Sunday, August 2, 2009

The Drama of Pale Skin

There is nothing prettier to me than pale skin. Nothing. But this is a new view for me... My whole life I've been a bronzed beach girl and I've even learned to love my freckles, but after spending nine days on an international press tour with Cate Blanchett (unfortunately I didn't get to work on her myself but loved working on her co-star Geoffrey Rush), I became obsessed with her milky white skin. It truly is the perfect canvas for make-up. Then I met my client Krysten Ritter this year and was blown away by hers! She can rock red lips, fuchsia lips, even nude lips with more contrast and drama than anyone I know. Such an amazingly gorgeous face to work on that I have to pinch myself everytime.

Here's the make-up breakdown of Krysten's look: First I prep her skin with Amala Hydrating Face Cream, my favorite line of skincare with all organic ingredients. I add a sweep of Hourglass Veil Fluid Make-up Foundation in No. 1 Ivory and conceal any dark circles or redness with Dior Hydrating Concealer in Light Golden. I contour her cheeks with a light bronze powder (Dior Matte Sunshine in Honey Matte) and add a nude cheek color to her apples (DiorBlush in A Touch of Blush). Then I define her eyes (but not overkill them) with a wash of pale grey shadow all over her eyelid (Mark Cosmetics i-Mark Custom Pick Eye Shadow in Minx), Illamasqua Eye Liner Cake in Mislead on both the top and bottom lashlines, two coats of mascara (CoverGirl Lash Blast Luxe in Black Platinum) and a few individual lashes on the upper outside corners. Lastly I play up her lips with a tinted lip balm (Elizabeth Arden 8-Hour Sheer Lip Tints in Berry, Blush, Honey or Plum, depending on our mood).

Here are some more snapshots of my work on Miss Ritter's snow-white skin taken by Hama Sanders... I still love a California glow but am now secretly jealous of the pale few out there. (And never again will I leave the house without wearing my SPF 70, because a girl can dream!)

And three more shots by Eric Ray Davidson:


BECKY (Embrace Your Imperfections) said...

my goodness, shes gorgeous!!

Berry said...

I too have pale skin and these photos are an inspiration! =)
I will definitely be saving them for future reference!

Katie said...

What beautiful work you've done on Krysten! I'm so excited you've been posting more often - Can't wait to read more!

funkiimonkee said...

Hi there:) Was she the girl who played Becky's best friend in Confessions of a Shopaholic? Anyway, I love pale skin like hers:) So gorgeous! Great job:)

Sam said...

Wow, nice work! Is there anything you'd recommend besides Amala Hydrating Face Cream, for those of us on a budget?

Amy Nadine said...

Yes funikiimonkee! Krysten played the best friend in Confessions of a Shopaholic! So adorable. And Sam, I would recommend Aveeno Ultra-Calming Face Lotion. It's hyrating and in about 2 weeks, any redness is gone. xoxo

Melissa said...

I'm so thankful you posted this! I stopped laying in the tanning bed two years ago. Recently, this fair skin has been bothering me! lol After reading this post, it has definitely inspired me. I was getting frustrated with always buying "fair" concealer and "fair" powder lol. Thank you for showing that fair skin is pretty as well!

If you have time, I was wondering what color eyeliner and mascara you would recommend for blue eyes, blonde hair, and fair skin. Thanks so much! I'm so happy Lauren Conrad posted your blog on her Twitter! =)

Amy Nadine said...

Hi Melissa! I would recommend Smashbox Cream Eyeliner Pencil in Antique Gold and black mascara. Some people really love brown mascara on blondes but I prefer a little extra definition. Hope that helps! xo

Isabel said...

Those photos are sooo gorgeous!
I love your blog


Justine said...

Amy, your work is such an inspiration!
I can only hope to makeup as beautiful as yours and achieve your success one day.
Thanks for all the tips!

Melissa said...

Thank you so much for the reply! I'm going to check those products out right now! =)

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Amy Nadine has worked on Lauren Conrad, Krysten Ritter, Rachel Bilson, Whitney Port, Kate Bosworth, George Clooney, Hugh Jackman, Denzel Washington, Patrick Dempsey, Khloe Kardashian & Geoffrey Rush, among others. Her work has appeared in Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, InStyle, Seventeen, Glamour, Teen Vogue & Nylon, to name a few. In 2010 she headed up the make-up department for L!fe Happens & in 2009 she developed two lip glosses for Mark Cosmetics after doing Lauren Conrad’s beauty campaigns for the brand. Amy Nadine is also the co-founder of She prides herself in being an expert in her field, always studying color trends, cosmetics formulations… anything & everything make-up-related, & pinches herself daily that she’s having a career out of one of her greatest passions.

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