Fall’s prettiest makeup trend is the monochromatic face. Bold beauty was in for spring, but now it’s time to turn over a new leaf. After a season of bright coral lips and electric neon eyeliners, baby doll cheeks and smoky disco-inspired eyes, nothing looks fresher right now than a lack of color. Ashley Greene shows us that going nude can look utterly elegant when it’s done just right.
Face: When you’re not adding the dimension and contour of rich hues (like a rosy blush or illuminating bronzer), you don’t want a face full of foundation – it will fall too flat. Choose a high-quality illuminating powder, like Dolce & Gabbana‘s The Illuminator ($47), that will even out your natural skin tone and infuse a light glow that looks like it’s coming from within.
Blush: The monochrome look requires a blush that looks 100% au natural. Philosophy‘s Mineral Blush Duo ($25) is a satiny powder that is designed to deliver a believable flush of color and healthy radiance, undetectable as actual makeup. Use it just on the cheeks or for allover highlighting.
Eyes: It’s all about light-handed blended and steering clear of heavy blacks. You’re aiming for a soft, not severe, look that isn’t too smoked-out. Dior‘s 5-Colour Eyeshadow compact ($59) is formulated so the shadows melt into your lids for a seamless appearance and can be layered to your liking. Opt for nudes, browns, and goldens, via the Earth Reflection, Ready-to-Glow, and Rosy Tan palettes.
Accentuate your base with a hint of liner ($29), preferably in easy brown, at the corners of the eyes, just to add emphasis and punctuation.
Lips: Stay away from matte nude lipsticks – the aim is to look alive and fresh, not dead and wan – and choose a high-shine lipstick, like Dolce & Gabbana‘s in Perfection or Luna ($29), two low-impact shades that will illuminate your lips.