Perfect Pairs: Makeup Looks To Go With Your Fave Jewelry

The holidays are the perfect time to bring out your most blingtastic baubles — but how do you keep them from overwhelming your entire look? The key is in your makeup. Balancing your statement pieces with your beauty look is a tightrope walk of knowing which features to enhance and which to play down. We asked Chanel celebrity makeup artist Kara Yoshimoto Bua to give us the scoop on what makeup looks — from a smoky eye to a bold lip — pair perfectly with some of our fave holiday jewelry.
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Delicate Pieces

When your jewelry is more toned down, your makeup should be as well — you don't want to go too dramatic or risk overwhelming the simplicity of the piece. Instead, Bua says to opt for a neutral smoky eye and rosy lip combo.

To get the look, she recommends using Chanel Quadra Eyeshadow in Mystic Eyes. "Apply the medium shade in the crease and under the bottom lash line. Use a big, fluffy eyeshadow brush to blend the pigment above the crease, about halfway to the brow and outwards, following the natural curve of your brow bone. Curve around the outside of the eyes to connect to the lower lash line. Blend, blend, blend so there are no hard lines!" Add a rose hue to your lips and bronzer on your cheeks and forehead, where the sun naturally hits your face.

Alexis Bittar Gold Aster Pendant, $195, available at Bloomingdale's.

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Statement Earrings

These draw attention up to your eyes, so consider them your opportunity to go wild with your lips. "To balance out large sparkly earrings, I would go with a really simple eye and a fuchsia or bright red lip," says Bua. Apply a wash of medium-toned eyeshadow to your lids, followed by a light, shimmery shade on the middle of the lid and inner corners — Bua says this will create an enhanced, open-eyed effect that won't compete with the jewelry. Add a creamy fuchsia color to lips to make your pout really pop.

Talullah Tu Brushed Gold Long Chain Earrings, $25.45, available at ASOS.

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An Attention-Seeking Necklace

When the focal point of your look is a chunky necklace, you want to keep the lower half of your face subtle, so as to not compete with the showy jewelry. Instead, Bua says to put the focus on your eyes and leave your lips neutral. Create a dramatic smoky eye by layering black and gray shadows on your lids, concentrating the darkest colors close to your lash line, and blending outwards.

Charlotte Hosten Au Champlain Necklace, $310, available at Anthropologie.

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