Get The Nude Look

For those of you who don’t know, I am a trained beauty therapist and make up artist by profession. I worked in the beauty industry for many years before having a career path change. At the height of my beauty career, I had worked for some of the great cosmetics companies, including Clarins and had spent a few years as a lecturer training therapist at a private cosmotology school in Cape Town.

A lot of what I learned during my decade in the industry has stuck with me. I’m obsessed with manicures and pedicures and I’m almost NEVER without my make up. 

Of course, a lot has changed since I trained.

But the basic techniques have remained the same. Recently, I switched over to using make up brushes. When I’d trained, we used sponge applicators and I struggled initially to make the switch to brushes, but thanks to all the amazing beauty bloggers out there and their helpful videos, I’ve picked up some great tips along the way and my brush technique is improving all the time. 


Make Up Brushes

A few of your have commented and asked about my make up, so I thought I’d share with you today, one of my favorite, nude looks.

Complete Nude Look

Don’t be fooled, the nude look still takes a LOT of make up.

And believe me, I need it. I am naturally fair, so I have light eyelashes and light eyebrows and even though I think my eyes are my best feature, it takes technique and make up to make them pop.

I was going to make a video to show you how to create this look, but honestly, my video skills are not great and there are so many amazing beauty bloggers out there who will give you a step by step guide in video. 

This is what you’ll need to create the look:

  1. A good primer, I LOVE the Dermalociga Skin Perfect Primer! It contains a 30SPF so I’m getting a little extra protection from the sun during the day. Also, because I use a wet/dry foundation powder combo, I find this primer works best. It’s pricey but so worth it!
  2. Concealer, which I apply with a brush around my eyes and over my lids, and then I blend it using my fingers. This really helps prevent my eye make up from caking into the creases of my eyes during the course of the day and is especially essential now that I’m older and the skin around my eyes is not as firm as it used to be.
  3. Next up, you’re going to need your favorite foundation. Because I’m a busy working Mom, my favorite is the Palladio Dual Wet & Dry foundation. I apply mine dry, with the sponge applicator and it gives flawless coverage that lasts the whole day without touch ups during the day. I use the Everyday Tan shade and it’s dirt cheap you guys, I think I pay in the region of R125 at Dischem for mine. On the extra hot days, I blot with using Palladio’s Powder Infused Rice Paper, you can also pick these up at Dischem for under R50!
  4. Next up, I apply bronzer to my cheeks and other areas of my face that would naturally catch the sun, like my chin, bridge of my nose and on the outside edges of my forehead. I like the Palladio 2-In-1 Mosaic powder for this. 
  5. Then comes blush, followed by cheek highlighter. Again I use Palladio I’M GLOWING Creamy Stick Luminizer which gives a beautiful glow to my cheeks.
  6. Then it’s time for the eyes and for the nude look, I like the Catrice Chocolate Nudes palette and I line my eyes using the dark shadow from the palette and then Palladio Eye Ink in brown. I find this tone very forgiving, especially if you’re learning to use liquid liners still. Because it’s so subtle, it doesn’t matter too much if your lines are slightly uneven. My favorite mascara is the Catrice Better than False Lashes Mascara Black For my brows, I still prefer the pencil option to brow powders, I’m currently using an Essence brow pencil in shade Soft Blonde. 
  7. For my lips I’m wearing Revlon’s Ultra HD Matte LipColor.


There are loads of how to videos on every one of the products I’ve mentioned on YouTube.

I learned techniques and how to play around with each of these products by searching for them on YouTube. There are so many fabulous beauty bloggers with great and easy to follow posts. 

So check them out and play around with your look and till you find the one you like best for you.

My Tips For Application

  1. When applying powders to your face, always brush downwards, NEVER upwards, the powders will get stuck under the fine hairs on your face and give you a less than flawless look.
  2. A good primer is EVERYTHING.
  3. Eyelid concealer is a must
  4. When applying shadows with brushes, always tap off the excess shadow on the back of your hand before applying to your eye, this will stop the shadow from spraying onto parts of the eye lid where you don’t want it.
  5. If you’re older or don’t have firm skin around your eyes, be careful of heavily shimmered eye shadows as this will draw more attention to your skin.
  6. Be careful of dark, thick lines around your eyes and on your lids when you’re a little older. This look can actually age you more and look dated when you’re not as young as you used to be! *smiles* 
  7. And lastly, I’m a firm believer that make up is also creative, there should not be a right or wrong way to go about it, just have fun and wear what you like!

Do you love make up? What’s your favorite look? Your favorite color palette’s? 

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  • Reply Wenchy

    Naturally I am the dramatic type! I love a kick ass matt lip from MAC in purple. Eyebrows are also important to me as my natural colour is very light.

    Loved your post!

    October 18, 2016 at 8:09 am
    • Reply Sharon

      Thanks Wenchy. I change my make up daily. Today I’m all about the rose glow….

      October 18, 2016 at 8:46 am
      • Reply Wenchy

        I like to play around …but purple…

        October 18, 2016 at 9:51 am
  • Reply Celeste Booysen

    Finally someone in my age category with a decent makeup tutorial. Love that lipstick though. I am actually wearing it today. I have never used Palladio make up before. Might give it a try. I do “The nude look” everyday and it takes me at least 20 minutes. I don’t believe there is such a thing as 5 minute make up.

    October 18, 2016 at 8:36 am
    • Reply Sharon

      I love Palladio Celeste. It is SO well priced, all natural, vegan friendly and cruelty free. Totally worth having a look at.

      October 18, 2016 at 8:45 am
  • Reply Sonia Brilus

    And I was JUST looking to change my make-up a bit! Thanks for the great post. My first try will be the foundation and the mascara. Do you use any powder over the foundation?

    October 18, 2016 at 9:11 am
    • Reply Sharon

      Nope. The foundation is duo, so no need for additional powder. I’ve also found as I get older, I need to be careful of powders as they powder sits in the fine lines of my face. Also because I am fair, I have what I call “fluff” on my face, those fine little hairs, and the powder seems to make them stand out more. You won’t need powder with the Palladio Dual foundation, especially not if you apply it dry.

      October 18, 2016 at 9:16 am
      • Reply Celeste Booysen

        I struggle with the fair ‘Fluff” issue too. It drives me nuts.

        October 19, 2016 at 1:12 pm
        • Reply Sharon

          Full facial threading for the win Celeste! I go every two weeks and get defluffed!

          October 19, 2016 at 2:01 pm
      • Reply Louise Jackson

        Sharon which concealer do you use for eyes + eyelids?

        October 19, 2016 at 1:29 pm
        • Reply Sharon

          It’s also the Palladio stick concealer that I apply with a brush.

          October 19, 2016 at 2:00 pm

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