"Minimalist makeup should take a minimal amount of time," says beauty expert Susan Giordano. "But a monochromatic look still needs a little bit of color to it." Here's how to achieve an effortless, chic nude look for all skin tones.
Squirt a pea-size amount of sheer liquid foundation onto the back of your hand. Swirl a foundation brush into the foundation and then blend it all over your face to even out your skin tone.
Take your lipstick and place a dot on each cheek. Blend the lipstick into the apples of your cheeks with your fingers.
Work a black or brown eye pencil into the upper lash line, as close to the lashes as possible, and smudge with a cotton swab. Next, define your lower lash line by gently smudging the same pencil on the outer two-thirds of the eye. Swipe one (and only one!) coat of black mascara onto lashes.
Groom brows with a brow brush, and use a brow pencil to fill in any sparse spaces. Use small quick strokes that mimic brow hairs. Try the Mally Beauty Brow Brush Combo ($15).
Pat the same lipstick you used on your cheeks onto lips with your finger to create a soft stain.
Finish the look by using concealer where necessary -- under your eyes, around nostrils, or anywhere you have a blemish to cover.