Monochrome makeup is huge this year and featured all over the fall fashion runways! Tom Ford featured Smokey Neutrals on the lips, cheeks, and eyes, for gorgeous understated elegance.
NATURAL LOOKING BROWS
Even if you don’t have enviable, model-quality arches, embrace your brows! To groom, brush up brows with a brow brush; then, fill in sparse spots with a brow marker using small, feathery strokes.
TIP: A bit of hairspray brushed on with a brush keeps brows where you want them.
A FLUSH OF BLUSH
Chanel and Dolce Gabbana also embraced the Monochrome look, but in a completely different way–a full flush of blush on the cheeks to mimic a natural fall chill, and used the same color of blush on the eyelids. Lips were soft, full, and in the same hues of the blush, for that same monochromatic look.
LIGHTLY HIGHLIGHTED SKIN
Unlike contouring–which has slowly but surely been disappearing from our radar–highlighting has consistently been a great route for emphasizing the points where the light hits your face. Just a touch on the bow of your lip, your cheekbones and brow arches give you skin a naturally gorgeous finish.
I love a red lip as the centerpiece of any makeup look. Whether in a cream or matte, with a polished makeup, red lipstick is always classic. It can also be a powerhouse to awaken an otherwise low-key makeup. Try a fresh red lip with a little smudgy eyeliner and some highlighter for a fresh modern look.
Mauve is the perfect shade for transitioning from summer’s heat and no-makeup looks, to a polished, put-together you. Flattering on most skin tones, apply a muted shade on cheeks, lips, lids and even under eyes for an allover glow.
TIP: Multi-use products that can be used on your eyes, lips and cheeks work great for the monochromatic look.
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HOW TO APPLY A MONOCHROMATIC MAKEUP LOOK
Monochromatic Makeup is huge right now and was all over the fall runways. Here are some tips for achieving that look on your own.
Colors that work great for the monochromatic look are pink, mauve, bronze, brown, nude, and orange. The colors that work best for you will depend on whether your skin has warm, cool, or neutral undertones.
Use varying shades of the “base” color for your makeup application. If nude is your base color, use a medium shade on your lids, a lighter shade on your cheeks, and a deep shade on your lips. Mix it up and use a deep shade for eyes and light shade for lips, or use a single shade for lips, eyes and cheeks. Experiment!
Apply your makeup as you normally would—for example, moisturizer, foundation and concealer.
Use an eyeshadow brush to apply a single wash of color to your eyelid. Also apply a line of shadow along your lower lash line. To really jazz it up use a colored eye liner in the same family of colors.
Dip your brush in your blush. Before you apply the blush, tap the brush to get rid of any excess powder. Then sweep the brush over the apples of your cheeks, or along your cheekbones.
Apply a lipstick that is the same color or a varying shade of your “base” color. You can create a striking look for your eye with different shades or values of the same color. Get a monochromatic eyeshadow palette (all shades of bronze, nudes, or browns) and blend them to create a smoky or dramatic appearance. Apply the lightest shade all over the lid. Create a “wing” along the outer edge of the eye with a medium shade. Then smudge the darkest shade along the top and bottom lash lines. Gently blend the shades with a blending brush.
TIP: To bring your monochromatic look together, dab a bit of your blush into your eyeshadow or add some of your eyeshadow to your lipstick color.
TIP: Dark mascaras can overpower a monochromatic look. Use a lighter mascara like a brown or brown black on your lashes.
Susan Bourdeau is a nationally recognized makeup artist and wardrobe stylist with 20 years’ experience in television, film and print, and recently developed her own line of cosmetic and skincare products available at Laura’s Nail Salon, Janice Ann’s Fashions, Family Health Center, and
Knoxville Gifts & More.