Nude Look Tips from Top Makeup Artists


The Nude Look Is In!

The nude look is a blessing for this season. No more experimenting with new colors, wearing colors that does not suit you or plain succumbing to the latest makeup trends and becoming a ‘makeup’ victim.

The nude look can work for everyone (see actress Emily Brunt’s fresh look at the Tribeca Film Festival 2012). It’s clean looking, natural and cannot go wrong. The aim here is to look naturally healthy and glowing, and not be afraid to flaunt it.

Here are some nude look tips from makeup artists around the world:

Pat McGrath – The doyenne of all makeup artists. Named one of the most influential makeup artist in 2007 by Vogue. Well known for using her fingers rather than brushes, Pat spent ten seasons creating the looks for Prada and Miu Miu in the nineties.

In 2004, she became the creative director for Max Factor and Cover Girl and in 1999, created a line of cosmetics for Giorgio Armani. When Madonna, Oprah Winfrey and Sarah Jessica Parker want to look their best, Pat is on speed dial.

For the Dolce & Gabbana shows, Pat showed what she used and did to create a fabulous nude look:

Read Pat's biography in Vogue UK (and what Giorgio Armani said about her)


Tom Pecheux – The Estee Lauder creative director and one of the world’s most sought after editorial makeup artist – just ask Gucci and Prada.

This sensitive and intuitive French native is a master craftsman as can be seen in an interview at the Derek Lam spring 2012 fashion show.

Article about Tom Pecheux in 


Bobbi Brown – Makeup artist extraordinaire and a permanent fixture in the New York fashion scene, Bobbi Brown believes that make up should enhance your positive points rather that concentrating on your negative points.

Featured in numerous shows such as Oprah, Dr. Oz and the beauty editor of NBC’s Today Show, Bobbi Brown has also written six beauty and lifestyle books and her cosmetic line is on offer in more than 55 countries worldwide.

Read more about Bobbi's first ten 'natural colors for all' lip colors

Although this is an older video (January 2011), it has some great tips on apply concealer and blending your foundation in to look as natural as can be.

Lets be honest, the nude look is all about concealing blemishes and dark circles whilst trying to look as natural as possible. (You don’t have to be a makeup artist to understand that!)



Jemma Kidd – World renown makeup artist with her own make up line as well as having Stila, Max Factor and Rimmel as her consulting clients. Famous faces she has worked on : Jerry Hall, Naomi Campbell.

…Modern matte faces are a must, but matte doesn’t have to mean flat. Use creams and powders with matte finishes to highlight and contour the face to give the illusion of A-lister cheekbones.

Avoid a retro rehash by keeping textures ultra-modern. Complement a semi-matte complexion with high-shine lips for an up-to-date take on nudes.Neutralize natural lip color before adding a touch of creamy nude gloss over the top. Use creamy concealers or nude cream eye shadows to even out redness and add natural flesh tones (varying shades of taupe, shell, blush, or caramel) to the eyes. Paired with the feminine dresses that went down the runway, the look is effortless and stunning.

Read more on Jemma Kidd's interview here


Stars embracing the natural nude look (finally!)

Kim & Khloe Kardashian

Katie Price a.k.a Jordan

Find nude look products below:

Look for discounted Estee Lauder products here

Look for Jemma Kidd makeup here


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