The Monochrome Look Is Back!

Monochrome is oh-so-hot right now! To wear the trend without getting a new wardrobe, simply incorporate it onto your face or nails.

For an easy doable look, simply do a black smoky eye with stark white eyeliner in the inner rim. Or if you have deep set eyes with a crease, try drawing a block of white eyeshadow on your entire lid (try Shu Umura M900 for a stark white color) and lining your upper and lower lash line with a black pencil.

For a look similar to supermodel Lily Cole as pictured above, line your entire upper lash line, crease and outer half of your lower lash line with a black liquid liner. Fill in the other half with a white pencil. Finish the look with tons and tons of mascara or falsies.

Check out this Monochrome FOTD that I did to see what it looks like.

Black nail polish no longer equates goth. It has been spotted all over the hottest celebs like Lindsay Lohan and Mischa Barton ever since last year and is still going strong! Chanel’s Black Satin and Ceramic Noir are like the cult of the year and despite their $18 price tag, they are worth very penny.

While some may reject the idea of white nail polish, I find it a good color for the summer, especially on the toes. A good pick would be Mary Quant Nail Color in #B-13.

You can also wear the two colors together. Try doing a french manicure with black all over and white tips or painting the entire nail black and adding white polka dots.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. That’s really inspiring. I have a preference for deep dark nail colours for ages. Mmm, I think I would try polka dot enamel when my tiny nails grow back!

  2. i did try white shadow- namely mac’s vanilla pigment- on my right crease the other time and my eye looked really puffy. the left eye, without the shadow, looked so much bigger and brighter in comparison.

  3. Mel, light colors (especially white) have the tendency to bring features forward. Hence we don’t normally use it on the crease – you want to create the illusion of depth on that area.

    I also suggested using white on your eyelid only if you have deep set eyes. This look is actually spotted on a lot of caucasian runway models.

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