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Is there any difference between a fair complexion and a pale compexion ?

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Pale is more often used to describe a temporary condition, suggesting ill health.
ok, so we would rather say "His face became pale when he got the news" and not fair ...

but what about complexion? can we describe a person in the following manner? She's a slim girl in her early twenties. She's got curly dark hair which contrast with her pale complexion. ?

In my English textbook pale and fair are listed in words with complexion ... and when I asked my teacher about the difference between these two (fair and pale complexion) she didn't know what to say...

so can I say that someone has a pale complexion ? if so, how much would it differe from a fair complexion ?

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I still don't know how to discriminate "pallor" from fair and pale.
A fair complexion sounds like a pleasant thing to have

A pale complexion sounds like an unpleasant thing to have

So, which you use will depend on the context, but that is a very general rule to follow.

Pallor - an unnaturally pale complexion, usually connected with illness to the point of death, terror etc
I think "pale complexion" almost always connotes some degree of ill health. "On the face of it," I'd say "pale" denotes less color than "fair."
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I think only "albinos" have a pale complexion as a permanent condition. A fair complexion is common; a pale complexion is an anomaly.
fair skin has some pinkish undertones, pale skin doesn't, but it doesn't indicate a sickness either.
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