Nude Colours for: Eyes and Eyebrows

Knowing which products to use and where to apply them is really important when creating nude eye makeup. If you get it right, a nude eye is a classic staple that will see you through from day to night at any age.

Image Credit @ Camilla Akrans

When I do makeup, I start by doing the eye first as it allows you to clean up any fall down onto the skin during application and keep the complexion fresh and clean. Any mascara should be combed through with a clean brush to remove any excess when creating a natural look apply a neutral shade (a goldy-brown or pinky-brown) over the eyelid as a base, blending out to the socket line. Use sheer cream textures if you want it to look undetectable for the day and powder textures are good for adding more intensity in the evening.

When you apply your shadow, bring it down under the lower lashline to create a natural shadow effect; you can always bring this lower down than you expect as it looks more real and creates a bigger eye shape without looking obvious. The biggest mistake people make is keeping the shape too neat and sharp, you want it to be soft with no hard angles. Blend a taupe shade into the socket line for slight intensity – it’s a great tip for subtle definition and also for lifting the contour of the eye for a youthful effect.

Best Cream Shadows

  1. Burberry Eye Colour Contour 
  2. Laura Mercier Eye Colour 
  3. RMS Eye Polish 
  4. Bobbi Brown Longwear Cream Shadow 
  5. Chanel Illusion D’Ombre 

Best Powder Shadows

  1. Clarins Eye Palette
  2. Kevyn Aucoin Palette 3 
  3. Charlotte Tilbury The Sophisticate Palette 
  4. Nude Dip Tom Ford 
  5. Burberry Complete Eye Palette in Smokey Brown


Image Credit @ Burberry

Groomed Brows are an important part of creating a nude eye look and will balance out your face and features. Create a good shape by naturally filling in the gaps in your brows and sketching little hairs where the shape is sparse. Brush the colour through the brows for a natural feel and to keep it looking soft. It’s not about solidly blocking out your brows – think less is more when creating a better structure.

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