Makeup 101: “Almost Nude” Naked Make-up Look

16 Aug

“Almost Nude” makeup by Tommy | Photo by John Tirso

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If you are a fashion trend lover, you will notice that in every season of the major Fashion Week runways (New York, Milan, London, and Paris), there are mostly the “not-so-ordinary” type of fashion make-up looks. It can range from your sultry smoky eyes, ultra bold red lips, black printed eye brows…, to the super high fashion type of avant garde make-up, as seen in some of Dior’s Haute Couture runways.

As those make-up looks can really show off the artistry side of the artists, it is worth to know that a very clean, “almost-no-make-up” type of make-up look is also a major make-up trend of many runway shows. My “Almost Nude” is exactly this “almost-no-make-up” type of make-up look.

As an experienced fashion/beauty make-up artist will tell you, this type of look is not exactly the easiest look to achieve, even though it seems simple; sometime a very natural foundation job is a mix of at least 2-3 different foundation colours. To be honest, with this particular look, you almost have to have a right look to make this make-up look stand out (eg. great skin complexion & bone structure).

The key features of this look are: featherweight foundations, highlighters, and super-sheer powders. Some main products & make-up tips of how I created this “Almost Nude” look:

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“Almost Nude” make-up by Tommy | Photo by John Tirso

Face:

M·A·C Face & Body Foundation

M·A·C Face & Body Foundation

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After applying moisturizer and face primer, I used M·A·C Face & Body Foundation on the skin. It is great for a very sheer, natural glow-y look on the skin canvas. I used it with M·A·C’s #130 Short Duo Fibre Brush so the skin look very polished! A great thing with this brush is that it has two layers of fibres (natural & synthetic), so you can stipple the foundation on the face in dots, and then buffs and blends in circular motion as you apply the foundation to make it polished looking on the skin.

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M·A·C’s #130 Short Duo Fibre Brush

M·A·C’s #130 Short Duo Fibre Brush

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I also rubbed the same liquid foundation on the model’s body with my hands. Another great feature of this foundation is that it’s sheer, and it appears luminous under the light. This liquid foundation is water-based, and water-resistant so it’s even great for beach photo shoots.

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M·A·C Prep+Prime Transparent Finishing Powder

M·A·C Prep+Prime Transparent Finishing Powder

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A touch of M·A·C Prep+Prime Transparent Finishing Powder was brushed onto the skin with a large powder brush, very lightly. Remember, “less is more” with this make-up. The face should be in featherweight foundation, and free of powdery look. And by using this powder, it helps to minimize light imperfections on the skin.

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Eyes:

M·A·C Eye Brows “Lingering” was used to fill in the eye brows lightly and gently. This eye brow pencil is thin at tip, and self-sharpening as  it’s retractable. You can easily define your eye brows and make it long lasting with this brow pencil.

M•A•C Eye Brows "Lingering"

M•A•C Eye Brows “Lingering”

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M·A·C PRO Pigment “Naked Dark” is the main colour on the eyes. Pigment is a loose powder colour. I blend the pigment up to the eye crease, and wrapped “Naked Dark” in the under eye area so it gives an appearance as a subtle wash of colour.

M·A·C PRO Pigment “Naked Dark”

M·A·C PRO Pigment “Naked Dark”

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A really good blending brush that I like to use is M·A·C #217 Blending Brush. It just blends the edge of the eye shadow colour so effortlessly as you work the brush back and forth, back and forth.

M·A·C #217 Blending Brush

M·A·C #217 Blending Brush

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Cheek:

M·A·C PRO Sculpt & Shape “Bone Beige” is an excellent neutral blush colour, or to use as a contouring colour on the cheekbone.

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M·A·C PRO Sculpt & Shape “Bone Beige”

M·A·C PRO Sculpt & Shape “Bone Beige”

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A great make-up tip I learnt for contouring the cheekbones is to use an imaginary line between the corners of the lips to the centre of the ear – this will provide the proper angle for placement if you have difficulty finding the exact placement.

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You only want to use a little of this, blend the edge very nicely so it’s nicely diffused, and doesn’t end up looking like a hard line underneath the cheekbone.

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Lips:

To ensure the lip colour stays true to the original colour of the lipstick, I first used M·A·C PRO Lip Erase “Pale” as a concealer to cover up the model’s lips.

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M·A·C PRO Lip Erase “Pale”

M·A·C PRO Lip Erase “Pale”

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Then I lined the lip shape lightly with M·A·C Cremestick Liner “Summerfruit”, which is a pale coral colour. What I like about this liner is that it’s creamy, highly pigmented, and it’s a retractable lip liner so it’s twist-and-go!

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M·A·C Cremestick Liner “Summerfruit”

M·A·C Cremestick Liner “Summerfruit”

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Last but not the least, I applied M·A·C Lipstick “Peachstock” to create that “almost nude” lip colour. This colour is great because it gives that almost nude colour with a bit of peachy tone, so it gives an alive effect to the lips, but not overly pale.

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M·A·C  Lipstick “Peachstock”

M·A·C Lipstick “Peachstock”

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One Response to “Makeup 101: “Almost Nude” Naked Make-up Look”

  1. tommy beauty pro August 18, 2011 at 7:55 PM #

    My “Almost Nude” make-up look is also featured at FACEPHILE Beauty/Fashion Blog: http://faceophile.blogspot.com/2011/08/almost-nude.html#more

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