And you thought nude makeup was beige and brown. “Grays, mauves, pinks, even lilac are all tones you might see in your natural bare skin,” says makeup artist Wendy Rowe. We’ve found the best new nudes for fair, medium, and dark skin.
Whether your skin is fair, medium, or dark, these guidelines will give you the confidence to sport a barer kind of beauty.
Set the foundation. When there’s not a lot of color to your makeup, an even skin tone becomes all the more important. At the same time, heavy base is overkill. Apply tinted moisturizer or sheer foundation.
Shine (a little). Keep your face from looking flat with a shimmery eye shadow or blush.
Let your skin be your guide. Choose shadow and blush in the same color family as your skin tone, but a shade or two darker.
Go lightly on the eyes. Your lids should take center stage, so brush on a separating mascara instead of a volumizing one, and skip eyeliner.
Stain your mouth. Lips should be neither overly glossy nor completely matte. Slick on a creamy lipstick or balm, then tap your mouth with your finger—this helps remove excess color for a stained finish.
Eyes: Apply a shimmery shadow in light taupe or peach to your entire lid, and then brush a pale champagne highlighter along the brow bone and around the inner corners. Pixi Lid Last Shadow Pen in Peach Pave, $18, at Target
Cheeks: A satin-finish honey-apricot blush amps up the warmth in fair skin. Dust it onto the apples of your cheeks, then swirl it back toward the temples. Bobbi Brown Blush in Nude Peach, $24, bobbibrown.com
Lips: Pinky-beige balm adds a sweet flush to lips.> L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Balm in Nourishing Nude, $8, at drugstores
1| elf Mineral Lipstick ‘Natural Nymph’ – $5 – This is one of go-to shades, because it’s so cheap that I can easily grab it and have a couple laying around. Add a shiny gloss over this and your nude lip is perfection!
2| Maybelline Color Sensational ‘Sugared Almond’ – $4.37 – This nude lays a little towards the shimmery side but is still completely chic.
3| Maybelline Color Sensation ‘So Pearly’ – $3.79 – A cute, pearly nude shimmer.
4| Dior Rouge ‘Angelic Beige’- $35 – The price tag on this one is a little scary but still it’s absolutely perfect. Grab this product from Nordstrom and qualify for 9 percent cash back from ShopAtHome.com
5| NARS Satin Lipstick ‘Honolulu Honey’ – $26 – This nude shade always makes me think of sweet things, I love pairing it with a bold smokey eye.
6| NARS Sheer Lipstick ‘Cruising’ – $26 – A little on the darker side but still in the nude family is this taupeish lipstick.
7| L’Oreal ‘Fairest Nude’ – $5.97 – A mauvey/pinkish nude that is super affordable from the drugstore!
8| Wet N’ Wild ‘Bare It All’ – $1 – You can bare it all with the cheapest of them all! This is an absolute must have!
9| MAC ‘Myth’ – $15 – This is my HOLY GRAIL nude lipstick. It’s the best and nothing else compares, if you take nothing away from this list, TAKE THIS!! Grab this from Bloomindale’s and get 3% cash back from ShopAtHome.com
10| Rimmel Moisture Renew ‘Nude Delight’ – $5.75 – Another affordable drugstore nude that probably beats most high end lipsticks when it comes to pigment!