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Being blessed with a pasty Irish complexion can make shopping for bronzing and sculpting products a little tricky.

We've all suffered through those moments where we suddenly realise that what looked like beautifully sculpted cheekbones in our bedrooms this morning, actually looks like two orange stripes lining our faces. 

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Unless you apply a layer or two of fake tan, most bronzers are simply too dark and orange-toned for cooler skin tones, but now one iconic bronzer is being re-launched in a shade for pasty girls. 

Benefits Hoola Bronzer is a makeup bag staple loved by the Kardashians, makeup artists, and normal girls alike. 

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Now the iconic bronzer is getting a long overdue paler companion, in the form of Hoola Lite.

The shade is perfect for pasty girls all year round, or for fans of a tan in the wintertime when their post-holiday glow is less prominent. 

The bronzing powder is already available online, and we can't wait to give it a try on our wintry complexions. 


Many of us Irish ladies are “blessed” with pale skin. And when we say pale, we don’t mean the Liv Tyler/Angelina Jolie kind of pale. Oh no. We mean that pasty look that’s unique to the Emerald Isle.

From constant fear of sunburn to looking seriously ill when we have no make-up on, us pale ladies face a lot of problems. It’s a wonder we can survive every day, really.

Here are a few of the worst…

1. It’s impossible for us to get a tan
Sunbathing is all well and good but we don’t actually expect to get anything out of it. Some luckier girls might lie in the sun for a nice bronze glow, but we’ll either end up exactly the same as before (thanks SPF50) or with a very attractive dose of sunburn.

2. Flash photography is our worst enemy
Disappearing nose alert! Camera flashes make our already pale skin look even whiter, giving our face an odd bleached appearance. Ah yes, the ghost look – exactly what we were going for.

3. Pastels are a no-no
If you’re lucky to have lovely porcelain skin, you can pull off those baby blues and pinks, but if you’ve the more standard Irish skintone, pastels should be avoided at all costs. As should any shade of yellow, unless you want to look jaundiced. Sorry!

4. All black clothes + pale skin = goth
This is a heart-breaking fact to deal with, but an all-black outfit is sometimes just too extreme for our pale skin. Waaaah. If you don’t believe us, take a look at the ultimate pale girl, Wednesday Adams:

5. Finding make-up to suit our skin tone is a nightmare
Neutral, is it? Sadly not neutral enough for us. Foundation is always just one shade too dark, and we’ve to frantically hunt down the last “Ivory” concealer before it’s gone. Must we be so under-represented?!

6. We get sudden terror when it's unexpectedly warm out
“Oh NO, is that sun? It wasn’t sunny earlier. Oh god. I’m burning. I can feel my skin sizzling. GET ME INDOORS NOW.”

7. We single handedly keep Sally Hansen in business
Ah, fake tan. Our saviour on those days where “pale and interesting” just won’t cut it. Only thing is, it not only gives US a tan but our sheets, clothes and carpet too. Use with caution!

8. People always assume we’re tired or sick
No, we’re not on death’s door. We just stepped outside with no make-up on. Stop judging! No matter how bright eyed and bushy tailed we look, without that “healthy glow” people will always assume we’re suffering from severe exhaustion. Boo.




Most of us Irish ladies have been blessed with a gorgeous naturally pale skin tone. Unfortunately, many people feel the need to cover it up with fake tan thinking they need to be the same colour as their darker counterparts.

But it’s time to stop covering up and embrace your paleness – here’s why:

It’s who you are
Ladies, it’s time to stop thinking you need to look a certain way. Being pale is who you are so embrace it. If you don’t love you for you, how will anyone else?

Fake tan can go wrong
Yes fake tan is great for when you want to wear a particular colour item of clothing that simply won’t go with pale skin, but it can go wrong. Seriously wrong.

We are all different
Nobody is the same and that is what makes this world a beautiful place. If we all looked like each other it would make for a pretty boring place.

Looking for inspiration? Think of Nicola Roberts from Girls Aloud – now that is a girl who embraced her paleness. 




If you are pale skinned, gracing the beach in nothing less than at least one layer of fake tan is usually a no-no for the less brave.

However, after Little Mix’s Perri Edwards’ latest outing shows, maybe it’s time to ditch the tan and embrace the pale skin.

The 20-year-old, who is engaged to 1D’s Zayn Malik, showed off her naturally pale skin on a recent trip to Fort Lauderdale beach and we think she looked SHEmazing. She complimented her skin with a dark swimsuit and large shades.

The singer admitted that she was very conscious of her pale skin when she first started with the band and stuck to fake tan to hide it; however, it looks like the soon-to-be Mrs. Malik is starting to become less conscious about it.

Hopefully, the 20-year-old stocked up on suncream before hitting the waves.

We salute you, Ms. Edwards.