How To Get Fall’s Monochromatic Face
Monochromatic means “containing or using only one color.” In beauty terms, a monochromatic face is one that displays like colors on all features: eyes, lips, and cheeks. The Fall 2014 runways were bustling with this natural, even toned look and it’s one of our favorite fall trends because of its simplicity. We called on celebrity makeup artist Kelsey Deenihan, whose clients include Lucy Hale, Sarah Hyland, and Laura Dern, to walk us through the perfect fall monochromatic face.
“To achieve the monochromatic beauty look that was seen on many of the fall runways, you’ll want to keep the eyes, lips, and cheeks all within the same muted tones. Stick to light browns and beiges with neutral or cool undertones and try and stay away from orange or warm hues.
Keep the skin natural with a tinted moisturizer like Dior Hydralife BB Creme and a light dusting of translucent powder to set the skin. Try Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder. To sculpt the face, use a contour color that won’t add warmth to the skin, but rather adds slight dimension. I suggest Bobbi Brown Bronzer in Natural. Let the contour be your only cheek color and don’t add any additional blusher.
For the eyes, multiple neutral matte shadows will give you a sculptured look when combined on the lid and crease. Having a lighter color on the lid – like Laura Mercier’s Matte Shadow in Cafe au Lait – and a slightly darker one in the crease – like Laura Mercier Matte Shadow in Coffee Grounds or MAC Soft Brown – will sculpt the eyes and allow them to standout without looking too done up.
Skip the mascara but do consider adding a beige liner to the bottom water line. Try Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Inner Rim Liner to make the whites of the eyes seem brighter.
Keep the brows natural and add a sheer neutral color to the lips, such as Burts Bees Tinted Balm in Honeysuckle.”