Want to look as fresh and glowy as Offspring’s Nina Proudman? Without getting pregnant?
The Nina Proudman makeup look is really quite a simple one.
It’s the no-makeup-makeup look that can be translated for most women’s lifestyle and worn every day.
This is a look clearly suited to pale-skinned, blonde-haired women but it’s also possible for brunettes and olive skin.
Obviously, starting with a blank canvas of luminous skin like that of Asher Keddie does help but if genetics are not on your side, stick with me while we fake it till we make it.
1. Light-reflecting foundation and powder. This is your luminescent base. The foundation doesn’t have to be sheer but it does need a light-reflecting formulation. Imagine thousands of minuscule mirrors all working to reflect light away from your face, resulting in a money-CAN-buy glow.
Recommended products: Illamasqua Skin Base foundation $41; Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder $42; Dr.LeWinn’s Skin Perfect Foundation $27.99 (on sale at Priceline); Physicians Formula Youthful Wear Cosmeceutical Youth-Boosting Powder $29.95
2. Concealer. You know to apply your concealer after your foundation, don’t you? That way you don’t actually need as much and only apply as needed. For me, I still need A LOT. And have done since the arrival of my first child almost 18 years ago.
3. Under-eye illuminator. Some lucky people only need this to brighten up this region of their face. Me, it’s like icing on a cupcake – essential. I apply it tribal-like in a strip across the top of my cheekbone under my eye and then blend with my fingers. It just visually lifts this whole area immediately.
4. Nude/coral-pink coloured blush. Think peaches and cream. This is such a fresh, youthful colour and one that hints at a year-long summer. Apply from temples down to the apples of your cheeks.
5. Light bronzer. Remember this tip about where to apply bronzer? Well, it’s time to follow it to the tee. Find a shade that suits your skin tone – for me it’s very much like Nina, something light and glowy.
6. Nude/pink lipstick. The shade you choose will depend on your natural lip colour but basically you’re looking to add a little pinky nude to that natural tone. It’s fresh with a capital F.
7. Mushroom/nude/pink eye colour. On screen it looks like Nina wears one colour but it’s really a blend of at least three. Work from a palette of nudes to suit your eye colour, applying a vanilla colour as a base, a darker colour across the lids and blend, blend, blend.
8. Light brown eyebrow pencil. Blonde brows need defining without looking like they’ve been marked on with a felt-tip pen. Define with a colour slightly darker than your brow and then brush upwards and out.
9. Brown eyeliner. As a blonde, I’m a big fan of wearing a brown eyeliner for day time. It defines but in a natural, more subtle way.
10. Black mascara. You could opt for a brown mascara but a black will bring those lashes to life and frame the eyes so they sparkle.
Recommended products: Benefit They’re Real Mascara $38; L’Oreal Paris False Lash Telescopic in Magnetic Black $26.95
The key to pulling off this look is the overall luminosity of the skin. Luminescent skin does start with a good diet. By all means do aim to feed it with good, whole foods and lots of water, however, it’s kind of comforting to know that even if we don’t have youth and a pious lifestyle on our side there are little “helping hands” out there to help us get a Nina Proudman glow on when we might be feeling anything but glowy.
Is this a makeup look you could try? What’s your secret to getting your glow on?