The 15 Best Bronzers for Pale Skin So You Can Look Sun-Kissed Without the Burn
by Caroline Harris
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Photo Courtesy of Lucy Hale on Instagram
I don’t tan, I burn.
If you’re like me, lying poolside sans sunscreen means developing a sunburn in under an hour. Fair-skinned individuals are sensitive to the sun, making sunscreen an absolute must. While others can achieve a golden glow from basking in the sun, it’s a recipe for disaster for us pale people. Every summer, you can catch me rigorously applying sunscreen, looking like Snow White even in the blazing heat of Los Angeles.
That’s why bronzer is a must for faking a sun-kissed glow and tan skin without the skin damage. Before hitting the beach, dust some bronzer over your cheekbones to make it seem like you haven’t been slathering on SPF 50 all summer. For inspiration, look no further than actresses like Lucy Hale and Alexis Bledel. Both fair-skinned beauties consistently look fabulous, with a lit-from-within glow you can replicate with the right bronzer.
Finding the best bronzer for pale skin can be challenging and might take some trial and error. You want a shade that enhances your undertones and matches your skin tone. Experts recommend going for a bronzer that is one or two shades darker than your natural skin color. Steer clear of vibrant orange and red tones. For paler skin, subtle hues of rose, pink and beige taupe are especially becoming. If your skin has cool tones, go for a peachy pink bronzer. For warm undertones, opt for a golden bronzer.
You may want your highlight to be popping, but your bronzer shouldn’t call too much attention to itself. Use a light hand to apply bronzer in all the places the sun would naturally hit: your cheekbones, the top of your forehead and your jawline.
Bronzer can be used as a contour or to create a more natural look, and either way we have you covered. Check out these tips from a makeup artist on how to apply bronzer when contouring and discover how to get a healthy glow with this bronzer tutorial. Then, read through our round up of tried-and-true formulas for some extra color that won’t have you reaching for the aloe vera. Gear up for your most amazing summer yet with the best bronzers for pale skin.
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