In Case You Missed It: "Nude" Makeup Isn't One Shade Fits All

Updated 01/23/18

"Nude" lipstick conjures up a different image for everyone. There's an endless array of nudes that can match your natural coloring; you may want to blend in or stand out; and there are simply differences in what feels "nude" from one person to another based on their makeup preferences. That's why we're dubbing this lip trend "the new nude." The definition: anything you want it to be. Whether you lean toward pinkish hues, caramel tones, or even mauve nudes, this look will complement it. The key—using products that enhance rather than cover up, like our favorites from Estée Lauder.

Read on for more tips for creating a nude makeup look you'll love.

Start Fresh

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A nude look deserves equally nude skin, so there's no heavy coverage to be found here. Prep your skin first with a hydrating serum and moisturizer.

Massage the product into the skin for three to five minutes to get your circulation going. This gives you a healthy glow and allows for the products to be fully absorbed.

Don't Cover—Camouflage

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To let skin show through—we're talking #nofilter skin here—choose a foundation that's lightweight and hydrating, like Estée Lauder Double Wear Water Fresh Makeup SPF 30 ($42). If you need extra coverage anywhere (think those stayed-up-too-late-binge-watching circles), dot on an added dose of product as you would concealer.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Makeup SPF 30 $42
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Estée Lauder The Brow Multi-Tasker $30
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Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara $28
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Make It A Double

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Model wears a Theory tank.

A truly natural-looking flush is hard to come by, but you can create your own by layering on two blushes, says makeup artist Gloria Noto. Here, she used this blush in Lover's Blush almost as contour, sculpting the cheekbones and then dabbed the pinker Rebel Rose on the apples of the cheeks to mimic skin's natural coloring.

Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Blush in Lover's Blush $34
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Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Blush in Rebel Rose $34
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Pick Your Pout

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Now it's time to choose your nude. Here, we chose (from top to bottom) a pale peach, Naked Desire; a more brown-toned nude, Discreet; and a pinker hue, Potent.

Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Discreet $32
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Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Naked Desire $32
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Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Potent $32
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Go Nude

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Model wears a Topshop blazer, a Rag & Bone top, and a Gabriela Artigas necklace.

This look is so pretty and neutral that it can go anywhere you do.

Tell us: What's your version of nude? Find yours at Estée Lauder.

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