What We're Trying Now: Monochromatic Makeup

08/17/2011 11:25 am ET | Updated Oct 11, 2012

Clockwise from left: NARS, Prada FW2011 -, Laura Mercier, Fresh, Smashbox, Valentino FW11 & SS11 -

Sometimes subtle says it best. Mixing warm tones -- in soft peachy, apricot shades -- is an easy way to enhance your natural glow (and avoid looking too washed out). Even better, you can often use the same product on different parts of your face. This week, we're channeling the subdued skin tone palettes at Prada and Valentino.

For eyes, a tawny, almost clay-colored shadow is a fresh alternative to heavy liner. Follow by highlighting the inner corner of the eyes and beneath the brow for an even brighter, more wide-awake effect. To create an ethereal, lit-from-within flush, add a touch of illuminator to cheekbones (and even eyelids). Finish your look with a tinted balm like Fresh Sugar Honey lip treatment -- the sheer color will look like your natural lip color, but better. Plus, the barely-there shade pinch-hits as a dewy blush.

where to buy:

NARS Illuminator in Copacabana, $29,

Laura Mercier Sateen Eye Color in Canyon Clay, $22,

Fresh Sugar Honey Tinted Lip Treatment, $22.50,

Smashbox Eyebeam Double-Ended Brightener, $22,

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