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How to Pair Your Jewelry with MakeUp

by Sandy Taylor

Jewelry and makeup are the two finishing touches that tie the look together, and they can be used to accentuate certain areas or highlight our best features. However, what many of us don’t realize is that when we match our jewelry to our makeup, it can help us stand out even more. After all, they are two important parts of our outfits, so the need to harmonize them makes perfect sense. As with all things, moderation is key, and in order to avoid taking things to the extreme, there are a couple of rules that need to be followed in order to achieve a look that is cohesive, balanced, and pleasing to the eye. Let’s take a look at these four useful tips on how to complement your jewelry with makeup.

Use Complementary Colors

The color wheel can be a pretty handy tool when coming up with new makeup looks and trying to match them to your colored jewelry and understanding how complementary colors work is key to creating amazing looks. When trying to coordinate your jewelry to your makeup, you need to think in terms of contrast. Now, you may assume that contrast means clashing colors, but color blocking can sometimes actually help balance out your overall look. Let’s say you’re going out for dinner, and you’re wearing white pearls. Now, the complementary color for white is black, so you can go with a dark eyeshadow to complement your neutral jewelry. This is a classic example of a contrasting combination, and the result is a polished, charming look. If you’re working with colored jewelry, say, blue or green earrings, choose lipstick in their complementary colors – orange and red to make the jewelry pop and add some pizzazz to the whole look.

Highlight Jewelry Details With Makeup

Coordinating your makeup with your jewelry is another way to highlight your accessories and spice up your outfit. If you’re wearing a piece of jewelry that has a particular colored detail that you would like to emphasize, you can do that by choosing the makeup that echoes that certain hue. For example, let’s say you’re wearing hoop earrings that have an interesting shiny detailing. You can accentuate that subtle accessory by applying white eyeshadow and adding silver glitter on top in order to coordinate the two You could also try to apply glitter eyeshadow. If you prefer a bolder look, combine a bright red lipstick and bronze eye makeup with a ruby ring for an interesting pop of color or pair bangles with emerald details with a teal eyeshadow and a nude lip for a show-stopping look.

Pay Attention to the Undertones

Another factor that you need to consider if you want to complement your jewelry with your makeup is to pay attention to the undertones. As yFu probably know already, there are three types of undertones – warm, cool, and neutral. Now, this is where your skin tone plays a significant role, as it determines which makeup and jewelry look better on you. Metals in cool tones generally look better on women with dominant cool undertones. If you tend to wear a lot of silver, white gold, and platinum jewelry, it’s best to opt for makeup that has cooler undertones. Lipsticks and eyeshadows in pastel colors such as baby blue, rose pink, and pastel green will harmonize with cool-toned metals. On the other hand, metals such as gold, copper, bronze, and pewter will look great on warm-toned skin, while makeup in muted, warm and earthy tones such as camel, bronze, mochas, and olive will suit this skin tone perfectly. Girls with neutral tones can wear both cool and warm metals, and their complexion allows them to pull off almost any makeup look.

Mind the Finishes

The next tip on our list has to do with coordinating the texture of the makeup with the texture of the jewelry you’re wearing. The trick here is to emphasize either your jewelry or your makeup instead of letting them compete. For example, let’s say you’re wearing matte jewelry. Matte finish is a non-reflective finish which means that it is understated, and it is perfect for those makeup looks that are more attention-grabbing, such as bold lips or dark eyeshadows, but it can also look great on simple, neutral makeup looks. On the other hand, sparkly, shiny, glittery pieces of jewelry will demand a subtle, matte makeup look. If you’re wearing silver earrings and a silver necklace with detailing on them, it is best to let them do the eye-talking. Don’t overshadow them with bold lips and eyeshadows, but rather stick with neutral, earthy tones and let the jewelry take the spotlight. Use hues that are several tones darker than your skin, and add a little bit of highlighter to spice up your makeup look.

Gone are the days when jewelry and makeup were considered two separate worlds. Nowadays, the focus is on a seamlessly blended look, and makeup and jewelry are being flawlessly synchronized and perfectly merged to create a sense of continuity and cohesiveness. By following these four tips on how to achieve a complementary look, you are certain to always look polished, elegant, and put-together. 


About the Author: Fiona Wood is a lifestyle blogger based in Melbourne, Australia. She is a fan of beauty, fashion, and healthy lifestyle. In spare time, she plays tennis and travels around the world.

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