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Color theory: fair, freckled skin

Pale skin is often associated with princess-like porcelain complexion; but that dream is often only that - a dream. In reality, pale skin often suffers from redness, dryness, and even dehydration. Here’s how to make your skin glow like that of a pale princess.

Step 1: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

We can’t repeat that enough. If your skin is dry in certain areas, or worse, dehydrated all over, look into hydrating parimers for both your eyes and face.

A good skincare routine can also help you on your way to plump skin with less redness — but you have to be consistent. Giving your skin enough moisture on a regular basis is vital if you want to reduce redness and dryness.

Pro-tip: Oil obviously isn’t one of your problems, so cut down on powder products (especially face powders). If you’re thinking about baking your under-eye area, or even your entire face, don’t. The more powder you use, the more moisture will be sucked out of your skin. (On dry skin, baking is completely unnecessary and even harmful.)

Step 2: Come to the dark side

If you have green or blue bright eyes, consider framing them with some black kohl or a dark eyeshadow. That will create an instant contrast between light and dark (which sounds pretty poetic if you ask us).
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First go in on your upper lash line and apply your liner or eyeshadow as close to the lashes as you can.
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Don’t worry about being messy at this point; you will blend all that out later.
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For a more dramatic effect apply some liner (or shadow) on the outer third of your lower lash line as well. Finish framing the eye by connecting the liner on top and bottom.
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Now take a flat, but fluffy, blending brush and start to blend the product into your lash line, which should give you a smokey effect. You can add product in layers for more intensity. Then add some dark eyeshadow on the outer V of your lid and blend again; this time with a bigger fluffy brush.
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Be careful not to take your eyeshadow too far up the lid, as that will make the eyes look droopy. To get that perfect blend, clean up the edges of the eyeshadow with a clean brush.
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Pro-tip: If your eyes are deep-set and are overshadowed by your brow bone, take some shimmery eyeshadow. Place it in the very center of your lid and add a pinch of it to your inner corner. This will bring the eyes forward and create more dimension.

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Step 3: Skin focus

Redness and dryness of the skin go hand in hand, but they can be reduced with a proper skincare and foundation routine. However, all that hydration might still not get rid of all the redness. In that case, color correction is your best friend.

Red and green are complementary colors, and so they cancel each other out. To neutralise any redness in your skin, apply a thin layer of green corrector over the “affected area” and blend well.

Once you’ve blended that out, you can go on and apply foundation. Pick a foundation with buildable coverage and work in thin layers. First, a layer over your entire face, then another layer only in the areas where you need more coverage. If some redness still peeks through, think of it as natural blush.

Pro-tip: If your skin is severely dehydrated, try cream contours, blushes and highlighters. Those three products usually cake up on dry skin when they’re used in a powder formula, so your best bet is to avoid them, or use a cream version.

Step 4: Finishing touches

Finish strong with a lipstick that matches your eyeshadow and compliments your eye colour. Mauve, dusty rose and nude combinations are all the rage right now, especially with a dark, cool tone to them.

Now just fill in your brows, slap on some mascara and go slay your day!
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Voilà!
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Products list

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  • SENSAI Eyelid Base
  • L'Oreal True Match rose vanilla foundation
  • Bourjois Radience Reveal concealer no.1 & no.2
  • GOSH My Favourite Mascara
  • YSL Dessin Des Levres no. 14
  • Catrice Ultimate Matt lipstick no. 50
  • Charlotte Tilbury Rock'N'Kohl marlene midnight
  • Lancome black kohl pencil
  • YSL Dessin Des Sourcils no.3
  • YSL Instant Moisture primer
  • Kevin Aucoin contouring powder
  • YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush no. 10
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin gren color correcting fluid