New Year’s Eve is a widely loved and anticipated night. It’s a time for reminiscing, looking forward, and of course, dressing up. It’s a holiday where looking your best is expected and appreciated. So ladies, it’s time to pull out that shimmery dress and those stellar heels. But to complete the look, we have a makeup tutorial that will help you ring in the New Year looking your absolute best. Start with your favorite foundation and concealer duo. Everyone prefers different brands, applications, and coverage, so use what works best for you. If you do choose to use foundation and concealer, make certain to set your makeup with a translucent powder. It doesn’t matter whether it is loose or pressed, but a night of partying will definitely smudge your face makeup if it isn’t set. Try the Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder ($34) or the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Transparent ($5) to keep everything in place.
Next, we’re going to focus on the eyes. Just like setting your foundation, it’s imperative to give your eye makeup something to stick to with a base. Maybelline’s Color Tattoos are phenomenal bases that add color as well as staying powder. Any eyeshadow primer will do, but we’ve chosen Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe ($7) to cover the lid, making sure to blend out the edges. Now, in order to keep a nice and crisp line, grab some sticky tape. Rip off a small piece about two inches long and place it on an angle from the outer corner of your eye to the tip of your eyebrow. Make sure to stick and unstick the tape on the back of your hand before placing it on your face to avoid pulling off your foundation. This is going to feel very strange, but trust us; this technique is the easiest way to get that perfect smokey effect.
Our look uses the Lorac Pro Palette 2 ($42), but any eyeshadow will do. We’re focusing on a more silvery smokey look, so grab any greys, silvers, and blacks that you make have. Starting off, take a round fluffy brush and run a light brown color through your crease, making windshield-wiping blending motions. This will act as a transition color, so it’s important to make sure that it’s blended out. Next, using the color Cool Gray on a fluffy brush and blend the color into your crease. Focus more on the outer two thirds of your crease, this will highlight the crease making your eyes appear larger. Now, take the color Charcoal and blend it into the outer corner of the eye, only slightly moving the color into the crease. Bring this color down onto the lid, just to the outer corner. This will make for a smokey effect.
Shimmer is key for New Year's, so we’ve chosen to use the color Silver for the lid. Taking your ring finger, lightly dab the sparkly color all over the lid. Make sure to cover the entire area, bringing it down into the tear duct area and blending it out into the grey smokey corner. The Silver and Charcoal colors should blend seamlessly, so further blending with a brush may be necessary. After the lid is covered, take a very small brush and take just a tiny amount of black shadow. Dab this into the very outer corner of your eye and blend this out thoroughly. Stick only to the outer corner and not the crease, for that will make the look too dramatic. Use black to deepen the outer corner.
It’s time to gently remove the tape! Now you’re left with a crisp, smokey eyeshadow look. If it is too harsh of a line, you can always blend it out slightly with a round fluffy brush. Eyeliner is next, and the wing is key. We recommend using a liquid or gel liner, simply because they make it easier to create the sharp line of the wing. In order to do so, first line the rim of your upper lashline, then follow the edge of the shadow until you’re satisfied with the length of the wing. Next, draw a line from the tip of the wing to about a third of the way into the lid. Fill in the triangle you’ve created, and voila! The perfect wing. (For a quick video tutorial on how to get the perfect winged liner, click here!)
To counteract the deep eye shadow colors, run a white eyeliner through your waterline to brighten up your eyes. Dab some shimmery champagne colored eyeshadow on the inner tear duct to open your eyes up. Next, take a smudging brush and run the same color used on the lid under your eyes for the inner two thirds. For the outer third, use the dark Charcoal color used in the outer corner. This will bring together all the colors, and prevent the eye from looking too top-heavy. Finish off by curling your lashes and adding two coats of your favorite mascara! I recommend Tarte’s Lights, Cameras, Lashes ($20) for the perfect lengthening and volumizing formula.
To pull everything together, we believe in the power of a bold, red lip. It’s extremely festive and works as the perfect way to capture attention. Start by lining your lips with a red lipliner and then filling in your lips with a gorgeous red lip stain. A lip stain works best for this occasion because it will stain your lips for hours, making sure that no amount of food or drink will ruin your handywork. We recommend Revlon's Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Romantic ($9.50), but there are a number of lip stains that will do the job.
Finish off with some blush and highlighter, and your look is finished! Contouring is optional with this look, but if you do choose to whip out your bronzer, use a light hand. With dramatic eyes and lips, too much bronzer could quickly turn a high-fashion look into something almost cartoonish. With just a touch of bronze color on your cheeks, you’ll glow like a goddess. This makeup look is absolutely perfect for New Years', so make sure to try it out and show up to that New Years party ready to countdown to the new year in style.
Model: Claire Conneely