How to apply nude eye makeup

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The minimal makeup style doesn’t leave you bare, but it keeps your look natural. Using color shades that are slightly lighter and slightly darker than your skin tone, a nude makeup style will provide just enough definition to highlight your features.

How to apply nude eye makeup

When done right, this barely-there look is subtle and stylish. But don’t let the subtlety fool you into thinking that it doesn’t take some effort. In the tutorial below, we’ve broken down the steps on how you can achieve the flawless look of nude makeup.

How to apply nude eye makeup

Prime Eyelids: Start by priming your eyelids. This will enhance the eyeshadow colors that you use and it will keep your makeup looking good all day long. Here, we’re using Urban Decay Eye Primer.

How to apply nude eye makeup

Eyeshadow Base: Using an eyeshadow that closely matches your skin color or is slightly lighter, cover your entire eyelid with a base coat to create a clean canvas. Here we’re using a Wet ‘n Wild Blending Brush with the Morphe 350M Nature Glow Matte Eyeshadow Palette.

How to apply nude eye makeup

Define The Eyelid Crease: Using a nude eyeshadow tone, define the crease of your eyelid. Start by applying shadow directly to the crease, and then blend it out and up. Repeat this process until the crease is noticeably defined. We’re using the same brush and eyeshadow palette from the last step.

How to apply nude eye makeup

Lower Eyelid: Using a nude color that’s two or three shades darker, apply eyeshadow on to the lower lid between the lash line and the crease. Blend up into the crease to create a smooth transition. We used the same Morphe 350M Palette, but we switched to a flat eyeshadow brush from Urban Decay like the UD Pro.

How to apply nude eye makeup

Lower Lash Line: Using your flat eyeshadow brush, apply the same color that you used in the previous step along your lower lash line.

How to apply nude eye makeup

Mascara: Define your lashes with a black mascara like the Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara that we’re using here.

How to apply nude eye makeup

False Eyelashes: Apply false lashes to further draw attention to your eyes.

How to apply nude eye makeup

Line Lips: Now switch to your lips and line the edges using a warm nude color such as the Kylie Cosmetics Pencil Lip Liner in Hazel that we’re using here.

How to apply nude eye makeup

Lipstick: Fill in your lips using a similar shade to the liner. We used the Kylie Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick in Hazel.

How to apply nude eye makeup

Lip Gloss: Add some shine to your lips with lip gloss. Here, we’re using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in the color Gilded.

How to apply nude eye makeup

Doesn’t this nude makeup style look so good? The contrast of the matte finish on your eyes with the high gloss of your lips creates interest and adds dimension to your look. Even though it looks natural, it certainly doesn’t look boring.

How to apply nude eye makeup

It’s a perfect look for daytime. But it also looks good for a night out.

How to apply nude eye makeup

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Eyeshadow is SO FUN. It’s colorful, it’s textural, it’s tactile and it’s transformative. And although it’s trend-driven, you can carbon date any decade by checking out what eyeshadow look all the kids were wearing, a smokey eye or clean nude lid that’s popular now will likely be popular 50 years in the future.

Eyeshadow used to come in one form: powder. And powder eyeshadow is still the most popular format of eyeshadow. It’s silky, stays put, comes in, no joke, every single color, shade, finish and depth you could possibly imagine. It’s the professional makeup artist’s favorite for its versatility and range.

When you want to play with makeup, there’s no better place to start than with a big, gorgeous eyeshadow palette. They do require (for the most part) at least one eyeshadow brush to apply. If you’re in the market for more complex looks, multiple brushes (thin or thick, brushes for dark shades, brushes for light ones) will be called for.

Be sure not to load up your brush with color when applying—whisk the brush across the shadow 2-3 times then tap off any excess powder in a clean tissue before brushing onto lids from the inner to the outer corner of the eyes. Voila! Eyeshadow, applied.

