Not all nudes are created equal…
Sometimes, less is more- also when it comes to beauty. As much as I love full-coverage foundations and occasional heavy eye makeup, I also really dig that flawless, all-nude look. Light foundation, delicate, yet defined eye, a touch of glow and a nude lip. Having fair skin though, means that nudes don’t always look “nude” on me. Some can wash me out, some make me look like corpse and some just aren’t very flattering.
For a soft, but defined eye, I love reaching our for my Naked palette from Urban Decay. This palette is an oldie, but a goodie, I think we can all agree on this. For me, this a palette that started it all; I love Sin, Virgin, Naked, Hustle, Buck and Toasted- they’re all such great “everyday” shades that when combined
L’Oreal’s True Match foundation is probably one of the best drugstore foundations (right next to Maybelline’s Fit Me Matte + Poreless) and creates such a gorgeous base. I’m in the shade Classic Ivory (N2) and LOVE the fact that it has a neutral undertone. Usually, when it comes to drugstore foundations, lightest shades have undertones that are way too pink for me, but L’Oreal’s True Match comes in amazing 33 (!!) shades. The natural finish of this foundation is gorgeous and the formula is very similar to Chanel’s Aqua Lumière foundation, so it’s a great dupe. Another Urban Decay product to love for a true, light, nude look is their Naked Concealer– it gives nice coverage while feeling weightless on skin. I love mine in the shade Fair Neutral. For subtle highlight, I always reach for Stila’s All Over Shimmer Duo in Kitten. It’s perfect for an “everyday” use, as it adds a gorgeous glow, without being overwhelming or too intense. Love that both of these can double as eyeshadows too.
About a week a go, I got my hands on a new mineralized blush from MAC from the Future MAC Collection- Cosmic Force. It’s a dirty nude, slightly taupe-y color that is so stunning for fair skin. It’s delicate, soft and can also work as a contour powder. Like I said, I only had this blush for about a week, and it’s already one of my favorite blush colors. I can brush it lightly on my cheeks for a touch of color, but I can also build it up with each layer, without having to worry about it looking cake-y. I’m seriously in love with this blush and if you guys know of any similar cheek products, please let me know!
Lips, is where it always gets interesting when it comes to nude shades. I stay away from nudes that are too pink, but I don’t mind ones that have brownish vibes. Here are some that I love; Too Faced Melted Nude, MAC Shy Girl, Chanel’s Glossimer in #206 Beige Star and NYX’s Soft Matte Lip Cream in London. All of these have unique, and amazing formulas. Melted Nude and Shy Girl wear incredibly comfortably, Beige Star is one I reach for when my lips feel exceptionally dry and London is just an awesome matte color.
Left to right: Melted Nude, Shy Girl, Kitten Shimmer Duo, Beige Star, London and Cosmic Force.
What are some of your favorite nude makeup products?