If your makeup is as bold as your accessories, is that such a good combination, or is it too much? With so many options on the colour and style front with watches – alongside some eye-popping makeup shades – timepiece enthusiasts who love to follow the latest fashions may need some tips.
“I have about 20 watches and I would love to know how to mix and match those,” says digital marketing executive Leslie Tang. “I love fashion watches and I’d like to know what kind of makeup look goes with them. It’d be fun creating it.” Eve Roth Lindsay, who runs image consultancy Savvy Style, says the blending of the two depends on the rest of the outfit and your skin tone.
“There is no reason you can’t wear some gorgeous colours around your eyes if you are wearing a ‘bling’ watch,” says Lindsay. “Just remember to tie it all in using your best colours”, such as “warm” or “cool”, depending on your hair and skin colour. “Rose gold is perfect because it goes with everyone,” she says, “as do diamonds”.
Lindsay says bright pink accessories have made a comeback with the recent rehashing of 80s fashions, but she says to be careful of going overboard with this. It’s not only in the clothes, but accessories such as watches (Louis Vuitton released the Tambour Heart watch with a pink sapphire and bright pink strap earlier this year). “Bright pink is such a fabulous 80s colour right now, but it is bright,” she says. “The trick is to make sure it is only your watch that pops. If you overdo your makeup, no one will notice your gorgeous new watch.”
However, a bright pink seasonal time-piece with the right shade of makeup colours can give your makeup the zing it needs.
“As well as giving your watch a chic appearance, makeup can work magic by tying in the colours. Go with softer pinky shades of opal or lavender shadows and rose or candy blushes to keep it from looking too costumey,” says Lindsay. A new watch by Tag Heuer in a baby soft pink called Formula 1 Chronograph Diamonds colour be a safter option to blend with lighter pink eye colours.
Yet being winter, many women prefer to go for stronger shades when it comes to makeup. The red lip look is a favorite this time of year as they don darker clothes and a more dramatic look. Can pink and red go together?
Yes, says Lindsay, if the lipstick is the right texture.
“Try wearing one of the newer sheer lipsticks which will give your lips a subtle shot of red as opposed to bold, red lips, which might take over from your watch. Add a little light gloss on top to keep your lips soft and luscious looking.”
Many women love their accessories to sparkle, but are wary of the makeup equivalent With a diamond-adorned watch this season – such as the Omega Constellation 2009 Collection with its complete “white” diamond finish – is it possible to overdo the festive sparkle look with cosmetics? Lindsay says yes.
“Glitter is great as long as it’s flattering and not distracting,” says Lindsay. “You will be glittering away like mad in your diamond-studded watch, so it is better to keep your makeup toned down. Avoid any glitter in your eye shadows, cheeks and nail polish. One glittery item at a time is perfect.”
Yet Lindsay says wearing little or no makeup while brandishing a glamorous wrist watch is not a good match. The idea, she says, is balance.
“To look pulled together and chic, your watch should work with the rest of your outfit. If your watch is very bejeweled, then you should be dressed appropriately with your clothes and also your makeup. Always wear makeup that balances your watch. For example, if you are wearing a diamond encrusted watch, you will need to be wearing a bit of makeup to pull it off.”
As was seen on Chanel’s catwalk for autumn-winter 2009, the “gothic” – inspired eye and lip is here. Lindsay says this works wonders with a statement piece. “A black diamond-studded watch is going to look amazing with grey smoky eyes and hot red lips,” she says.
A classic example of this would be the new Omega Seamaster Plant Ocean “Jewellery” Co-Axial watch with a black leather strap and diamond features on the face alongside Chanel or Mac’s new blacks, burgundy and midnight blue nail lacquers, eye shadows are lip glosses.