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Guest Blogger: Stripes and Sequins’s Matchy Manifesto

This week, we’re lucky enough to have the uber-talented Grace of Stripes and Sequins on board for a week of blogging fun. Yesterday she laid down the bright blush gauntlet; today she’s talking about matching makeup and accessories. Read on!

Let’s talk about matching. No, I’m not talking about that whole early nineties trend of coordinating your lips, nails, and clothing. I’m talking more about selecting accessories and cosmetics that properly compliment each other. A few of my favorite combos:

Crystals & Coral. I’ve got a little bit of a bling obsession. The sparklier, the better —  Hence my love of all things DANNIJO and Bauble Bar, as well as J. Crew’s entire jewelry department. I’ve been known to pile on three or four sparkly bracelets at a time, and I’ve never met a statement necklace that I didn’t immediately covet. 

My favorite sparkly piece of all is my pair of DANNIJO Mariela earrings. Nothing looks better with piles of bling than a orange-toned red lip. That’s where NARS lipstick in Heat Wave comes in. (Sidenote:  This shade was also Jenna Lyons’ choice for the J. Crew Spring preview and catalog.) Just keep the rest of your look simple: A few coats of mascara, maybe a little bronzer… that’s all you need.

Turquoise & Tan. Can it please be summer already? I love a bronze glow, a coral lip — try Stila Lip Glaze in Tangerine — and a great piece of turquoise jewelry. This YSL ring and Kenneth Jay Lane earrings would complete the look perfectly.

Blushes & Nudes. Nothing looks sweeter for Spring than nude and blush-toned pieces paired with rose gold jewelry. I love these earrings from Bauble Bar, or this shirtdress from Topshop. Pair with a nice neutral nail like Deborah Lippmann Naked and a rosy cheek (check out yesterday’s post for some great recommendations).   

Learn how to rock bright lips with our Beauty Quick Fix: Lipstick.

Ready for spring? Pick up Cargo’s super wearable bronzer or a pretty neutral gloss in our Shop.