Contouring for Fair Skin

I understand that this post may be a little more ‘niche’ than usual, but not only is finding contour products for pale skin almost impossible, it’s also a problem that I feel I have a lot of knowledge about. As most of you will know, I am THAT pale friend – the one that has to stay on SPF 50 the entire holiday, the one that gets burnt in winter. Now, most contour products, whether they are high end or drugstore, tend to be rather warm-toned even if they are designed for ‘Light’ skin. This proves a biiig problem for the porcelain-skinned, as the it gives an unnatural look; almost like you put bronzer in the wrong place. And trust me, finding cool-toned contour kits is NOT easy… That’s where I come in. In attempt to join the contouring craze of the past few years, I pretty much tried out almost EVERY kit out there, be it £3 or £30, and this is what I’ve found…

My Top Contour Products for Fair Skin

Day to Day

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For a day to day look, you want something a little less dramatic, which equates to ‘a little more blend able’ in makeup talk. Hence, the products that I have selected here are all cream-based products that I love to use for contour. My biggest piece of advice is: don’t worry if it’s intended for contouring or not – don’t be afraid to create a shadow using a deeper foundation or define the cheeks using a cream blush instead.

Clockwise from top left: Rosie for Autograph Cream Blush in Camisole Blush, NYX Sculpt and Highlight Duo in Taupe/IvoryRimmel London Scandal Eyes Shadow Stick in Trespassing TaupeMaybelline Dream Matte Mousse in Cameo.

Going Out

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When you’re going out, that is the time for some serious contouring, like damn, create some killer cheekbones even if they’re not natural. For going out, I find that powders generally work much better; they have a longer lasting-power, especially when set with a setting spray. My all time favourite has got to be NYX HD Blush in Taupe (only £5.50 as well!) – it’s cool toned which works perfectly for super fair skin.

Clockwise from top left: Make-up Geek Break Up, NYX HD Blush in Taupe, ABH Cream Kit in Fair, Barry M Chisel Cheeks

and the worst…

Now, I’m not really one for slating products, as I know that most products perform differently on different skin types and colours, however, below I’ve listed a few pieces that you might want to avoid if you’re pale like me; the following, I find, are simply too warm toned:

Face: NYX Shine Killer Primer, Bareminerals Complexion Rescue in Vanilla, Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H, MAC Pro-Longwear Concealer in NW15, Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 15, NYX HD Blush in Taupe, Benefit Hoola Bronzer, NYX HD Blush in Soft Spoken, Laura Mercier Invisible Pressed Setting Powder, Gerard Cosmetics Star Powder Highlight in Grace, Make-up Revolution Pro Fix Oil Control Setting Spray.

Eyes and Brows: ABH Brow Wiz in Caramel, Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil in 2, Benefit High Beam, Too Faced Shadow Insurance, Too Faced Natural Eyes palette, Zoeva Rose Golden Palette, Benefit They’re Real Lash Primer, Icona Milano Emotions Allowed Mascara.

Lips: MAC Lip Liner in Subculture and MAC Kinda Sexy.

What are your must-have contouring products? Let me know in the comments below!

Emilia x


NYX Cosmetics Soft Matte Lip Cream and HD Blush Review

Whoops it appears that I have purchased yet more make-up and whoops it appears that I’m blogging about it instead of doing my Physics revision… Oh well. It’s just too important to dismiss! So, despite having about £1.50 to my name for the past month, I have made it through (HURRAH!) with a little assistance from Depop and Ebay. And now, well as soon as I have any money, what do I do? I spend it, OF COURSE. However, I am rather proud of the fact that I’ve opted to treat myself to a fairly non-bank-breaking brand this month. This brand is the much loved NYX Cosmetics. Renowned for their AMAZING dupes, specifically the liquid lipsticks, primers and blushers, I thought I’d give ’em a whirl. The only real issue was that NYX products are ridiculously hard to get hold of here in the UK. But, lo and behold, Very came to my rescue –  pretty much every NYX product available and I didn’t even have to pay for shipping, even though it’s an America-based brand. Wonderful! Anyway, I’ll stop babbling and show you my purchases…


So, here we go, my two little purchases, on the left is HD Blush in Taupe and on the right is Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania. These pieces were only £7 each from Very, a very reasonable price for make-up now-a-days, yet the quality is not compromised in the slightest! Let’s take a look at each individually…


Okay, so, first up is the HD Blush in Taupe (£7), a much adored shade. Personally, having such pale skin, I find it extremely hard to participate in the beauty ‘must’ of the moment; contouring. However, that’s where this product comes to the rescue. After months and months of research into products that would make contouring less ‘clown-like’ more ‘wow-look-at-those-cheekbones’ for me, I’d come across people raving about the wonders of this product multiple times. Other favourites seemed to be MAC Pro Longwear Blush in Baby Don’t Go (£20.50) and Nars Contour Blush in Olympia (£30), but with these both reaching more than twice the price of NYX Taupe, I decided to try the cheapest option first and work from there. BOY DID THAT PAY OFF! Upon my first application of Taupe, I loved it immediately; unlike other contour products it was miraculously cool-toned and didn’t make me look like I had a stripe of fake-tan down each cheek. Also, it was surprisingly pigmented for such a bargain product and very easy to blend, even for someone as useless with a make-up brush as me. Take a look at the results below…

Make-up: No7 Stay Perfect Shine Free Primer (£12.50), bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream in Vanilla (£26.00), MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer in NW15 (£15.50), NYX HD Blush in Taupe (£7), Chanel ‘Le Volume de Chanel’ Mascara in Noir (£25), MAC Brow Pencil in Lingering (£14) set with Miss Sporty Clear Mascara (£2.99). All applied with MAC Keepsakes Studio Brush Kit (£40/£50) and Real Techniques Contour Brush  (£21.99 with Core Collection) and Retractable Kabuki Brush (£11.99).


Now onto the Soft Matte Lip Cream (£7) – I would say this is very, very similar in texture to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick ($20.00), but, again, half the price. Already, within just a couple of hours of wear, I was receiving compliments on this products and it’s staying power is crazily good; you’d probably have to bathe in makeup remover to actually get it off. Anyway, this is Transylvania, the darkest shade –  I’d describe it as a classically autumnal ‘berry red’, although it is possible to build up to a deep purple shade with multiple coats. Also, this has been dubbed the perfect dupe for MAC Cyber (£15.50), with a little more of a matte finish. My only piece of advice would be to make sure you apply a lip-liner when using this product as it’s hard to achieve an even outline with the wand alone. Here’s how it looks on (lovely car selfies):