One of the things I love about makeup is how seasonal trends are interpreted differently across cultures and for different people. And one of my personal struggles had been to create a nude makeup look that flatters my skin tone and features, making me look effortlessly elegant instead of tired and aged. What works on Caucasian skin tones, sadly does not always work for me, and one of the best examples of that is nude lipsticks and matte brown eyeshadows. So it was quite a refreshing change of pace away from all the warm autumn tones this season, to delve into Shu Uemura’s Vision of Beauty Vol. 3 Nude Atelier for Fall 2016.
Usually when people say nude makeup, they have in mind shades of brown-beige, in skin-like intensities and a matte finish. From my personal experience, that usually does not work because my Asian eyes are smaller and lack defined crease and contours. Furthermore, my skin actually has some color to it (whether it is cool- or warm-toned, or the fact that I’m rather fair is beside the point) and is not the translucent pale canvas that allows the barest touch of beige to show up. And so, I actually do need some deeper color on my eyes, as well as some textures, to create the illusion of depth and dimension that my eyes lack.
With this latest Vision of Beauty Vol. 3 Collection, Shu Uemura has put together 3 different eyeshadow palettes to cater to different undertones. The Shu Uemura Nude Atelier Cool Eye Palette struck a chord in me the moment I saw it, because I’ve always had a fondness for deep purples and plummy taupes. When presented this way, the shades immediately made sense to me, and I *got* it.
From left to right, the shades are:
And here are the corresponding swatches:
I really like the range of intensities in this nifty little palette, which allows me to go as light or heavy handed as I like for day or night purposes. The addition of a color (i.e. purple) in a supposedly “nude” palette makes this so much more interesting, and blending that purple with the taupe and light brown results in a smokey mauve that is a much more wearable smokey eye than outright black. This Nude Atelier Cool Eye Palette perfectly matches the accompanying Tint in Gelato from this Vision of Beauty Vol. 3 collection…
There are 4 limited edition shades of Shu Uemura Tint in Gelato this season. I had reviewed the formula when it was first released here, and since then many other dual-purpose cheek/lip products have entered the market. To be honest, this is not my favourite lip product, although it has great opacity and does not dry up my lips. As a cheek product though, I love it! The color stays true all day without fading or budging, and it floats imperceptibly above my foundation without creasing or emphasising pores.
I received the 2 shades that best complements the Nude Atelier Cool Eye Palette discussed above, and they are:
I was very surprised by how well these shades turned out on both my lips and cheeks. Generally speaking, completely nude beige / brown lipsticks have a tendency to wash me out. What worked with these Nudy Pink and Nudy Plum is the visible tint of color – pink and rose, taken light enough to be natural looking, but not paler than my actual lip color.
And putting the items to work, here is a full makeup look…
I was greedy, so I wore the Shu Uemura Nude Atelier Cool Eye Palette on the eyes, Nudy Pink Tint in Gelato on the cheeks, and Nudy Plum Tint in Gelato on the lips. As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I like to wear a slightly heavier eye makeup instead of going completely “nude” because it helps to define my otherwise small, beady eyes.
Here is a closer look at the eye makeup:
For this look, I first applied the light barley brown all over my lid, followed by the medium-dark taupe on the outer half. Thereafter, I used the dark purple to define the outer v, blending inwards at the crease, and also smudged it under my lower lash line. Lastly, I added a dash of the shimmery pinky-white on my inner corner, and layered a pat on the center of my lid. Finished with black liner on the outer half of my upper lash line and about 3/4 of my lower lash line, and mascara of course.
Another way of wearing this palette is to eliminate the purple, and simply use the brown and taupe for a very light eye, but I will probably throw in a dark brown or plum liner and smudge it out at the outer corner. And balance that with a medium-dark lip color. There is more to check out from Shu Uemura Vision of Beauty Vol. 3 Collection, and they’re out at counters now, so check them out for yourself!
This post featured products that were kindly provided for my consideration. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.