We adore our neutrals as much as we love slapping on a full face of glam. But when working that nude eye situation, you want a glowy, no-makeup makeup look. This simple, wide-awake aesthetic can be difficult to achieve (you don’t want to look like you have been sleep deprived for a week!), so we had a bare-it-all discussion with celebrity makeup artist Peter Khor. Let’s bust those myths, and learn how to go nude – bravely – using the Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat palette.
Myth #1: Asian women with single eyelids shouldn’t use nude palettes.
There’s no “should” or “shouldn’t” when it comes to makeup. Nude colours suit all kinds of eyelids and can look nice when applied well.
If you want to create an illusion of double eyelids, mix a light (from the palette: Vibrate) and darker brown (Hot Spell) together or use a medium-light brown on the socket. Use a tip brush to go to and fro over the socket area, following the motion of a windscreen wiper. Blending with this technique gives a softer and cleaner effect.
“My advice is to go slow first, then slowly add on until you can really see a ‘double socket’ – that’s when you know it’s enough. The best way to gauge is to open your eyes and look around,” Peter says.
Myth #2: Nude colours make me look tired and washed out.
It’s not the nude palette that’s making you seem paler – it’s probably the absence of eyeliner or mascara.
“Anyone is suitable for any kind of makeup as long as you know how to do it,” Peter shares. “Eyeliner can be done so that it looks natural. It’s all about the technique.”
Every detail has to be precise. For example, in order to achieve a non-clumpy effect for your curled lashes and mascara, curl your lashes and stroke the mascara from roots to the end, and separate your lashes.
So to enhance your neutrals, even a little flick of eyeliner does the trick!
Myth #3: Nude eyeshadow goes best with nude lipstick.
It depends on you, really. However, Peter advises that nude lipstick shades won’t do your neutrals justice if you have a heavy base (i.e. too much foundation). So to nail that no-makeup makeup look, make sure that your foundation provides good coverage and gives you that healthy glow.
Makeup isn’t about focusing on one feature. You can improve your nude eye plus nude lippie situation by applying clear lipstick gloss on both your eyelids and lips. You’ll be surprised by how a dab of lipgloss can make your whole look glow and pop.
No lipgloss? You can’t go wrong with coral and peach pinks or red lipstick. A bit of blusher – perhaps orangey-pink – is important too, so you don’t look too pale.
“Be brave and adventurous! We’re not creating a glamorous “fashion” look, just a simple one using the palette. A palette can be used for various features,” Peter concludes. “You can attend a one-day personal course to learn how to get that nude-eye look. It gets easier as long as you keep practising.”
More about the palette: The Naked Petite Heat is a compact eyeshadow palette featuring six all-new neutrals inspired by Urban Decay’s Naked Heat. With five matte shades for lid, crease and liner, plus one demi-matte highlighting shade, it’ll give you the courage to create the perfect nude eye look for yourself. Available at Sephora and Urban Decay free standing stores from 12 April 2018.
Images courtesy of Urban Decay.