Monochrome makeup is having a moment. Take a look across the Insta accounts of top makeup artists and you’ll spot captions like: “Glowing Golden Bronzed Monochrome Makeup,” from the likes of Hung Vanngo, who counts Selena Gomez, JLo and Gisele as clients. Or, “Love a monochromatic look in earth tones,” from Kim K’s mua, Mario Dedivanovic. Or “Chocolate tones on the beautiful @iamalinamorozova,” from supermodel makeup artist, Nikki Makeup whose painted the faces of everyone from Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Kendall Jenner, to Yara Shahidi and Shanina Shaik.
So what is monochrome makeup exactly? It’s a gently unified beauty aesthetic, with one tone, or colour family, weaving its way throughout your beauty look to make it feel more cohesive and pulled together. It’s a soft-glam look that’s co-ordinated but still feels relaxed. As for what that means in practice? Matchy-matchy lips, eyes and cheeks created with a mix of textures. The trend involves blending similar tones, like terracotta, chocolate, dusky pink, peach or buff across eyes, lips and cheeks to create uniformity. We’ve seen matte lips, cream blush, and smouldering eyes with a subtle shot of sparkle – all in the same shade.
The big makeup artists have been teasing us with the trend for some time, but come autumn? It’s about to go stratospheric. Already the trend has over 4 million views on TikTok, but brands are also giving the look their seal of approval. Last year, Glossier gave us its Monochromes eyeshadow trios which focused on creating monochromatic dimension with three finishes (matte, metallic and satin) centred on the eyes. And for autumn 2022, Chanel has branched out with its Tone On Tone beauty collection which matches 12 brand new lipstick and nail polish shades with your skin tone. You can either go for the closest