. Don't forget to blend it down on to your neck!

(Cover Fx Garnet, Tokidoki Royal Pride, Milani Amber Nectar)

Take a look at the three powders. Have you found something you love for really fair skin? Tell me, please!

Some products sent for review. Some purchased with my fracking debit card that still only works sometimes.

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  1. I have heard good things about the cover fx bronzers.  I'm not a fan of shimmer in bronzers though.  Great post & swatches

  2. I haven't tried these. I'll check them out! Thanks!

  3. Physicians formula has a little shimmer to it... A least the one I have... I like matte bronzers best, such as Benefit Hoola, Essence bronzer matte shade #2, Too Faced Chocolate Soleil and also Nyx powder blush in Stone. Have you tried any of these? I'm Mac NC15-20 ;)

  4. I actually really like the Physicians Formula Healthy Wear Bronzer in Light. It super pale and works really well on my fair skin. Also hard to over apply.

  5. and my fave glow products (color cosmetics) is Laura Geller actually I love 2 of them- Candlelight which gives a more peachy golden glow, and Ethereal, which illuminates all skin tones, beautifully imho. You can use both as spot highlighters or all over.

  6. HI Gorgeous!
    You have to try Payot's compact bronzer spf 8. the color is audible and blends beautifully!
    Have a fantastic skin and beauty day!!!!

  7. I really love theBalm Bahama Mama Bronzer. Definitely gives my face a sunkissed glow without the damaging UVRAYS.


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