The hot color of spring: nude. A natural, fresh-faced look is perfect for when the flowers start to bloom, and nude makeup shades are a must. Here, I’ve got you covered with a round up of some of my all-time favorite nude products to keep you on trend this spring.
While pink cheeks are fun and girly, a nude glow provides the perfect hint of color without going overboard. Plus, for ladies who suffer from rosacea or other forms of redness on the face, choosing a pale nude blush is a less scary option than its brighter counterparts. MAC Cosmetics’ Margin ($22) is a longtime favorite for spring and summer months. Although the shade admittedly looks boring in the pan, it’s a cult favorite for a reason. The pale nude peach compliments many skin tones and comes infused with delicate shimmer for a subtle glow. With a slight tan, Margin adds a beautiful natural flush of color to the cheeks.
If you’re more of a matte blush kind of woman, fear not. There are plenty of nude blush options out there for you, too. Makeup Revolution, a new brand sold exclusively at Ulta, sells über-pigmented blushes for just five dollars. With a formula similar to MAC Cosmetics’ matte blushes, the shades blend out seamlessly on the face and last all day. My personal favorites: Nude and Beloved. They give a soft, stunning glow to the cheeks.
Yes, there actually are other fantastic nude eye shadow palettes besides Urban Decay’s Naked line. While the Naked palettes are great, don’t forget to look at other brand’s eyeshadows too (many of which are more budget-friendly!).
Unless you follow beauty vloggers on YouTube, Morphe Brushes might be an unfamiliar brand. But the company sells affordable and high quality brushes and makeup, which is why it’s loved by many. Their 350 Palette ($23), which features 35 full-size pans of warm, neutral eyeshadows gives you the biggest bang for your buck. From intense metallics to creamy mattes, you get everything you need for any neutral eye look.
For those women who are into more neutral or cool-toned nudes, check out LORAC’s new Nude Necessities Eye Shadow Palette ($30). Known for their ultra soft shadows, LORAC created this palette with every pale nude shade you could ever want.
To achieve the cliche ‘your-lips-but-better’ appearance, grabbing a nude lip liner in a shade similar to your natural lip color will be your best bet. While everyone’s natural lip color varies, I found some iconic nude liners you need in your collection.
For many people, myself included, MAC Cosmetics Lip Pencils ($16.50) take the cake as a favorite. If you need a long-lasting lip product, any MAC pencil will guarantee to impress you. Some great nude options in the line include the shades Subculture (for a pinky nude), Oak (for a beige-y nude), and Boldly Bare (for a reddish, brown nude). Pro tip: this formula isn’t the creamiest, so you will feel a slight tug at your lip when applying and should exfoliate your lips beforehand for an easier application.
LIPSTICK & LIP GLOSS
At the moment, nude lips are everything. Whether it be Kylie Jenner’s mauve-y brown (which you can emulate thanks to her new product line, the Kylie Lip Kit) or Kim Kardashian’s beige nude, celebrities everywhere influenced us all to love a natural, nude pout.
Again, MAC Cosmetics comes in for the win with some of the best nude lipsticks. From the creamy, slightly sheer beige Japanese Maple ($17) to the deeper, matte rosy brown Whirl ($17), this brand creates some of the most beautiful and universal nudes.
For ladies who love the liquid lippie trend, brands recently came out with endless nude options. For the classic, budge-proof liquid matte lipstick, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Pure Hollywood ($20) is loved by celebrities, makeup artists, and beauty vloggers alike. If the drying sensation starts to irritate your lips, top it off with LORAC’s Alter Ego Lip Gloss is Socialite ($16).
If you like a matte finish but crave a more comfortable formula, ColourPop’s new Ultra Satin Lips ($6) fit the bill. Post-application, you won’t even realize anything is even on your lips. The shades Magic Wand and Dopey are two nude faves.
But if you desire Kris Jenner-esque plump, wet, glossy lips in the warmer months, the Buxom Full-On Lip Cream ($20) is ideal. When applied, the gloss has a cool, minty sensation that plumps up the lips. Plus, the slightly sheer, gel-like formula isn’t sticky at all. The shades Bellini (a classic peachy nude) and White Russian (a nude pink) are the perfect springy nude colors to wear either alone or over a lipstick.
There’s really nothing more classic than pale, nude nails. The look gives an air of timelessness, effortlessness, and elegance. It’s no wonder nudes tend to be a woman’s go-to color for the big moments — like an engagement, wedding, or job interview. Some fantastic formulas to check out? Essie’s Sand Tropez ($8.50) will remind you of you last island getaway each time you apply it, thanks to its name and light beige hue.
If beige nudes aren’t really your thing, barely there pale pinks are another great nude option that brighten up your nails for spring. Check out Deborah Lippmann’s Undressed Nail Polish ($34) set. The high end polish brand created this six-piece set with an array of pint-sized nude polishes. In the kit, you get it all: creams, pastel pinks, and beiges.