Monochromatic Makeup? Yeah, It's a Thing (and It's Not Boring)

We get it: The idea of wearing just a single makeup color might sound like a bit of a snoozefest. But a monochromatic makeup look can be surprisingly cool, depending on the color in question (no super-safe neutrals, thank you) and the way you use it. Sticking with one color keeps it simple, so you don’t have to worry about going through a million steps. And while you’re working with a limited range of colors—since bold shades aren’t really doable unless you’re extra gutsy—you’d be surprised at how many ways you can wear one color.

Take mauve. Sort of pink, sort of purple, mauve has a soft, romantic vibe that only gets better when it’s on the eyes, lips, and cheeks—making it perfect for a day date, fall wedding, or whenever you have a few minutes to spare. (Hey, why not?) With the help of Estée Lauder, we’re breaking down how to pull off monochromatic makeup like a pro. Start scrolling to find out how exactly to make the most of mauve.