Refresh your beauty routine

Refresh Your Beauty Routine With Monochromatic Makeup

Get back to basics this spring and keep your makeup simple and fresh with a harmonious colour palette and lots of blending.

With spring just around the corner, it’s a great time to refresh your makeup look. One of the best ways to create a bold yet low maintenance look is to go monochromatic. Opting for eye, lip and cheek shades in the same colour family feels effortlessly polished and draws attention to all of your lovely features. The key to this harmonious look is making sure there are no harsh lines — proper blending and layering makes all the difference. Here’s how to get the look.

1. Prep your base

To prepare the skin for makeup, soak a cotton pad with Pixi Hydrating Milk Tonic and sweep it all over your face. For exceptional dewiness, moisturize with Burt’s Bees Truly Glowing Gel Cream and add a dab of e.l.f. Ride or Die Lip Balm in “Mighty Mint”.

2. Prime and conceal

After smoothing out skin’s texture with a layer of Physicians Formula Butter Believe It! Putty Primer, even out the complexion with a lightweight foundation such as Revlon ColorStay Light Cover Foundation. Then, correct any blemishes, discolouration or dark circles with Physicians Formula Butter Believe It! Foundation + Concealer in your closest shade.

3. Accentuate your brows

Fuller brows will give dimension to this look, so fill in sparse areas and add fullness with L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Definer for added impact.

4. Get peachy

Now it's time to choose similar shades of pink or peach that you’ll use on the eyes, lips and cheeks. For a pretty base of colour on the face, apply Burt’s Bees Cream Blush onto the apples of the cheeks, blending up toward the temples for a lifting effect.

5. Create subtle definition

Using L’Oréal Paris Infallible Liner, draw along the upper lash line and in between lashes. The effect should be subtle: this is to give the eyes definition, while still allowing the shadow colours to be the center of attention.

6. Add a wash of colour

Using the Revolution Forever Flawless Decadent Palette, apply a warm peach shade to the eyelids, blending into the crease. Focus the colour on the center of the eyelids, blending up and out towards the crease. Next, choose a medium brown shade and sweep it along the lower lash line for shape and definition.

7. Volumize those lashes

Curl your eyelashes and apply a few coats of Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Washable Blackest Black Mascara for extra drama.

8. Play up your blush

Set your makeup with a light dusting of translucent powder. Then, choose a shade of powder blush similar to the cream colour you’ve already applied, like Milani Rose Powder Blush, and blend it along the cheekbones. This will deepen the colour and helps the blush last longer.

9. Finish with a lip

Apply Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Crayon in “Seek Adventure” and add a touch of e.l.f. Ride or Die Lip Balm in “Mighty Mint” overtop. Finish your face with a spritz of Physicians Formula Butter Believe It! Skin Mist for a look that lasts.

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