OK. We know we’ve been a tad obsessive about bright, neon makeup lately. From tutorials tonew 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 guruAlana Dawn to show us a few cool color combos that will make you want to go totally nude.
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
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.
Step 8: In a brow-hair matching shade, use a fiber brow formula to sweep color from the inner edge of your brow to the tail. Then use a brow brush to blend the color into brows so they look full and defined. Try Maybelline New York Brow Precise Fiber Volumizer
Step 9: Curl lashes with a eyelash curler, then sweep 2-3 coats of dark brown mascara on top lashes, and one coat on bottom lashes. Try Lancôme Grandiôse Extrȇme
Step 6: In a brow-hair matching shade, use a eyebrow pencil to make short hair-like strokes from the inner edge of your brow to the tail. Then use a brow brush to blend the color into brows so they look full and defined. Try NYX Eyebrow Powder Pencil
Step 7: Sweep a champagne eye shadow from inner to outer corners of eyes and into creases. Step 8: Use the same shade to dust lightly under lower lashes from inner corner to the middle of the lash line. Try NYX Lid Lingerie
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 6: In a brow-hair matching shade, use a eyebrow pencil to make short hair-like strokes from the inner edge of your brow to the tail. Then use a brow brush to blend the color into brows so they look full and defined. Try NYX 3-In-1 Brow Pencil
Step 7: Brush the entire lid (from lashline to brows, and from inner to outer corners of the eyes), with a light, matte tan powder shadow. Try Urban Decay Naked3 Palette
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.