Cream shadows, like our Color Tattoo Up To 24 Hr Longwear Cream Eyeshadow, are a newer, and more finger-friendly form of eye color. These slick-on easily and just require a bit of buffing into lids with a clean finger. You can layer them to build intensity, or stick with one light wash for a natural kiss of color.

Another option to explore are cream-to-powder formats, like our Color Strike Cream-To-Powder Eyeshadow Pen. Simply swipe the cushion tip across the lid to deposit a rich layer of smooth, even color across eyes. Because you don’t need a brush or finger to apply, this format is the most travel/grab-and-go friendly!

Everyone looks good in beiges, creams and browns—which is why you’ll see a million amazing eye shadows out there in those shades, like our Nudes of New York Eyeshadow Palette. A good basic trio of eye shadow colors to have is 1) a neutral, nude tone that matches your skin, 2) a paler neutral shade to use along the brow bone and as a highlighter, and 3) a dark neutral shade to use as a liner or to create darker, sultrier looks. These three simple light-medium-dark shades are the cornerstone of almost any look out there.

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WHERE DO YOU APPLY EYESHADOW?

Every eyeshadow application starts on the eyelid. Always apply to closed lids to ensure nothing gets into eyes. The first shade you apply, whether you’re working with creams or powders, should be a neutral shade that matches your skin tone. Always prime your full eyelid with a layer of neutral shadow to even out skin tone and give shadows a base to cling onto. Eyelids can be a bit moist, and a base is needed to keep color smooth and even. This is true even if you’re attempting a non-neutral look.

How to apply nude eye makeup

Even though it seems like everyone is currently obsessed with bright eyeshadow palettes and bold makeup looks, there is something about a nude makeup look that has never let us down. A nude lip can tie any makeup look together and a neutral eyeshadow shadow look instantly makes you appear more awake. Not to mention, you can do different variations of a nude makeup look to make it appear more brown or pink, depending on your preference. If you need some help creating a neutral makeup look that’s perfect for you, we tapped makeup guru Alana Dawn, pro-makeup artist and YouTuber, for some advice. Read on for three easy tutorials on how to get the best nude makeup looks. Before you begin, the key to any makeup look is a flawless base. To get a seamless foundation application, Dawn recommends starting by applying a lightweight moisturizer on your face and neck, like the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care. Then, use a concealer that is close to the color of your skin to cover up any imperfections like acne scars or dark circles. We love the Maybelline New York Super Stay Full Coverage Under-Eye Concealer for its ability to hide any and every blemish without feeling cakey. After that, apply your foundation all over your face using a makeup brush or sponge. Remember to blend the foundation below your chin and into your hairline to avoid any harsh lines. Finally, make sure to set your base in place using a powder or setting spray, depending on your skin type. Once your face is beat to the makeup gods, it’s time to execute the perfect nude look. How to Do a Nude Makeup Look

STEP 1: Using an eyeshadow brush, dust a beige-colored shadow, like the color Hive in the Urban Decay Naked Honey Palette, all over the lids beginning from inner corners to the outer corners and into the crease.

STEP 2: Use a medium brown eye pencil to gently create a thin line of color on the upper lash line. Repeat this on the bottom lashes but focus on the outer corners and sweep it into the middle of your bottom lash line. For this step, we recommend trying the best selling NYX Professional Makeup Retractable Eyeliner Pencil.

STEP 3: Curl lashes with an eyelash curler, then sweep two to three coats of dark brown mascara on top lashes, and one coat on bottom lashes. Try the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara in black/brown.

STEP 4: Line lips with a flesh-toned, nude lip liner and follow up with a nude liquid lipstick for a long-lasting finish. The Lancôme Le Crayon Lip Pencil in Nude with the Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro Liquid Lipstick in Granite is a very flattering combination.

How to apply nude eye makeup

How to Do a Nude-Brown Makeup Look

STEP 1: Using the same Urban Decay Naked Honey Palette, sweep a champagne eyeshadow, like HBIC, for an all over lid color. Use that same shade to dust lightly under lower lashes from the inner corner to the middle of the lash line.

