How to Coordinate Jewellery and Makeup

Posted by Clare Izaguirre on

You might already have a handle on which makeup brands complement your complexion and which hues accentuate your features. Perhaps you've even mastered the knack for identifying precious metal tones that suit your skin tone. 

But do you know how to match your jewellery and makeup to take your style to the next level?

In this guide, we'll take a look at the art of harmonising jewellery with makeup (yes, it is an art!) offering you a unique perspective on how to couple your boho jewellery choices with just the right makeup that pops.

The Boho Look

We can’t start this blog without giving a nod to the bohemian approach to jewellery and makeup which leans towards a more natural aesthetic. 

Effortless looks that embody freedom and liberation are the essence of boho style and represent Aquila Jewellery through and through. 

And with bohemian flair comes the canvas for artistic expression and creativity, allowing for exploration with colours, textures, and looks.

Blending Jewellery and Makeup

While it might not be an immediately obvious pairing, makeup and jewellery can work in perfect harmony to enhance your features, draw attention to your skin, and accentuate your jewellery. 

After all, celebrities (or rather their team of stylists and makeup artists) do it all the time! 

Selecting Appropriate Colours

It all begins with choosing colours that work with your skin tone, attire, and the occasion.

It’s a great way to decide whether to choose gold or silver jewellery, too.

Here are some pointers:

Warm Tones

Gold jewellery complements warm-toned makeup, such as gold and brown eyeshadows and warm lip shades, making it ideal for evening events. Our beautiful gold collection features a neutral gold tone that suits and flatters all skin tones (yes, your skin tone too!).

Cool Tones

Silver or white gold jewellery pairs well with cool-toned makeup, like pastel eyeshadows and cool lip shades, offering a modern and fresh look suitable for daytime outings. 

Side note —we don’t mean reliving the 80s with those pastels. Think of eye colours with shimmer or iridescence for a fresh take.

Explore our silver collection, which includes both rustic and minimal everyday pieces with a boho edge.

Consider the Occasion

Before diving into the specifics of makeup and jewellery pairing, it's crucial to consider the occasion. Different events demand varying levels of glamour and formality. 

Daytime Casual

For casual brunches or daytime gatherings, opt for a relaxed and natural look. 

Light foundation, nude lips, and a touch of mascara can create a fresh look that pairs nicely with understated jewellery choices like t-shirts, high-neck tops, and casual jumpers adorned with necklaces and simple stud earrings.

Evening Glamour

Consider bolder makeup and jewellery for formal evenings such as weddings or cocktail parties. Dramatic makeup, like red lips and winged eyeliner, paired with statement gold or silver drop earrings or unique statement pieces, can make a strong impact.

Colour Coordination

Did you know that makeup and jewellery can be coordinated based on colour schemes? 

Coordinating the colours of your makeup and jewellery can really bring together an overall look, so start experimenting!

Complementary Colors

Use makeup shades that complement the colours of your jewellery. 

For example, if you're wearing gold earrings, metallic bronze or earthy gold eyeshadow can enhance their hue. You don’t need to go full Grace Jones with this but using your jewellery as a guide for matching tones is a wonderfully natural way to guide your makeup choices.

Monochromatic Look

Creating a monochromatic appearance where your makeup and jewellery share a similar colour can offer a cohesive look.

Balance Boldness

While matching bold makeup with bold jewellery can be striking, striking the right balance is essential to avoid looking overdone. 

We love Joan Collins, but that isn’t what we’re going for here.

Statement Makeup with Subtle Jewellery

If you opt for bold eyeshadow or vibrant lipstick, keep your jewellery understated. Choose smaller stud earrings or delicate bracelets to ensure your makeup remains the focal point, with the jewellery complementing it.

Dramatic Jewellery with Subtle Makeup.

On the other hand, when wearing a dramatic statement piece like a chunky necklace or oversized earrings, go for subtle makeup. 

Neutral eyeshadows, nude lips, and a light blush can complement your jewellery without overpowering your face.

Related content: Which earrings best suit my face shape

Match Neckline and Earrings

The neckline of your outfit and the earrings you choose play a vital role in achieving a cohesive look:

V-Neck or Strapless

These necklines provide an excellent opportunity to showcase a dramatic necklace, like the Palawan Mixed Metal Necklace

Select a necklace that complements the neckline's shape and depth, and opt for stud earrings or small hoops to maintain a balanced look.

High Neck or Turtleneck

When wearing a high neckline, focus on earrings instead. Statement earrings or dangling designs can draw attention to your face, adding length to your neck and décolletage.

All in all…

Whether it’s a formal function, a casual day visit, a choice of necklines or your skin tone, pairing makeup with your jewellery can make a real impact. 

Have fun, experiment and don’t forget to look at your jewellery for inspiration and let it inform your choices.



Do you have any makeup and jewellery pairing tips of your own? Feel free to share them in the comments below – we'd love to hear from you!




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