Monochromatic Eye Makeup Ideas to Try With Your Favorite Eyeshadow Shade

November 18, 2022
Trishna Rikhy
By: Trishna Rikhy | by L'Oréal
Person wearing a bright blue monochromatic eyeshadow look, where the blue eyeshadow is applied all over the eyelid and along the lower lash line.
Sometimes, less is more. This is definitely the case when it comes to monochromatic eyeshadow. Instead of using multiple shades of eyeshadow, which is common when creating a look like a diffused smoky eye, monochromatic eyeshadow involves applying just one bold shade to the eyelid — typically all over the area and even along the lower lash line to create a halo effect. It’s simple and effortless yet still fun and chic. It also looks amazing with a few layers of volumizing mascara on your lashes. 

Intrigued? Keep scrolling to find nine monochromatic eyeshadow looks to inspire your own take on the trend. 

Our Favorite Monochromatic Eyeshadow Looks to Try Now

Pretty in Pink

Paired with a pink lip and a light dusting of rosy blush, this pretty pink eyeshadow look is a must-try. The best part? It only takes one eyeshadow shade to achieve.

Chocolate Brown Eyeshadow

Brown eyeshadow flatters any eye color, and this rich chocolate shade is the perfect choice for trying the monochromatic eyeshadow trend. @livhudsonmakeup paired the single-hued shadow look with a dark brown lip to create an edgy ’90s vibe. You could also try it with a nude gloss for a softer glam. The NYX Professional Makeup Jumbo Eye Pencil in Frappe makes getting a similar look super easy — all you need to do is apply the pencil to your eyelids and blend it out with your fingers or a makeup brush.

Baby Blues

With the Y2K aesthetic making a huge comeback, it was only a matter of time before blue eyeshadow did, too — and we’re into it. A bright cyan shade is just right for creating a playful monochrome look. For the perfect matte icy blue, try the Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Sticks in Fishbowl.

Fiery Red

Red eyeshadow is always a statement, whether or not you blend it out with another color, and we love that this monochrome moment involves applying one shade to the entire eyelid.

Go for Green

Use a lime green eyeshadow or eyeliner to create a bold graphic eye makeup shape. We love the Maybelline New York TattooStudio Sharpenable Longwear Neon Eyeliner in Lime Smash. Take the shade to your lashes like @Iamkaylabeauty with colored mascara or tinted falses.

Sleek Silver

Silver eyeshadow might just be one of the coolest looks there is. To try this look, you can either stick with silver eyeshadow as-is, or outline it with some rhinestones as @laraloveseditorial did here.

Sunshiny Yellow

Got a thing for yellow eyeshadow? The shade works with almost any lip color, which is a major bonus when creating an easy everyday look.

Perfect Purple

A little inner corner shimmer gives this purple look a brightening effect. We love how this look incorporates the purple shade on the lower lash line, too. For a deeper purple look, we recommend reaching for the Giorgio Armani Beauty Eye Tint Long-Lasting Liquid Eyeshadow in Garçonne.

Coral Dreams

This coral shade is perfect all on its own — just add mascara to complete the look and draw more attention to your eyes. The Valentino Beauty Eye2Cheek Blush and Eye Color in Call Me Coral 06 is the perfect choice for recreating this look. 

Photo: @hooperartistry, Design: Juliana Campisi

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