STEP 2: Then, apply an espresso-colored shadow, like Sting, and concentrate it in the crease from the outer corner into the middle of your lid. The trick here is blend it well so it gives it a defined and smokey look.

STEP 3: Apply that dark brown shade on the outer corner of the lower lash line to tie the entire eye look together.

STEP 4: Use a rich brown eyeliner, like the Lancôme Le Crayon Khôl in Cafe Serre, to line both upper and lower lash lines from the middle of the eye to the outer corners.

STEP 5: Curl the lashes and apply 1-2 coats of black mascara to both upper and lower lashes

STEP 6: Add a warm bronzer to your look to match the brown tones in your eyes. We recommend the Lancôme Star Bronzer for its silky-soft formula and rich pigmentation.

STEP 7: Dust a peach powder blush along your cheekbones and back to your hairline. Try the NYX Professional Makeup Sweet Cheeks Creamy Powder Blush Matte in Coral to give your cheeks a natural flush with a touch of glow.

STEP 8: Take a rich, brown matte lip color, like the NYX Professional Makeup Lip Lingerie Push-up Long-lasting Lipstick in Teddy and apply it to the lips. Add a lighter, neutral color to the center of your lips to create a subtle, ombré effect which will make the look appear more of a nude-inspired makeup look instead of just completely brown.

How to apply nude eye makeup

How to Do a Nude-Pink Makeup Look

STEP 1: Brush the entire lid with a light, matte tan powder shadow, like Swarm in the Urban Decay Naked Honey palette.

STEP 2: Go over the tan eyeshadow, from lashline to creases, with a shimmery pinkish-nude eye shadow. The Maybelline New York Color Tattoo Longwear Cream Eyeshadow Makeup in Socialite is a great choice that won’t crease or fade and lasts for 24 hours.

STEP 3: Use a brown eye pencil to define the outer corners of the eyes. You can lightly smudge the liner to give it a softer effect.

STEP 4: Curl lashes and apply 1-2 coats of black mascara to upper lashes only.

STEP 5: For a pink nude makeup look, blush is imperative. Sweep a soft rose blush, like the Maybelline New York Fit Me Blush in Pink, onto the apples of your cheeks and lightly along your cheekbones.

STEP 6: Swipe on a soft pink lipstick and dab it with a tissue so make the color less intense. To give it a more nude-inspired feel, layer on a nude lip gloss on top. We love the Urban Decay Lip Plumper Gloss in Heat.

Makeup artist Wendy Rowe expert shares her secrets.

How to apply nude eye makeup

How to apply nude eye makeup

When it comes to makeup, some days I’m totally into the doing the most, and other days the most I’ll do is a tinted moisturizer. But it’s tricky finding a balance between full-face and bare faced, so I’ve sought out advice from makeup artist and Burberry’s makeup artistic consultant Wendy Rowe. Here are her tips for achieving a simple, natural makeup look for those in between days.

How to apply nude eye makeup

Rowe says the key to nailing a natural look is to have a good base. You would never start a painting on a dirty canvas, so make sure your skin is clean and moisturized before you start your makeup. Rowe also says to change your moisturizer like you change your coat. You wouldn’t wear a puffer coat in the summer, so switch out your heavy creams to lighter moisturizers in the summer and vice verse.

Embryolisse Concentrated Lait Cream, $22

How to apply nude eye makeup

For a natural daytime look, Rowe recommends evening out the skin tone while keeping it glowy and light. A water-based product, like the Burberry Fresh Glow Gel Stick, will move with your skin for a natural, hydrated finish unlike a powder-based product, which can crease and dry out. Rowe suggests applying with brush only on the areas where you want to even out your skin rather than all over for the most natural finish.

