Kiss & Makeup With Our Go-To NYE Beauty Guide

Posted Monday December 30, 2013 2:13 PM GMT

Gearing up for the last of your holiday party circuits? These beauty tips will amp up your celebration palette and leave you looking party-ready for the most glamorous time of year. Whether it’s a chic cocktail party, your annual office fête, or the big New Year’s Eve extravaganza, with these looks you’ll be ready to take on any fabulous evening.

Vampy Oxblood Lips: This one isn’t for the faint of heart. Ditch the classic red and reach for an on-trend oxblood lip shade. The ultra-bold and unapologetically-sexy color will dress up any of your party-ready ensembles and is universally-flattering on all skin tones. Laura Mercier’s Cremè Smooth Lip Color in Brick Rose (available at Sephora, $26) should do the trick!

Red Hot Lips: Duh! Go the traditional route and opt for a vermillion-red that screams pure sexiness. Make this style statement modern by using a matte versus anything too glossy, and line your eyes for an ultra-dramatic look. Try Nars’ Pure Matte Lipstick in Vesuvio (available at, $26) for the ultimate red-hot lip that just keeps giving.

Go Nude: Opt for a sexy bare lip paired with a makeup-free face. We heart Dior’s Addict Gloss in Dormeuse (available at Nordstrom, $29.50) over Dior’s Addict Lipstick in Neutral Beige (available at Sephora, $31). Accentuate with spidery, lustworthy lashes for a fierce but flirty gaze. Sipping Rosé all night is now non-negotiable.

Glitzy Gilded Shadow: Swipe a shimmery gold eye shadow and add a little eyeliner to your upper lash line winging out the ends. The bright golden metallic detail will lend a modern and fresh take to the basic cat-eye. We love Yves Saint Laurent’s Ombres Duolumières Eyeshadow Duo in Gold Lamé/Velvet Black (available at Nordstrom, $41), which features a perfect vibrant color combination to illuminate a downtown party-ready gaze totally worth lusting over!

Sultry Statement Eyes: When in doubt, a black sultry smoky-eye always makes for a mysterious statement. Go for an intense (but slightly diffused) look by smudging the ends into a dramatic shape like a cat-eye. Use Dior’s 5-Colour Designer All-In-One Artistry Palette Pair in Smoky Design (available at Sephora, $60) to create a modern eye that pops. Pair the intense-gaze with a decked-out sequined dress for a tasteful getup that is sure to have all eyes on you.

Tip: Use Scotch tape as a guide to make sure your cat-eye shape is straight and even. Apply the dark shadow directly on lid and highlight the inner corners with a metallic gray for a brightened result.

Color Intense Eyeliner: You know gold is gorgeous, but if you really want to make that LBD pop, swipe a vibrantly-hued eyeliner underneath your eyes. A thick coat of teal, purple, or dark blue will not only be fun and festive but can also help to bring out the natural color of your iris. Tarte’s Holiday Stop & Stare 6-Piece Eyeliner and Lash Set (available at Sephora, $27) includes a variety of versatile lines to help you put the twinkle in your eyes. Wear it over black liner and smudge for an intensified effect.

Glowing Luminous Skin: To take your look to that final, festive notch, luminescent skin is a must. Light it up with Tom Ford’s Illuminating Highlight Pen (available at Bloomingdales, $52) which can be used on all areas of your face to add a bit of sheen. Dab some underneath your eyes, forehead, down your nose and above your cupid's bow, then swipe a pale bronzer with a touch of shimmery powder on top to complete the glow-getter look.

Keep One Piece Sparkly: It’s a must — always add one sparkly piece into your holiday ensemble. While you could opt for a statement necklace, we recommend an eye-catching hair accessory. Add a blingy barrette or a haute-headband to a romantic chignon to top off your look. We spotted Dannijo’s Rose Hair Clip in Pink/Purple (available at, $220) to complete your sophisticated and feminine-chic NYE outfit.

Side-Swept Tresses: Completely covetable, the side-swept ‘do is a no brainer. Blowdry your mane with a round brush, add a dab of mousse and tease the roots to the side. Pair the sexy blowout with a pretty pale lip, defined eye, and fluttery lashes to strike the perfect balance. Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Texture and Volume Spray (available at Sephora, $24) works hand-in-hand with Bumble and Bumble’s Thickening Full Form Mousse (available at Sephora, $29) for an instant old Hollywood-glam effect.

Modern Updos: If you’re wearing a strapless dress that’s begging for a bare décolletage, consider donning your hair up. Updos don’t have to be picture-perfect — try styling yours with braids and pinning it up into a loose knot! Its sleekness will make for a trendy, elegant look.

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