We all have come across that one person (at the mall, walking down the street, or for heaven’s sake, even at work!) who puts on a bit too much of makeup. But I don’t blame them, with the products and colours out there, there’s bound to be some confusion. In all this confusion, I find myself looking for a tutorial that shows us how to enhance our natural beauty with minimal, nude makeup. And I came across a wonderful way to get that look. So here’s the tutorial…
Also read: An Elegant Lady’s Guide To Personal Grooming
Before you begin with your minimal, natural makeup, it is important to figure out what makes you look natural. Find out which shades go well with your complexion, what are your skin undertones, and so on. A quick recap to one of the articles that I did a while ago, (click her to read the full article: Go nude – with your makeup, we mean!) is that nude makeup does not mean the same for everybody. We all have different skin tones and need to wear different colours that suit us best.
Now for the tutorial!
As with any other makeup routine, you must start with cleansing your skin with a good cleansing milk or lotion, and then moisturize it with your favorite moisturizer (that has an SPF of 15 or above). If you have really oily skin, then you may use a moisturizer with kaolin (a type of clay that soaks up excess oil) in it. This will help prime the skin.
Then proceed to apply your foundation. You’ll need just a pea-sized amount of foundation for this routine, since we want to keep the look as natural as possible. Use your fingers to apply small dots of foundation on your cheeks, nose, chin, forehead and neck. Then go on to blend the foundation with a sponge in a soft, circular motion.
Since we are aiming for a nude look, you may opt out of using a concealer, but if you have really prominent dark circles and deep set eyes, you’ll have to colour-correct the area under your eyes to bring them a bit forward.
Then using a large fluffy brush, apply a little bit of pressed powder on your T-zone and around your eyes.
Next, you need to do your eye makeup. If you have deep set eyes, you have to bring them forward by using a natural shade of eye shadow, – but a bit lighter than your complexion – and apply it all over your lid. If you have big, bulging eyes, use a natural brown or bronze eye shadow on your entire eyelid. Then, apply a lighter natural-coloured eye shadow on your brow bone. Finish the look with some mascara. This look does not require you to apply any eyeliner or kohl as we want it to look purely natural but pretty.
Finally add a hint of colour to the apples of your cheeks. Choose a colour that complements your skin well. If you have a dark or wheatish complexion, then go for an orange-tinted blush-on, and if you’re relatively fairer then choose pinks or peaches.
Finish the look with your favorite tinted lip gloss or clear lip balm, just to make your lips look fuller and pouty. Use a fluffy blending brush all over your face for the perfect finishing touch, and voila!
This natural look is perfect for everyday wear and can even pass off on the days when you don’t feel like getting too decked up.