How to Recreate Kim Kardashian’s Smouldering Nude VMA Makeup Look

by Madeleine Borgersen

Created by Kim Kardashian’s go-to makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic, the look was all about radiance, with a dewy complexion and a natural, ‘no-makeup, makeup’ finish.

How to Recreate Kim Kardashian's Smouldering Nude VMA Makeup Look

Recreate Kim Kardashian’s VMA Makeup look at home with her exact products. Image via @kimkardashian.

The gorgeous smouldering look can be easily recreated at home and here’s how!


Dedivanovic used Laura Mercier’s Infusion de Rose Nourishing Cream to prep Kim Kardashian’s skin so it was hydrated and ready for application


For that natural ‘no makeup’ look the Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation ($65) was used (Kim’s the shade Maple!). This base gives a radiant, ‘lit from within’ finish whilst evening complexion.

Laura Mercier’s Translucent Loose Setting Powder ($62) was applied over the t-zone to ensure the base stayed throughout the entire evening.

For that signature Kim K contour, Dedivanovic used Laura Mercier’s Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Bronze 03 ($50) across her hairline, nose and cheekbones.

A summery, just got out of the water, flush was added with Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in Peach Whisper ($40) and the Face Illuminator Powder in Devotion ($50) was used to highlight Kim’s cheek bones.

How to Recreate Kim Kardashian's Smouldering Nude VMA Makeup Look

Kim Kardashian’s VMA look was created with glow creating products from Laura Mercier.

To aid in rocking her outfit, Dedivanovic brushed Laura Mercier’s Face Illuminator Powder in Addiction and Devotion across her chest and legs.

Kim’s complexion was set using the Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist for that fresh from the water gleam.


Kim Kardashian’s sultry VMA eye makeup was achieved with Laura Mercier’s Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Sand Glow ($45) applied across the entire lid. The Copper in the outer corners was applied on top (found in the Laura Mercier Eye Art Caviar Colour-Inspired Palette) to make those eyes pop.

Her bold brows were enhanced using the Laura Mercier Brow Dimension Fiber Infused Colour Gel in Brunette, using the mascara wand to create texture and drama on the outer corner of her brows and then coloured lightly through the middle for a softer look.


Kim Kardashian’s VMA Lips were left quite natural lined with Laura Mercier Lip Pencil in Hazelnut Tea ($35)  and coated with Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour in Sensual ($40).


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