Should you go for the “no makeup” makeup look today or rock that bold lippie? Is your highlight too on point that it blinds people? There’s no such thing as eyebrows that are too on fleek, right? Many girls, from gurus to beginners, have experienced some dilemmas when it comes to applying makeup. The plethora of palette colors and lipstick shades and brush sizes may seem daunting and too intricate to dissect, so there is this trend that has been catching on recently: Monochromatic Makeup. From the word being, this technique suggests using only one shade for your eyes, cheek and lips. Kind of weird, don’t you think? If the first image that pops up in your head is a mime or someone out of a circus, Beautypreneur is here to prove you wrong! Here are a few tips to make monochromatic makeup work for the busy working girl or explorative makeup enthusiast.
The goal of using one shade for the basic areas of your face (aside from saving time fussing about which shade you should go for), is to experiment and see which color can give you a complete and gorgeous look. There are products that have dual purpose, such as lip and cheek tints or mousses. This of course does not restrict you to using something universal, but do try to find products closest to your chosen shade. Common monochromatic shades are beige, brown, pink or red, and may opt to use different brushes when applying the product (but using your fingers won't hurt either). Makeup artists suggest that for the eyes, it is best to keep it light and minimal so as not to shock anyone with the pop of color (if you were to use a strong color such as red). This avoids making a so called “double-statement”, wherein your eyes and lips both attract attention – which may not always be in a good way. When it comes to textures, makeup artist Melissa Murdick says to “opt for sheer eye and cheek products and then balance it out with a more saturated lip product”.
If you’re using a pinkish hue, adding color to your cheeks will not be a problem. For brownish nudes, a smarter use for it would be in contouring and adding depth to your face. Lastly, the lips; have fun and explore the different finishes and textures that are available in your shade of choice to complete the monochromatic look. Even with only a shade or two from the same hue family, the looks and possibilities are still endless! All you really need to pull off this trend is confidence in yourself and how you look, and you’re basically good to go. And don’t forget to take a cute selfie!