Runway nudes – the no makeup makeup look

Every year, there seems to always be at least one runway makeup artist that does nude looks with the addition of a pop of color. This is a simple look that reinforces natural beauty. Anyone of any age can achieve this look, that is what makes it universal.


The best way to make this look work for you is to sculpt your face. Well defined cheek and brow bones are easy concepts to create the illusion or more depth. Some people use bronzer for contouring. However, if you have noticed, shadows are grey. Contour colors should be two to four shades darker than natural skin coloring, and should have a grey tint. Taupes are great for shading.


Highlighting should be two to four shades lighter and do not need a grey undertone. The base should be about the same tone as the skin. For example, if the skin tone is yellow based, use a yellow based highlighter.


This post is a collaboration with Andra Richardson, of Knick Knacker.  As contributors to Lucky Magazine, we thought it would be nice to integrate her fashion sense with the Mature Makeup Maven blog to give readers a diverse perspective on ss 2014 runway trends.  Andra suggested a nude look to match her fashion trends, so I am here to show you a “no makeup” makeup look is complimentary at any age. Please do not forget to visit Knick Knacker for the latest runway fashion trends.


I do not like to plug products, because everyone does not gave the same products; however, Mac, Kett, OCC, Anastasia Beverly Hills, and Sugarpill were used.  Product color descriptions are provided below.

Foundation – same color as your skin tone. Mine is olive.

Contour – three shades darker than your skin tone with a grey tint.

Highlight – three shades lighter than your skin tone in same color family.

Brows – one shade lighter than natural brow color. My brows are black, but many companies manufacture up to dark brown. NYX is one of the few that make black and grey. Some East Asians need grey, because black is too harsh, and brown does not match.

Brown bone – bright off white color.

Eyelid – color lighter than highlight.

Crease – deep brown with grey tiny, darker than contour color.

Above crease – very light peach tone that almost blends with natural skin tone.

Inner corner – same as brow bone color.

Lower lash line – soft taupe. About the same color as natural skin tone.

Eyeliner – none.

Mascara – none.

Cheeks – bright peachy tone. I used an orange, coral type lipstick as cream blush in one photo. In another, I used a combination of an orange and a apricot blushes. In the other, I used a red based orange airbrush color.

Lips – outer line with a color the same as your lip. Inner line with a shade or two lighter. Fill lips with a nude lipstick. Mine has a bit of a traditional beige peach tone. Nudes are difficult to find for non white, non Hispanic / Latin people.


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