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7 Tips For Creating The Nude Makeup (No Makeup) Look

Here in the bay, we've been rocking the nude makeup (no makeup) look for like ever but now I see it popping up in mainstream: Allure earlier this month and then Byrdie last week. It's something I get asked to do all the time, and everyone either wants to know how they can achieve this look without looking overdone or are completely afraid of showing off their skin. And to tell you the truth, I was terrified of showing off my skin, not only because of some imperfections but because I've always been a full coverage kind of gal - wearing less feels weird to me! So I made it my mission to play around with different makeup formulas and techniques until I found the right regimen for me. Some may say this is still way too much makeup for this look, but I say it's okay because everyone's comfort level is different, so find your own happy medium! Besides, there are no real rules to this look other than to have a very natural feeling to it - so have fun and enjoy the low maintenance vibe of it all.

Here are 7 TIPS that helped me CREATE THE NUDE MAKEUP LOOK ...

1. INVEST IN SKINCARE ... I know, I know, you hear it all the time but it is true! The key to this look is great skin. So the next time you're debating between full coverage foundation or a great skincare treatment - buy the skincare product! And if you aren't sure what to buy or where to start? This is a great time to see an esthetican! They can easily map your skin and steer you in the right direction. And I can't seem to stress enough that sunscreen is your best friend - in life and with this look. Sunscreen helps prevent fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, dark spots, (oh and also that thing called melanoma!)  ... basically all the things we don't want on our face when we're trying to do the natural look! My go-to skincare brand? Dermalogica of course! They have something for every skin type (even sensitive!) and you can mix and match to customize your regimen.

2. KEEP THOSE BROWS IN CHECK ... Nicely shaped brows make or break this no makeup look, so opt for a brow pencil like the Kevyn Aucoin The Precision Brow Pencil to draw in individual hairs instead of shadow or dipbrow. This technique will give the brows a more natural appearance. And for those of us not blessed with beautiful brows, see a brow architect/specialist! They will reshape or show you how to rehab brows back to beautifulness (that's what I am going through right now). 

3. FIND A GREAT CONCEALER OR LIGHTWEIGHT FOUNDATION ... BB creams work great too! If you're like me and have some blemishes, dark circles or pigmentation to cover up then match yourself with a great concealer like the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer or a lightweight foundation like the MAC Face & Body Foundation. They're silicone based, so the they mimic the skins texture very well. Plus they are super long-wearing and water-resistant. Got flawless skin? Then skip this tip and show it off, baby!!!

4.  TIGHTLINE OR MAKE A THIN LINE OF EYELINER ... Tightlining really amps up the lashes and is my favorite tip for making eyes pop! It involves lining the inner rim of the eyelid, creating the illusion of dense, long lashes. If you're not into that, then feel free to do a very thin line of eyeliner, very close along the lash line (tapering off a little before the tear duct). The purpose of this is to just fill in any gaps along the lash line to make them seem more dense. And only do the eyelid for this, not the bottom rim of the eye ... because again, we want it to look super natural. My favorite product to use for this is the MAC Cosmetics Fluidline in Blacktrack because my lashes are black but if you have lighter lashes, find a shade that works better for you.

5. DON'T FORGET TO CREATE A LITTLE DEPTH AND DIMENSION ... Use taupes, browns, illuminating shades - ones that are great for contour & highlight. Make sure when you contour, the shade is matte (no shimmer). Sometimes I use a concealer or foundation that is 2-3 shades darker than my skin tone to contour. And remember, don't go overboard - this is not the time to Kim Kardashian it! In the picture above I have on the MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Soft Ochre as a base shade and then added a little matte taupe color (bobbi brown Taupe #4) in the crease. And for the cheek contour, I used a MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Concealer that was 2 shades darker than my shade. Then I picked a shade from the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette to highlight my cheekbone/temple area - just a little sheen but not super obvious on the skin. We're going for the glow within look - you know?! 

6. LIPS & CHEEKS SHOULD LOOK FRESH, NOT OVERDONE OR ARTIFICIAL ... Look for pinks, peaches or nudes to work with and keep them within a couple shades of your natural tone. Stains, lip balms and glosses are perfect for this. MAC Cosmetics just put out a cool video on how to make a stain with a lip liner and gloss - it's great, check it out! I often do this trick because I really like some of the shades of lip liner more so than lipstick. My only tip: blend and blend well - no lip liner lines for this look. And for cheeks, gently stipple on a bit of cream blush ... to give them a light wash of color. Stila makes an awesome cream blush called Convertible Color that also doubles as a lipstick.

7. LOVE WHAT YOU GOT ... Part of this nude makeup (no makeup) thing is to really appreciate and love your own features, skin, and whatever uniqueness you've got going on. You must learn to accept any imperfections and work with what you got mama! So remind yourself that you are awesome and beautiful - you totally can rock this nude makeup look!!! You got this!!!