NZ Woman's Weekly

Nude makeup tips

Legendary fashion maven Diana Vreeland declared the natural look “just laziness, really”. I don’t agree. Every busy woman needs a pared down makeup look, especially over the hot summer months. Top Kiwi makeup artist Nikki Lovrich shares her advice on going nude.

“Nude makeup is not about wearing no makeup – if you do that you’ll look washed out. Natural-looking makeup can involve quite a few products, but it’s important to know how to apply them – and the trick is subtlety.

“It all starts with the skin. The aim is to apply a touch of warm colour and coverage while still allowing the natural texture to show through. “I love to do this with Clinique’s Age Defense BB Cream $50, as it’s so light or Bobbi Brown’s Oil Free Tinted Moisturiser $67, which is great if you have oilier skin and prefer a matte finish.

“If your face is lighter than your body, choose a shade that is a little warmer to match it up. “For the cheeks, use a bronzer but stay away from anything too sparkly. You can also use your bronzer as an eye shadow. Just dust it over your browbone with a large brush. This instantly brightens eyes. Also dab a touch of bronzer across your forehead and chin where the sun hits for a tan.

“If the whole face is nude and natural, a little colour on the lips works nicely. Instead of lipstick, add a coloured sheer gloss in a fruity tone.”

Nude essentials

Innoxa Satin Sheen Natural Finish Makeup in Buttermilk $29.95 – light coverage with SPF30 protection.

Revlon Colorstay Under Eye Concealer $28.50 – disguises dark circles.

Dr LeWinn’s Anti-Ageing Pressed Powder $45.90 – deals to shine with a natural finish.

Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Bronzer in Warm Radiance $69 – for a healthy glow.

Jane Iredale Pure Pressed Blush in Whisper $56.70 – a subtle blush.

Napoleon Perdis – The Ultimate Nude Palette $79 – a huge choice of natural eye shades in this great-value compact.

Youngblood Eye Illuminating Duo $55.70 – the secret to brightening tired-looking eyes.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Mink $23.50 – a subtle pinky brown.

The Body Shop Lip Gloss in Lychee $23 – sheer, fruity and non-sticky.

About Nicky Pellegrino

Nicky Pellegrino has been a journalist for over 20 years, both here and in the UK, and is a former editor of New Zealand Woman's Weekly. These days, as well as working on the magazine's beauty pages, she writes popular novels like Recipe For LIfe, The Italian Wedding and The Villa Girls. For more about Nicky check out her website

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