|pale, pasty, fair, floury...|
|kate as a youth (simulated)|
|summer colouring cleverly disguised as "tan"|
see more about the history of tanning & whitening and descriptions of the makeup i used in the two looks above!
|you can't spell leader without "lead"|
|dr. house is indifferent to the dangers of makeup|
really, it was inevitable that the shift towards tanned skin would occur in the twentieth century. for one thing, people who had obsessively pursued fairer skin were unhealthy. the profound vitamin d deficiency that resulted from a lifetime spent avoiding contact with the sun caused rickets and osteomalacia and was a contributing factor to certain cancers, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, alzheimer's and parkinson's disease. hardly the persona that the post-great war generation, with their emphasis on youth, energy and life, wanted to project.
but the trend towards tanning was also a subtle way of maintaining the aristocracy of appearance. after all, in the industrial world, those who were palest were those who slaved away in factories and offices, never able to step out into the light of day. the natural suntan was the privilege of those who had the time and money to spend running around on the french riviera.
|don't look at the nipple, look at the tan|
throughout the eighties, more and more research piled up showing that all those alluring youngsters who had pranced around in the sixties and seventies worshiping the sun had been rewarded with skin cancer, courtesy of the uva and uvb rays that gave them their fresh-roasted appeal. at the very least, a lifetime spent in direct sunlight pretty much guaranteed a complexion that resembled the fringed suede jackets these people had worn during the summer of love.
and so the world divided. some chose to retreat from the sun, to bathe themselves in sunscreens of increasingly high protection factor and sticking to shady areas, lest the rays of cancer catch them unawares. others made the decision to get help faking what nature had made dangerous and thus did a billion-dollar industry get kicked into gear.
|she comes in peace?|
gradually, the emphasis has shifted to a "sun-kissed" appearance, rather than the appearance of having made out with the sun for six hours in the back of a pick-up somewhere. creams that gradually build to a "golden" sheen, bronze highlighters for the face that serve as both blush and an overall tint, these are the tools of choice for those who want to maintain a summery look of health and vigour (the orange look is now that of white trash who don't know any better than to give themselves cancer). and so every year at about this time, women and men are asked what they're going to do to get their skin ready for summer.
for my part, i'm going to stick it out with my glow-in-the-dark complexion for as long as i can and when the time finally comes- usually in late june or early july, i will just have to adapt until the sun recedes a little and lets me return to my regular milkiness. i've gotten to the point where i can play around with colours a little to accommodate the little fluctuation in my skin, but i think the bronzed look is just going to have to remain a spooky experiment for me, limited to when i pretty much have no options. i figure if i concentrate on making myself feel healthy, i'll look healthy and if that doesn't work, well, i'll just have to be content with being out of step with fashion, as usual.
this is more or less what i consider my natural skin tone, when i haven't been exposed to the sun. i've added a bit of a highlight along the cheekbones, but if you look at my neck and decollete (i love that word), you can see that the colour is pretty consistent. i do still put on a cream with an spf 15 every day, because the sun has a way of creeping in and damaging you when you least expect it.
mac prolongwear foundation nc15
mac prolongwear concealer nw20
mac play it proper beauty powder (highlight)
mac briar rose beauty powder (blush)
mac unbasic white e/s
mac silverthorn e/s
mac tilt e/s
mac glamora castle e/s
mac noir plum "megametal" e/s
nars eurydice e/s (purple side)
mac carbon e/s
mac smolder e/l
mac smoky heir liquid liner
mac flase lashes mascara
armani rouge d'armani 604
when the sun actually affects my colouration, i tend to just look dirty, so it actually helps if i augment the colour a little with a bronze or gold colour blush. the one that i used here is discontinued, but any summery shade a little darker than your skin tone will work. strangely, i tend to use more makeup for this look than others (not more colours, but more of them), because i was trying to capture a sort of 50s/ 60s "beach bunny" feel.
mac studio fluid foundation nc20 (thinned with moisturizer)
mac springshine blush ombre
mac crystal avalanche e/s
mac teal blue e/s
mac love lace e/s
mac club e/s
mac boot black liquid liner
mac plushlash mascara
mac almondine l/g
|pale & proud|