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Looking Good in the Nude

In speaking of 'looking good in the nude,' I sure hope you didn't think I meant going about in the buff. I don't think most Americans are ready for that yet, and especially not at this time of year. Instead, I am speaking of the neutral palette available in all things beautiful these days. Why not find yourself in it? Gone are the pasty-looking neutrals of yesteryear. Now the nude palette consists of color -- although it's not in your face noticeable but more understated, sexy, sublime.

When applying neutrals to your eyes, don't forget to consider your natural coloring as well as your personal style. There will inevitably be some of you who will love just one shade of a neutral eye shadow and a coat of mascara. Then there are other ethnic beauties who will want to glam it up with the full regalia; base color, lid color, contour, highlighter, lashes, liner and mascara. Whatever you choose, from a soft matte, a flattering option, to something sheer and shimmery, or a full frost, adjust the intensity of the eye color to match your skin tone, then...work it girl!

For your lips Maybelline offers 6 new sensational nude lipsticks. Understand, these neutrals with names like Mochachino and Warm Latte will take the nude lip to a whole new level. With a barely there frosted look you can rock these with a sultry smoky eye and not have your lush lips competing for attention. Oh, and in women's magazines right now there are coupons to help give you a little push in the right direction.

Ethnic Beauties, for your bodacious bodies, why not find yourself in a lovely lace top? Sure you might say, "But I never know what undergarments to wear with those." Well that dilemma has been solved, by clothiers who’ve attached flesh-toned shapewear beneath. Just be sure to get the color that most resembles the color of your skin. Then you can appear stunning without that awkward exposed feeling.

For your hips, your caderas and legs, there are neutral palette skirts as well as pants. Some even have built in stretch to retain their shape all day, or all evening. Don't forget the skinny jeans, leggings and flattering trousers.

And for a long lean line no matter your shape or size, why not extend the look to your feet? Pair the above with a sexy platform pump in nude. Or if you're not a heelz girl, a cute little naked flat in bronze, or a shimmering pale gold kitten heel will do. For ethnic beauties who are more daring, rock thigh-high boots, or a platform bootie with a ribbed cuff. For nude footwear that is as sexy on the feet as off, check out the Jennifer Lopez collection. You just might find the looks epic.

For hands ladies, there are a plethora of offerings. Gone are those ghastly dull colors from back in the day. Now OPI and other companies offer beautiful nudes in dreamy shades that compliment a vast array of skin tones -- those ranging from alabaster to cocoa and coffee. Don't forget my lovelies, sexy chocolate is a new nude/neutral.

Remember, the trick to 'looking good in the nude,' is to find shades that flatter you. Then wearing what fits you perfectly, not only will you be comfortable, you will be gorgeous!

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