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Fresh and nude: Tips on how to nail the look
by ST Urban

Fresh, nude make-up was seen at the spring/summer 2013 runway shows of Versace, Alexander McQueen and Rick Owens.

Mr Francis Lim, chief make-up artist of YSL Beaute Singapore, created a similar look for the models at the preview party of Hong Kong multi-label store i.t, which opened its first Singapore store in Wisma Atria last week. Here's how to get the look.

Product recommendations from Mr Lim and Urban.

1. Moisturise your skin

Good skin is essential for the bare-faced look, so make sure your skin is well-hydrated before you apply any make-up.

Try: YSL Beaute Forever Youth Liberator Serum, $149 for 30ml, from YSL Beaute boutiques, such as B2-34 Ion Orchard; or Lancome Genifique Youth Activator, $130.

2. Prep and prime

Use a primer to smoothen your skin and minimise the appearance of fine lines and pores.

Try: Guerlain L'or Radiance Concentrate With Pure Gold Makeup Base, or Laneige Water Supreme Primer Base SPF 15 PA+, $55.

3. Apply foundation

Use a sheer- to medium-coverage foundation that can be layered without looking cakey. For flawless coverage, use a foundation brush.

Pump the foundation onto the back of your hand, pick up the make-up with the brush and start applying it from the nose, forehead and chin, towards the edges of the face. For areas that require more coverage - such as the sides of the nose that tend to be reddish - gently pat on more foundation with the brush.

Conceal the undereye areas as well.

Try: YSL Beaute Le Teint Touche Eclat, $75 (right); or Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup, $62, from Sephora stores, such as 01-05 Ion Orchard.

4. Highlight

Choose a highlighting powder or cream that is one or two shades lighter than your skin tone. Highlight the prominent parts of your face, such as your cheekbones, nose bridge, chin and the outer corners of your lips. Apply a little cream highlighter on your eyelids for brighter-looking eyes.

Try: YSL Beaute Touche Eclat, or Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Highlight, $58, from Tangs Beauty.

5. Set the make-up

Use a sheer or slightly tinted loose powder to set your make-up. Tap off the excess before you put the brush to your face; one stroke around the visage is enough as you want to keep the skin looking dewy and not too matte.

6. Brighten up your eyes

Apply a dusting of coral blusher all over your lids, from the lashline to just under the brow bone.

Apply and smudge black gel liner along the entire upper lashline, as well as brown pencil liner on the outer lower lashline. Finish your eye make-up with a light coat of mascara on the upper and lower lashline and lightly fill in your brows.

For a coral blusher, try: YSL Beaute Blush Radiance in No. 2, or Shu Uemura Glow On blusher in Soft Coral No. 345, $33.

7. Cheat your way to an instant glow

Swipe the coral blusher on the apples of your cheeks. Also dust some lightly on the nose bridge and the middle of your chin and forehead for a slight sunburnt effect.

Choose a bronzer that is two shades darker than your natural skin tone (or three shades darker if you want a more dramatic look). Apply it under your cheekbones, from your sideburns to the middle of your cheeks, to sculpt them.

For bronzers, try: Guerlain Teracotta 4 Seasons Bronzing Powder, or Diorskin Nude Tan Paradise Duo, $90 (above).

8. Paint lips

Finish the look with a slick of lip balm and rose pink lipstick.

Try: Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in 06 Roomiest Rose, or Giorgio Armani Rouge d'Armani in 510, $43, from DFS Galleria Singapore.

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