The mantra of nude makeup is to add dimension, not colour. I absolutely adore the out-of-bed look—it makes me feel effortless yet radiant. Natural look or nude makeup is all about accentuating your skin with subtle nude tones for a glowing look.
Key word: In this trend, use natural colours to retain the natural texture of your skin. The idea is to flaunt a ‘no-makeup’ face. Nude looks are done best when no harsh or strong shades are used. Make sure the skin is well moisturized and always apply a sheer BB cream or a tinted moisturizer to get the perfect glow. Opt for beige taupe or soft brown shades for the eyes, very soft blush in tones of peach for the cheeks and a nude-shaded lip gloss to look as natural and dewy as possible. Also, the eyeliner should be soft and smudged with a kohl pencil.
Colour palette: Don’t go for anything that stands bluntly out of your complexion. For pale skin, go for peach, pink or totally nude shades for the lips and for darker skin, stick to pale beige lipsticks. As far as nude makeup is concerned, lips should look totally natural. Avoid using very pale, almost whitish shades. Choose shades similar or lighter than your skin tone. If you have dark skin, go for liquid foundations instead of creamy ones. Dark skin tends to look oily because of the way light reflects on the skin; that’s why it is better to choose a water-based foundation. The foundation should not be lighter than your skin tone. When you apply foundation and powder, your aim should be for a lighter coverage. Remember, dark skin tone show up layers of makeup much more than fair skin tone. Special attention should be paid to blending. Blusher should be light tinted; try natural colours like pink and beige.
Step by step guide: On a clean face apply moisturizer and let it rest for a minute. Apply primer all over your face and neck. Now take some foundation on a brush or moist makeup sponge and apply all over the face in small strokes. Here, please make sure your foundation is not too fair or too warm for your skin tone; this will only ruin the look. Set the foundation by lightly dusting it with a compact. For the eyes, start with a blending brush and apply beige or soft pink shadow all over the lid; use fading effect as you go up till the brow bone. Fill in brows with brown eyebrow pencil very lightly. Apply kohl on the inner rim of the eye and use the same kohl to lightly line the upper lid. Apply transparent mascara for natural enhancement of the lashes. Now take peach tone blush and without countering the features much, apply soft blush on the apple of the cheeks; this completes your nude makeup look. For the lips, apply natural lip colour with a brush to get the likely look. Avoid using a lip liner; but if you must use one, make sure it is of the same colour as your lipstick. Touch up with some lip gloss, but avoid shimmer.
Choosing your foundation: Foundation casts uniformity and enhances one’s complexion. The trick lies in matching the shade of the foundation with your natural skin colour. Always, ask your makeup assistant at the store to give you a sample test on the back side of your hand or perhaps dab some on your jaw line to select properly. If it blends perfectly well without being too sharp or noticeable, you should buy it! Also, it is very important to buy foundation according to your skin type. For instance, people with dry skin need moisturized foundation, whereas oily skin demands light-weight matte foundation and dull skin needs hydrating ones with tinted effects or a little shimmer.
Lip colours: The nude look involves using a few basic, neutral colours, such as rose, beige or peach, and their related shades. You may even go with either a neutral lip gloss or a natural-toned lipstick. Where lip colours are concerned, dark complexion looks good in vibrant colours. If the skin is fair, avoid overtly dark colours. And, for normal Indian complexion, opt for warm earthy colours, like coral, wine, plum, strawberry, red and shades of crimson. A dark pink or rose-red would look good too. Even brick-red may suit few. One can also mix two colours to create desirable effects.
Blusher tones: Shades of soft pink and peach go well with mostly all skin tones. However, if you intend to make your face appear thinner, opt for darker tones of brown and apply it in angular strokes to get sharp cuts; blend gently to taper the face structure dramatically. Choosing the right colour is very important. If you have a sallow complexion, avoid orange colour tones. For an olive complexion, try rose or coral. Fair skin looks good in shades of pinks. If your skin is dark, go for wine, burgundy or bronze tones. To emphasize your cheekbones or create hollows in the cheek area, apply blusher in a dark earthy tone in the hollows, under the cheekbones and blend upwards and outwards; then use a lighter and brighter colour on the cheekbones, blending upwards towards the temples. Both the colours should perfectly blend into each other.
Eye makeup: For the eyes, use a brownish grey eye shadow for a softer look. A natural brown may be used in the crease. Highlight the brow bone with cream or powder highlighter. However, avoid shiny tints. Apply a nice eyeliner or eye pencil; the line should be close to the eye lashes. Go light on the use of liner, but apply more mascara. Brush out the eye lashes after applying mascara. For evenings, try the smoky eyes look. Apply liner very close to the lashes and then smudge them with a sponge-tipped applicator.