How To Make Spring's Nude Makeup Work For You

It's true—the sun-kissed, outdoor festival-ready, bare necessities, nude makeup look perennially rebounds each spring. And while there's something to be said for toning things down and getting back to basics, you can still play up your features and look perfectly natural without going completely bare. But putting the nude look together can be far from effortless, with typically laid-back shades many times resulting in washed out lips or too sallow skin. So to curb any anti-au natural tendencies, here are a few of the best nude makeup tips on how to go fresh and flawlessly nude this spring. 

Lips: We recommend picking lip colors that correspond with your skin's undertone and level: Choose shades that are at least as dark as your skin color, if not slightly darker. If you go too light, you risk looking washed out. Lip gloss is usually a bit more transparent and it allows your own lip color to show through. If you choose a pale nude gloss you're basically making a slightly lighter version of your natural lip color; and using a transparent peach tone gloss for fair to medium skin or a transparent orange tone gloss for deeper or tanned skin, can add a little life to your lip if a straight skin tone shade looks too dull. 
Eyes: A soft, brownish shadow that's a shade slightly darker than your skin tone is an easy way to enhance your eyes, but our neutral go-to shadow is peach. We’re a big believer in peach eyeshadow. It doesn't come off chalky, it brightens without looking like you're wearing any color, and it neutralizes any blue on the lids or around the yes (like veins or shadows). Apply it to the inner corners of the eyes, across the lid, and dust a bit onto the brown bone. Finish the look with a few swipes of brown mascara.
Cheeks: If you're entire makeup look consists of nude and neutral tones, the trick is to make sure you have enough color on your cheeks. Try a mat bronzer that isn't too orange, and apply it to your forehead, bridge of the nose, chin, center of the neck as well as your cheeks. If you make sure that your skin has a healthy glow you won’t risk looking washed out.

Wake Up Your Look

With the first day of spring a mere two weeks away, we’re fully obsessed with shrugging off our winter layers and stepping out, tights-free, into decidedly warmer temps.  But it seems our wardrobe isn’t the only thing in need of a spring cleaning, our skin is at the tipping point, too:  We’re dealing with a dermis that’s seriously dull, a smile that’s in need of some brightening, and no matter what the season, we’re always a little sleep deprived.  So what’s our 2011 wake-up-your-look prescription?  An easy skincare and beauty refresher course to help you ditch the staleness, and just in time for a new spring season!

YSL Top Secrets Beauty Sleep Radiance Revealing Concentrate, $75- If you remember one thing, it should be to slather this on your face after a late night.  Using a gentle micro-peeling action combined with hydrating and soothing ingredients, YSL’s Beauty Sleep helps boost skin’s recovery time, so you’ll wake up looking like you had eight hours of sleep, even if you barely got four.

Kiehl’s Rosa Artica Youth Regenerating Cream, $60- Harnessing the natural powers of the Rosa Artica flower, a plant that survives during a dry cycle and rejuvenates with proper moisture, this cream reawakens skin’s vitality and triggers the natural restoration process, resulting in a fresh, youthful glow.

Jane Iredale's Dream Tint

TINTED LOVE Close your eyes. Feel your skin soaking in the soothing warmth of radiant light. Imagine that you exude brightness from your very pores. Illuminating. Glowing. Your perfect self. Savor the sun's caress, and know you are safe. Nurtured. Protected. Now, gently awaken to Jane Iredale's Dream Tint.
This super-absorbent product not only hydrates, but prevents water loss, calms inflammation and improves the skin's elasticity.
Dream Tint creates a soft-focus effect that minimizes the look of large pores and fine lines. Unique algae extracts moisturize and soothe.

Unique algae extracts moisturize and soothe. Titanium dioxide provides SPF 15 with UVA protection. Use alone as a tinted moisturizer and sunscreen; or as the perfect primer for our mineral bases. Available in five shades from light to dark, as well as primers in Lilac and Peach as brighteners, and Warm Bronze for the perfect sun-kissed look.

  • Apply with our new Blending Brush for a sheer application that feels light and gives a flawless appearance.
  • Use Peach to even the look of skins with uneven pigmentation; apply Lilac to brighen shallow skin tones.
  • A fantastic product to use, particularly the Warm Bronze, throughout the summer for a sun-kissed look with sun protection.

Color Guide:
These are Skin-Etc's suggestions so please use them only as a guide. You may fall into a color that is one shade lighter or darker depending upon your needs.
  • Use Light if your base color is Bisque, Ivory, Light Beige or Warm Silk.
  • Use Medium Light if your base color is Amber, Natural or Radiant.
  • Use Medium if your base color is Honey Bronze, Satin or Warm Sienna
  • Use Medium Dark if your base color is Caramel, Golden Glow, Latte, Riviera or Suntan.
  • Warm Bronze is not for people using Medium Dark or Dark in Dream Tint.
  • Use Lilac Brightener if you have yellow undertone.
  • Use Peach Brightener to cover hyperpigmentation.