Monochromatic makeup: 3 tips from the Beauty Panel for mastering this fresh spring look

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With today being the official start of spring (finally!) it’s time to hit refresh. Spring, being a season synonymous with renewal and rejuvenation, has put us in the mood for a beauty routine shake up. Tired of doing our same ol’ smoky eye or bright red lip, we’re ready to try something new—and that new thing is a monochromatic makeup look. It’s fresh, on trend and, best of all, requires just a few products. (Is anyone else’s makeup bag approaching max overload after a long winter of product hoarding?)

Marc Jacobs showed us how to do a dramatic monochromatic look with his headline-making Fall 2014 beauty look, but there are many more subtle ways to explore the trend. Perhaps your go-to bold lipstick can serve double duty as a lip colour and blush? Or maybe a bronzer as eyeshadow? It’s all about streamlining your look, and hopefully your makeup bag too. Double whammy.

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Just like us, our Beauty Panelists were in the mood for some spring cleaning of their makeup bags and routines. Beauty PhD’s Maggie Ng goes to the extreme using one compact for her eyes, cheeks and lips—a space saving trick for small handbags. Tess Lopez from Makeup By Tess does one better, picking up on the Spring 2014 orange lipstick trend and using her tangerine lipstick on her cheeks as well. Whatever route you choose, you can be sure that a monochromatic makeup look will put a spring in your step.

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Ellie Somfelean
Montreal | My Beauty Box

Given that spring is around the corner, or so I hope, my go to monochromatic look is a coral/pink cheek and lip combo. It’s so fresh yet vibrant and it infuses the face with much needed color while still looking subtle and wearable. I used the Naked3 palette so add some definition to the eyes, I love the warmth of the rose toned eyeshadows. I skipped the liner and added plenty of mascara. I used concealer to hide spots and perfect the skin and proceeded to apply blush to the apples of my cheeks. I like to be quite heavy handed with the blush and blend it out all across the cheek to give me a flushed look. I finished everything off with a healthy amount of pinky coral lipstick, M.A.C’s chatterbox is my current fave, and topped it off with gloss to add some dimension and make the lips look plump and juicy. I finished everything of with a light dusting of perfecting powder to infuse to light into my skin.

Products used: Urban Decay Naked3, Hourglass Ambient Powder in “Dim Light,” Mufe HD Blush in “215” and “410,” Arbonne It’s a Long Story Mascara, M.A.C Chatterbox, Mark Juice Gems Lipgloss and Marcelle Eyebrow Pen

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Tess Lopez
Toronto | Makeup By Tess

A monochromatic make-up look is such a simple look that anyone can pull off. Don’t know what blush shade would go well with your lipstick? Easy. Choose a blush shade that is the exact same shade (or two) as your lipstick. Staying within the same colour family is a safe way to go. Not only is a monochromatic make-up look flattering, but it can also be affordable. How? Try a multi-purpose product that can be used for the eyes, cheeks, or lips, such as NARS Multiples. For an even more affordable look, think outside the box. For a quick, on-the-go pick me up, I often use my lipstick on my cheeks. I just dab a bit of the lipstick on my cheekbones and blend it into the apples of my cheeks and it instantly brightens up my face! Give it a try!

Product used: Cover Girl Lip Perfection Lipstick in “Sweet”

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Maggie Ng
Toronto | Beauty PhD

Believe it or not, lots of makeup can actually serve as multi-purpose products. Just because your tube of lipstick is meant for your lips, doesn’t mean you can’t use it on your cheeks as blush. I’ve even used eyeshadow, mixed it with some gloss and used it as lipstick! Doing monochromatic beauty looks will probably make application easier, faster and really help pare down your beauty bag! For this look, I used Make Up For Ever’s new HD Cream Blush on my eyes, cheeks and lips. It’s so quick to do and if I need something for touchups on the go, I really only have to bring one compact!

Products used: Dermalogica Multi Active Toner, Reversa Antioxidant Booster Serum, Intelligent Nutrients Plant Stem Cell Science Renewal Complex Eye Gel from Elixir Organic Spa, Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 30, Face Atelier Ultra Camouflage Duet in “Light,” Glo Minerals Pressed Powder Foundation in “Natural Medium,” Deca Cosmetics Eye Brow Pencil in “Dark Brown,” Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, Makeup Forever Smoky Extravagant Mascara in “Black,” Makeup Forever HD Cream Blush in “#225”

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