Being pale has its downsides. I can get tan, yes, but I refuse to go to a tanning bed, and I insist on wearing 100+ SPF when I spend time in the sun. What can I say? I don’t want skin cancer.
Also, Final Destination 3 scared the crap out of me. Because what if something totally trapped you in a malfunctioning tanning bed and you fried?
But some people are obsessed with being tan, right? A few months ago, while at a girls’ night out, a friend of mine asked if I had bronzer. I laughed and told her that I did, but it’s probably too light to do anything for her, and that I don’t use it to make my skin darker (I use a matte shade for contouring). Overhearing this, an acquaintance (a redhead who frequents the tanning bed — skin cancer waiting to happen) snarled and said “Then why do you even have bronzer?” I’m sorry if you don’t understand what contouring is, or how to use makeup.
People treat it like a disease. Whenever one of my tan friends talks about themselves in a disgusted voice “ugh, I’m so pale!” I can’t help but wonder if they think my skin tone, which is several shades lighter than their version of “pale”, looks gross.
Of course, I’d hope they just don’t give a damn what shade my skin is.
Matching foundation is interesting. Most of the time, I grab the lightest shade of foundation or concealer available. If that’s too dark, they don’t have my shade. I was recently searching for the Kat Von D foundation in my color, and found that the almost-white shade is out of stock online and in store, and is the only shade that is out of stock. I can’t tell if there are that many people out there as pale as me, or if the company just doesn’t think we exist.
I’m more likely to burn than tan. Unless I regularly go outside WITH sunscreen on (as in, every day for an entire summer), I will burn. And that’s never attractive, okay? So stop telling me to lay out and get some sun.
I could easily be a vampire for Halloween. I wouldn’t even need makeup to look white. Just add glitter.
I can’t wear ivory. I don’t think I have to explain this. I also can’t wear tan leggings. Not that anyone should.
People assume that I don’t like being pale. I’m pretty okay with my skin tone. It’s what I’m given, and I’m not looking to drastically change it. If I get a little color naturally, that’s cool. But I don’t mind my white legs, and I have enough scars that I don’t need to add more by getting melanoma removed.
Has anyone ever criticized you for being pale? Do you tan?