Love, Shelbey: Fair Skin: Bronzing, Contouring, & Highlighting 101

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Fair Skin: Bronzing, Contouring, & Highlighting 101

Hey yall! I hope your July started out on the right foot! 
Today I'm delivering one of my "pictorial" posts where I show you how to achieve a specific beauty look or technique.

Today's post is going to be over Bronzing, Highlighting, and Contouring, but not just for anyone, this is specifically dedicated to all my Snow White's out there ;) 

This whole discussion started when I asked my friend, Emily (today's model) what bronzer she used to contour with. She told me she didn't contour OR use bronzer because she's afraid of looking too dark. I immediately had to intervene and give her a lesson right on the spot. Interested in seeing how it went? Keep reading ;)
Meet Emily, or Emma as I like to call her. We've been bffl's since 7th grade. She's truly the definition of modern day Snow White. I'm not sure why I've never taught her the bronzing codes of pale women, but she learned today!
Finding the right bronzer for fair skin can sometimes be a hassle. Since the pigmentation in fair skin is obviously extremely light, bronzers can have a nasty habit of oxidizing into the skin and creating that "orangey" look. One of my favorite bronzers for fair skin is the Physician's Formula Happy Booster "Light Bronzer" (it's even in the name ha ha) It's so subtle and sheer but gives you a nice hint of color!

If you're around my skin tone (light complexion), Bare Minerals makes a nice light bronzer called "The Skinny Dip" which I've talked about before.

You want to work with brushes that aren't densely packed. Contouring and bronzing on fair skin with a thick, densely packed brush is like smacking yourself in the jaws with straight up pure joke. 

Use synthetic brushes that are feathered out and loose so A. to ensure you don't get too much product on the brush - B. so the smallest amounts of bronzer are touching your face. This will give you a chance to build the bronzer up if needed. One of my favorite brushes to start out a contour with is the Real Techniques Blush Brush (pink brush above) it's so light and airy that it gives you the most flawless and airbrushed application.

A stippling brush is great to use with highlighters, again, because they only pick up the slightest product! The E.L.F. Small Stippling Brush fits perfectly above the cheek bones and down the bridge of the nose.

How To: AKA The Deets

It's amazing what a little BC&H can do ;) Even if I'm wearing minimal makeup, I make sure to incorporate a slight contour and a little highlight into my routine. If you have fair to light skin, don't be afraid to step outside of the box and give your skin a little glow! ;)

Thanks so much for reading guys!

Until next time...


  1. This post definitely goes to show you what a little bronzer and highlighter can do! You did a great job Shelbey!

  2. Great post! I'll be sure to pass it on to my very fair skinned sister :)

  3. I LOVE bronzer! it is my go-to make up choice for the summer time!

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