Wednesday, 30 December 2015

New Year's Eve Makeup Look

I'm one of those people that likes to plan her New Year's Eve makeup like a month in advance. I'm very eager when it comes to beauty, so any time I get to go a little bit over the top with products is an event to be celebrated. I knew exactly what I wanted for this look, so this has been set in my mind for a long time now. So if you're stuck for ideas for New Year's makeup, hopefully this will spur you on in your search for the perfect look!

Base - I'm sure you all know the drill by now when it comes to my base and a lot of these products will seem very familiar. To blur pores and fine lines, I like to use a bit of the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Blur Perfector on the areas where my pores tend to be slightly larger. Since I'm a big fan of Rimmel foundations and because New Year's tends to be a bit of a long night, I'll then be using the Rimmel Lasting Finish Nude foundation for a little extra coverage and longevity. Concealers are no surprise here, Rimmel Wake Me Up for under my eyes and Collection Lasting Perfection for any little blemishes or imperfections. Lastly I'll powder my t-zone with some of the Rimmel Stay Matte powder to ensure that everything is set in place.

Complexion - Next up is adding some dimension and colour back into my complexion. We all know a little contour goes a long way, so I use the NARS Matte Multiple in Altai where the shadows on my face would naturally be and blend that in with a flat foundation brush. After that I usually go straight in with blush and for this look I'll be using the Sleek Blush in Suede because the main event will be on the eyes and I wanted something quite neutral on the cheeks so that it wouldn't seem to overpowering. Lastly, it wouldn't be a New Year's makeup look without a little shimmer on the face, so obviously I'm going in hard with the highlight. My weapon of choice is The Balm's Mary Lou Manizer, which is just the prettiest champagney highlight and the only one I own that is through and through glow, without actual glitter. 

Brows - I'm afraid this is another "same old, same old" kinda category. I don't stray far from what works for me in terms of brows, so it's a brush through with a spoolie here, followed by some filling in with the Soap & Glory Archery Brow Pencil to add shape and to get fill in those pesky sparse areas. Because things tend to get a little unruly in the brow department I'm using my trusty L'Oreal Brow Artist Plumper to set the hairs in place. The result is a shapely but natural looking brow - what more could you want?

Eyes - Moving on to the focal part of this look. As per usual, I prime my eyes with the MAC Painterly Paint Pot to create a base for the eyeshadow. Enter the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, one of my favourites for creating a warm toned coppery eye. I went in with Limit as a transition shade and blended that in, before lightly dusting my lid with the shade Burnout. Next, I went in with Trick and blended that all over the lid. Because Trick is quite a sheer shade, I decided to build some dimension underneath it before applying it, so everything looks pretty and coppery whilst still retaining some depth. As this is a New Year's makeup look, I obviously wanted to up the sparkle. I knew exactly what product I wanted to use for this; MAC's Copper Sparkle Pigment had been on my list for a while and I searched high and low before I finally got my hands on it - this sucker is sold out everywhereTo get the most out of this pigment it should be applied wet. I therefore dipped a flat eyeshadow brush in water and pressed it into a tissue to remove the excess. I then packed the pigment onto the lid, which creates and absolutely gorgeous foiled copper effect. I then blended out the edges and made sure everything looked nice and even. I finished this off my highlighting my browbone and inner corners with a mixture of Strange from the Naked 3 palette and Mary Lou Manizer. Finally, I used the Benefit They're Real! Mascara to complete the look.

Quick tip: Working with a pigment is messy business and fallout can really mess with your base. To remove little flecks that have fallen down onto your cheeks or rest of your face, use a piece of sticky tape to collect excess without dragging the product around your face!

Lips - I'm keeping it nice and simple on the lips because of the glittery eye and going for a nude. My favourite matte nude is MAC Velvet Teddy so that's what I'll be sporting on New Year's eve. In the photo above I also lined my lips with a nude liner before swiping on a bit of lipstick. As an added bonus a nude lip means you can drink away without worrying about getting a bold lipstick all over the place - high fives all round!

So that's the makeup I'll be sporting this New Year's Eve. This will definitely be paired with some seriously glittery nail polish because how else do you ring in the new year if not with copious amounts of glitter? Also, can we just take a moment to talk about how quickly this year has gone? Time is flying by! I'm really looking forward to the year ahead and to a fresh new year of blogging! I hope you all have an amazing New Year's Eve, drink responsibly and have a fab time! In advance, all together now: Happy New Year!



  1. Your makeup looks stunning here, have a good new year!! xx


  2. Love the makeup! The Naked 3 palette is gorgeous and I think the Mary Lou highlight is perfect for any NYE makeup.

    Perfect Shade of Mauve

  3. Love the look of that copper sparkle pigment!

    Jodie @ Jodetopia x

  4. Love the copper toned eyes! Everyone seems to always go for a red lip and the nude is so pretty!

    Chelsey Thornton |

  5. Fabulous makeup tips! You look great. Here's to an amazing 2016!


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