The Monochrome Look Is Back!

March 1, 2007

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.


  • Reply Anonymous March 3, 2007 at 9:45 am

    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!

  • Reply Anonymous March 3, 2007 at 9:46 am

    Any idea of how to draw that line above the lid?

  • Reply mel March 3, 2007 at 9:48 am

    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.

  • Reply Phyllis March 3, 2007 at 10:57 am

    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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