It is my opinion that the nude makeup trend all began with my number one beauty icon, Brigitte Bardot. The buxom blonde was among the first to put an end to the prim and proper look of the 50’s and say no to bold red lips, pale skin and understated eyes. She was known for her big, bouncy hair, her beautiful golden skin, and makeup that made a serious statement without ever looking overdone; hence, the nude makeup trend perfected!

Today, celebrities such as Charlize Theron and Eva Mendes continue to make the look of nude makeup a trend to follow. If you’re among the many who are in absolute love with the look but unsure how to make it work for you, follow these tips for a foolproof nude look!

It’s all about the eyes… When going for the nude look, most of the color focus should be on the eyes. However, that being said, you want to steer clear of bright colors. Stick to beige, chocolate brown and even black for eye shadow and eyeliner. Gel liners like Maybelline Lasting Drama, work best to achieve the “cat eye” look, while Kohl liners like MAC Eye Kohl Pencil are helpful in achieving a smokey affect.  If you really want to make the eyes pop, add a few false lashes to the corners of your eyes or a full strip of lashes for a total bombshell affect.

Charlize Theron (photo credit: newsday.com)

Two words: flawless and dewy… When trying to pull off a nude makeup look, it’s imperative that your complexion is glowing. To get that “I’m 22 again” glow, first apply a primer like Smashbox Luminizing Face Primer to give your skin a “glowing from within” affect. Next, pick a good foundation like Bare Minerals and apply with a brush. Start with a very light layer and build as needed. The key here is to look like you have amazing skin, not amazing multiple layers of makeup, so always remember that less is more.

Get your bronze going… The next step in the nude look is to apply a bit of bronzer. Again, never go heavy handed on the application. Try Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons Tailor-Made Bronzing Powder and apply a light dusting to the hollows of the cheekbones, the temples, and the bridge of the nose. Remember, you want to look sunkissed, not like a cast member of Jersey Shore.

Just peachy… When choosing a blush for your nude look, opt for a blush in a soft shade of peach. Pink and mauve colored blushes are far too harsh for this look and a nude blush will only blend in with your foundation and bronzer. A great one to try is the shade Orgasm by NARS. Apply to the apples of cheeks with a fluffy blush brush for a soft and sexy glow.

Eva Medes (photo credit: hdwallpapersarena)

Undress your lips… When most women think of lip color they think of bright reds or bold shades of pink, but when trying to achieve the nude look, bold is never better. First decide if you prefer a matte color or a gloss and then choose your shade. It’s usually best to pick a nude shade with a hint of peach as choosing shades that are too void of color will make you look washed out or ill. My personal favorite for this look is Buxom Lip Tarnish in the shade Mug Shot. This product is like having three products in one; it colors the lips with lasting color like a stain, gives them a hint of shine like a gloss and keeps them hydrated like a balm. The added bonus is the tingle, common in most Buxom lip products, that helps to give lips that plump, pouty look.

Now that you have mastered the nude makeup trend, pair it with full, wavy hair, a little black dress, a hot pair of stilettos and you’re good to go. In the words of Victoria’s Secret, “Hello Bombshell!”

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