Runway To Real Life: Rodarte’s Crystal Eyeliner

Does crystal eyeliner look ridiculous unless you’re Kendall Jenner? I found out.
Publish date:
March 13, 2015
wavy hair, runway beauty, dewy makeup, rodarte, rhinestone eyeliner

It’s no secret that I go gaga over Fashion Month, especially when it comes to learning the backstage beauty tricks of some of the industry’s heavy hitters. For the first week of this season, though, I was admittedly pretty bored. No-makeup makeup? Come on! We’ve seen that one just over a gazillion times, am I right?

That’s why Rodarte’s Fall 2015 show felt so refreshing. Not only were models sporting apricot-hued blush on their eyelids, but also a strip of teensy crystals just below their bottom lash lines.

Then came my real concern: could I rock this look in real life? Come with me on my quest to find out.


I started with foundation and concealer for a fresh-faced look. Makeup artist James Kaliardos used only NARS products for Rodarte, so I at least used the brand for my face makeup: NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation and NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer.

Models at the show had the prettiest rosy glow. I duplicated the look by swiping Dior Rosy Glow Blush in Petal just below my cheekbones.

To create a lit-from-within glow, I dabbed RMS Beauty Living Luminizer, a gorgeous cream illuminator, on my cheekbones, chin, forehead, nose, and inner eyes.


After priming eyelids and lightly filling in brows, I tapped my personal favorite peachy blush on my lids: Benefit Majorette Cream Blush. I worked the color just outside my outer corners, blending well as I went.

Next, the hard part: using tweezers, I applied a row of tiny rhinestones (which I bought for a few bucks at my local craft store) just below my lower lash lines.

If you can’t find rhinestones with sticky backs, false eyelash glue will work like a gem. Note: the key here is to keep the rhinestones from getting too close to your inner and outer corners, or mimicking your lash line too closely. Much edgier!

Finally, I finished with a light coat of CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara.


Rodarte’s beauty look featured the perfect pinky nude lip. I swiped on a layer of NARS Audacious Lipstick in Brigitte, then topped it with Kevyn Aucoin The Lip Gloss in Tulapina.


After middle-parting my hair, I spritzed on a texturizing spray--here I’m using Living Proof Instant Texture Mist--and scrunched until I had a bit of wavy body.

All in all, I love the subtle radiance of this look--it’s almost angelic. The row of crystals is a little much for everyday life, though. I could see myself copying this look again in the future--but with just one crystal in the inner corner of each eye.

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