Known as the “master of nudes”, my signature nude makeup style is one that I’ve honed after doing it for years. Nude skin has become my signature. I love how you can create so many gorgeous looks using a nude colour palette, with lots of different colour tones, a variety of textures and many application options (I’m always re-inventing a new nude look for Burberry Prorsum runway shows each season!). It’s all about subtly re-sculpting the face where required with highlight and shadow to create the most attractive shape for your face and features. You will appear more youthful and there’s a nude look to suit everyone. So, if you haven’t yet mastered nudes, it’s time to learn…
Skin prep is key to achieving a flawless look as it gives you a clean, fresh base to work from. It’s especially important when creating a nude look as skin is the focus and needs to shine through. Massage a cream cleanser into skin to gently exfoliate and remove any dead skin on the surface (foundation will stick to any dry patches) – practise a lymphatic drainage technique to lift the face structure too. Tone to eliminate any impurities, then apply a suitable moisturiser to hydrate your skin and press a luminous liquid to create a dewy complexion.
Skin is central to the nude makeup look, so you need to think about what skin finish (dewy, satin or velvety-matte) you want to achieve. When applying foundation, don’t stand too close to a mirror – it’s more about an overall feeling and if you over-analyse your skin you will end up putting too much on. Foundation is more about evening the complexion, then you build coverage in problem areas with a concealer. I like to mix foundation with a little moisturiser when doing a nude look, it gives a healthy glow to the skin and ensures it won’t look dry or powdery. Use a little liquid concealer under the eye to remove any blueness (don’t go too close to the lash line as this will start to look like makeup) and a thicker textured concealer to cover blemishes. Finish with a super light dusting of powder through the T-Zone to control unwanted oil.
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