This Makeup Trend Is Going To Be Huge — & It's SO Easy To Do

Matching makeup trends have come, and gone, in many variations. There's matching your lipstick to your nail polish (a favorite of ours and often dubbed "matching lips and tips" in the beauty community), coordinating your eyeshadow or lip color to your outfit, and, perhaps the most on-trend right now, monochromatic makeup.

Monochromatic makeup, as the name implies, is the technique of keeping your eyes, lips, and cheeks within one shade range — and it's having a huge moment right now. To wit, everyone from Rihanna to Gigi Hadid has been hitting the red carpet sporting perfectly coordinated shades.

The best part is that it's easy to pull off. Normally rooted in beige, brown, pink, or red, it can be accomplished easily by picking a shade that looks good on your skin tone, and keeping all the other products within that color family. Not sure where to start? Simply dump out all your makeup on a flat surface and make pairs or trios. This is a great time to break into the many eye palettes you rarely use or neutral lip colors you're not sure how to wear. Or, you can just follow the tips and tricks on the following slides.

Ahead, get ready to get your monochrome on, because we've collected five of our favorite versions of this look from recent red carpets and broken them down for a variety of skin tones.

Before checking out how celebs like Gigi Hadid and Zendaya are rocking their monochromatic looks, watch us play with this bold, fresh trend—in four different shades, of course.
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Shay Mitchell: Beige Mono

For the People's Choice Awards this year, makeup artist Mary Phillips gave Shay Mitchell a look rooted in shades of warm beige, which, although it may sound intimidating, is incredibly easy to wear. The secret? Keep all the shades slightly shimmery, as matte neutrals are a bit harder to master.

Phillips used Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Eye Shadow Quad Palette in Mirage to build a dimensional and radiant smoky eye on Mitchell (keep the darkest shade in the crease and the shimmery, lighter shades around the lashline and on the lid) and kept the cheeks glowing with a slightly shimmery bronzer. Then, she used Giorgio Armani's Rouge D’Armani Lipstick in 202 Sheer Brown to ground the lip, and then topped it with added shine, courtesy of Lancôme's Ultimate Lasting Full Color Lipshine in Iridescent.

Trick: Keep shades of beige luminous, which makes them easier to apply and wear.
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Gigi Hadid: Burgundy Mono

At an event celebrating the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue release, Gigi Hadid sported rosy, almost burgundy lids alongside lips and cheeks in the same color family, only muted. "We wanted to do something bold, yet beautiful; something different than [what] we normally do," makeup artist Patrick Ta says.

After applying foundation, a bit of contour, and setting powder, he dusted on a "pinky-bronze blush to the apples of [her] cheeks to tie the eyeshadow color together" and "in the crease [of her eyes] to create that transition color," he says. Then, he layered Maybelline's Eye Studio Color Tattoo Pure Pigment in Pink Rebel under Improper Copper. He finished with Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Color in Nude Lust, which although a neutral, has a warm undertone.

Trick: Incorporating your blush shade into the crease of the eye, like Ta did here, makes matching shades more foolproof.
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Rihanna: Caramel Mono

In sharp contrast to the black lipstick worn by models on the Rihanna Fenty Puma Collection runway during Fashion Week in New York, RiRi sported a muted palette of caramel browns for her official design debut.

To score the look — which is heavily rooted in a '90s aesthetic — select a few shades from your go-to shadow palette and an eyeshadow guide to craft clean lines directed toward the ends of your brows. Stick to shimmery neutrals, which you can test on the back of your hand to find a flattering combination. (Any palette with many neutrals and finishes will have more than enough options.) An earthy blush is key (we like NARS Blush in Impassioned), but limit the shimmer to ground the look. Then, contour your pout using a neutral lipliner a shade or two darker than your lips. (You know that lipliner in your kit that's a bit too dark for your liking? Now is the time to use it.)

Trick: Temper contoured lips and an upturned eyeshadow look with matte foundation or a dusting of shine-busting powder.
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Karolina Kurkova: Pink Mono

Ever wondered how the hell you're supposed to wear the shimmery lavender or pink shadows in your favorite palette? Here's your answer. The model attended a gala in Switzerland recently wearing the soft shades all over her face, but thanks to the smoked-out effect, the result is unexpectedly sultry.

