The Naked Truth about Nude Makeup

The Naked Truth about Nude Makeup

This autumn, the soft and natural “nude makeup” is a key trend.  A common misconception about this look is that nude means less makeup and this is certainly not the case!  You’ll be using fewer colours certainly, and reaching for more natural hues, however pulling this look off successfully requires the same amount of makeup as a full fashion look.

One of the key features to this look is to create dimension with shade and light and in order to do this successfully you’ll need a perfectly even base. This look is more about enhancing the facial contours and less about adding fashion colours.

Before we start be prepared with an arsenal of great makeup brushes to shape and blend!

Step 1 – The Base

Apply a skin smoothing primer to ensure your foundation stays put.  Apply your Liquid Powder Mineral Foundation blending well to achieve an even skin tone, then follow with concealer:  Apply the Photo Touch Concealer to the top of your hand, the warmth in your hand will help to soften and emulsify it for easy application, then take a concealer brush and apply generously to any areas you wish to conceal; focus on the under eye area, the inside eye area beside the nose bridge, around the nostrils and on blemishes and pigment patches.  Pat into the skin until it blends into the foundation.

The Naked Truth about Nude Makeup - The Contours

Step 2 – The Contours

This is a very important step in a nude makeup as without it, the end result can be flat and one dimensional. The principle is that dark colours recede and light colours bring forward and we achieve this look with Bronzers and Highlighters.

Bronzer: Using a contouring brush pick up so product from your compact, we recommend the Mineral Bronzer Duos for this, and shake the excess powder from the brush.  Press and blend it gently into the area you wish to contour: along the underside of the jawline, beneath the cheekbone, on the temples and down the sides of the nose.  This gives the face sculptured definition.  Be sure to finish with a large powder brush to ensure the edges blend well into the skin.

Highlighter: Using another contouring brush apply Colour Tides Mineral Shimmering Powder to the areas of the face you wish to enhance: down the centre of the nose, the upper cheekbone, and along the top of the forehead.

Now you should be dazzling with flawless skin!

The Naked Truth about Nude Makeup - The Eyes

Step 3 – The Eyes

Now we are going to contour the eyes.  Choose natural shades such as Terra Peach Mineral Shadow or you can even apply some of your bronzer (a great multi-tasking product to take on a holiday!) Apply the shadow using a shadow brush into the eye contours (the natural line that exists between your lash and brow line) move the brush back and forward repeatedly blending well until you build up a natural looking but defined contour. Ensure the edges are blended well so it looks more look a shadow than a line.  If you have heavy lidded eyes and the natural contour is less visible, shade just above the contour.  If on the other hand you have very prominent eyes and the natural contour is higher than normal, shade just beneath the contour line on the actual lid.

Generally with nude makeup eyeliner is not applied only mascara.  Avoid lash extension mascaras and opt for a more feathery lash separating option such as Lush Mascara, use light strokes from the base of the lash to the tip fanning the lashes out.

Perfect brows are a must for this look as they frame the eyes and balance the features.  Using Browblender Pencil use soft strokes in the direction of hair growth to create a natural yet balanced brow, soften the effect by using the brush end to blend the pencil colour.

Tips for the eyes:  Do you feel a bit “bland” without your eyeliner?  Apply a natural shade such as Powderliner in Chocolate through the roots of the upper and lower lashes, this makes the lashes appear thicker and gives the eyes natural definition.

Apply a “dab” of highlighter to the inner corner of the eye for added brightness and to “wake up the eyes.

Curling the lashes before applying mascara will make your lashes appear longer.

The Naked Truth about Nude Makeup - The Eyes

Step 4 – The Lips

Finish with a swipe of Super Gloss Super Nectar on the lips for a soft, glossy pout.


Want to know more about how to achieve the perfect brow?  Then read our post
Three Steps to Eyebrow Perfection 

 …or learn more about facial contouring like a professional?

Get the Look: Bella’s Eyes “Breaking Dawn”

By special request.

There’s no denying Bella’s (aka Kristen Stewart) eyes in “Breaking Dawn” are truly bewitching! So it’s no surprise one of our favourite fans; Gabrielle, has asked us to show her how to achieve this sultry look.  And as there probably others out there who would like to have Bella’s eyes, we thought we’d share with all of you!

