5 Easy NYE Makeup Looks for Every Situation

Victoria Moorhouse

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Oversized 2016 sunglasses, a glass of champagne (prosecco, wine, whatever), an abnormally glittery dress, take-out sushi. New Year’s Eve accessories are super easy—and your makeup should follow suit. Whether you’re staying home or partying hard, we’ve put together your ultimate guide to simple looks for every NYE situation, whether you want to OD on sparkles or not.


luminous skin

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When you don’t want to re-apply lipstick ever…
Or, you know, even deal with smudged eyeliner. Go for luminous skin, a rosy cream blush like tarte Cheek Stain in Blissful ($30, sephora.com) and a neutral lip with a dab of balm to keep your pout hydrated.

black eyeliner

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When you want something super sexy…
That’s where the smokey eye never fails. Take a long-wear eyeliner pencil like Votre Vu Le Joli Crayon Soft Eyeliner in Charbon ($23, votrevu.com) and line your bottom lashes. Top it off with your favorite volumizing mascara.

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When you want a classic holiday look…
Break out the red lipstick, whether it’s something more pinkish or a timeless scarlet. MAC Cosmetics is one of our favorite brands for a wide-selection of reds. Balance out the bold lips with groomed brows and clean skin.

shimmer eyeshadow

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When you can’t get enough shimmer…
Leave the glitter to your nails and choose a metallic eyeshadow. A product that’s cream-based is fairly easy to blend—we love Flower Beauty Eyes on the Prize Eyeshadow Chubby ($8, walmart.com) and Boots No7 Stay Perfect Shade and Define Crayon ($10, drugstore.com).

bold lipstick

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When you want something incredibly bold…
Dark, vampy lipstick, like Buxom Big & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick in Vampy Plum ($22 sephora.com), commands attention. Wear it on its own or pair it with glittery eye makeup if you want to take it one step further.

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