Hi everybody, welcome back to my blog! Today is a very exciting day because it is my first blog collaboration and it is with no other than the wonderful fellow Malaysian blogger, FATIMAHEARTS. I am sure all of you are familiar with Fatimah who has been in the blogging scene or so long - she is definitely the OGs Of the beauty scene in Malaysia. If you aren't, head over to her blog and get to know her on FATIMAHEARTS and follow her Instagram account @fatimahearts which I can scroll endlessly when I crave for makeup talks! We actually found each other off Instagram, immediately bonded over the love of makeup and she approached me for a collab! As you can from the title, we will be doing our own looks on the nude makeup trend, so do check her blog out.
So, what is nude makeup? For me, creating a nude look is customised to our own colouring and undertones. I have my own preference in tones and a certain style on how I do my nude makeup from learning the tones in my medium-fair skin, and what colours work with my hazel eyes. The key to a successful nude, natural makeup is to enhance and emphasise the best features and bring out the colouring of your own face. So without further ado, I will share with you a step by step routine on how I do my everyday nude makeup look.
Since I won't be using a bright lip or do a heavy smokey eye, my skin would be the centre of attention hence, skin prep is key. My favourite way to start is by first cleansing my skin with a gentle cleanser, I use Peter Thomas Roth's cleanser (on my second bottle now, it is amazing) then, I follow up with REN Skincare's Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial (reviewed here) to brighten up the complexion and giving the skin a nice smooth base. After that, I use the iS Clinical Active Serum on any blemishes and massage that in, and I moisturise my skin with REN's Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream which tones down redness + finish with a hydrating sunblock. It's important to lock down a good skincare regime if you want to improve the texture of your skin. Also, make sure your lips are always prepped too. I use Eucerin's Lip Aktiv to keep it hydrated!
For base makeup, I dot the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl on any areas that are looking dull/sallow, usually on the inner corners of the eyes and under-eye area and then used my Diorskin Star Concealer in 02 to conceal/highlight underneath the eyes, and leave it to set for a minute or 2 before blending it out with a damp buffing brush (spritz it with Caudalie's Beauty Elixir, but any other mists would do). I use RMK's Super Basic Concealer in Shade 2 for covering blemishes as it is a waxier concealer which gives fuller coverage, and for this I use a tiny detailer brush to spot-treat any areas. Then I bake my concealer with Chanel's Natural Finish Loose Powder to give the skin a really smooth, even finish. I skip foundation altogether because 1. I don't use foundation in my regular daily routine 2. I feel that letting your own skin show through adds a modern touch to any makeup look. But if you must have a little bit of coverage, try using a foundation with a light texture, like Glossier's Skin Tint (I have a 20% off code! It's here) or mixing in your usual foundation with your moisturiser.
I went crazy on the cheek products since I like to play up my cheekbones (but what cheekbones? hahaha). My nude makeup is more of a bronze-y, sculpted look so I go all out when it comes to the cheeks. First off, I start by defining the cheekbones by taking The Balm's Bahama Mama bronzer which is too grey to be a bronzer, so I re-purposed it as a contour colour, and I apply this with a NARS Ita Brush which is excellent to carve out cheekbones because of how the brush is shaped. I also contour my forehead because why not hahahaha. I then warm up my face with Catrice's Sun Glow Matt Bronzer in 020 Deep Bronze and I mix in the blush from my Inglot palette (blush #28) and Burberry's Earthy No.07 and apply it higher up from where I contoured - the mixture of these two blushes just gives a really lovely mesh of tonal colours against my skin tone.
