Trend Alert: Monochrome Makeup
From fashion to beauty, monochrome is the cool kid’s trend — and, actually, a rather wearable and welcome makeup look. From Balmain to Kanye West’s Yeezy collection in head-to-toe neutrals, monochrome is, by definition, one color. Earlier this year, Rihanna rocked the mono makeup trend at the Billboard Music Awards in earth tones and at the Brit Awards in lilac eyes and matching lips.
While the idea of one color may sound boring, it’s actually all of the colors, tints, and tones derived from a single hue. In makeup-speak, it’s choosing one color and interpreting it through several iterations of that single shade, in a variety of finishes for varying features. The idea is to keep eyes, cheeks, and lips in the same color range; shimmery eyes with a matte lip or highlighter instead of blush. Stick to colors within your skin tone if you’re going for subtle, no-makeup-makeup mono looks.
Peach is winning in the mono makeup trend. Besides being a year round makeup shade, also a universal one that suits just about every skin tone.
Kylie Jenner recently stepped out in a dirty peach monochrome makeup look that we love.
Recreate this look at home: Anastasia Beverly Hills Eye Shadow in Soft Peach ($12) and Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic Eyeshadow in Diamond Peach ($22) on eyes, Benefit Cosmetics Cha Cha Tint Cheek & Lip Stain in Sheer Mango ($30) on cheeks and Kylie’s signature lip kit in Dirty Peach ($29) on lips.
For a smoky eye mono look, try a rose or mauve eyeshadow like RMS Beauty Swift Shadows in Garden Rose ($20), and keep cheeks and lips subtle with NARS Blush in Impassioned ($30) and Lanolin Lano Lips Tinted Balm in Rose ($13.50).
You definitely don’t want to look like a walking color swatch, but don’t be afraid to try more dramatic colors on lids and lips. Just be sure to mute the other features when going for a stand-out shade. Incorporate tinted lip balms instead of lipsticks for a more natural take on the trend.
Monochrome makeup really is an opportunity to play with color and repurpose products, like using your orange/peach blush as eyeshadow and your berry lipstick as a cream blush. Remember, mix finishes for a fashion effect, a la Gigi Hadid.
And if you really want to step it up a notch, match your nail polish, too!
–Claudia Mercado is a beauty-obsessed writer living in Long Beach, CA.