The perfect good-mood make-up for the coming summer: monochrome eyeshadow in bright colors...
Minimal effort for maximum effect: monochrome eyeshadow
What do Donatella Versace, Megan Thee Stallion, Nicola Coughlan from "Bridgerton", Dua Lipa, and Supriya Lele have in common? They've all been wearing this summer's eyeshadow trend: a pop of monochrome color.
Very different from the "Cut Crease" technique that has dominated the past few years - largely thanks to the YouTube tutorials emulating the Kardashians - this new approach is freer and more expressive in its approach. While the look is easy to achieve and refreshingly simple for those who have never quite mastered the precision of the cut crease, it's the opposite of natural and looks best in rainbow tones.
Thanks to the work of makeup artist Samantha Lau, Dua Lipa's eyelids perfectly matched the metallic rose shade of her sparkling Versace look for the March 14th Grammys. The dreamy rosy veil framed her eyes, reached to her brows when she appeared and was an unexpected way of wearing the color. Similarly, during her "Bridgerton" digital press tour, Nicola Coughlan opted for a neon pink color effect (worn with a lemon yellow dress and black cardigan by Molly Goddard for the Golden Globes) and, more recently, for cat eyes in petrol blue paired with a floral coat by Christopher Kane.
Another take on the monochrome make-up trend came thanks to Versace's Fall / Winter 2021 collection. The models included Gigi and Bella Hadid, Precious Lee, Adut Akech, and Sora Choi, each with dramatic cobalt blue or fuchsia cat eyes have been. Granted, mimicking Pat McGrath's artistry takes precise lines, but we think this look is still doable for anyone with a colored eyeliner, a cotton swab, and some micellar water.
Hiromi Ueda is the brain behind the one-shade eyeshadow look created by Supriya Lele for the Fall/Winter 2021 collection. The clothes won't go on sale for six months, but it can't hurt to try Hiromi's make-up technique now.
"When I saw the collection, I noticed that Supriya had used a lot of different fabrics. So the first thing I thought about was using shiny and shimmery textures in makeup to complement the collection," Hiromi told Miss Vogue. "The makeup inspiration is totally 90s."
As with the other examples of this trend, Hiromi explains that the eyeshadow has been put in the spotlight and little else has been added to it. "The skin is very fresh and pure with a shiny, dewy highlight. I applied a glossy, single-colored eyeshadow to the eyebrows, without eyeliner or mascara, because it should look effortless. And no strong blush or lipstick either." Your top tip for achieving the look? Work with different products to create a smooth texture that drapes over the lids easily and effectively. "I usually mix the eyeshadow with a little fat like petroleum jelly or balm so it's easy and smooth to spread," she explains. Hiromi's Hero product is MAC's "Pigment Pot" in "Silver Fog". "It's definitely time to change things up. Instead of wearing a simple black eyeliner look, it's fun to use an eyeshadow all over your eyelid for some color."
Hannah Coates, UK's Digital Beauty Editor, agrees. After a year in which you have done little or no make-up, this cheerful splash of color is the perfect way to get back to work. "It's bright, upbeat, and light-hearted - the ultimate gear for a lot of fun - and most importantly, it's good-looking," she explains. "After months of doing without makeup, a load of bright color on the eyelids feels extremely like summer 2021 - even if you are color-shy." Those new to wearing such bright colors should try Glossier's easy-to-apply "Lidstars", while those ready for all the colors of the rainbow should try Byredo's 18-color eyeshadow palette, she advises.