Because my skin tone is medium-fair, nude colours for me would be taupes, oranges, and greys. So I took the Catrice bronzer and Earthy No.07 mixed together and used it as a crease colour for a natural definition. I then line my upper lash line with Chanel's Rouge Noir, a plummy brown liner which really brings out the hazel tones in my eyes. To add definition, I deepened up the outer corners of the eyes with the taupe shade from my Inglot palette and place an orange shadow to lighten up the centre of the lids. I lined my lower lash line with a white Make Up For Ever Aqua liner blended with a Seventeen Cosmetics blue liner to create a subtle grey but again, you can simply use a gray shadow to get the same effect, I personally used the blue as its undertones bring out hazel/brown eyes. For the brows, I pencilled it in with my Burberry Effortless Eyebrow Definer in Sepia No.02 and set it with the Catrice Eyebrow Filler brow gel, just giving it a little bit of life. Of course, an eye look is never completed without curling the lashes and putting on some mascara, and I used my trusty Chanel Inimitable to give some volume and definition to the lashes. I love mixing in warm and cool-toned colours as the contrast of the bronze warmth on the upper lid and neutral greys on the lower lash just makes the eyes pop, and it looks so interesting. Of course, this look is an all-matte look to keep it nude and not overly done.
I only have By Terry's Perfect Nude lip liner and M.A.C's Yash on the lips as it is my go-to combo of the moment. I just love the two colours together and again, adds more warmth to my otherwise dull/sallow face. I love using lip liner as a base for my lipsticks and the By Terry's Perfect Nude is my go-to colour, I think this is my second or third pencil. I stumbled across a video recently of Lisa Eldridge using this liner and she mentioned that it is discontinued (say it ain't so!!) but point is she said Make Up For Ever's lip liner in 2C is a perfect, cheaper alternative. I noticed that I suit warmer nudes rather than mauves because my lips are so pigmented (almost grey on the edges) and it needs the warm yellow undertones of the lip colour to combat any grey-ness. So, when you are trying to look for a lip colour, try to look for something that would suit your natural lip colour, too.
Hairstyle #1 : Messy Dutch Braids
Hairstyle #2 : Faux Bob, tucked into jacket
And this is the finished look! A sculpted, bronzey nude makeup with taupey grey-toned accent on the eyes. I usually wear this makeup on the daily, and switch up the lower lash colours frequently. Sometimes I do a pink berry, a turquoise, browns, greens - whatever that tickles my fancy. A nude makeup look doesn't have to consist of just using "nude" tones or shying away from colours and sculpting/bronzing your face. When done right, colours and accents can actually emphasise your own features and brighten up the face while still maintaining a minimalist, nude aesthetic. I love to focus on the skin and change up my hair when I'm rocking a nude face. Hairstyle #1 comes in really handy when it's super hot and I want my hair out of my face, and hairstyle #2 is my go-to look for a rainy day so that my hair doesn't frizz up. Thank you Fatimah for the this and I had so much fun drafting this out! Do check out FATIMAHEARTS' take on the nude makeup trend over on her blog, theleakycauldron-fatma.blogspot.my. I hope you guys learnt a thing or two from our routines and share with me what your go-to tricks are and which features do you like to emphasise when you do your makeup! Thank you for hanging out!
Full Product List -
Peter Thomas Roth Gentle Foaming Cleanser
REN Skincare 1 Minute Facial Flash Radiance (swatches and review here)
iS Clinical Active Serum
REN Skincare Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream
Eucerin Lip Aktiv
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl (swatches and review here)
Diorskin Star Concealer in 02
RMK Super Basic Concealer in 02
Chanel Natural Finish Loose Powder in 20 Clair
The Balm's Bahama Mama Bronzing Poudre
Catrice Sun Glow Matt Bronzer in 020 Deep Bronze (swatches and review here)
Burberry Light Glow Natural Blush in Earthy Blush No.07 (swatches and review here)
Inglot Freedom System Blush #28 (swatches and review here)
Inglot Freedom System Eyeshadow M #342 #312 (swatches and review here)
Make Up For Ever Crayon Kohl in 2K
Seventeen Crayon Kohl in F127
Chanel Inimitable Mascara in Noir
Burberry Effortless Eyebrow Definer in Sepia No.02 (swatches and review here)
Catrice Eyebrow Filler in Brown (swatches and review here)
By Terry Perfect Lip Liner in 1 Perfect Nude (swatches and review here)
M.A.C. Matte Lipstick in Yash (swatches and review here)