While the name might indicate a bare face, the Instagram-catapulted nude makeup trend features neutral makeup tones (think: colors in the beige, tan and light brown family, sometimes with peachy accents) for the face, eyes and lips. Perfect for all skin tones, nude makeup differs from no-makeup makeup in that it incorporates multiple different finishes in the same neutral family to add dimension to your face.
There's no need to limit yourself to a monochromatic makeup look, however, feel free to mix a nude lip with a bold eye or a naked eye look with a bold lip. The idea isn't to look like you're wearing nothing, but rather nude, tonal makeup. Look for pale beige colors for lighter skin tones and tans and browns for darker skin tones. The key is to find a color family that pairs well with your skin.
Ready to rock the look? Ahead is everything you need to master this season's nude makeup trend.
An overall nude look starts with the base. Surely you've heard of CC cream, but CCC cream? If you're like us, you're already intrigued. Designed to color, control and change (hence the three Cs), this multi-functional face makeup combines the various benefits of both BB and CC cream. The lightweight cream blends effortlessly to create light to medium coverage that mimics the tone of your skin with the help of Micro Capsule Technology. What's more, it's formulated with Broad Spectrum SPF 45. How could you not want to stock up ASAP?
If you love a good CC cream and haven't yet tried this cult favorite, what are you waiting for? This color-correcting cream glides on smoothly for a crease- and crack-free application that instantly camouflages imperfections. Even better, it's formulated with good-for-you ingredients like vitamins A, B, C and E, as well as hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, niacin, and hyaluronic acid — you know, the wonder ingredient that can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. In other words, not only can you expect a killer nude complexion, but a hydrated one, too.
Looking for a tad more coverage? Just because you like a fuller face doesn't mean you should have to feel weighed down. Luckily for us, NARS feels the same way. This unique fluid foundation is unexpectedly weightless and long-lasting. The highly pigmented, perfectly balanced formula builds effortlessly, allowing you to create the coverage you crave.
More of a dewy girl? This ultra-fine, light-reflecting liquid formula blends into skin for a visage that looks fresh out of yoga — gorgeous, glowing and au naturel. In other words, it's pretty much the nude makeup base of your dreams.