All the cool beauty bloggers are talking about contouring lately, and there is an appeal to looking as chiseled as Kim Kardashian, or Angelina Jolie in Maleficent. But so many bronzers and contouring palettes and tutorials involve products and tips for medium-toned skin that can look artfully sculpted with just a touch of bronzer. Any super pale person knows that rubbing on bronzer like that will just make her look dirty at best, and covered in fake makeup at worst. And it’s tough to find a highlighter that works when everything in the store is darker than your actual skin tone.
But just because you’re pale doesn’t mean you can’t sculpt some sharper cheekbones. Here are 12 excellent contouring tips and products that will make even the palest people look like Maleficent.
1. Contouring & Highlighting
This lady has pretty fair skin, and yet she is able to pull of contouring without looking like she just rubbed bronzer all over her face willy-nilly. Following her lead seems like a good idea.
This is a palette a lot of either very well-off or well-sponsored beauty bloggers use, and they seem to love it. Were I rich like a Kardashian, I would totally own Tom Ford’s Shade & Illuminate palette in Intensity One, for lighter skin tones. Maybe if I get good enough with the other stuff I will allow myself to buy this one day.
9. Highlight and Contour for Pale Skin
Thank God for pale beauty bloggers. I don’t know what I’d do without them to copy.
10. Highlight and Contour for Your Face
Not all faces are shaped the same, so not all faces should contour the same. This tutorial shows how to work with your own features, including your ultralight skin tone.
12. Contouring Pale Skin
Here’s an excellent tutorial for any other redheads out there.