Beauty,  Make-up

Pale, and not so interesting

My skin is fair, and it’s obviously much paler in winter. Here’s how I stop it from going pale and pasty in winter.

Resist the urge to OD on self-tan during winter. It’s ok to use a gradual tanner, but only every few days. You want to look healthy, not cooked. I’m a fan of Xen Tan’s Face Tanner, R225.

Xen Tan
You should use different foundations in summer and winter. In colder months, I prefer to use a tinted moisturiser or BB Cream rather than heavy foundation, which can be drying. My two current favourites are Garnier Skin Naturals Original BB Cream in Light, R110 and Dermalogica Sheer Tint Light SPF20, R730.

BB Creams

Cheek colour is the most important addition you can make in winter months. Opt for a pinky blusher, rather than a bronzer. My current favourite is Maybelline’s Fit Me Blush in Deep Rose, R105. If your skin is dry, you could try a cream blusher instead of a powder one, as this will deliver a dewy glow. Maybelline, Smashbox, Nyx and MAC have great ones.

Maybelline Fit Me Blush in Deep Rose


  • zintle

    I have a problem with my face,its very dry and become very shiny during the day.Can you help me?Its also sensitive to many products as I develop fine rash in most of them.

  • Rouge Beauty Girl

    Hi Zintle

    I would only use very basic products on sensitive skin, as there many ingredients that your skin may react to. Cetaphil is a good brand for senstive skin – you can find it at most Clicks stores.