Burberry Fresh Glow Gel Stick, $48

How to apply nude eye makeup

Rowe says to keep your under eyes looking natural but also concealed, you want to maintain the shadow that your bottom lashes create to prevent the area from looking too flat, which in turn, doesn’t look natural. To do so, Rowe recommends using a sheer concealer only in the inner corner and in the deepest hollow of your under eyes (rather than all the way up to your eye lashes) and blending it in by tapping with your finger.

Laura Mercier Candleglow Concealer and Highlighter, $32

How to apply nude eye makeup

Instead of heavy contour or bright blush, Rowe loves to use a shade that’s slightly gray, which she describes as a “slight shadow with warmth to it.” To apply it, she uses an angled blush brush and swirls it on the apples of the cheeks and along the cheekbones. This, she says, gives you a slightly sculpted, sophisticated look that still looks natural.

Burberry Light Glow Natural Blush in “Earthy Blush No. 7,” $42

How to apply nude eye makeup

Using the same taupe blush as before and a fluffy shadow brush, work the shade into the crease of your eye to give them subtle depth. Then use a black liquid liner to line the eyes, but Rowe says the trick to a subtly lined eye is to lay the tip on the lashes as you draw. This will not only keep the line steady, but it’ll create just enough definition without being too much.

Milani Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eye Liner, $7

How to apply nude eye makeup

Rowe says when you’ve filled in your brows solid, that’s when they start looking a little fake. In reality, brows have really fine gaps, so to maintain that look, you want to create fine strokes in the direction that the hairs grow. Rather than a powder or pencil, Rowe recommends using a pen to get the most natural effect.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Color, $21

How to apply nude eye makeup

Instead of applying the lip color straight from the tube, Rowe suggests rubbing the color onto your finger and blotting it onto the lips for a hint of color without looking too overdone.

Maybelline Color Sensational Inti-Matte Nudes Lipcolor, $4

Choosing the right eye makeup is the key to looking good for both young and mature women. However, as a woman ages, changes should be made in the selection and application of eye makeup.

How to apply nude eye makeup

Choosing the right eye makeup is the key to looking good for both young and mature women. However, as a woman ages, changes should be made in the selection and application of eye makeup.

How to apply nude eye makeup

Eye makeup is something that most women love to apply. It enhances the shape and look of the eyes, and focuses attention on them. There are numerous techniques of applying eye makeup from the smoky eye technique to the color wash technique.

How to apply nude eye makeup

Most women over the age of 50 either apply too much makeup, or none at all. To look good, both these extremes should be avoided. As mature skin is less elastic with visible wrinkles, fine lines, and crows feet, eye makeup should camouflage all these skin problems. It’s not just about choosing the right eye liners and eye shadows, but also about the technique for application.

How to Apply Eye Makeup?

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As mentioned earlier, too much eye makeup should be avoided by mature women. If in your 20s and 30s you had applied dark-colored eye liners, and psychedelic colored eye shadows then it is time to put a stop to it now. Dark-colored eye shadows do nothing to enhance your eyes, and on the contrary it gives your eyes a tired and droopy look.

You also need to understand that psychedelic colors are not age appropriate for older women. As the skin starts aging from early 30s onwards, there is a gradual loss of elasticity of the skin. This results in wrinkles, fine lines and saggy skin. Although anti-aging creams and lotions can delay these signs.

However, some of these problems still appear by the time a woman hits her 50s. The most notable skin aging signs are crows feet and sagging skin under the eyes. If the right products are not selected, they can draw attention to these flaws and give away your age.

How to apply nude eye makeup

  • Before using any product, it is essential that you prep your eyes by using a good eye primer. Applying a good quality primer will help the makeup glide effortlessly on the skin, and prevent it from settling on the fine lines and wrinkles.

How to apply nude eye makeup

  • Use light-colored eye shadows with a subtle shimmer, or pearl or satin finish. These type of light hued eye shadows help to open up the eyes and give you a wide-eyed look.

How to apply nude eye makeup

  • Due to the skin losing its elasticity, the skin around the eyes start to sag, resulting in droopy eyes. The best way to camouflage this flaw is to apply a smidgen of highlighter on the outer corners of the eyes.

