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Can one shade fit all? Think using the same colour on your eyes, cheeks and lips is a beauty no-no? The mono make-up trend will make you think twice - or should that be thrice? KATIE WRIGHT finds out how it's done.

Byline: KATIE WRIGHT

RECEIVED make-up wisdom decrees that you should only focus on one feature at a time - a smoky eye, a bold lip, etc - but there's a red carpet trend that eschews that notion.

As seen on Rihanna and model of the moment Gigi Hadid, the monochromatic look involves using one colour on the eyes, lips and cheeks, creating a beautifully 'pulled together' look.

"It's foolproof when you are super-busy and unable to do a full face of make-up," says Ruby Hammer, MBE, international make-up artist and make-up salon creative director for Urban Retreat at Harrods. "Plus, it takes the guess work out of co-ordinating your look!" But it's important to choose the best colour for you, of course. Here's the expert advice on four shades that will have you catching monomania in no time...

Hourglass Eyeshadow Palette in finity, PS56, MAC Eye Texture, PS13, maccosmetics.

THE BRONZE AGE TYING in with this fashion's current Nineties obsession, brown shades are best "if you have a medium to dark skin tone, and either blue or green/hazel eyes", according to Carla Wall, head make-up artist for Hourglass. "But always go for warmer tones; think bronze, golden and deep copper shades, as anything cooler can wash out the skin.

"On the eyes, use a palette that has a combination of satin, shimmer and matte colours. If you want to make the eyes more feline, use a darker tone on the outer corners in a V shape, and a lighter colour in the tear duct.

Hourglass Creme-to-Bronze Duo PS40, spacenk.

"Cheeks and skin should be enhanced with a bronzer, and if you have intensified the eyes, lips should be kept minimal and glossy.

Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Colour in Dulce De Leche, PS22, johnlewis.com "Hourglass Extreme Sheer Lip Gloss in Imagine and Ignite are a perfect complement for this. If you have kept the eyes neutral, then go for a stronger brown-toned lipstick, a la Rihanna."

IN THE PINK "A FAIR-SKINNED complexion, blonde with blue eyes, traditionally suits a pink look. However, depending on the shade, you can make it right for any skin tone," says Ruby. "For darker skin tones, you would need to move away from a pale pink and opt for something that's vibrant and has a real kick.

"Pick a soft colour for your cheeks and eyes, something very feminine - almost peachy - and then up the colour on your lips for maximum impact."

Modernist in spacenk.com " And lookout for multi-purpose cream products that you can double up with: "Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge comes in many shades and is fabulous as dual purpose. I also love Laura Mercier's Creme Cheek Colour, as it's long-lasting and allows you to build on coverage for a soft, velvety finish.

Shadow in co.uk CORAL RIFF ORANGE shades, particularly soft coral, are really flattering on paler complexions. "I would use these tones on someone who has a fair to medium skin tone. The warm, brighter tones complement deep brown eyes beautifully," advises Carla. "Keep eyes minimal, and focus on cheeks and lips. Use a sheer wash of colour on the eyes that you can double up as a blush.

Bobbi Rouge Cheeks "Using a lipstick as a blush is also fun. Pat it gently on the lips for a more sheer stain effect, and use your fingertips to apply a small amount on the cheeks, to give nice flushed effect."

powder Light, com THE GOLD STANDARD FOIL-LIKE gold lips were seen on the Prada spring catwalk, but for a mono metallic look you want a warm, subtle shimmer all over.

"People with olive, bronzed and darker-toned skins, who are brunette with brown eyes, match perfectly with a gold glistening finish," says Ruby. "A clear lip gloss with gold in it is the best way to take this look from catwalk to everyday wear, and you can urbanretreat.co.uk a hint on your cheeks, and a hint on the inner corners of your eyes or brow bones, too. I love this look for summer or on a night out.

"Gold powder products can double up well on eyes and cheeks, while cream products are ideal for cheeks and lips - you may just need to add a balm over the top to keep lips moist and glossy."

CAPTION(S):

Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette in Infinity, PS56, spacenk.com

MAC Eye Shadow in Texture, PS13, maccosmetics.co.uk

but want Hourglass Creme-to-powder Bronze Duo Light, PS40, spacenk.com Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Colour in Dulce De Leche, PS22, johnlewis.com

Rouge for Lips & Cheeks in Raspberry, PS19.50, bobbibrown.co.uk

Laura Mercier Creme Cheek Colour in Blaze, PS21.50, urbanretreat.co.uk

Chantecaille Brilliant Gloss in Folly, PS26, urbanretreat.co.uk Hourglass Opaque Rouge Lipstick in Riviera, PS23, spacenk.com
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