2006 Runway Makeup Trends: Nude Look

Good news girls, the nude look is back! The look has been spotted all over the runway including Chloe, Calvin Klein, D&G etc. While the term “nude” may suggest going barefaced, it certainly does not mean so. Instead, pros are using close-to-complexion colors in second-skin textures along with a lot of layering to fake that flawless, au naturale look. Read on to find out how you can achieve the nude look!

Dolce & Gabbana and Calvin Klein

1. Sheer Foundation/Tinted Moisturizer
The key is to let your natural skin shine through. Pick a foundation with minimal coverage or even out skin tone with a tinted moisturizer. Use concealer to hide undereye circles, broken capillaries or any other imperfections. Skip powder entirely or use sparingly if you have to.

2. Minimal eye makeup
Try to keep your eyeshadow as neutral as possible. Pick one with a shimmering pearl finish to avoid a dull, lackluster look. Lashes should be lush. Use a curler and a volumizing mascara (I *love* L’oreal Voluminous Mascara). Line the inner rim above the bottom lashes with a flesh-tone color pencil for a bright, more awake look.

3. Flushed cheeks
Use a blush that picks up the undertones in your skin and go with a creamy formula. Apply the blush to the apples of the cheeks to create a flushed, I-just-finished-exercising look and to relieve some of the blandness.

4. Neutral lips
Lips should be kept nude and slightly glossy. Skip the liner and pick something rosy – it is pretty much fool-proof and compliments all skin tones.

Images: Style.com

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. Dear phylis, ur absolutely gorgeous, ur site is the best! i’ve seen you create heaps of bold looks with eyeshadow, could you please, pleases, please do ur makeup natural for once? thankyou, i’d really appreciate it if you did.

  2. kinda like what the person said before me, i would love to see a breakdown of a natural look from you. also can u create a look using ONLY drugstore products? i know ur a mac lover but i just wanted 2 see. ur the best && pls don’t stop ur work!

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