some people have lovely naturally pigmented lips, some have lush lashes and brows. some have great color combinations on their faces. I have a friend whose cheeks are always naturally flushed in a beautiful dusty rose shade- she's my major inspiration in cheek-accented makeup. another friend has a gorgeous ivory complexion that's somehow naturally glowy, and she's what I mostly think of when highlighting my cheeks. children always have great coloring because they are so fresh, they always inspire me.
here are some looks that I feel like embody this approach to nude makeup.
a juicy, sheer bitten rosewood lip shade and minimal makeup elsewhere- quite remarkable.
how I love childlike, youthful cheeks!
I'm a huge fan of this popsicle pout look. a lipstain or sheer lipgloss in a cranberry shade will do. it just turns the heads- I find well done nude makeup much more exciting and interesting than bright, theatrical looks.
all you need is not love but lush brows.
warm, bronze-y pink cheeks and a cool-toned mauve lip- how lovely, I must admit I could never ever come up with this idea by myself.
it's all about the skin here- I adore this dewy candlelight glow.
my trick for natural-looking lush lashes is to line the upper lashline with a dark brown/cocoa colored pencil (black won't give the desired effect) and gently smudge it with the tip of my finger, then apply mascara. it truly looks like you have a full, fluffy fan of lashes. gazelle eyes au naturel- it's a very Audrey look! it looks most striking when completed with full brows
here are my favorite products for nude makeup- I'm in a constant hunt for them.
MAC blush in fleur power:
it's a bright and pigmented matte pink-coral powder blush. looks scary in the pan, but the effect on cheeks is gorgeous and surprisingly natural- I guess it's the closest color to how most women have their cheeks naturally flush into. it's such a universally flattering shade, I've heard women of pretty much every kind of coloring to rave about this blush.
Bobbi Brown pot rouge in pink raspberry:
my absolute staple; this gorgeous raspberry pink cream blush doubles as lipcolor aswell. the color is just lovely, it's so striking and natural at the same time. I love the slightly dewy finish it has. a bit expensive but I'm convinced it's worth every penny.
MAC select tint spf 15 tinted moisturizer:
MAC, you should have really hated me to have discontinued this, what am I gonna do once I run out of this bottle full of magic? it's oil-free, it doesn't make my skin oilier, decently hides pores and minor imperfections while letting my skin show up, has a lovely dewy finish, has spf and never ever breaks me out- I'm pretty sure it's not worse for my skin than a plain moisturizer.
MAC cream color base in pearl:
lovely cream highlighter- MAC describes it as "Soft pale gold with icy shimmer" I'd say ivory with a slight champagne hue. ideal for naturally highlighting & emphasizing. I use it everywhere- brow bone, cheeks, bridge of nose, inner corners of eyes.it's very convenient, I usually put it on with fingers straight from the pan.
NYX round lipstick in b52:
I'd describe this shade as wine-stained dusty rose. romantic, natural and very flattering; it's ideal for the days you want to put the emphasis on your lips without being overly dramatic. rather than applying straight from the tube and putting it on thick, I smudge it on my lips with fingers.
NYX round lipstick in circe:
A beige/milky nude shade. I don't really like putting a full swipe of this- I just gently pat it on my lips to tone down the color naturally. it has a nice matte, even slightly powdery finish that's not drying at all.
Max Factor false lash effect mascara:
I don't even remember how many tubes of this mascara I've gone through. it might be the only field of my life in which I've been consistent. its brush legendary- gives amazing lenght and gorgeous natural-looking volume while perfectly separating each lash. even my dad has complemented on how great my lashes look, and believe me, that doesn't happen a lot!
Burt's Bees beeswax lip balm:
besides being a fantastic, lightweight, eco-friendly lip balm, this one also seems to increase the blood circulation on my lips and give them a naturally rosy look, thanks to the peppermint in it. I don't know if it does that to everyone, but the effect is obvious on my lips. I always put on a swipe of this before going to bed at night and before applying lipstick in the morning, and some days I just don't feel like putting on anything else because it looks good enough to be worn alone!
BeYu soft liner for eyes & more no: 674
it's a lovely soft, longlasting liner (it sets and goes waterproof in 30 seconds) I use for lining my upper lashline. it has a really dark cocoa color, which is dark enough to create drama but still looks wonderfully natural.
H&M bronzing powder
I love my light complexion, but I often feel like I look too pale, so a slight dust of bronzer has become a staple, and I recently fell in love with this H&M beauty. I love its caramel-brown tone because nobody bronzes red except oompa loompas, that's something a lot of makeup brands don't understand. looks like it has some slight shimmer in it on the pan, but shimmer doesn't really show up on your face- just helps to hide imperfections and give that healthy, naturally glowy complexion look. I think I got it for about four pounds- steal alert!
what are your favorite products for a natural, fresh look?