Runway To Real Life: Rodarte’s Crystal Eyeliner

Does crystal eyeliner look ridiculous unless you’re Kendall Jenner? I found out.
Kate F.
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Does crystal eyeliner look ridiculous unless you’re Kendall Jenner? I found out.

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.

rodarte fall 2015 beauty look

Rodarte Fall 2015 RTW. Photo via Into The Gloss.

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.

rodarte fall 2015 foundation

All prepped and primed.

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.

rodarte fall 2015 blush

Adding the blush.

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.

rodarte fall 2015 highlighter

Illuminated? Check.


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.

rodarte fall 2015 eyeshadow

Blush as eye shadow isn't as weird as you'd think!

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!

rodarte fall 2015 crystal eyeliner

This part's a little tough, but so worth it!

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

rodarte fall 2015 crystal eyeliner

The finished eye look.


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.

rodarte fall 2015 lip gloss

Rodarte face: done.


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.

rodarte fall 2015 textured hair

A few quick spritzes in the hair...

rodarte fall 2015 real life

...and I'm done!

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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