How to apply nude eye makeup

  • If you have under eye bags and dark circles, then you need to apply a dab of concealer to camouflage them. For puffy eyes and dark circles, use a yellow-based concealer on the skin under the eyes. Make sure that you dab the concealer and not rub it in. Once you are done, apply a bit of translucent powder to set it.

How to apply nude eye makeup

  • Liquid eyeliner is a better option than pencil liners. Precisely applying a thin line of liquid eyeliner very near the lash line will help to open up the eyes, and make them appear larger.

How to apply nude eye makeup

  • To open up the eyes, a good mascara is a must. It is one of the most effective eye makeup for women over 50. First you need to use an eyelash curler to curl your lashes, and then swipe two coats of a lengthening and volumizing mascara. Since women in their 50s usually have thin eyelashes, a volumizing mascara will help in making them look more voluminous and thick.

One of the best tips is to use cream eye shadows instead of powdered ones, as powder eye shadows tend to settle around the fine lines, and also accentuates crows feet. Avoid using mineral makeup for the same reason. The right eye makeup can enhance the features and make a woman in her 50s look youthful and attractive.

So, how do you apply it? While a wash of Wild Shadow Pot in Auburn Envy is perfect when you’re in a rush, a little more time affords you a lightly-contoured nude eyeshadow look. The sculpting appears almost undetectable, but it makes your eyes look bigger and gives just enough glow to brighten your whole complexion. Here’s how to get the look…

Keep your eyeliner look soft with the lightest etching of Kohl Pencil in Brown. Nudge it just between the upper eyelashes to lend definition and a subtle lash-plumping effect.

Using the Masterpiece Nude Palette in Golden Nudes, apply the middle gold shade across the entire lid and along the lower lash line, taking it up to the socket for a gilded wash of colour. Apply the deeper bronze shade (sixth shade in) to the crease and blend for subtle contouring. Then, use your finger to tap the lightest shimmer on the inner corner of your eye.

Nude eyeshadow and polished brows are the ultimate no-makeup makeup pairing. Keep your arches groomed using the Brow Shaper eyebrow pencil to frame your eye look flawlessly. First, use the brush end of the pencil to tease strands upwards, revealing any sparse patches. Then fill by sketching the pencil in short, sharp strokes that mimic real hairs. Give brows one final brush-through, and you’ve got natural-looking fullness covered.

Full, fluttery, clump-free lashes are the goal when creating a nude eyeshadow look. Try Masterpiece Max Mascara, which creates up to four times your bare-lash volume in a single sweep. For an eye-opening effect, tuck the mascara brush right into the roots of lashes, then glide through to the tips, zig-zagging the wand as you go for even coverage.

AKA how to get really, really, big-looking eyes in five seconds.

How to apply nude eye makeup

Hey, I get it—sometimes, it’s scary to try something new. But trust me when I say that white eyeliner is the one product you should leave your comfort zone for. Because though the color (or … noncolor) might seem scary at first, it’s actually kind of magical once you get the hang of it.

Like, it basically fakes a full night’s sleep. “White eyeliner not only makes your eyes look larger, but also makes you look more awake,” says makeup artist Geo Brian Hennings. And, major plus, it’ll cancel out any signs of a hangover, allergies, quarter-life crisis, etc., regardless of your skin tone. Convinced? Skeptical? Confused? Great—I’m here for all of it. So keep reading to find out exactly how to use white eyeliner, and which ones are the very best.

How to Wear White Eyeliner

Now that you know what white eyeliner does to your eyes, here’s how to actually wear it: Just gently rim your waterline (the part right above your lower lashes, closest to your eyeball) from corner to corner, and then scribble a bit on the inner V of your eyes too. “Lining your waterline with white liner is probably the easiest way to use white eyeliner,” says Hennings. “It instantly makes your eyes look brighter, like you’re ready for the day.”