For fair of face - best products for porcelain skin
As this week's autumnal weather hammered the final nail in the coffin of summer, I had to accept that the days of fake tan and bright eye shadows are numbered. The good news? Pale skin is a trend for autumn.
Irish skin can tend toward the pale and freckly, with a blue-tinged hue. Girls Aloud's Nicola Roberts, a staunch campaigner for pale women everywhere, has just launched her new make-up range, Dainty Doll, which is specially designed for pale redheads. The range takes into account the blue base that a lot of translucent skin has but for the moment is only available to buy online.
One of the best foundations I've come across for pale skin is Vichy's Aerateint (€18), great pale shades and fluid consistency. Or you could try MAC's Face and Body Foundation (€36.50) in white and apply sheerly.
Obviously pale is not just interesting on its own. Avoid a chalky face by using an illuminating foundation.
New to the market this week is Lancome's Teint Miracle (€35.50), a foundation that works on how your skin absorbs and reflects light.
In other words, this works on giving a luminous finish. The most impressive thing about this is that it gives excellent coverage, but a 'bare skin' effect. Perfect for translucent skins. The range includes a concealer pen (€30) and a base serum (€27.50).
One to watch out for in October is No7's new Instant Radiance Foundation (€17.25). It includes soft violet pearls that flatter the blue tones in pale skin and add radiance to sallow skin. You can also use an iridescent powder on the brows and cheekbones and the bridge of your nose for radiance. Try the Body Shop's illuminating light-reflecting pearls of colour (€18) to enhance the complexion.
Just because you're pale, doesn't mean you should shy away from blushers. There are some great pale shades on the market. One is Revlon's matte powder blush (€11), which comes in a range of very subtle shades. Lancome's new Rose Déco blush is great for pale skins too, if pricey at €39.
This season there is a trend for mascara-less eyes but for redheads this can look a little alien. Actress Tilda Swinton pulls it off with aplomb. If you don't fancy that look, try using a brown or grey eye shadow. Again, this flatters the blue tones in pale skin. For me, this is a contender for YSL's Faux Cils for building volume, but can be tricky to remove. If you want to use black mascara, use a fine-brush applicator like Clinique's High Length's mascara (€19), whose skinny brush separates lashes and prevents clumping.