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Go Nude

By Leslie Baumann
Posted On Sep 01, 2016
Go Nude

How to get this season’s freshest look? Go with your own glow, naturally.

By Leslie Chatman


After the long season of gray skies and snowy landscapes, who doesn’t find the first pale petals of spring flowers bursting from the soil the most beautiful of simple pleasures? This season, take a cue from that same natural, naked beauty and apply it to your face for a low-key, fashion-forward look.


At this past spring 2016 New York Fashion Week, designers set the tepid tone for the season, embracing a nude look that amplifies not smoky (eyes) and mirrors, but the ultimate essence of au naturel beauty.


Designer Christian Siriano paired his Moroccan-inspired silhouettes with captivating nude makeup for his models. “The beauty look for spring 2016 [is] meant to be soft, ethereal, and romantic,” says Siriano. “A light color for cheeks and nude lips inspired for me by the sunkissed sky and sandy cities of Morocco.”


With that in mind, makeup artist Polly Osmond complemented Siriano’s Moroccan vision of fashion via a striking minimalist look, with rich, earthy terra-cotta eyes and soft nude lips and nails.


“With the contouring for Christian Siriano, it was just the cheeks rather than the whole face, and used lightly to give definition,” said Osmond. “With the eye color, I wanted to find a texture and color that reflected the rich tones of Morocco without it being overbearing.”


And all skin tones can wear this look and wear it well, she says. Get it by experimenting with toned-down hues to showcase your natural beauty. When done right, a nude makeup look is polished and radiant— and less is always more. The trick is selecting shades, textures, and finishes that are right for the final effect and your own skin tone. Makeup artist Vivienne Vermuth and Nailing Hollywood celebrity manicurist Pilar Noire offer tips on how to pull off the effortless, barely there, nude know-how.


? Set the Tone

The nude or no-makeup look really focuses on clean skin and clean tones of makeup. Skin should be properly primed in order to create a smooth canvas for makeup to have lasting power. Next, use a foundation best suited for your coverage and texture needs.


? Add a Little Glow

Smooth on creamy highlight to the inner eye corners, upper lip, top of cheekbones, and brow bone.

? Pop Those Peepers

Select an eye shadow that will give the eyes a little pop, while maintaining the overall nude look. Line eyes with a light-colored liner appropriate for your skin tone and sweep lashes with one to two coats of good mascara.


? Brow Down

Grooming brows creates a finished look and elongates the eye. Fill in any barren spots and lengthen your tail slightly on the outside edge of the brow.


? Go Pale and Pouty

Play up the lip with a nude that flatters the skin tone. The best way to find the ultimate nude is to pull the lower lip down and look at the inner fleshy part of it. Matching that tone or one or two shades deeper will ensure a gorgeous nude on everyone. Barring that, shades of peach will flatter most everyone and add warmth to this clean look.


? Nail a Nude Mani

Nude nails are elegant, simple, and neat. Look for a shade only slightly lighter or darker than your skin tone. An exact match can fail to highlight a beautifully shaped and polished nail. Although, nudes are forgiving for visual wear, extend the life of a manicure by sealing your color with your favorite top coat.