It’s paaaartaaayy time, and the perfect opportunity to get your best dress on and don your face with beauty products to make you look even more fabulous than usual. With all the staples crying out for attention, I’ve whittled my collection down to two looks I’ll be trying out for New Years, and that hopefully inspire you for your own party look this week. From the classic Smokey Eye to a Frosted Nude, there’s a little something for everyone…
Okay, this first look is a little familiar as I featured it in my Sleek Christmas Make-Up post, but the colours and sparkle are too good to skimp out on again. Parties call for glitter, sparkle, depth and dark sultry shades, so make your eyes more interesting than a staple black by using deep navy blues (a big fave for the season), purples and cranberries to offset your natural eye colour and add wamth and depth to your features.
If you are a red lip or smokey eye newbie, then this look is easy to replicate. For the lips, take a dark shade and using a lip pencil, fill in your lips with lots of light layers on a balm base for a stained effect that will elude to a darker shade without looking too much. Also, if you’re not confident to go full-on with a smokey eye, use browns, greys or navys and with light hand, blend out lots with mainly light to mid colours and only a dark shade in the crease – a natural more wearable look that enhances the eyes but still adds depth.
What I’m wearing: NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Deauville | NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla | Sleek Eyebrow Stylist in Light* | Bow, Glitz, Noir and Gateau from Sleek i-Divine Palette in Oh So Special* | Bare Minerals Lash Domination Mascara* | Sleek Face Form Contour Powder and Highlighter in Light* | Sleek True Colour Lipstick in Smoulder* | Ciate London Nail Polish in Boudoir
For a more frosty finish, and perfect if you suit cool tones, is this wintery sparkly delight. Nude browns mixed with silvery whites and a hint of berry, easy to pull off and looks fresh against your party outfit. If you’re not into your smokey eyes but still want to go hard, this look is for you; get out your silvers, metallics and white eyeshadows, and create a base that would rival that of Elsa from Frozen. The key to pulling this look off is to incorporate subtle shadow and colour that would appear naturally to prevent your eyes looking flat or like they’ve been coloured in with white paint. I’ve gone for a mix of a grey-purple and cranberry in the crease with a sparkly tone to add a hint of shadow and contrast to the bright whites, and lined the eyes with a grey liner with lashings of lengthening mascara that will make your eyes look even bigger and brighter than before.
For the lips, you want to add some colour back in your face without going heavy on the blush or bronzer, so a brown/red nude is your friend here. Think 90’s, Rachel Green, and bronze goddess without the bronze shimmer. A liner is best for a pigmented finish that works well with a balm, and just fill in your lips as the finishing touch! (Or a green bow 😉 )
Be inspired by sparkles, colour and shades outside your comfort zone this season; as we welcome in a new year, welcome in a new experimentive you! Party the night away with a bold smile on your face and your eyes full of shimmer – a look that will last for every new year.
What are you up to this New Years? Have you got your party look sorted? What do you like to wear for a party?
Lots of Love,
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