Firstly, to get this look you need to prime the eyes well and allow the primer plenty of time to settle and dry.  You’ll need to blend the eyeshadow very well to achieve this look and damp skin may result in a patchy result.  If you don’t have a primer then blot the eyelids and shade the entire eyelid with a neutral face powder.

Step One.

Using a eye shadow contour brush, apply a deep shade in the crease of the eyelid and beneath the eye, move your brush back and forth to get a smooth, consistent line and build the depth slowly, then taking a larger, fluffy shadow brush blend the edges out to achieve a smooth smokey effect with no edges visible. We recommend Mineral Eyeshadow Titanium

Step Two.

Apply a white irridescent shadow along the upper eyelid directly above the lashes then take the colour to the centre of the eyes and below approx 1/3 in.  To achieve a stronger effect apply the shadow to your hand, dampen your brush and apply wet to the skin. This will also make the shadow stay put longer.  We recommend Mineral Eyeshadow Opal.

Step Three.

Apply black eyeliner to the outer corner of the eyes winging the liner to create a thicker outer edge.  Ensure your liner follows the entire lash line towards the nose.  If you lack confidence applying a liquid liner create the line with a pencil liner first, then follow the line with your liquid liner over the top.  We recommend Liquiliner Anisette. Apply lashings of mascara to the outer corners of the eye.  Apply several coats allowing the mascara to dry between coats to achieve a “false lash” effect. To help prevent the mascara from clumping keep the strokes smooth and wiggle up the lashes from the base to the tip.

Step Four.

Ensure your brows are tidy and using Browblender Pencil create a lift to the shape in the outer corners.  This is key to achieving this vampish look. Brush the brows to soften the effect.

Step Five.

Finish by contouring from the centre brow down the side of the nose.

Additional tips:

  • This is a “shine free” makeup look so finish by dusting some Mineral Powder Foundation all over the face.
  • No blush required if you want to look like a vampire!  Instead apply a deep red lip colour and blot to mattify.
  • Red Contacts Optional 🙂

Which Eyeliner? Choosing the Right Liner for Your Look

We’ve got three types of eyeliner in our range, the Automatic Long Lasting Eyeliner, Liqui Liner and Powder Liner Pencil. While at first it might seem crazy to keep three eyeliners on hand, each one helps to achieve a certain look.
We’ve curated a few fierce liner looks and pin pointed exactly which product will help you achieve the looks.

Best For Smokey Eye
Mila Kunis is the queen of the smokey eye and she seems to get the subtle blending down pat. Our Powder Liner Pencil is the ultimate in creating the classic sexy smokey eye. It leaves a soft powdery finish that will last all day plus has a specially designed sponge tip end to diffuse and blend with.

Best for Winged Eyeliner
Cute The Hills star Lauren Conrad loves a winged eye! Use our Liqui Liner to create this look. The easy to use slim-lined flexible brush made with natural hair makes precise application a breeze while the waterproof formula will dry and set instantly!
EXPERT TIP: Having trouble getting your flicks just right? Take a little bit of stick tape and take some of the stick away by pressing and removing it on your hand then apply it just below the bottom of the eye cornering upwards. Use this to trace your flicks and remove once the eyeliner is dry. Easy!

Best for Everyday Definition
If you’re looking for an eyeliner to define the eyes without making a statement, look no further than the Automatic Long Lasting Eyeliner. It’s long-lasting, waterproof, preservative free, mineral oil-free and contains anti-oxidants and Vitamins C and E, making it the perfect pencil for every day use.

Which of these liner looks do you love most? 

Bright Eyes in a Flash

This easy-as-pie eyeshadow look works with on just about everyone out there. It makes the whites of your eyes whiter, opens up the eyes and gives the appearance of a few extra hours sleep.

1: Apply Powder Liner Pencil in Chocolate to your top eye line, starting with the outside corner and working in until you’re about halfway.
2. Create a sideways V shape with the liner with the top half being along the crease of the eye and extending into a soft flick and use the blending sponge to blend.

3. Apply Mineral Matte Shadow in Teak to the outer corner of the eye working upwards and outwards and blending well.
4. Take your Mineral Eyeshadow in Opal and apply several layers of to the inside eye contour. Blend this into the bottom inside corner of the eye to complete the look.
5. Finally, take your Lush Mascara in Lush Black and apply a very light layer to upper and lower lashes using slow sweeping motions and fanning the lashes out. Comb the lashes to separate with a lash comb.