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New Year’s Eve is one of our very favorite days of the year. After all, celebrating the start of a new year surrounded by friends and family is so much fun, isn’t it? Not to mention, having a New Year’s Eve party to attend is the perfect excuse to wear your sparkliest party dress. And, of course, you have to pair that shimmery outfit with an eye makeup look to match. Ready to glam it up? Bling in the new year with these seven party-ready New Year’s Eve makeup ideas for your eyes!
Nothing says wintertime (or the holidays) like silver eye shadow. For this makeup look, keep things simple with a single eye shadow shade that’s sure to pop.
What you’ll need:
Eye makeup primer
Silver eye shadow
Get the look by following these simple steps:
Step 1: Prime your lids. As with any eye makeup look, if you want it to last, you need to start with a perfectly primed base. This will ensure your makeup doesn’t crease. Reach for a creamy eye shadow primer and apply it to your eyelids, blending it from your lash line to your brow with your fingertip. Allow the primer to set for a few seconds before moving on to your makeup application.
Step 2: Apply your silver eye shadow. Primer’s dry? Now it’s go time! Opt for a long-lasting and waterproof eye shadow formula so that you can party until the clock strikes 12 without having to worry about doing touch-ups all night. To get the look, use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24HR Eye Shadow in Liquid Diamond. Sweep the eye shadow across your eyelid using a fluffy eye shadow brush. Depending on how dramatic you want to get, you can use a denser, less fluffy brush to keep layering on color until you reach your desired look.
Step 3: Make your eyes pop with eyeliner. Instead of layering on other eye shadow shades to create dimension, let the silver eye shadow be the star and simply draw a thin black line across your lash line with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eye Liner in Black Party. The ultra-thin tip will allow you to create a precise line that will help your lash lines pop just enough.
Step 4: Pump up your lashes. What eye makeup look would be complete without a touch of mascara? Apply the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara by placing the brush at the base of your lashes and gently sweeping it up. Voila! A quick and easy eye makeup look that’s perfect for NYE!
Upgrade your favorite cat eye with a double flick. With a new year approaching, there’s no better time to get out of your comfort zone and take a makeup risk. Just be patient—this eyeliner technique definitely takes some getting used to.
Step 1: Draw your cat eye. Use the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Liner Noir Liquid Eyeliner to draw a thin line along your lash line, starting at the inner corner of your eye. The liner has an ultra-fine tip and unique packaging shape for added control. When you get to the middle of your eye, start to thicken the line. Then, extend the line past the outer corner of your eye, flicking it upward toward your brow.
Step 2: Create a wing along your bottom lash line. Take the same eyeliner and draw a second wing on the outer corner of your lower lash line, also flicking it up.
Step 3: Complete the look with mascara. Get va-va-va-voom lashes by applying a volumizing mascara. Meow!
Gold is basically synonymous with New Year’s Eve. Rock this regal shade like a pro!
Eye shadow primer
Gold eye shadow palette
Gold metallic eye shadow
Step 1: Ace your base. As with the silvery smoky eye above, applying an eye shadow primer can help you create a smooth canvas on which to work. Let it set before you move on to the next step.
Step 2: Pick the perfect eye palette. Go for the gold with the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Quad in Army Brat, which comes with four glitzy shades.
Step 3: Apply your colors. Using a medium-sized eye shadow brush, use the lightest shade in the palette right underneath your brow bone to highlight. Then, take the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Metallic Eye Shadow in Brass Knuckles and swipe it across your lid. If you want things to be a little smoky, smudge one of the two darkest shades from the palette near your lash line. By starting light and going darker, you’ll be able to avoid muddying any shades.
Step 4: Let your eyes be the center of attention. Top off your sparkly eye shadow by applying mascara, but keep the rest of your face simple by donning a neutral lip.
When it comes to brows, you better go bold or go home this December 31st.
Step 1: Comb your brows. Use the spoolie end of the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Shape and Fill Mechanical Pencil to comb your eyebrows upwards. Follow the natural pattern of your brows for a natural yet defined bold brow.
Step 2: Outline your brows. Use your brow pencil to line the top and bottom edges of your brows for definition.
Step 3: Fill in your brows. Next, use the angled precision tip to define your arches and fill them in. Be sure to stick to a shade that’s close to your natural hair color. If you want to create ultra-trendy natural-looking brows, try using a slightly darker shade for the tails of your brows.
Step 4: Blend your brows. The point of filling in your brows is to create natural-looking full arches. To hide your little secret, flip your pencil and use the spoolie end to comb through your hairs and blend everything together.
Step 5: Finish with concealer. For ultra-crisp looking brows, apply a little bit of concealer along the outer edges of your brows using an angled brush for a sharp finish.
Flutter your way through a New Year’s Eve party with a full set of fringe—no falsies required.
Step 1: Start with a fresh face. Make sure you’re not wearing any makeup before you get to work. Like you probably know by now, it’s hard to create ultra-plush lashes if you’re building on top of old crusty mascara from the day before. So, be sure to use a waterproof makeup-removing micellar water to fully cleanse your lashes before topping them off with any extra product.
Step 2: Prep your lashes. Use the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Primer to help add volume and length, not to mention create ultra-conditioned lashes. Place the brush at the base of your lashes, gently sweeping it up to the tip.
Step 3: Add mascara. After your lashes are primed to perfection, it’s time to add the look of volume with a few coats of the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara.
Step 4: Bat those pretty lashes. No one will be able to look away!
If you want to keep things simple—yet still make a statement—a glossy eye makeup look is the way to go.
Loose pigmented eye shadow
Step 1: Lock in your look. Begin by applying an eye shadow primer, allowing the primer to set for a few minutes before you apply anything else over it.
Step 2: Trace your eyes with a thin line. Use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliner in Black Party to thinly line your upper lids.
Step 3: Mix it up. Here’s the fun part: Mix a lid gloss with a loose, pigmented eye shadow powder on the back of your hand. Then, dab the mixture onto your eyelids with your fingers.
Step 4: Line your bottom lash line. Use the same eyeliner you used on your upper lids to rim your bottom lash line. Now you’re ready to shine on!
Show off your edgy side in a smudged black eyeliner and eye shadow look.
Slate eye shadow
Step 1: Smooth out your lids. Again, if you want your eye makeup look to last while you make your way through a New Year’s Eve soiree, applying an eye shadow primer should be part of your makeup routine.
Step 2: Apply a creamy slate eye shadow. Apply a dark gray eye shadow with a powder-cream texture and long-lasting formula, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Sultry Smoke, to your lower lids. Use a fluffy brush to diffuse it and extend it past your crease.
Step 3: Opt for gel liner. Line your entire eye with a gel eyeliner, such as the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Lacquer Liner 24H in Blackest Black, which comes with a brush.
Step 4: Get your glow on. Add shine to your lids by dabbing a teeny bit of facial oil along your lower lids. An oil slick has never looked so chic.
Now that you have a handful of eye makeup looks to choose from, all that’s left is to make your decision. Want more holiday makeup ideas? Check out our articles, Holiday Survival Guide: 8 Beauty Hacks to Make It Through the Season and A Classic Holiday Makeup Look for Every Occasion.