- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 6, 2018


Monochromatic makeup is having a moment. On runways, red carpets and photo shoots, women are wearing eye, cheek and lip colors from the same color family.

Singer and actress Priyanka Chopra is among the first celebrities to revive the trend with her matchy-matchy magenta. The look is glamorous yet simple.

Monochromatic makeup works for virtually all skin tones and fashion trends. Choose one base color and work out your other shades from the same family, such as nudes, browns, bronzes, pinks, reds or oranges. If you’re more adventurous, try purples, greens, grays or blues.

Palettes of four or five eyeshadow colors generally are packaged in a monochromatic family. Once you choose your palette, find a lipstick that matches your favorite tone.

For spring, Clarins is offering products to create a fresh monochromatic look. The four-shade Lovely Rose palette has satin and matte pink and purple tones that can create a variety of looks to accentuate eyes of any color. If you need some suggestions, an illustrated instruction card is included in the case’s red velvet bag.

Apply the powder dry for a natural look, or dampen your brush for a more dramatic, smoky effect. I suggest starting with a light touch — you can always add more color. My technique is to apply the lightest color as a base, the medium color on my lid and the orange tone above my iris to contrast with my blue eyes. After making a cut crease with the dark tone, I blend, blend, blend for a seamless effect.

The rosy palette is flattering to a range of skin tones. I recommend either a purple or brown eyeliner for the lower lash line.

Clarins’ natural ingredients feel comfortable, and the color stays fresh and in place for hours of wear.

The sheer Clarins Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector in Plum is a comfortable, beautiful shade to complete the monochromatic look. The product is more than a lipstick. Clarins bills it as part makeup, part skin care with natural ingredients that moisturize, plump and soothe lips.

Try personalizing your own fresh monochromatic look for spring. With so many colors, it’s never been easier.

• Cheryl Danehart can be reached at cdanehart@washingtontimes.com.

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