I was born a natural red head. This is both a blessing and a curse! As a child, older women would envy my bright red hair but kids my age would mock it. When I was in high school (2003-2007) it was very “cool” to tan your skin. As a high schooler I wanted to be like every other girl and have blonde hair and tan skin. My mother would not let me color my hair, but I was allowed to go in the tanning beds. No matter how much I “tanned” I never got truly tan – maybe a few shades darker but never glowing.
In my late teens and early twenties, I colored my hair platinum blonde and used fake tanning lotion. It was the only way I’d actually get dark color. I don’t even want to tell you about how many white shirts I ruined back in the day.
Fast forward to 26, after I gave birth to a red head, I had to make a decision. I am no longer just being a teenager living for myself, I am a role model. I now had to make decisions as a mother. I decided to learn how to embrace my red hair and pale skin.
Now when I say I have pale skin, I mean I have VERY pale skin. I want to show you on the spectrum. I am a 1N1, and during the winter time even this can look dark on me if I don’t blend it in properly.
Photo Credit: Janet Rowe
Often times when I tell people how pale I am they don’t believe me until I really show them! I have had to learn many tricks on how to accent my features. One of them being wear color and mascara! I can’t wait to share with you my many tips, mind you these tips are meant for people with fair skin. If you do not have fair skin, they may not apply to you.
Over the years I have learned to not try to imitate others beauty but rather take the tips that apply to me and blend them into my style. I hope that you may learn a few things from me in my new category of beauty.
Now for my first beauty tip: Wear Mascara!
Wearing mascara makes you look more awake. I have learned that if you want your eye lashes to look voluminous there are a few things you need to do.
1. Find your favorite mascara and stick to it BUT replace it often
If you’re like me and layer your mascara, you will go through a lot of it. So often I thought, “Oh this mascara isn’t working anymore;” but the truth is I just needed a new bottle. I have found that I need a new mascara every month. I would not suggest stretching it more than this to get the full benefit of a great mascara.
2. When you layer your mascara allow dry time in between layers
I layer my mascara at least three times. I wait a minimum of 30 seconds in between each layer to let the last layer dry. During that time, I do something else with my makeup like contouring or applying my eye shadow.
3. Don’t forget the top
When applying mascara to your eyelashes, don’t forget the top of your upper lashes. A lot of times people put mascara on the bottom part of their upper lashes but forget to put it on the top part. When you put mascara on both the top and bottom part of your upper lashes, it helps them appear fuller.
4. Swipe side to side
When you brush on the mascara, make sure to swipe the eyelashes side to side with the brush. This coats the eye lashes individually but layers them to look voluptuous.
5. Take your mascara off at night
As beautiful as long layered eyelashes are, I’ve learned the hard way, that if you do not take your mascara off at night, it will clump and cause your eyelashes to fall out. This will not help you have long eyelashes! So take the time to take off the mascara at night.
I hope these tips helped you, and, if you have any questions about eyelashes or pale skin make up tips, put it in the comments below. Thank you for reading this and for your support. I hope to inspire you in 2018!