Nude Makeup: Forget the No-Makeup Look and Do This Instead

Nude Makeup: Forget the No-Makeup Look and Do This Instead


OK. We know we've been a tad obsessive about bright, neon makeup lately. From tutorials to new product launches, we're quick to tell you to go bold or go home. That being said, we feel we should clarify that we still have some serious love and loyalty for nude makeup. Trends come and go, but nude makeup will never go out of style in our beauty book. To show some love to our fave neutral looks, we asked makeup guru Alana Dawn to show us a few cool color combos that will make you want to go totally nude.

Product recommendation for all of these looks: NYX Artistry Brushes.

The Basics: Foundation

Step 1: Rub a lightweight moisturizer over skin from forehead to neck. Hydrated skin allows for perfect, even makeup application. Try L'Oréal Paris Hydra Genius

Step 2: Use a skintone-matching concealer to hide any imperfections, acne spots or dark circles around the eyes and nose. Use a thin concealer brush to dot on cream then blend gently and lightly till the area is covered. Try La Roche-Posay Toleraine Teint Corrective Pens

Step 3: Blend a dime-size amount of a skintone-matching foundation over skin, being sure to smooth it down below your chin and back to your hairline so there are no visible lines or discolorations. Use a foundation blush or makeup blending sponge for the most even application. Try La Roche-Posay Toleraine Teint Mattifying Mousse Foundation

Step 4: If your skin tends to be oily, use a large powder brush to dust lightly with a translucent loose powder to set your concealer and foundation in place. Try Dermablend Setting Powder If you're not oil-prone, feel free to skip this step.

Step 5: Use your ring finger to gently blend an eyeshadow primer over your lids. Squeeze out a pea-sized amount and split that amount between both lids. Try Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

Look #1: True Nude

Use foundation steps 1-5 (listed up top).

Step 7: Use a medium brown eye pencil to gently dot between lashes, creating a thin line of color, and giving the illusion of thicker lash line. Repeat on the bottom lashes from outer corners to the middle of the bottom lash lines.

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Look #2: Brown Nude

Use foundation steps 1-5 (listed up top).

Step 9: With an eyeshadow brush, apply an espresso-colored shadow from the middle of the upper lid to the outer corner of the eye and into the crease. Blend it well so it looks smoky. Try YSL Couture Mono Eyeshadow in Fouge

Step 10: Use the same shadow to blend under lower lashes from the middle of the eye to the outer corners.

Step 11: Use a rich brown eyeliner to line both upper and lower lash lines from the middle of the eye to the outer corners.

Step 14: Prime lips but using a lip exfoliator to gently slough off any dry, dead skin cells.

Step 15: Take a rich, brown matte lip cream and apply it to the lips, leaving the center lighter for a subtle, ombré effect .Try NYX Lip Lingerie in Teddy

Step 16: Use a lipstick-matching lip liner to retrace lips so they have a precise line around the perimeter of the mouth.

Look #3: Pink Nude

Repeat foundation steps 1-5.

Step 8: Go overtop of the tan shadow, from lashline to creases, with a shimmery pinkish-nude eye shadow.

Step 9: Use a brown eye pencil to define just the "v" at outer corners of the eyes. Lightly smudge to soften the effect.

Step 10: Curl lashes and apply 1-2 coats of black mascara to upper lashes only.

Step 12: Blend a pale pink lip liner over lips, then use it to define the lip line.

Step 13: Swipe on a soft pink lipstick and dab it with a tissue. Layer on a nude lip gloss for a more toned-down look. Try L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Lip Color Timeless Rosé , Urban Decay Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss in Nooner

** Which nude makeup look you're most interested in trying? Tell us in the comments below.

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