Even though we’re not prisoners of The Mask anymore, we continue to crusade for minimalism in makeup—barely-there lipstick, brushed-out brows, and warm-toned cheek-stains are non-negotiables in our aesthetics, and that’s how we’ve always liked it. That’s why we’re straying away from washes of pinks and purples on the cheeks and lids, and doing an all-encompassing guide to perfect a nude makeup look. And we have the perfect makeup products to execute these looks with. Read on.
How To Achieve A Perfect Nude Makeup Look
Here’s a classic nude makeup tutorial for you.
Step One: Cleanse
To recreate a dewy and barely-there aesthetic, start off with skincare. You can cleanse your face with a foam-based cleanser to remove build-up and residue gently.
Step Two: Moisturise
Conclude by moisturising your face with a lightweight and brightening formula that seeps into your skin seamlessly, and locks in moisture for a silky-smooth base.
Rosehip Oil-infused Daily Moisturising Cream
Step Three: Prime
Dot a primer all over your face to set the base for your makeup, and extend the longevity of your look. Look for a primer containing hydrating ingredients (like Hyaluronic Acid, Rosehip Oil, or Camellia Oil) for a candle-lit, goddess-worthy base.
Use: MYGLAMM Tinted Face Primer
Step Four: Build The Base
Opt for a BB cream—or even a tinted moisturiser—in place of a foundation to emulate a light, breezy, and natural-looking finish. If you’re using a foundation, look for a lightweight and breathable formula that hydrates, illuminates, and conceals effectively. Apply the product on just the areas that are uneven—use a brush for the same.
Use: MyGlamm Treat Love Care Oil Control Foundation Restore
Liquid Foundation With Buildable Coverage, Enriched With Mandarin And Palmetto Extracts
Step Five: Spot-Conceal
When you’re concealing your face, go over areas that need to be concealed—pigmentation, lines, spots, scars, and pimples. You can use your fingers to blend the formula into your under-eye area. Make sure you’re using a pea-sized amount, and applying it in small strokes.
Use: LAKMÉ 9TO5 PRIMER + MATTE LIQUID CONCEALER
Price: INR 400
Step Six: Play Up The Eyes With Brown
For the nude makeup eyes—one thing that remains unchanged in this look is the play of browns on the lids, lips, and cheeks. Just layer a shade of shimmery brown on the lids, and, with a dark-brown eye-pencil, create a subtle set of flicks on both eyes.
Use: POPxo 12 Eyeshadow Kit - Nood Crew
POPxo Makeup Collection - Nood Crew - 12 Eyeshadow Kit
Step Seven: Add Volume To The Lashes
Coat the lids in a volume-inducing mascara. Wait for a couple of seconds before going in for another coat.
Use: Manish Malhotra Beauty By Myglamm Mascara-Dark Knight
Manish Malhotra Beauty Essential Eye Kit
Brush your brows with a spoolie or brush, and fill them in a little with an eyebrow-pencil or eyebrow-pen—but don’t overdo it. Use an eyebrow-pencil to create lines and strokes in the direction of the hairs to further play into the subtlety of the aesthetic. Kiara’s brows are defined and bold, but they’re not overdone.
Use: MyGlamm Lit Brow Definer Pencil - Shook
This look isn’t created with pops of pink or rose on the cheeks. It’s warmer, and leans into washes of bronze and brown on the face. Opting for a hue of brown for the cheekbones is a nod to the aesthetic. Concentrate the pigment on the apples of the cheeks, and drag it back toward the temples.
Use: Manish Malhotra Beauty By MyGlamm Blush Highlighter Duo
Long-wearing Blush & Highlighter Duo with Light Sculpting Complex
To capture the lit-from-within aesthetic, dust highlighter over the high-points of the face—if you notice, Kiara’s nose, temples, cheekbones, and inner-corners of the eyes are illuminated for effect.
Use: Myglamm Spotlight Illuminating Liquid - Stardust
Step Eleven: Use A Peachy-Brown Lipstick
Reach out for a soft shade of brown, and apply it on the lips. You can layer the colour with a hydrating lip-balm.
Use: MyGlamm Lit Liquid Matte Lipstick - Rbomb
7 Tips To Ace The Nude Makeup Aesthetic
But how do you truly ace the aesthetic? Here are a few nude makeup tips for you to keep in mind.
Cleanse And Moisturise
Start off by cleansing your skin with a mild cleanser, and conclude with a lightweight moisturiser. This step is important for your skin to look fresh, dewy, and healthy. Don’t forget to build your base with a brightening or hydrating primer to extend the longevity of your look.
Remember that minimalism is key, and you’re only supposed to go over hollows, uneven-ness, spots, and other such areas of the skin.
Keep The Eyes Minimal
Don’t do much with the eyes. Just layer your lashes with a little bit of mascara, and opt for a skin-toned eyeshadow for the lids. This choice of colour will neutralize any discoloration on the lids without overpowering the look with too much pigment.
Opt For Browns And Bronzes In Blush
Look for products that don’t contrast the colour of your skin too much. Avoid pinks and purples, and opt for shades of brown and bronze instead. Make sure you’re not applying too much, and pat the pigment onto the apples of your cheeks before sweeping it back toward the temples. Try using a powder-based blusher instead of a cream-based or liquid-based one. Skip out on contour altogether.
Apply highlighter on the high-points of the face. This includes the cheekbones, jawline, temples, center of the lids, inner-corners of the eyes, and the bridge of the nose.
Focus On The Brows
Groom your brows with a spoolie before anything else. Try using an eyebrow-pen instead of an eyebrow-pencil—it offers more precision.
Apply Lipstick With Your Fingers
Once you’ve chosen a lip-colour that’s closest to your skin-tone, dab the colour onto your lips with your fingers—blotting, instead of applying the lipstick with the applicator, lends some colour to your lips without overdoing them. You can even blot your lips after with a little bit of tissue. The point is to bring attention to your lips without making it seem like you’re wearing lipstick. You can layer your lips with a little bit of gloss to capture the look better.
For a look that thrives on minimalism, there’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes—but, then, that’s how you replicate a natural nude makeup look the correct way.
What is nude makeup?
Okay—but what is nude makeup anyway? Imagine the brightest shade of cherry-red paired with the brightest shade of rose-tinted blush—that’s exactly what this look is not. Instead—it adheres to the ‘less is less’ philosophy, and assumes a minimalistic approach to makeup. The goal is to enhance your features naturally—think nude lipsticks and lip-liners, warm-toned blushers, and mascara-tipped lashes.
Can I create a nude makeup look using CC cream?
Yes—you can use a CC, or ‘colour-correcting’, cream to create the look. A CC cream offers lighter coverage than a foundation, but more coverage than a BB cream. And it neutralises the appearance of spots, pigmentation, pores, scars, redness, acne, and dullness in the process—these are concerns your foundation doesn’t address as well. If you’re looking for balance and colour-correction, this is it for you.
Is it necessary to wear nude lipstick with this look?
It’s best to opt for shades of nude to do justice to this look—since it thrives on subtlety and a barely-there aesthetic. Using bright and vibrant shades does the opposite of what this look is trying to achieve. You can apply a matt-based skin-toned lip-colour that’s closest to the colour of your skin.
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