I am no makeup expert and sometimes ‘new’ trends or techniques where makeup application is concerned can actually be rather daunting and tricky for me to get right, let alone master. Take the “no makeup makeup” look for instance. What most people don’t realise is the copious amount of makeup needed to create that “no makeup” look. Yes, the irony of it all. It’s much like that bedhead, where you in reality you DO need lots of products, and effort to make it look effortless! What the?
This probably isn’t such a new thing and the more I think of it, the more I think it’s just an old technique brought back to the present. What else is new right? Do I sound cynical? Well, can you blame me? Like the fashion counterpart, the monochrome makeup is more or less similar in a sense that you choose ONE shade. It doesn’t have to be all black, but you could if you wanted to. And in this case, it’s more monochrome from your eyes to your cheeks and lips. So you can imagine how tricky it is to create something that won’t make you look sallow and dead.
The trick, from the research I’ve done, is to pick a shade that won’t wash you out. It all depends on your skintone. It’s advised that those with medium skintones go for shades that are medium to cool pinks and mauves, whereas those with pale skintones opt for dark caramel shades.
I’ve got a medium golden skintone but I’ve decided to kick that rule and go with what I thought would be perfect for an everyday look. And during the colder months, I think warmer shades can add a nice depth to my skintone.
What I’ve Used
For my base, I’ve used the BB Cream from Smashbox and mixed a little bit of Hylamide’s Photography Foundation in golden tan, to give me a warmer finish. To frame my face, I’ve defined my eyebrow’s using Sleek’s eyebrow stylist, which has a brush on the one end and a soft angled pencil on the other.
Apply asap mineral eyeshadow in one, which is a lovely neutral, with slightly pink hues as my base.
Apply carpe diem, a dark brown shade onto the eye socket area. Then blend with a clean brush. You could of course go a bit darker by adding more of the dark brown shade, but I prefer to keep it light and simple. Then apply silver lining on the outer corner of the top lid. This has a lovely greyish brown shade with some shimmer on it.
Apply asap mineral eyeshadow in three on the inner corner of your lid. This opens up the eyes, thanks to the lighter, shimmery pinkish nude shade.
Line the top and bottom lids with ELES copper powder liner.
Instead of using a blush, I’ve decided to use a bronzer on my cheeks.
Finally, apply Sleek’s Private Booth, which has a pinkish nude shade.
In all honesty, I cannot seem to capture what I can see in real life. Maybe I didn’t apply a lot of the eyeshadow so you can’t truly see what it’s like. I often forget that for photographic images, I would need to lift up my game and add a lot more product than I do in real life. Oh well. Live and learn I guess.
I do love the single shade this look gives – perfect for when I don’t want to put in too much of an effort with makeup. Best of all? No contouring y’all! Maybe next time I’ll try a different shade – more purples and mauve?
Would you give the monochrome look a go?
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