Makeup is all about the subtle changes for me, I like to try (emphasis on the try) to make my skin as uniform and fresh as possible. The rest is really up to how I feel that day, but it never strays too far from a combination of defined eyebrows and lashes and possibly too much blush. One thing that I love is monochromatic makeup, where you only use one colour for your eyes, lips and check (matching nail polish would also be really nice). I think this is probably a general rule that you should follow for applying makeup, sometimes it can definitely be broken but sometimes really hot pink blush and red lipstick just don’t look nice together. Nude is one of my favourite monochromatic makeup looks, mine is extremely subtle but this look can obviously be taken up a notch very easily to fit your taste and style.
2. Define your eyes, for me this mean lots of Maybelline Falsies Flared mascara, for you it might mean eyeliner and false lashes. One thing I will say is don’t be shy about this step and the next because you don’t want your features to be lost.
3. Define your eyebrows, this is my favourite step of any makeup look and I use Maybelline Define-a-Brow.
4. Bronzer to add colour and definition to your face. I used Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer along the backs of my cheeks, top of my forehead, over the bridge of my nose and down my neck. I did this every subtlety because I’m fair in general and very pale right now because it’s the end of winter, I didn’t want to look scary and orange.
5. I then used Tarte’s Exposed blush, this step is completely dependent on your skin tone and what you think nude is. The Tarte blush is a slightly red brown on my skin, but maybe nude to you is just using a bronzer.
6. I added a little bit of bronzer to my eyes just to carry the nude colour through out my whole face. I don’t ever wear eyeshadow but I love the warmness that the bronzer brings to my eyes. This step might include lots of pretty nude and neutral eyeshadow for you.
7. For the lips I used the Revlon Lip Butter in Crème Brulee. I would go for a ‘your lips but better colour’ here but if your want your look to be monochromatic make sure the lip colour you choose is close to the same colour as your blush, it can obviously be a different tone.
It’s subtle I know and hopefully you can actually see the difference. This is the first look in a four part series on monochromatic makeup that I can’t wait to share with you in the coming weeks, the next three will have more colour I promise.