There are certain occasions that were practically made for bold, out-there makeup. Case in point: New Year’s Eve. It’s the perfect time to pull a look that’s out of your comfort zone, no matter if you’re hanging out with a few friends or party-hopping until the sun comes up. Ahead, we put together some editorial makeup looks that are easy to achieve but pack a major punch. Now all you have to do is find the right outfit to go with them.
This edgy, minimal look is surprisingly easy to pull off—all you need is an eye-safe liquid lipstick in your shade of choice. We used Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in Diamond, a pastel periwinkle blue.
For long-lasting wear, prime your eyelids with an eye primer or a light dusting of powder.
Pat a thin eyeliner brush on the applicator of your liquid lipstick. Wipe off any excess product from the tip of the brush.
Trace a line right above your crease, following the natural groove of your eye socket. The line should fall below your brow, but you should still be able to see it when your eyes are open.
Use pointed cotton buds and makeup remover to clean up any mistakes for a crisp line.
Inspired by the “draping” makeup technique, this look uses iridescent highlighter to drape your features in shifting, ethereal light. We used three holographic highlighters for a multidimensional effect, but the look also works with just one.
Apply a holographic highlighter, like Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Halo, to the top of your cheekbones, blending down to “drape” the color over your cheeks. Tap the same shade over the high points of your face, such as the bridge of your nose, browbone, and cupid’s bow.
Sweep another shade of highlighter (we used Jeffree Star Cosmetics Supreme Frost in Hypothermia) over your eyelid with a fluffy eye brush, like Wayne Goss Brush 16. Pull the color out towards the outer corner of your eye with gentle strokes for a gradient effect.
Layer a different shade of highlighter (we used shades Luna and Orion from Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Palette) over the tops of your cheekbones and on your temples for a duochromatic effect.
Eye gloss can be tricky to pull off. Our take on it? Don’t worry about it being perfect—go for a smudgy, unkempt effect that looks even better when it inevitably creases. We love this glossy eye paired with a matching lip for a hyper-cool monochromatic look.
Apply a thin layer of pigmented eye gloss, like Surratt Beauty Lid Lacquer in Shu Iro, to your lid with your finger.
Use a fluffy eye brush, like Wayne Goss Brush 18, to smudge the color towards the end of your brow for a soft, smudgy wing.
Pat the eye gloss over your lips. You can even apply it to the apples of your cheeks if you like.
Haven’t quite mastered the cat eye yet? This smoky, perfectly-imperfect look makes it easy to get the winged liner effect.
Apply a cream eye shadow, like TOM FORD Cream Color for Eyes in Siren Blue, to your eyelid and along your lower lashline.
Use a fluffy eye brush to blend the color towards the outer edge of your eye. Using soft strokes, pull the color out towards your hairline to create a soft, smoky wing.
Use your finger to smudge out the edges with a patting motion. Layer on more color if desired.
Model: Lola Dompe | Makeup: Ally McGillicuddy