How to get the Nina Proudman makeup look

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.

How to get the Nina Proudman makeup look

Key products

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.

Recommended products: Napoleon Perdis The One Concealer $29.25 (on sale at RY); Maybelline 24hr Concealer $24.95

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.

Recommended products: Benefit Watt’s Up! $53; Australis Mineral Face Highlighter $14.95

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.

Recommended products:  Estee Lauder Pure Color Blush in Blushing Nude $60; Face of Australia Blush in Nutmeg $9.45

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.

Recommended products: Jane Iredale Sunbeam Quad Bronzer $76.50 (on sale at Adore Beauty); Maybelline Dream Terra Sun Bronzer in Sun Baked $15.95

How to get the Nina Proudman makeup look

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.

Recommended products:  Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien $39L’Oreal Paris Shine Caress in Bonnie $23.95

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.

Recommended products: Smashbox Photo Op Eye Enhancing Palette (Blue Eyes) $52.95; Revlon Colorstay 16hr Eye Shadow $23.95

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.

Recommended products: Benefit Instant Brow Pencil in Light to Medium $39; Nude by Nature Natural Mineral Brow Pencil in Blonde $14.95

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.

Recommended products: Nars Larger Than Life Longwear Eyeliner $38; Maybelline Hyper Glossy Liquid Eyeliner in Brown $13.95

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?

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  • Victoria Devine

    Hi Nikki, I really love how you have provided options for affordable make up aswell as the more luxurious brands. I am off to buy some highlighter today!

  • sammi

    Also love this post!!!Revlon colourstay shadow is the greatest. really lasts ages and comes in really awesome smokey colours

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Thanks for the recommendation, Sammi!

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  • PrincessEatsPeaSoup

    I love, love this post. I don’t normally relate to Nina Proudman style and I’ve never watched Offspring. But after reading this yesterday, I watched Offspring last night, intently. I am not 100% sure on what was happening in the story but I paid very close attention to clothes and makeup. Because I have blonde hair and blue eyes and I am ready to learn some softer makeup techniques. I learned so much from this post and I used the links to head off to Priceline and stock up on a few things. I have never used a eyebrow pencil before but now I am waiting for one to arrive in the post. I also took the opportunity to have a hard look at all the lipsticks I have been hanging onto. Then I threw out about half of my lipsticks. Thank you, Nikki. I learn so much from you.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Oh thanks so much – glad it was of use to you. Let me know how you go with the products!

  • Julie

    Oh isn’t her skin amazing? I’m so lazy that I only use my BB cream and a lippy most days…I own a nice peachy blush and a mascara but hardly ever go the extra mile, and now that I’m forty-is-the-new-thirty ;) I think I probably should! Can you apply an under-eye illuminator over BB cream if you don’t do foundation? And can you recommend a mascara that won’t make me look “too-done”? Bit of a weird request I know, but I have long dark lashes and I wish I could find a mascara which just separates and ‘lifts’ them but doesn’t make me look like I have coated it on! Thanks Nikki xx

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      The illuminator most definitely works with BB cream. Re mascara if your lashes are already long and dark (lucky thing!), why not just use a clear mascara? http://www.priceline.com.au/cosmetics/eyes/mascara/extender-lash-mascara-clear-7.5-g

      • Julie

        Thanks Nikki, yes perhaps it is time I revisited clear mascaras, I have an old one I use on my unruly eyebrows sometimes! Thanks for the link xx

  • http://www.styleunearthed.com/ Sarah – Style Unearthed

    I think I need some under eye illuminator! That would kick tired eyes in the butt. Asher always looks gorgeous – genetics have definitely been kind to her :)

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      They have been and she obviously cares for her skin too. And once you’ve illuminated your under eyes, you’ll never go back!

  • http://www.jfgibson.com.au/ Jodi Gibson

    Under eye illuminator? Me thinks I need to get me some!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      I’m never without … instant lift and glow!

  • Cilla

    Thanks Nikki!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      You’re very welcome!

  • Adrienne

    I always glaze over a little when reading posts like this… in confusion. So I figure it’s high time to ask a question: How does one go about learning about makeup use and application from scratch? My mom doesn’t wear makeup and typically I don’t either… which I’m totally comfortable with in daily life. But if I want to get fancy I am usually quite insecure about what I’m doing since I never learned when I was a teenager. Thanks!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      I didn’t learn as a teenager either Adrienne! In my late 30s I had my first makeup lesson from a makeup artist and was kicking myself why I hadn’t done it sooner. It was a lesson where we had to actually do the application so that really helped. Rather than someone just applying our makeup. If you can track someone down in your area who can do that then that’s my recommendation to you.

    • Leah_loves

      There is SO much information online Adrienne, including lots of tutorials on YouTube and blogs. Even just reading a bunch of makeup blogs will help. You will pick up little tips here and there that make a big difference. Also, if you read magazines, don’t skip over the beauty section!

    • Leah_loves

      I think some of the top tips are:
      – Foundation does not go ALL OVER your face. Only apply where it is needed, usually down the center of your face, and blend outwards with your preferred tool.
      – Don’t conceal your entire under eye area, only the darkest parts. Consider this – If you conceal the whole area, then the darkest parts will STLL BE the darkest parts!
      – Bronzer does not go all over your face. Consider where the sun hits your face (usually around your hairline, just under your cheeks and along your jawline in the shape of a 3), and apply lightly there. Blend! Don’t forget to blend it into your neck so your face and neck are the same colour.

      – Bronzer is not compulsory, but blush is!

      – Curl your eyelashes before applying mascara
      -If attempting to apply liquid eyeliner, don’t do the line in one go. Just do small bits at a time and join them up as you go. Always rest your elbow on a hard surface while you are doing it.

      This is my favourite beauty blog:) http://beautyeditor.ca/

      • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

        Thanks Leah … most of those tips have been covered here on my blog over the past 5 years.

  • Mindy Roestenburg

    I have never been one to wear a lot of makeup so I am a huge fan of the natural look. Still me but a polished version. Thanks for all the product suggestions I will be checking some of them out for sure. I am in need of a lipstick update and I think that Nars lip pencil will be finding it’s way onto my bathroom bench very soon :)

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      The disappointing thing is that the no-makeup makeup look actually requires a lot of makeup ;)

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    Good tips Nikki I love my Smashbox Atificial Light and as the name suggests puts little bits of glow on your face,and I really agree about the brows I discovered about 2 years ago that brow powder makes such a difference ,mine aren’t blonde but they are fair and getting fairer even though I tint them and they are sparse always have been ,so when I discovered brow powder a few years ago I never can go without it.I am always jealous of people with good brows,Yes I love a fresh natural makeup look,very pretty!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Smashbox is a genius makeup range because it really was created with photographic models in mind … so we can work with the best that we’ve got!

      • Lisa Mckenzie

        Yes I love Smashbox ,but didn’t know that !!

  • Bev Williams-Krause

    Oh to have Nina’s skin
    2 of my fav’s…Mac strobe liquid lotion and my #1 foundation Chanel Vitalumiere Satin Smoothing Creme Makeup – this is the perfect winter wear for my overly dry skin :)

  • http://www.mdkaos.blogspot.com/ Mummaducka

    Nina always looks so fresh! good tips Nikki.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Great skin underneath but definitely some helping hand products there too!