Easy, effortless, and oh-so impactful, the monochromatic makeup trend has been growing in popularity thanks to its minimalist approach to beauty products. With a distinctly less is more attitude and low-key vibes, monochrome simply means wearing the same color or product on your lids, cheeks, and lips to create a chic, balanced effect.
Perfect for those of us who get decision fatigue or don’t want to overload on beauty products, monochrome makeup is actually super versatile too, with endless ways to customize and curate your perfect look.
“A monochrome look is one of the most universally flattering makeup techniques,” says Janeena Rumsey, Glo’s Global Artistry Lead. “The possibilities are endless with the countless tones and textures that you can try. The best part about monochrome makeup, is that it's incredibly easy and you only need a few products to create an array of looks.”
Monochrome doesn’t equal monotonous, in fact, far from it. Playing with texture, finish, and layering up products can all keep your look fresh and unique. “Just choose a tonal story, a few multitasking products, and experiment on different areas of your face to create your own look,” advises Janeena.
Play with depths of pigments by using different brushes and building up different intensities, or even use your fingers too for a more relaxed effect. Mix in a cream such as Barrier Balm to diffuse out color and add some highlighting or a dewy finish to more matte products.
Monochrome makeup can range from more subtle shades all the way through to bolder hues. It’s all about your personal preference. “Experiment and play with different shades. For example, try using your favorite lip crayon on lids and cheeks to see how it suits you. Mix it with a balm to buff it out,” she adds.
Pinks, browns, taupes, peaches, reds, there really is no end of tonal possibilities. And, a timeless way to work the trend is by opting for a bronzed monochrome effect. “Bronze suits all skin tones and creates a warm glow, perfect for a first time trying this trend.”
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“Bronzy, warmth, and peach are a match made in tonal heaven. What I love about this look is even though Bonbon is a deeper brown, it's soft and subtle enough to naturally accentuate the eye shape while never overshadowing the peach hue, Canyon.”
"This look captures the true essence of what 'tone on tone’ really is. A wash of peachy coral on lids—which can be a look in itself, then using that same shade, leveled-up with a wing, and brought down to cheeks and lips as well. It’s so easy and looks so cool.”
"This bronzy and slightly hazy, smoked out eye is effortless and timeless, and can be intensified further for a more dramatic evening look.”
"Monochrome makeup is all about you and your style, so play, experiment, and discover new techniques, shades, and applications," says Janeena. Whether you're into full monochromic makeup looks or just want to do cheeks and eyes, lips and cheeks, the possibilities are endless.