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Oftentimes, nude eye shadow is associated with the trendy no makeup, makeup look—but who says that’s all it can be used for? It turns out there’s a whole lot more to nude eye shadow than just a natural look. With an array of different shades and finishes comprising the nude eye shadow spectrum and a little imagination, the options for a beautiful statement eye are truly endless. And, while there are many ways to go about customizing the look, it all starts with a nude smoky eye. Similar to the classic smoky eye—minus the jet-black detailing—a nude rendition can provide just as much definition and gorgeous allure as its darker counterpart. So, grab your makeup bag—it’s time to try our tutorial for the prettiest nude smoky eye. We have a feeling this is going to become one of your go-to looks!
Before you get started, keep this in mind: For a nude smoky eye, you’re going to need to get your hands on three eye shadow hues: a dark shade to define, a medium shade to blend, and a light shade to highlight. Using a palette could be a smart idea, since you’ll have a variety of shade options with which to work. Try the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude. Ready to go? Here’s how to bring your nude look to life.
Step 1: Start with eye makeup primer. To ensure that your nude look stays in place once you’ve perfected it, you want to start things off by using an eye shadow primer. This can help create a smooth canvas to apply your eye shadow over—it can also help keep your makeup in place. No eye makeup primer laying around? No problem! You can also dab on a tiny bit of foundation or concealer to your lids in a pinch.
Step 2: Create your base. Use an eye shadow brush to sweep the medium nude shade of your choice across your entire eyelid.
Step 3: Define your crease. Next, using a fluffy crease brush, sweep your darker shade along the crease of your eyelid starting at the outer corner and working your way in. When creating definition, gradually blend the color out so that the sweep of color doesn’t reach all the way across your crease. You want to avoid that because that can make your eyes look smaller than they are. No thanks!
Step 4: Blend, blend, blend. Using a fluffy blending brush, blend between your base color and defining color to create a super-subtle transition between the two. The less signs of demarcation, the better.
Step 5: Highlight. Equally as important as the base and contouring, the perfect highlight application can instantly give the appearance of lifted-looking brows and brighter-looking eyes. To get the look, use an eye shadow brush to lightly coat apply your lightest eye shadow shade under the tail end of your eyebrow. Blend it out so that it mimics the way natural light would hit your brow bone.
Step 6: Add more definition to your eyes. To further define your eyes, brush on a mixture of your medium and dark eye shadow colors from the outer corner of your lids inwards, ending with just a dab of the lightest color to give you that gorgeous inner-corner glow.
Step 7: Draw a minimal cat eye. Since a nude smoky eye is geared away from dramatization and more towards a defined everyday look, don’t use black eyeliner. Instead, opt for a gray or brown one, since these colors are less harsh. Draw a thin line with a little flick outwards using the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Never Fail Eyeliner in Brown or L'Oréal Paris Infallible Never Fail Eyeliner in Slate.This can help add just a touch of definition to your lash line without stealing the show from your perfectly blended eye shadow.
Step 8: Give your lashes some love. All that’s left to perfect your new favorite eye look is to add a coat or two of voluminous mascara. Apply the L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Mascara and you’re good to go!
Voila! And there you have it—a new approach to nude eye shadow and another way to incorporate your favorite smoky eye technique into your makeup routine on the reg.