As all women know, perfecting the art of no-makeup makeup is a specialised skill unto itself. It's an open secret that barely there nudes and natural hues are the most flattering shades for enhancing your features but when it comes to putting the makeup into practice, that's when things can get messy.
If you're like us and you fight the daily struggle of perfecting your everyday makeup (asymmetrical eyeliner issues, anyone?), Shu Uemura's international artistic director Uchiide has whipped up an innovative lookbook that utilises the new Vision of Beauty, Vol.3 Nude Atelier collection to break down the process. With easy-to-follow shapes of square, triangle and round, these guidelines will help you cinch the flawless nude look whilst transforming it with some dimensional flair. Time to break out your brushes and beauty blenders, ladies.
The approach to feminine and elegant, this look is all sophistication and class.
PERFECT FOR: Black tie events, corporate meetings and impressing the in-laws
Use a light hand and keep to a horizontal, square-ish angle when you apply shadow across the lids, and use the same technique with the blush. To soften any harsh edges, be sure to blend, blend, blend. Line your eyes with a dark eyeshadow shade, making sure to press the colour into the lash line to achieve the effect of darker, fuller eyelashes. Fill in your brows using the double-sided unique Eyebrow Manicure spoolie brush for naturally straight and soft brows to complement your eye makeup. To finish the look, give your lips a 'squoval' shape by drawing a straight line over the middle of your bottom lip line for a lightly curved, voluminous contour.
Sharp and sleek for that cool girl vibe with a hint of attitude and mystery.
PERFECT FOR: Girls' night out, fierce selfies and front row at fashion shows
Start with your brows to frame your face, filling them in and lengthening the ends a tad for longer looking brows that will extend over your winged shadow. Using the arch as an indicator, shade your eyeshadow upwards and out to create a soft triangle, with the wing tip just beneath the end of your brow. Trace a slim line along your lashes using the black Painting Liner, drawing the ends up in a gentle flick for a subtle cat-eye. With the triangle application, sweep your blush upwards in the hollow of your cheeks for a chiseled finish. The final perfecting trick? Slick your lip colour into sharp corners at the sides for that refined edge.
A soft, romantic look to emphasise your features. This is natural beauty at its best.
PERFECT FOR: Work, dinner dates and sunny resort vacations
The key to that sought-after smoky shaded look is blending and keeping the curvature of your eyeshadows, eyebrows and blush to a smooth roundness. Pat your shadow onto the lid, gently building up the colour while framing a soft curve around your eye socket. Blend the edges out to get rid of harsh lines before lining your eyes. Lightly smudge the liner if you're going for extra smokiness. Groom your brows to a soft, natural curve and with the same shading concept for your eyes, use gentle brush strokes to apply a pop of blush on the apples of your cheeks to achieve a healthy, natural flush. Complete your look with softly rounded lips daubed in one of four new limited edition Tint in Gelato shades.
Of course, before you set out trying these looks, make sure you've got the products that will guarantee your makeup stays budge-proof. The Shu Uemura Stage Performer Glow Creator foundation base — often overlooked but oh-so-necessary in our humidity — will prevent your hard work from smearing off. In addition, its unique Translucent Pearl Complex will prep your skin for a touch of luminous, silky glow. And to keep things matte, slip the new colourless Stage Performer Invisible powder compact into your purse to dab away shine, blur pores and banish fine lines.
The Vision of Beauty collection Vol.03 Nude Atelier will launch 1 August at Shu Uemura boutiques and counters.