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Night out makeup for pale skin

We go through life thinking that the grass is always greener on the other side. When you have dark hair, you think that blondes have more fun, and if you're pale as a sheet of paper, you dream of having that tanned, beach-bunny look, and so on and so on. Here's a thought – why not embrace the look and features you already have? Learn how to make them work to your advantage (also with the help of our little blog here) and stop comparing yourself to other people. Embracing the paleness is what this night-out makeup tutorial is all about, aactually. You can find the details below, and let us know in the comments how it turns out when you try it.


Embrace the contrasts

The first step is prepping your lids with primer and a bit of setting powder to help everything on top stay in place. Then line the upper and lower lash lines with black kohl pencil. You can make a thicker line on the upper lid, because you will blend the product all over the lid anyway.
If the pencil transfers into/over the crease, as is common with deep set eyes, just blend it downwards with a flat brush. The main point is to blacken the whole lid up to the point where the transfer naturally happened. This will provide a good base for the other colors. Carefully blend the pencil line also along the lower lash line. Take another brush, a clean one without any product, and blend left and right (windshield wiper motion) inside the crease to create a softer transition.
Take a dark brown matte eyeshadow and with a flat brush, pat it onto the upper lid, focusing mainly on the central part.
Next on the menu is a Freshly Toasted eyeshadow (a burnt orange shade, not food). With a fluffy brush, blend it into the crease – all the way from the inner to the outer corner.
Create a gradient between the dark brown and the burnt orange by using a beige shade where the two shades meet, blending along that "border".
Use a bit of that burnt orange also along the outer third of the lower lash line to accentuate the eyes even more.
Lift the eyebrows by applying some light-colored shimmery eyeshadow along the brow bone, under the brows.
Now onto the twist! By simply using the tip of your finger, apply a shimmery light green shade to the middle part of the upper lid and carefully blend it outwards a bit, leaving the already multi-color edges of the lid the way they are.
This time with a brush, put some of this green eyeshadow also along the middle part of the lower lash line.

Subtle drama

Pick up your trusted black gel eyeliner and tightly line the upper lash line with a precise pointed brush, extending the flick just a bit in the outer corner.
Line also the outer third of the lower lash line and connect the lines in the corner.
Since this is a night-out makeup, we aren't opposed to using fake eyelashes, but if that's not your jam, just use a good volumizing mascara. However, by sticking just a few individual eyelashes in the outer corner of the upper lash line you can achieve a subtly dramatic look without looking overdone.

Comb the brows and fill them in with brow powder. If your skin is pale, like our model's, pay attention to the color you choose for the brows, since they might quickly look too strong and fake if the color is even a shade too dark.


Pale girls will know – finding a foundation shade light enough is a serious struggle. Kudos to you, if you already have your holy grail in your possession and good luck to those still in search. The product section below might offer you something new to try, check it out. With a foundation brush, smooth the foundation over your face in a thin layer. Tap some highlighting concealer under your eyes to cover the dark circles, which are usually more pronounced in pale-skinned girls.

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Use a cream contouring product and a foundation brush to contour the top of the forehead and under the cheekbones. Blend the contour extremely well into the hairline, because pale skin doesn't forgive careless blending – every mistake will show! Pull the cheek contour towards that space between the nose and the mouth for a sharper, sexier look.

Apply a cherry red shade of cream blush on the apples of your cheeks and tap it in with your fingers.


Of course, the eyes are the star of the show, but lips should definitely not be neglected. Use a darker nude lip liner to shape the lips and apply a matte lipstick in a similar shade to round up the whole look. Ta-da!


Products list


  • Lancome Le Crayon Kohl black eye pencil
  • ZOEVA Cocoa Blend eyeshadow palette
  • Kryolan Variety eyeshadow palette
  • Urban Decay Electric eyeshadow palette
  • Bobbi Brown black gel eyeliner
  • L'Oreal True Match Foundation in 2R/2C Rose Vanilla
  • Catrice Lash Couture single lashes
  • Sleek eyebrow stick no. 716 light
  • Ben Nye Media Pro SK-3 shadow wheel
  • YSL Kiss & Blush no. 10
  • YSL Touche Eclat highlighter/concealer no. 1
  • Laura Mercier Chestnut lip pencil
  • L'Oreal Color Riche Matte lipstick no. 634
  • L'Oreal False Lash Superstar mascara