Nude Lips Are Your Smoky Eye's BFF
Our first colour collection is our Nude collection, launched earlier this year. Sometimes even the most experienced makeup junkies aren't quite sure how to make such understated shades work for them. The truth is, nude is a basic essential that every gal needs in her collection. You can definitely opt for nude on a day when you're planning to go au naturel, but I personally love a good nude with a smoky eye.
Read on to find out why a smoky eye and a nude lip are a match made in heaven. Plus score a few tips on how to create a sultry gaze in no time.
Why Nude Lips?
A smoky eye is perfectly offset by a nude lip. When going for elaborate eye makeup, you definitely don’t want any competition from heavy contouring, deep blush, or bold lip colour. It’s far too much going on in one place. Nude lips complement your look without overpowering or competing with it. May women just opt for bare lips altogether but I’m not a fan. It honestly looks like you just forgot to finish off your look before heading out of the house. Instead, a subtle lipstick will make you look more put together but won’t clash. If you’re having trouble finding your perfect, understated nude, you can always take our five-minute quiz and meet your match!
Steps to a 5-Minute Smoky Eye
When I have lots of time, I get all my brushes out, my various shades of dark eyeshadow – everything possible for a look that’s 100% on point. But when I’m short on time (which is basically all the time – story of my life!) I opt for the quick version instead. It’s a little less defined, but it’s just as sultry and sexy. And the saved time really makes it worth it.
Start by dabbing either primer or concealer to your eyelids. Next, find the blackest black kohl eyeliner you can get your hands on. I like to use Smooth Blend Eyeliner from Noir Cosmetics. It glides on very smoothly and is equipped with a smudging brush on the other end. Start by drawing black lines across your eyelids – thicker near the lashline, and thinner as you work your way to the crease. Then use a smudge brush or even your finger to gently rub and blend until your eyelid starts look smoky. Once that’s done, use a light and subtle shade from the crease to the brow bone. Finish off by smudging a touch of liner along the lower lashline, focusing most of it around the outer corner, and a few coats of clump-free mascara. I like to apply a touch more under eye concealer after I’m done with the makeup. This helps to cover up any imperfections in your work and highlight your exaggerated look.
To me, the perfect nude is an absolute must (obviously!) but if barely-there just isn’t your thing, then you’ll definitely want to browse our second collection: Reds. Shop our bold reds and find the right shade for a picture-perfect pout!