How-to-do : Monochrome Plum makeup Look


Hey everyone!

Today I’m doing Monochrome Plum look which is perfect for an evening party. Monochrome has been in vogue for a while now and earthy monochrome makeup looks have been spotted over and over on the runway. In my adaptation of the look, the eyes are a soft smokey plum and on the lips, I’ve worn a sheer blackcurrant lip color. To balance the whole look, I’ve used a warm pink blush on the cheeks. There is a step-wise guide in this post on how you can achieve this look.

This is not the most wearable of looks but it makes a fashion statement!


Look : Monochrome Plum makeup
Look : Monochrome Plum makeup


Look : Monochrome Plum makeup
Look : Monochrome Plum makeup




Products used for the eyes : 

  1. MAC Fluidline : Dark Diversion
  2. MAC eye shadow : Twinks
  3. MAC eye shadow : Sable
  4. MAC eye shadow : Ricepaper
  5. L’oreal Paris black gel liner
  6. Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Mascara
Products used for plum eye makeup
Products used for plum eye makeup


Look : Monochrome Plum makeup
Look : Monochrome Plum makeup


How to achieve this look ~


  • Start by applying a wash of plum gel liner (MAC Dark Diversion) all over the lid. 
  • Using a fluffy brush like MAC 217, soften the edges of the liner in the crease using MAC Twinks eye shadow.
  • Next, using the same brush and MAC Sable eye shadow, sweep the color a little above the crease to create a gradient between MAC Twinks and MAC Sable eye shadows. This way, the lid is darkest with the color softening as we move to the browbone.
  • With a liner brush or using the flat edge of a shader brush,  apply a small amount of Dark Diversion fluidline along the outer half of the lower lash line. Make sure to keep the intensity of the color very soft.
  • Highlight the inner corner and browbone using a subtle highlighter like MAC Ricepaper.
  • Line upper lash line softly with black gel liner keeping the intensity very soft.
  • Finish the look by applying a coat of volumizing mascara and filling the brows.


The finished look ~


Look : Monochrome Plum makeup
Look : Monochrome Plum makeup


Products used for the Face ~ 


  1. Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation : No. 52
  2. Clinique Blended face powder : No. 3
  3. NYX HD Grinding blush : Sangria in Madrid
Products used for the face
Products used for the face



How to do the face makeup ~


  • I wanted the look to be slightly dewy but not overly so. I started by applying a generous amount of moisturizer on a cleansed face. I then proceeded to go the eye makeup to give sufficient time for the moisturizer to sink into the skin.
  • Once the eyes were done, I applied Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation all over the face and neck using Coastal Scents stippling foundation brush.
  • I then used Clinique blended face powder on the T-zone and jawline leaving out the cheeks to retain the slight dewiness of the foundation.
  • Lastly, I used NYX blush in shade Sangria in Madrid over the apples of the cheeks, blending it upwards. I’d recommend using a vivid pink blush like this, a very natural blush might wash you out since the eyes and lips are borderline gothic.


Products used for the lips ~

  • MAC Lipstick – Black Current
MAC lipstick - Black Current
MAC lipstick – Black Current


Look : Monochrome Plum makeup
Look : Monochrome Plum makeup


Look : Monochrome Plum makeup
Look : Monochrome Plum makeup


[note color=”#FFE4C4″]Since both the eyes and the lips have a strong color, the key here to keep both understated so that the look doesn’t become overwhelming. This is the reason I have kept the waterline bare and not made the eyes very smokey. For the lips too, I have used a sheer lipstick instead of a very pigmented one. Its also important to use a vivid blush when the eyes/lips are dark unless you intentionally want a gothic look. I used a bright pink to give a soft feminine touch to the look (used with heavy hand for the pictures).

Hope you liked the look and the how-to guide. Don’t forget to leave your comments below! [/note]


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  1. Awesome look. I can never even dream of wearing such lip shades but this suits u tooooo well. The blush looks stunning too 🙂

  2. awesome ankita! love ur eye makeup. u hv blended the shadows so well. very flattering… made me want to try this look. too bad i dont have any mac shadows 🙁

    ankita, can u plz do a post on must have shadows from mac for novices? and how to use them?

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