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Lipstick. I don’t really care about. I’ve been trying to get more into it, but I could live without it and just use chapstick or lipgloss LOL.

I completely concur. I’ve tried to love lipsticks myself, but I just can’t seem to fall in love with them. All formulas seem to dry out my lips, so I just stick to my true love – lip gloss. It gives me color, shine, and moisture in one! Can’t beat that! 🙂

Is it cheating to say bronzer? I used it for a few months before giving up and sticking to blush, so I wouldn’t miss that either.

Mascara, such a pain in the butt to clean off and I have short lashes so you would only know the difference if you were up in my face

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I don’t think I’d ever go back to pencil eyeliner.
While I love the fact that it’s so easy to apply, I found (notice past tense) that I kept having to go back over the line repeatedly, to get the depth of color I wanted.
I get more satisfying results with cake liner, Inglot Duraline, and my Sonia Kashuk bent liner brush.

bronzer. I’m so pale that any bronzer ends up looking orange, or overly dark on me. Plus i have no need to contour my face and i love my paleness.

It’s really interesting you mention your love for your paleness because it seems like people in the beauty industry encourage everyone to wear sunscreen and limit exposure, but then people seem to compensate with fake tan. I can’t count how many times I’ve watched a youtube tutorial and the guru apologizes for how pale and therefore dead looking and scary her bare face is, and that she needs to bring more color back into it with her make up.
I am of the same mind as you; I’m pale, though not the fairest of the fair, and I have no intention of burying myself in bronzer to make it look otherwise. Just a thought! 🙂

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I agree, Sophia B. I’m NW15, and when I was young I didn’t even try to tan, because I thought it would be bad for my skin, it’s just too darned hot here in Texas to intentionally bake in the sun, and I didn’t see what the problem was with having very light skin. I got all kinds of negative remarks, ranging from “You need to get some SUN!” to “[insert name of friend] has such a nice tan, and you’re so PALE!”
Now I’m 50, and my peers comment wistfully on “that creamy skin” of mine, which is still even-toned and has very few lines.
Back to topic: One of the few product types I’ve never worn, and don’t expect to, is bronzer. I also don’t need or use lip plumpers.

I remember my mother telling me that the tanned look came in when she was a teenager, and it’s just sort of stuck since then. Who knows why – maybe it’s implies the luxurious, carefree lifestyle that used to be reflected by fair skin? I’m quite fair, and I’ve always avoided the sun because my “tan” requires a prior burn and still only gets me to a NC/W15. I think bronzer is a great product for women who like that look and have trouble getting there, but I use it sparingly. I like using it sometimes, but I also have no problem utilizing my paleness, either. 🙂

The idea behind wearing sunscreen is to protect skin from sun-damage, not to “maintain” paleness for the sake of being pale (although “tanning” is actually damage). However, we (as a society) believe that tans denote wealth (ie, people who have money can afford vacations to exotic locales), which is why the idea became fashionable in the later part of the 20th century. Ironically, prior to that, it was the exact opposite, and in some cultures, it still is, with the idea wealthier people can afford to employ others to do the menial work on the outside. We also associate tans with a “healthy glow”, although we now know the negative results of tanning, but we still like the aesthetic.

I happen to be fairly light, as well, and have no desire to faux-tan, so when I use the term “we” it’s in the loosest sense of the word. I also have extremely neutral skintone, so I will use bronzers to add a bit of warmth, as I have to be very careful with blush; any shade is exaggerated, and if too pink/red, I’ll just look sun/wind-burned (tarte Exposed reads as Pepto-pink on me!).

Ha I was going to say primer, because I actually can’t wear it thanks to milia!!

I’ll say liquid liner. It only looks good on the top lid and I’m not a fan of eyeliner on my top lid- it makes me feel like my eyelashes are less visible.

I, too, never wear face primer. Eyeshadow primer is a different story. I’d probably pick bronzer. My face doesn’t “need” it, it’s pure vanity, and I can get most of the highlight/contouring I need done with a really good blush.

Blush; I have more than enough contour/highlight products (for definition), as well as bronzers (if I want/need some color) to have a variety of “looks”. I also tend to stick to more “natural” shades of blush, so it’s definitely something that would be sorely missed.

Lipstick would be another one, as long as I had tinted lip balm, or gloss. Again, this is a product I don’t use often, and when I do, I end up using a tinted balm later in the day.

foundation…if I could have perfect skin haha but yeah being pale its hard to get a good match plus I have sensitive skin so I could totally live without it

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I’d say tanning products, but if that doesn’t count under make-up, then bronzer. I’m definitely not trying to get darker. 😛

Yup face primer is not a necessity, I broke out badly thanks to the revlon photoready one so now I’m just skipping it…I dunno why did I dive in, gah I’m so mad at me haha.

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