When Irish Eyes Are Smiling!

It’s St. Patrick’s Day and everyone is celebrating all things Irish. It got us thinking about the beautiful pictures of Irish women and girls on the greeting cards and posters. They all have either black hair, brows and eyelashes; or they are redheads. The one thing they all shared no matter what was that creamy Irish complexion. The redheads sometimes had the lightest dusting of freckles across the nose.

What would it take to have a complexion like that? Most American complexions have more of a bronzed look even if they are not tan. If, like many of us, we have an Hispanic or Italian heritage, then that light a color is not possible. A deeper skin tone is also the case for women of color of all types from African-American to Native American. But if you are light skinned with a medium dark hair color and you want that really pale skin you have to work for it.

First of all, never go outside at all without a full sunblock protecting your face. Make sure it is a full-spectrum UVA / UVB sunblock and apply it before you put on your makeup. Do your hands and wrists as well. Next, if you are prone to dark circles under your eyes, make sure and use a Vitamin K under eye cream to shrink those blood vessels and lighten the dark areas. You want to look as naturally pale as possible and looking tired or over-worked is not the answer.

Finally, make sure you use a clear powder foundation and only the lightest touch of blush and tinted lip gloss. Nothing heavy that would detract from the delicacy of your look. Then mascara on the top and bottom lashes so that your eyes stand out from that smooth, pale skin. That should do it.  The key is, again, to never go out without sun block.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, go find a green dress to put on!