Need a makeup look that's perfect for Summer? Allure has an easy-to-follow guide for gorgeous nude makeup to wear all season long.
Summer weekends mean lake houses, beach trips, and oppressive, Inherit the Wind heat. Which means you'll need a beauty routine that works under the blazing sun and in the respite of the AC — and it better look good filtered on Instagram. Do you opt for something melt-proof or bronzed and natural? An allover nude, dewy look is luminous, easy, and sexy. Since the average woman sticks to the same beauty routine for at least 11 years, it's time for a seasonal upgrade. We talked to Lauren Remington Platt and the makeup team of Vensette, a house-calls-only beauty service (one of its makeup artists did Amber Valletta's look at a Ferragamo party last month), about the easiest ways to achieve a beachy nude look. Get all of her tips when you keep reading.
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Where should you start? "Tinted moisturizer and BB creams are great at keeping your skin looking supple, but if you need extra coverage, use a moisturizing foundation and set it with a loose translucent powder — it's a silky look that will reflect light. Just steer clear of matte products."
Contouring keeps this look lively and not one-dimensional. Are matte powders blacklisted here, too? "Look for products with words like 'luminous' and 'glow'. A cream bronzer will give you extra contour, and a powder will add an allover glow as well as set the layers of makeup. Blend a liquid bronzer in downward strokes along the hollows of your cheeks and the sides of your nose. Sweep a bronzing powder along the same areas to diffuse the lines, and finish off with a soft powder blush on the apples of your cheeks. A shimmery coral or rose will add just enough warmth without veering into too-pink clown territory."
What about eye-shadow shades? "Stick to hues in the same family as your skin tone — apply a soft nude to the entire lid and enhance the crease with a medium brown. Make sure to highlight the inner corners of your eye and under your brow. If you're craving more definition, use a brown liner on the lash line and brighten your waterline with a nude pencil. The key is to complement the colors already on your face."
Is a bright lip color overpowering? "Stick with a creamy nude-pink lipstick, but for a brighter pop of color, match a sheer gloss to your blush."
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