Embracing the pale (with the help of bright pink lips!)

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

I am a religious fake-tanner. I have faked tanned through summer and winter for years now, using countless different brands, finally to settle with St Moritz, the cheaper equivalent to St Tropez. I usually tan once a week, to get a nice colour for the rest of the week (all be it with a couple of 'pale days') and was quite happy doing that. There is something about having a tan that makes me (and I'm guessing a lot of girls) happy.

However, I haven't tanned for the past month. I have no idea why, it wasn't a conscious decision, but I'm surprised at how little being pale (or not being tanned) is bothering me. Naturally I am as white as a ghost, and have gone through stages in the past of hating it and embracing it. I remember a while ago I was agonising over whether I looked better with or without a tan. I honestly don't know. All I know is, right now I'm as Snow White pale and I'm not too bothered about it. Maybe it's because it's winter, and therefore nice tanned pins do not need to be on display, I certainly think it is an aspect. But one of the key reasons I'm having more fun with being pale is because I get to experiment with my make up a little more.

I've gone for more daring blushes, pretty much ditched the bronzer (for now) and most importantly, have been experimenting a lot with different lip colours. I think when you have such pale skin bright, striking colours make all the more of a statement. I thought I'd show you one of my favourites bright pinks to give you an idea of what I mean.

Collection 2000 Lasting Colour Lipstick in Pink Shock

It's actually a lot brighter than it appears in these pictures, but I think you get the idea. Now, I do wear this colour when I'm tanned, but it never really has the 'WOW' effect. I think there's something really striking about flawless pale skin and shocking pink or shocking red lips.

I'm not saying I'll never tan again, I just think it's fun to play around a bit with make up etc. and I've enjoyed doing that the past month. I know I will go back to my religious tanning in good time, but for now I'm loving my pale skin :)

What do you think? Is it important to embrace being pale (if you are naturally) or are you a tan-a-holic? Are you all for bright lips or are you a nude girl at heart? Let me know what you think :) xx