If you’re a makeup maven, you already know that anytime you opt for a bold lip, your eyes should be kept nude, and vice versa, right? Well, not always… A new trend shaking up the rules is monochromatic makeup. The magic here is matching a single colour or its various hues on every feature. And we’ve got the low-down on some of the most popular colours to use.
Soft and romantic, peach is a perfect spring palette. You could decide to go to the dramatic end of the spectrum with a burnt orange, or stay girly and classic by sticking with lighter peachy shades. This trend emphasises the eyes and lips only. Here’s a perfect peachy pairing for you to try:
Eyes: L’Oréal Colour Riche Quads in What Happens in Vegas
Lips: L’Oréal Lip-gloss Infallible Matte Fx in Disturbia
This pink and red mash-up comes in a million variations, but a safe bet is to go with a single, deep, high-pigmented red. This adds endless drama and sass, and takes it to another level with a full-face of dazzling red that’s sure to turn heads whenever you wear it. Try this pairing for a pop of colour to bring out your inner femme fatale.
Eyes: NYX Professional Makeup Hot Singles Eyeshadow in Wild Orchid
Cheeks/temples: NYX Professional Makeup High Definition Blush in Crimson
Lips: NYX Professional Makeup Powderpuff Lippie Lip Cream in Group Love Red
One of the boldest colours of the moment – especially for dark-skinned girls – is a vivid, bright lavender that can also be toned down to softer pastel shades for a more versatile, daytime look. A popular option is to go with a lighter hue for the eyes, paired with a rich and mysterious dark purple lip.
Eyes: Maybelline Diamond Glow Eyeshadow Quad in Purple Drama
Lips: Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Hot Lacquer in Royal
Don’t think you need to only break out the bold colours for this look. Have fun with some browns and flesh tones, and don’t be shy to mix finishes! This is one way to make sure the no-makeup look doesn’t translate to bare-faced and boring.
Eyes: Urban Decay Naked Basics
Cheeks: Urban Decay Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid
Lips: Urban Decay Sheer Vice Lipstick in Vanished
The secret to pulling off this trendy look is keeping the monochrome colour consistent. If you’re afraid of an overpowering effect, use lighter and darker hues of the same colour, and you’ll be guaranteed to avoid any garish clashing.