The Best Makeup for Fair Skin

The best thing you can do for your skin is shield it from the sun, and that's easier than ever now that the days are getting shorter and weather is getting cooler. So if you're losing your summer glow - or never had one in the first place - then it's time to start considering different makeup to suit your porcelain pallor. It takes a lot of upkeep to continue bronzing, fake baking and self-tanning your face into that desirable golden brown, so why not embrace your natural complexion? As your wardrobe changes with the seasons, so should your makeup. Foundation, tinted moisturizers, concealers, powders and other products that sit directly on your skin should definitely go a shade or two lighter. And if you have naturally fair skin, then you may want to consider swapping out your lip colors, blushes and eye shadows as well. For days when you just need a sheer coat of color, a tinted moisturizer is just fine.

It allows the natural glow of your skin to shine through. When you need a little extra coverage, try liquid or cream foundation and a dusting of powder to set it. Add some color by not skipping the blush. Soft peaches, pinks and apricots are best for fair-skinned women. Avoid anything too warm with a yellow tone, which will make skin look sallow. Those apricots and sandy pinks look fabulous on lips, too, and if you want to go more dramatic, take a page from Anne Hathaway's stylebook and go with a brick red. Avoid going too brown - it can make fair skin look dull. If you're pale, then you can still play up your eyes for a dramatic look. Try dark navy, champagne, pinks and cool brown or taupe hues. Finish with black or black-brown mascara, and you'll look perfect.