How to Match Makeup to Jewellery

Perfectly matching your makeup to your jewellery will make both you, your outfit, and your jewels pop. Matching makeup and jewellery, however, isn’t always as simple as matching colours. Simply matching colours can even mean that your makeup and jewellery are competing for attention, rather than working together. 

There are, however, some easy tips for matching your makeup to your jewellery that will really up your fashion game. 

1. Use complementary colours

Rather than simply matching your makeup to the colour of your jewellery, you should use complementary colours. You can discover these by looking at a colour wheel and discovering what colour complements your jewellery item best.

Complementary colours are contrasting colours, so it may come as a surprise that they should go together. The contrast, however, brings out the colour in both your jewellery and your makeup. 

For example, emerald cut engagement rings look gorgeous when paired with soft pink tones. A pink nail polish and rosy eyeshadow will make your emerald stand out. 

2. Matching metals

Most of our jewellery is made from metal – with colours ranging from shimmering silvers and soft rose golds to eye-catching golds. Incorporating the colour of the metal into our makeup is simple and doesn’t always mean applying metallic eye shadow. 

A glistening silver can be complemented by some white eyeliner on your inner eye. A gold hoop will glow if paired with a warm, red lipstick. Pay attention to the subtle colouring of the metal your jewellery is made from and complement it with your makeup. 

3. Let one stand out

If you’re wearing a statement necklace or applying a bright lipstick, it’s important not to make your jewellery and your makeup compete with each other. 

Soft makeup will complement statement jewellery, ensuring that eyes are drawn straight to your jewellery rather than flicking between it and your makeup. 

Likewise, simple jewellery is the best option if you’re going for a dramatic makeup look. If your face is showcasing bright and unique makeup, there’s no need to over-accessorise. 

4. Remember your undertones

There are typically three undertones to skin colour – warm, cool, and neutral. We usually use these undertones to choose a foundation, but they’re also important for makeup and jewellery. 

You might already know that if you have a warm undertone to your skin, gold jewellery and warm makeup colours like orange, red, and yellow looks best. Likewise, cool undertones suit silver jewellery and cool makeup colours like green, blue, and purple. 

Matching the undertones of your skin, makeup, and jewellery is essential if you want an appealing and polished look. And if you have jewellery that doesn’t match your undertone, use makeup to enhance your undertones that also complements the colour of your jewellery. 

When matching your makeup to your jewellery, it’s easy to reach for matching colours or to overdo it. Most of the time, however, contrasting colours, matching undertones, and a less-is-more approach are all you need. With these simple tips, you can make sure your look is polished and your jewellery and makeup work together rather than against each other. 

Anabel Cooper

Anabel is a graduate of King’s College London and upon graduating, she set out on a journey to inspire and empower women through her words. Besides working as a digital marketing expert, Anabel is a freelance copywriter.