How to Wear Jewel-Toned Makeup Like a Pro

'Tis the season after all

photo: Carolina Herrera

Words by Sarah Jane Lanagan
December 14th, 2018

Jewel-toned makeup is always popular when it comes to autumn/winter trends and this year was no different. We saw deep aubergine lips at Erdem, bold blues at the Carolina Herrera show in New York, and ruby reds on the Alexander McQueen AW18 runway in Paris.

Jewel tones are luxurious, rich shades of ruby, sapphire and emerald. They’re perfect for the festive season, offering an alternative to the traditional black and grey tones. So, if you want to add a little luxe feel to your look this party season, here’s your guide to wearing them like a pro.

Opulent Lips

Rochas AW18
Erdem AW18

When it comes to jewel tones, the easiest way to wear them is with a rich lip colour. Take your cue from the likes of Erdem and Rochas who both chose to focus on lips this season. At Erdem, Val Garland created a wine coloured stain by slightly smudging on a satin lipstick, while makeup artist Lynsey Alexander designed the look for Rochas using a ruby red liquid lipstick with added pigment on top for a velvet finish.

Get the look:

Lipstick Queen Famous Last Words Liquid Lipstick, €25.50, at

NARS x Erdem Lipstick in ‘Wildflower’, €27, at


Bold Eyes

Dries Van Noten AW18
Carolina Herrera AW18

At Dries Van Noten, jewel tones were used in a different way entirely as emerald green and blue lashes took centre stage. Meanwhile, traditional smoky eyes were swapped for bold blues hues at the Carolina Herrera show in New York this year. The trick to mastering the look at home is to give depth by adding a deeper shade of blue along the lash line, and then add plenty of black mascara for definition.

Get the look:

Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Vinyl Couture, €32.50, at

Marc Jacobs Eye-conic Multi Finish Eyeshadow Palette in ‘Smartorial’, $49, at


Jewelled Eyes

Taking the jewel-toned look to the extreme, and translating it in a more literal way was Kate Spade. For the AW18 show, models sported small diamantes on lids, which sparkled in the light. Similarly, at Prada, makeup artist Pat McGrath created a punk look in different tones of purple and green that included crystals for an added edge.

Get the look:

Swarovski Crystals Pack of 100, £4.31, at

Ardell Duo Lash Adhesive, €10, at


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