Summertime is nearly here and it’s time to loosen up your hair and lighten up your makeup! Creating a nearly nude makeup look is the perfect complement to the rest of your laid-back summer style.
To get the perfect nude look, you have to begin with great looking skin. “Starting with good skin is key. Healthy, clear skin always looks best,” Wendy Ashley, an esthetician with LifeSpa, says.
When you’re working on a no-makeup look, your skin must be blemish free. Nothing will ruin an innocent look like a big, red zit on your face. Ashley says the best way to get healthy, clear skin is to maintain a skin care regime and a relationship with a licensed esthetician.
“Your esthetician has a wealth of knowledge about skin care, makeup and any questions you may have about waxing,” she says.
At LifeSpa, Ashley uses the skin care line Murad, created and developed by Dr. Howard Murad. “It is an expansive line offering options for skin care concerns ranging from anti-aging to acne to rosacea and even men’s skin care,” she says. “I have been very pleased, as have my clients, with the results we have seen using this line.”
“The best products I can recommend are products that address each individual clients skin care concerns,” Ashley says. Take the What’s right for my skin? quiz to find out which products will work best for you.
Getting a facial regularly will also help you keep radiant skin. Ashley suggests going every one to three months.
After you’ve taken care of the basics and your skin is fresh, clean and prepped for makeup, it’s time to think about color.
You have to lose that heavy, cakey foundations so your skin can breathe. Ashley says there are several alternatives to “typical” foundation. “Most people think of foundation as that thick liquid in a bottle,” she says. “In fact, there are loose powder and pressed powder foundations as well.”
A more recent trend is to use only a tinted moisturizer.
If you are too dependent on your regular foundation, you can still go with the liquid foundation. If you want a more matte finish, use one of the powders.
As for adding color, Ashley says to stick with neutral, daytime colors. “For someone who wants a natural look, you are going to choose colors that complement, but not over power your natural beauty.”
Fair-skinned women should stick with peach, pink or pale nude shades for the cheeks and lips. Olive undertones can go for creams or pale beiges.
Load up on mascara and a few strokes of eyeliner to complete the look!