Mimic the look by picking up a pink-toned eye palette — we've recently fallen for CoverGirl's new Tru-Naked Roses Palette, which is surprisingly easy to wear — and a small brush to build out a smoky look. Then, select a blush that aligns with the pinkish shade you land on (Tarte's Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush has a great range of pinks to pick from) and a soft, pink lip color suited for your complexion. Just make sure the lip finish has a sheen, like that found in Revlon's Super Lustrous Lipstick. But again, there's a good chance you can find all these colors in your own makeup bag, if you commit to a bit of digging and swatching.

Trick: Shimmery shadow smudged all around the lashline feels more complete when complemented with soft, coordinated hues on the lips and cheeks.
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Zendaya: Rose Mono

It's no secret that Zendaya does her own makeup frequently, including this deep pink look she created on herself for the Louis Vuitton fashion show during Paris Fashion Week. It's easy to copy, thanks to the universally flattering hue, but what's even better is that you probably already have shades of pink in your kit to pull it off. If not, simply heed our product advice.

CoverGirl's TruNaked Eyeshadow Palette in Roses is a great pick for this look, and it doesn't hurt that Zendaya is a face of the brand. Simply pretend you're creating a smoky eye: Dust the lightest hue over your browbone, a medium hue on your lid, and a deep hue in the crease. Use a blending brush to buff any harsh lines to soft perfection, then finish with a deep rose blush (we like Sephora's Colorful Face Powder in I'm Quite Tipsy) and lip color (try ColourPop's Ultra Matte in Lumière 2).

Trick: Follow Zendaya's lead and top cheekbones with highlighter, which will keep the earthy look bright and radiant.
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Lily Collins: Brown Mono

Collins loves to experiment, so it's no surprise that she sported the trend at Vanity Fair's Oscars party this year. Makeup artist Molly R. Stern rooted her look in a modern, coppery brown, but used a heavy hand for a '20s-inspired, flapper effect.

Unlike a traditional smoky eye, this rendition is deep and dark from the lashline all the way to above the crease (hence the '20s inspiration). It's the perfect opportunity to put the deep browns from your favorite palette to good use — simply build the intensity slowly with a damp shadow brush, then top with something shimmery to give the look some sheen. (Lancôme's Hypnose Dazzling cream shadow in Brun Acoustique is the perfect texture and color.) The final touch: Cream blush keeps the look fresh (try The Multiple stick by Nars in Nā Pali Coast for a similar look), and a swipe of shimmery gloss is easier to wear than brown lipstick (we like Neutrogena MoistureShine Lip Gloss in Copper Power).

Trick: Deep-brown eyeshadow is easier to control, and will give you a better color payoff if you use a damp shadow brush.
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Tessa Thompson: Coral Mono

Fun fact: One-shade looks can be colorful and still approachable. Take, for instance, actress Tessa Thompson's (who we already know is a trendsetter) coral take on the trend. For the Rodarte fall fashion show in New York, she wore a vibrant array of the normally beachy shade, which translated to a finish that was equal parts cool and pretty.

Dig through your own kit for the right hues, or take our advice on your next shopping run: We're partial to Honest Beauty's Truly Kissable Lip Crayon in Coral Kiss for its sheer finish, Nyx's Blush in Intuition for its bright pigments, and MAC's Eye Shadow in Coral for its ease of wear — all of which will flatter a wide range of skin tones.

Trick: Keep bright shades sheer when wearing in threes.
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Soo Joo Park: Peach Mono

Park has tried nearly every daring makeup trend as of late — from bright-blue shadow to frosty-pink lipstick — and that's just in the past few months. But this take on the mono look she made all her own, thanks to makeup artist Vincent Oquendo. He used shades of peach on her lips and cheeks, then smudged a similar hue under her bottom lashline to bring it all together.

A multiple makes scoring this cheek and lip look easy — try Bobbi Brown's Pot Rouge For Lips & Cheeks in Maui — then add some highlighter for an extra glow. Opt for shades rooted in copper for the shadow, like Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio in Floracouture. The secret: The more dramatic, the better.

Trick: Top your smoky eye with a hue that matches your blush and lip color for a subtle take on the trend.
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