Paleness is an abnormal loss of normal skin or mucous membrane color. Often paleskinned people have pale skin and pale lips, tongue, palms, the inside of the mouth, and the lining of the eyes. But it is probably not a serious condition, and does not require treatment.
Pale skin does not necessarily indicate disease - lack of sunlight or inherited paleness may be the reason.
Although generalized paleness or pallor affects the entire body, it is most apparent on the face, lining of the eyes, inner mouth, and nails. Localized pallor usually affects a single limb.
How easily pallor is diagnosed depends on skin color, and the thickness and amount of blood vessels in the tissue under the skin. Sometimes it is only a subtle lightening of skin color. Pallor may be very difficult to detect in a dark-skinned person - sometimes it is apparent only in the eye and mouth lining.
Paleness may be the result of decreased blood supply to the skin (cold, fainting, shock, hypoglycemia) or decreased number of red blood cells (anemia).
If you've got naturally pale skin, just how do you make the most of it without looking blue?
If you're blessed with the kind of pale, delicate skin that doesn't take well to the bronzed burnished look currently in vogue, no doubt thanks to the honey-gold beauty of JLo, then you're always struggling to find ways to make pale skin more attractive.
At this year's BAFTAs, Julianne Moore, as usual, looked a shimmering dream of pale luminosity. Just how does she manage to keep her ultra pale skin looking so healthy, so dewy, so ethereal, so... alluring?
According to make-up Artist Kataya Thomas, Julianne is blessed with perfect skin, so when creating her look on the night Thomas simply enhanced that with a sheer, dewy base. "First I blended Age Defying All Day Lifting Foundation in Ivory over the whole face."
Next Thomas used coffee colours to bring out the green of her eyes. Using Revlon ColorStay Powder Shadow In Coffee, she applied the cream shade all over the lid and then used the brown shade to contour from the outer lid into the centre.
On the brow bone she applied Revlon Wet/Dry Shadow in Midnight Wine wet with a fine brush to upper lashes. She finished off the eyes with two coats of Revlon Extra Thick Lashes Mascara in Black.
You'll be relieved to hear that although the actress possesses perfectly flawless skin, the 'natural' glow took quite a bit more effort. Thomas explains how: "For a natural glow I blended Skinlights Colorlighting for Eyes/Cheeks in Mocha onto Julianne's cheeks and then softened the effect with a light dusting of the brightener in the Skinlights Custom Face Powders pallette. This light, pink iridescent powder works wonders to instantly brighten skin. I finished by brushing the luminous face powder from the palette onto Julianne's forehead, nose and chin to leave them matt."
Lastly, to create striking lips Thomas created a soft, wet-look effect using Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Baby Berry with a slick of LipGlide in Clearly Glossy on top.
So, for some people to be pale often means to be fascinating.