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The Essential Products To Help You Master The No-Makeup Makeup Look

Jill Dunn shares the hottest beauty products that are making everyone take their beauty routine to a nude level. 

 “Nude” shades can mean different things to different skin tones and beauty companies are offering a larger, more diverse selection to suit a wider array of skin tones. Today “nude” shades can be pink, beige, taupe, caramel and terracotta tones.  
“nude” pigments used to be really one-dimensional and flat. Now, they’re coated differently now so you get more nuanced colours that look more realistic. 
 
1. Ace your base:
The best no-makeup makeup requires flawless skin. You'll want a great foundation and concealer to even out blotchiness and/or uneven skin tone. A mineral powder foundation will look airbrushed, not cakey, while a concealer pencil helps to target discolourations. 
 
Try:

 

  • Bareminerals BarePro Performance Wear Powder Foundation, $36. 30 different shades, Available at Sephora.  

 

  • NYX Cosmetics Gotcha Covered Concealer Pencil, $10. Available at nyxcosmetics.ca and select Shoppers Drug Mart stores. 

2. Cheeks
A natural flush, placed right on the apple of the cheek helps to bring light to the face. Again, I like to recommend mineral-pigments because they often are the most flattering and you can't overdo it. 
 
Try:

 
Silky mineral blushes offer natural finish and long-lasting wear while enhancing skin. Easy blending formula brings out your natural radiance and glow. Pure is the essential natural shade that gives an instant polished look and looks great on all skin tones. 

  • Suitable for sensitive, acne prone and mature skin
  • Oil-absorbing and moisture balanced
  • Triple-milled formula allows for smooth blendability while staying true to color 

3. Eyes
Eyeshadows with Mineral pigments are great to look for - they typically have a more soft focus effect and are triple-milled so they're easy to blend. 
 
Try:


Highly pigmented mineral shadow trio pressed with organic jojoba  go on smooth and last all day without creasing or fading. Perfectly coordinated nude shades  will effortlessly create beautiful eyes. This multitasking eye trio can be used as shadow , liner and brow color keeping your makeup bag light and beauty routine simple. 

  • Triple-milled formula allows for smooth blendability while staying true to color
  • Can be used wet or dry – Add water for super dramatic rich pigment or to use as liner
  • Ophthalmologist tested – Safe for contact lens wearers
  • Long lasting, will not fade, crease, or rub off easily

4. Lips
For the first time ever, nude lipsticks (brown, taupes, etc) out-paced the sales of pink and red lipsticks - a big indicator of this trend. The whole point of nude lipstick is to make your lips look like your lips, but enhanced. You want to make sure that there is some contrast between your lipstick and your complexion - otherwise your lipcolour can almost disappear. Nude lip colours in matte textures are the biggest trend, but  to be on trend, or more of a gloss or radiant finish if you want to be more traditional. 
 
Try:

  • Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Edgy Neutrals Lipsticks, $28 each. Available at Sephora. 
  • Maybelline New York Color Sensational Inti-Matte Nudes, $7.99 each. Available at drugstores and mass-market retailers
  • Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Nude Beach, Chai and Famous, $25 each. Available at Shoppers Drug Mart and Sephora. 
  • MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolor, $25 each. Available at Mac Stores

 

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