If you want to master a makeup trend, look no further than Pascale Poma. As a celebrity makeup artist, her work has graced the pages of magazines such as Harpers Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Nylon, and the New York Times, to name a few. So when we wanted to master the art of nude makeup, we knew who to turn to. One of this year's major trends is the nude makeup look. We asked Pascale to give us all the details on how to look just like ourselves, but better, in accordance with this barely there makeup trend. As light as a breath of fresh spring air, this look is perfect for the warmer months ahead. Read on to learn from Pascale firsthand what the secrets to beautiful nude makeup are, and click through the gallery of images above to see which celebs have gone nude best.
Can anyone where nude makeup? How do you know what colors are right for you?
Absolutely! Anyone can wear this look, no matter your age or skin color. When it comes to what colors or tones to use, follow your own skin complexion as a guideline. Choose palette shades that are in the same spectrum as your own complexion, but are one or two shades darker, so that they complement your skin naturally. Keep in mind that nude makeup doesn't mean going dull, but rather using certain shades that deepen your own. Nude makeup boosts your features to a more luminous, radiant, sexy, beautiful you.
Any must follow rules for wearing the nude makeup look?
Yes. Flawless and natural-looking skin is the base of this nude trend. So this look can't be achieved if the skin hasn't first been thoroughly, yet gently cleansed and deeply moisturized. The trick is to use a light moisturizer on damp skin, with a few drops of Visine in it to reduce redness and inflammation. Massage the creamy mixture onto skin in a gentle circular motion until the cream has been totally absorbed.
Wow, what a great tip! OK, so does nude makeup equate to neutral shades, or is there a difference between the two?
Well gone are the days of the 80's and 90's when makeup was about covering the skin under layers of heavy foundation and shadows (thank goodness!) So nude doesn't mean using only pale beiges and washed-out, boring hues. With nude makeup you have a very subtle, yet vibrant palette to play with. The goal is to balance light contouring and highlights to enhance your own features to perfection.
What features are best to play up with nude makeup?
Since the goal is flawless skin all over, you have plenty of choicies for your accents. Highlight your eyes, brows, lips, cheeks, it's up to you! Choose colors that invisibly blend with your own, but reveal what has been there all along. Try warming up your complexion with tones of peach or coral on your cheeks. Opt for or a soft golden or copper bronzers. Choose transparent, fleshy reds, browns, or pinks for your lips. Open your eyes with perfectly groomed eyebrows, accentuated brow bones, and defined curled lashes.
What celebrities do nude makeup best and why?
I have to say that I adore how Jennifer Lopez masterfully pulls off her nude makeup looks. She applies all the right shades in the right places, contouring her nose, forehead, and jaw. She looks fresh and glowing without looking overdone. Scarlett Johansson also looks lovely with nude makeup as well.
How best to take nude makeup from day to night?
Nude makeup is an excellent base to start with and then move towards a more glamourous or dramatic look. To transition from day to night, simply blend a warmer brown or dark gray shadow on the outer corner and lower lid of the eye. Apply a little eyeliner, add an extrar layer of lipstick and voila!
Any additional tips, tricks or application techniques?
Nude makeup demands glowing skin, but not greasy skin. So be sure to apply a dab of some anti-shine gel on the forehead and T-zone right after applying your foundation or tinted moisturizer. Take it with you as you might need to reapply during the day if your skin is oily. Also, when applying shadows, blush or loose powder, spray your brushes with some mineral water. This will help set the makeup and boost the colors palette as well . And always remember to blend, blend, blend!