Legendary fashion maven Diana Vreeland declared the natural look “just laziness, really”. I don’t agree. Every busy woman needs a pared down makeup look, especially over the hot summer months. Top Kiwi makeup artist Nikki Lovrich shares her advice on going nude.
“Nude makeup is not about wearing no makeup – if you do that you’ll look washed out. Natural-looking makeup can involve quite a few products, but it’s important to know how to apply them – and the trick is subtlety.
“It all starts with the skin. The aim is to apply a touch of warm colour and coverage while still allowing the natural texture to show through. “I love to do this with Clinique’s Age Defense BB Cream $50, as it’s so light or Bobbi Brown’s Oil Free Tinted Moisturiser $67, which is great if you have oilier skin and prefer a matte finish.
“If your face is lighter than your body, choose a shade that is a little warmer to match it up. “For the cheeks, use a bronzer but stay away from anything too sparkly. You can also use your bronzer as an eye shadow. Just dust it over your browbone with a large brush. This instantly brightens eyes. Also dab a touch of bronzer across your forehead and chin where the sun hits for a tan.
“If the whole face is nude and natural, a little colour on the lips works nicely. Instead of lipstick, add a coloured sheer gloss in a fruity tone.”
Innoxa Satin Sheen Natural Finish Makeup in Buttermilk $29.95 – light coverage with SPF30 protection.
Revlon Colorstay Under Eye Concealer $28.50 – disguises dark circles.
Dr LeWinn’s Anti-Ageing Pressed Powder $45.90 – deals to shine with a natural finish.
Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Bronzer in Warm Radiance $69 – for a healthy glow.
Jane Iredale Pure Pressed Blush in Whisper $56.70 – a subtle blush.
Napoleon Perdis – The Ultimate Nude Palette $79 – a huge choice of natural eye shades in this great-value compact.
Youngblood Eye Illuminating Duo $55.70 – the secret to brightening tired-looking eyes.
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Mink $23.50 – a subtle pinky brown.
The Body Shop Lip Gloss in Lychee $23 – sheer, fruity and non-sticky.