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5/27 What Makes Natural Make-Up Different Than Nude Make-Up

When you sit down to get your make-up done before a wedding, special event, or simply because it’s time for a refresh do you usually tell the make-up artist to do it “natural”? Because obviously you want to look like yourself, only better, and not as my sister like to call it, “fake.” Right?

The problem is, from the perspective of a not-so-savvy make-up artist, “natural” means “nude,” and “nude” means that she’ll only be using a palette of brown, tan, taupe, cream, and buff on your face. And trust me, that’s not what you really want; not a face-full anyway.

There’s a very big difference between “natural” and “nude,” and today I’m going to give you the inside scoop so that you never make the same mistake again.

In my opinion, “natural” is wearable make-up, the kind of make-up that enhances your best features. It works with the tones that are already present in your skin and brings them to life. If you naturally have pink in your cheeks, a pink blush is what you need to give your face a boost.  If you naturally have violet tones on your eyelid, it’s perfectly normal to wear shadow shades that work with it.

You want to pick make-up that matches and compliments your skin tone. Otherwise, it’s not going to look “natural.” You want to work with what you’ve already got, not try to make your beautiful face look less like you.

You feel me?

So it truly comes to down to the right language, the right make-up and application, and the right guidance. When you nail this, you’ll always have the intel to know what to buy and be able to explain to your make-up artist what you really want. Best of all, you’ll always feel pretty; not "fake." ;)

Now I’d love to hear from you. What have your make-up application struggles been? What make-up horror stories do you have? Please share them with me in the comments below.

xo Jess


Jessica Liebeskind

June 13, 2017

Hi Isabel!

The first tip with respect to skin looking dry is to make sure your using good moisturizer and partnering it with a hydrating/moisturizing foundation and concealer.

Next, skip the contour and go straight for blush. Smile. And apply to the apples of your cheeks — blending down and then back toward the hairline — as if you were making an oversize check mark.

Lastly, layer the highlighter over blush for a glow to the skin.

With these tweaks your face should look fresh, dewy and make-up properly placed.
xox Jess


May 28, 2017

After I set my foundation & concealer my sling looks a bit dry and I hate that , also counturing , blush and highlight it’s almost on the same spot sometimes I feel that my highlight is way too front not on the upper side on my checks ????

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