1. RED LIPS
Seen at: Zac Posen
Channel minimal ‘90s glamour with a strong, red lip and little other makeup à la Zac Posen. Start by using a primer for long lasting color, and then line the lips to ensure bold shape. Finish with a matte lipstick in a classic red hue, and you’ll be more than ready when the clock strikes midnight.
2. WINGED LINER
Seen at: Dolce & Gabbana
Winged liner conveys confidence, whether adding a retro spin to a ladylike dress or delicate touch to an edgy ensemble. Use a liner pen to create the exact shape desired, and blend with dark eye shadow for added drama. A palette like this one from Yves Saint Laurent offers a mix of matte, satin, and shimmer for subtle variations to suit your desired look. Finish off with mascara for eyes that are destined to be caught across the room.
3. EXAGGERATED LASHES
Seen at: Marni
There’s not many nights of the year where erring toward over doing it is encouraged as much as New Year’s Eve. For playful lashes, reach for singles instead of strips and mix loosely with your natural lashes for the exaggerated featherlike effect as seen at Marni. If fakes aren’t your thing, a lash curler and liberally applied volumizing mascara will work too.
4. STRONG BROW
Seen at: Balmain
Compliment your New Year’s outfit with fierce, face-framing brows that give max impact for little effort. Start by using a brow definer in little upward movements (not straight lines), and then use tinted brow gel, like Chantecaille’s Full Brow Perfecting Gel that actually stimulates hair growth. Finish off by highlighting the arches and corners of the eyes with an illuminating éclat.
5. COLORED LINER
Seen at: Monique Lhuillier
A boldly lined eye in an electric hue feels youthful and modern—perfect for an edgy New Year’s Eve party. After priming the eye, use an eye pencil in your color of choice to thickly line the top lids creating a an unexpected twist on the cat eye.