How to Contour Even if You're Really, Really Pale
We are currently at the height of the contouring movement (thanks, in large part, to a famous group of sisters with matching first-letter names). And we’re mostly glad—sure, the heavily shaded, highlighted look might not be for everyone, but at least it’s helped some of us learn to carve cheekbones and accentuate our jawlines. Key word? Some. For the paler set, contouring remains a somewhat scary concept. After all, no one wants to overdo it, and for pale girls, the chances of that happening are significantly higher.
But pale girls want cheekbones too. We heard your plea, and brought it to makeup artist Kelsey Deenihan, who has worked with everyone from Lucy Hale to Kate Bosworth. Keep scrolling to see the four contouring tips every pale girl should know, then shop our favourite pale-girl contouring products at the end!
Apply it Correctly
Deenihan says that pale girls can go wrong in two main areas when it comes to contouring: applying it too heavily and choosing the wrong shade. To avoid any harsh lines, she suggests using a medium fluffy or kabuki brush (she likes the ones by NARS) to apply a powder contour to the hollows of your cheeks, temples, and along your jawline. “Be sure to blend the contours into your skin,” she says. “Being pale, there’s nothing worse than seeing harsh, unnatural streaks on the face. The contouring shouldn’t be noticeable, but rather an illusion.”
One last tip: When it comes to choosing a specific contouring shade, Deenihan says to stick to those with golden and warm undertones instead of cooler, ashy colors. “The warmer shades will instantly add a healthy radiance to your face, while cooler colors can look too dull or sunken [on pale skin],” she says. Noted!
Keep scrolling to shop all the contouring products she mentioned in the story!