A Monochrome makeup look simply means to wear the same color on your lids, cheeks and lips.
This is being touted as one of the big trends on the catwalk for F/W 2011, but you do need to be careful to choose the right shades in order to avoid looking washed out, dull, or downright sallow, ESPECIALLY if you have very similar colored hair and skin. The safe bets are generally colors that are not too close to your natural skin tone or undertones.
The 2 ways you can do it:
- Contrasting Undertones: If you have medium golden skin, go for medium cool-pinks or mauves
- Contrasting Tone: If you have pale skin, choose a deep caramel shade
The other tip is not to be too literal about it. You don’t have to wear the exact same shade and texture on eyes, lips and cheeks. Mix it up a little, with slight shimmer on the lids and cheeks, and a matte lip, or vary the intensity slightly.
Just don’t go too far off a certain shade range (e.g. pale eyeshadow and dark lips) or it will no longer be a monochromatic look.
Marni’s mauve eyes, cheeks and lips at the A/W 2011 shows (Source: Allure.com)