Following the Monochromatic Trend: Radiant Orchid Edition

Following the Monochromatic Trend: Radiant Orchid Edition

posted on: 2.12.2014

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I can't quite pinpoint when my obsession with monochromatic looks started, but I think it may have started in my graphic design classes in high school when we were forced to create work with a monochromatic color scheme since the printer couldn't print more than one color. Sometimes monochromatic looks can be out-there and zany, and those tend to be the looks that get the most traction online. So when most people think "monochromatic makeup," they probably think of shades of cobalt or violet splattered on the face in the most avant-garde way. Well, I am here to tell you it is entirely possible to make monochromatic totally wearable. I swear!

And since Pantone declared "Radiant Orchid" as the color of the year (which is really just a glorified name for the color magenta), I figured I would do a monochromatic look using magenta! And it is super easy to achieve this. For the eyes, I used a shimmery purple base (Chanel Illusoire Illusion D'Ombre), and topped it with a shimmery taupey-purple eyeshadow (Stila Encore Color Pigment). Make sure to blend it well into the crease, and add a light shimmery pink in the inner corners. Add eyeliner (I winged mine out) and mascara, and the eyes are done!

Now for a fun fact: my cheek color and lip color are exactly the same. I used an OCC Lip Tar as my lipstick and my blush. That's a pro tip! I love how versatile lip tars are. I used the OCC Lip Tar in Lydia, which is this amazing mauve/magenta color, and I am totally obsessed with it as a blush color. When applying a lip tar as a blush, you only need the tiniest amount to blend onto your cheeks. For all my pale girls out there: this shade of blush looks AMAZING on. I was seriously surprised.

And that's it. So easy! The best way to achieve monochromatic looks is using the same product for your lips and cheeks. Sometimes you can even manage to use the same product on the eyes, too. Depends on how spontaneous you're feeling, though. Have you ever tried wearing a monochromatic makeup look out? Let me hear your stories!
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48 comments:

  1. I've never tried a monochromatic look but it looks beautiful on you so I may have to give that a try!

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  2. Does pink eyeshadow, pink blush and pink lipstick count? That's what I usually do.

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  3. This is a really nice look! I haven't done anything beyond my usual tinted moisturizer, eyeliner, mascara and occasional bronzer in months. I will have to try this out!

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  4. Oh my word. You are so gorgeous. What a beautiful makeup palate! WOW! It is so nice to meet you today via SITS. Wishing you a beautiful day! Love, Becky

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  5. I LOVE how the color looks on the lips. I may have to give it a try. I need to pick up a Radiant Orchid shade at Sephora. That way I can pretend it's spring/summer in Chicago.

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    1. Do it!! I love the Lydia lip tar. It is a favorite of mine! I didn't really think it would look that great on, but it totally does!

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  6. Wow! So pretty! I feel like I might need to try this color now.

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  7. You look great! Love your eyes the most - that eyeliner is perfectly done! I need to learn how to do mine like that. What do you use?

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  8. That's a really pretty lipstick color - goes great with your skin tones! #SITSblogging

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  9. This look is so nice on you, I need to try this technique more often :)I always try to mix, but never match!

    Jordan | Boho Vanity

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  10. LUV this color! I did certain parts of my website in similar colors. <3 www.sweetanddownlow.com #SITSblogging

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  11. I've not tried a monochromatic makeup look before but you are right, this is totally wearable. Love it!

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  12. This is a gorgeous look! :) I am not a huge make-up person- maybe I need to stop over here more often and get some tips from you. I am lucky to get some foundation and blush on most days, lol.
    Stopping by from the SITS Girls Comment Love Tribe.

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  13. Gorgeous! I didn't know you could use the same thing on lips and cheeks.

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    1. Yep! Not too many think that you can do that, but it is entirely possible!

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  14. Very pretty, especially with your dark hair! I wish I could wear lipstick, it's always a huge disaster on me due to super dry lips. Plus I never remember to reapply!

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    1. Aw thanks! And try making a DIY lip scrub... It'll totally help with the dry lips!

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  15. Your lip color is beautiful! I have a bright pink that I wear on occasion, but I usually stick to lighter colors!

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  16. How gorgeous! I'm definitely not a big make-up person, but this look is so pretty!

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  17. Great tips and fun look. I need to explore more colors for sure!! #SITSBlogging.

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  18. Gorgeous! I recently picked up a coconut cream blush & love it. The color is so vibrant and stays all day.

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    1. Ooh I just bought a coconut based gel blush recently as well and they're so great!!

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  19. This looks so lovely! I love that lip color too!!
    Kallie @ But First, Coffee

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  20. This is a beautiful look! And you're gorgeous!!! I laughed reading radiant orchid though. Sounds like a silly crayon color ;) hahaha! I love your blog though!!! Let's keep in touch!!

    {Visiting from SITS! We're in the same comment love tribe!}

    Caitlin

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    1. LOL thanks! It totally does sound like a crayon color!

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  21. Looks beautiful! I love looks that appear flawless and light, like barely any makeup. #SITSblogging

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