Finally, after months and months of searching I have found the perfect BB cream for my skin tone. I really was under the impression that the cosmetics industry were biased against those of pale skin as every so-called ‘light’ version of the cream was at least three shades darker than my own skin tone. I’d put it on and would have that horrible colour difference between my neck and face that girls used to have in high school. Maybe it’s because we’re in Australia and it is assumed that all of us are bronzed. Actually, I do know that’s how people perceive us. When we arrived in England this year I was chatting to a bloke at the airport and his first words to me were, ‘you’re Australian? Why are you so pale?’ I get that a lot.
I’ve also found that people working on cosmetic counters have a desire to rid me of my paleness. In Wales (fake tan capital of the world) a lovely lady at the Clinique counter was trying to get me to buy the darker shade of powder I was looking at. ‘You want to get some colour in you, love. Get rid of that paleness.’ Steadfast in my decision I said, no, I’ll have the pale powder, thanks, and the poor lass had to search through every store cupboard in the place for my shade because, as it was hardly requested, they didn’t seem to stock many of the lighter shades.
(Do they have emo’s in Wales, I wonder? Where do they go for their pale makeup? Or do they have to try and manufacture their own with chalk and moisturiser?)
I know that my paleness comes from my immense dislike of the sun (see previous post) but I maintain that it will serve me well in years to come when all those sun worshipers have leathered skin, a colour that’s beautiful in a handbag (see below for my lovely Bayswater Tote) but not so on faces.
To a certain degree, I get why those in the UK love their bronzed skin. They rarely see the sun and when they do they make the most of it. But here in Australia we’re taught from an early age the dangers of sun-exposure. Children at school are not allowed to go outside without a hat. Every outdoor event held in this country has large bottles of sunscreen on hand to ensure patrons don’t get sun burnt. Skin cancer is a killer in this country, and we’re all made aware of it. Yet there are still those who will risk such exposure for that enviable tanned complexion.
Which is quite ironic, when you think about it. Back in the old days, pale skin was seen as a sign of prestige and wealth. If you were tanned it meant you laboured outdoors, and women would do all that they could to avoid the tanned skin of a labourer. Parasols were in high fashion. Hats, too. Quite often when I find myself in a sunny environment, I’ll always try and cover myself. I usually will drape a scarf over my head and arms and find people around me give me curious, confused looks. ‘Why on earth is that woman hiding from the glorious sun?’ Glorious, yes, but dangerous, too.
However, I am resolute in my paleness. I also love the idea of BB Cream. I don’t tend to wear a lot of makeup, and feel the little I wear should at least be beneficial for my skin. So when I saw that Max Factor had a version of BB Cream (CC Cream – love it) and that they also had more than the usual two shades (light and dark – and I’m sure there are many people of dark colour skin are having the same problems as me at finding the appropriate shade) I had to buy it, despite my current lack of funds. As you can see, it is the perfect shade for my skin – no more two tone. So thank you, Max Factor, for meeting my needs.
**** Find out more on Max Factor’s CC Cream at www.maxfactor.com.au