Jewelry-Inspired Beauty Looks Take Over the Spring 2014 Runway

You've heard of wearing jewelry to complement your face, but how about makeup to complement your jewelry? This season backstage, makeup and nail artists were inspired by the shimmer and shine of jewels and precious metals to very creative effect.
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You've heard of wearing jewelry to complement your face, but how about makeup to complement your jewelry? This season backstage, makeup and nail artists were inspired by the shimmer and shine of jewels and precious metals to very creative effect.
Jason Wu, Thakoon, 3.1 Phillip Lim

Jason Wu, Thakoon, 3.1 Phillip Lim

You've heard of wearing jewelry to complement your face, but how about makeup to complement your jewelry? This season backstage, makeup and nail artists were inspired by the shimmer and shine of jewels and precious metals to very creative effect.

At Jason Wu, makeup artist Diane Kendal managed to make gold eye glitter look regal rather than Real Housewife. Hair stylist Odile Gilbert noted that a Wu girl should always look expensive, and nothing says 'ka-ching' quite like gold, right? The eyes played off the gold hair accessories, which yes, looked very expensive. The key to getting this eye sparkle without the kitsch is to lay it on a smoky base. Kendal used the Bronze Armour Lancome palette to make a very sophisticated smoky eye, then layered very finely milled pro glitter on top of that. (To make it stick better, dip brush in water. Use masking tape to remove floaters from your face.)

One of my favorite looks of the season--and one of the most unique--came courtesy of makeup artist Francelle Daly at 3.1 Phillip Lim. Daly said she was inspired by a pair of holographic sunglasses in the collection which reminded her of opals, so she recreated it on the whole face. She used an iridescent icy blue eye shadow from the NARS Iceland Duo and brushed it on the bridge of the nose down to the chin, and as a highlighter above the apples of the cheeks. It was a look that was out-there, but not so weird that I wouldn't consider trying it in real life. It looked good on all the models' skin.

Finally, there was the nail look at Thakoon. Pearly nail polish is nothing new, and I think it sometimes skews a bit older. But the shade and depth was absolutely perfect at Thakoon. Thakoon's entire collection was dripping in pearls, so the inspiration was a no-brainer. Manicurist Gina Edwards used "Adorned in Diamonds" (which is pearly, not diamond-y--weird) from nail polish newcomer brand Morgan Taylor.

Now go out there and shine bright like a diamond.