If you’ve got a New Year’s Eve party to attend, you’re likely asking yourself the same question every beauty-obsessed girl is: What am I going to wear… on my face? The last night of the year is also the last of the holiday season occasions where you can go all-out with glitter, glitz, and glam, so don’t hold back due to lack of inspiration. We’ve gathered up eight of the best makeup looks for you to try—promising that no matter your plans or the outcome of the evening, your makeup will end the year on a high note. Keep reading to see eight New Year’s Eve makeup looks you won’t want to miss!
We love a cat-eye look as much as Lauren Conrad does, but New Year’s Eve is the best time to change up your go-to party look. Instead of opting for the classic black line, try creating the winged look first in a pearlescent shadow shade then contrasting it with a neon lash liner, like Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Eyes Liner ($19) in Fuschia Pink. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, top it off with colored mascara in a matching hue.
Big, bold lashes are always a good idea. So why not try them in a statement-making color like Benefit Cosmetics’ They’re Real! Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara ($24) in Beyond Blue. Keep the rest of your beauty look neutral to ensure your lashes get the attention they deserve.
We love a blue smoky eye. It’s unexpected and edgy yet seasonally appropriate—perfect for a fun NYE fête. Check out this tutorial on how to create the look. And lean toward a high-pigment blue shadow to really make the eyes pop.
Consider this the elevated version of a glittery eye. Simply pack glitter onto the centers of your lids with a heavy hand for this runway-inspired look. Focus most of the sparkle at the lash line, and blend out toward your crease. A bottle of high-shine sparkles, like Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics’ Cosmetic Glitter ($14) in Mirrorball, will help you nail the look.
Switch up your typical eye makeup for an edgy look that’s equal parts soft and dark, resulting in a dramatic eye that screams NYE! First coat the eye area with a soft-pink pearlescent shadow, like Bobbi Brown’s Sparkle Shadow ($30) in Ballet Pink, and then from the middle of the lid, apply a creamy black shadow in a graphic, exaggerated cat-eye shape.
Rust has been having a moment, and we don’t want it to stop. Coat your lashes in a gorgeous red-brown shadow like Nyx’s Hot Singles Eyeshadow ($5) in Heat and accent it with yellow and gold hues for a rich, versatile look that won’t be forgotten. Rosy cheeks and a subtle ombré pout complete the romantic look.
We love sparkly silver shadow, but for some people, it’s too much. So try breaking up the metallic hue in modern, brush-like strokes. Use Dior’s Diorshow Kohl Professional Hold & Intensity Eye Makeup ($29) in Pearly Silver around the eye and against the lower lash line. Then, all you need is luminous skin and a pink-stained lip for a beauty look worthy of any soirée.
Take your go-to dark smoky eye up a notch by adding a pop of neon green. Use a vibrant liner, like Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil ($20) in Freak, on the inner corner of your eyes then the outer corners to create a wing, and you’ll be turning heads until midnight and beyond.
Which of these looks are you planning to try on NYE? Let us know in the comments below!