If Christmas is all about the glitter and red lip, then New Year’s Eve is the night for a smoky, sultry eye. There is nothing quite like seeing in the New Year with a beautiful face of makeup, so here are my picks for a New Years look:
Chances are, you’ll be in this makeup for hours, possibly having a little bit to drink, and having your photo taken. Because of this, it is essential that your base is flawless, long lasting, and doesn’t contain SPF, which gives a horrible flash back in photos. Depending on your skin type, a primer isn’t always necessary. If you have dry skin, you probably don’t need one, but the oilier the skin, the more benefits a primer will have. Something mattifying like Benefit’s Porefessional (£24.50) will minimise pores, and leave a flat, even surface whilst gives a beautiful base to apply makeup on. As for foundation, perhaps the best for this situation is the Makeup Forever HD Foundation (around £30), which is designed to give a full coverage and photograph beautifully. However, it’s a bit on the pricey side. A drugstore alternative would be the Revlon PhotoReady foundation (£12.99), which is long lasting and once again, photographs beautifully. Powder will be essentially to keep everything in place, and if a full coverage is what you’re going for, the Mac Studio Fix Powder Foundation when applied lightly gives a bit more coverage, as well as fixing everything in place all night.
Personally, I am a fan of contouring, so I cannot go out without a swipe of Nyx Blush in ‘Taupe’ (£6) (now available in Next in the UK) under my cheekbones to give a bit more definition without looking too orange. As for blush, something light and girly on the cheeks will look great against a dramatic eye. Bourjois’ Little Round Pot Blush (£7.99) in Rose D’or will give a pale pink glow to the cheeks which will compliment a darker eye look.
This is the key part of the look, and a smoky eye can be achieved in two ways, depending on your makeup skills. If you aren’t so good with an eye shadow brush, then one eye shadow pencil will be able to create the look with minimal effort. Nyx makes their Jumbo eye crayons (£5) in a number of different colours, including a grey, bronze, or copper shade. Running these across the lid and the bottom lash line, and blending out with your ring finger will give a smoky look with minimal effort or mess. If you’re an eye shadow aficionado, the Sleek i-Divine palettes (£7.99) are available in a range of shades, and with 12 shades per palette, there are enough colours to play around with to create the perfect smoky eye. No smoky eye is complete without kohl eyeliner, and the Rimmel kohl liners (£2.99) are perfect for this. With plenty of time to smudge out the liner, it sets soon after and won’t be running down your face the entire night. With layers of your favourite mascara, mine is Benefit’s They’re Real (£19.50), you’re ready to go onto lips.
With a bold eye, it’s best to keep the lips on the nude side. This depends entirely on skin tone, but for me, I would go for the Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in East
End Snob (£3.99), with Mac’s Crème Cup (£15.50) lipstick over the top, for a pink toned nude look that won’t overwhelm the look.
By, Samantha Wellard
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