A New Year’s Eve Look

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If you’re anything like me, a steady steam of New Year’s Eve flicks and 8PM television slots in your adolescence left you with chimerical expectations for the last night of the year. I may have a few epic nights to recall from New Year’s Eves past, but those are easily outnumbered by unremarkable countdowns to the ball drop and maybe a year (or two) when sleep was a much more seductive midnight companion. I can promise you that not all of your New Year’s Eves will be a night to remember, but at least you can look good, speaking of which, allow me to present a suggestion.

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FACE

This New Year’s Eve, I’m not going to attempt to reinvent the wheel and try some complicated new foundation technique. I’ll dab some stellar concealer under my eyes that’ll last through the night and brush on a powder foundation. It Cosmetics’ Bye Bye Under Eye remains the best solution to my tired eyes, and Pür’s Pressed Mineral Makeup in Golden Dark blankets my skin with coverage better than a BB cream but sheer enough to cater to the illusion that I’m wearing no foundation at all.

Next I’ll trace the hollows of my cheeks with a bronzer followed by two slim vertical lines that border the bridge of my nose, and topped off by a perimeter sweep of my face with the same brush. I like Pür’s Mineral Glow for this job because its subtle golden glimmer seems oh so festive. Tarte’s Finishing Powder dabbed on my forehead, nose, and chin restrains shine for most of the night and laughs at my oily skin’s best effort to make an entrance.

EYES

Eyes are treated with minimum eye shadow and maximum lashes, but first, the prep. Blinc’s Shadow Primer on my eyelids guarantees that by night’s end my eye shadow won’t pull a thong move and travel into my crease. I’ll sweep Kevyn Aucoin’s Eye Shadow Duo in Taupe Shimmer over my eyelids (stopping just short of the crease), and in the inside corner of my eyes. Blending a dark brown line that starts from the outside corner of my eyes’ crease adds depth (try Make Up For Ever’s Eyeshadow in Espresso), which is another way of saying my eyes will look more sophisticated in a way Audrey Hepburn or Diana Ross would approve. And while we’re on the subject of the Queen Supreme, I’ll add big fat falsies (Katy Perry for Eyelure in Sweetie Pie) to my upper lashes after lining my eyes with a dark brown eyeliner (Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Whiskey won’t budge).

There’s an art to applying lashes that’s easily mastered by few and blundered by many at first attempt. I suggest buying an extra set to practice the day before. Apply a super thin layer of lash glue to the base of the false eyelashes and wait 30 seconds for the adhesive to become tacky. Then place the lashes as close to the lash line as possible—so close that they almost sit on top of your real lashes. False lash application followed by a session with a lash curler (hold for 30 seconds) and mascara blends lashes, both store-bought and real, so neither you nor your fellow revelers can discern where your lashes end and the falsies begin. I’ll use Tweezerman’s pro lash curler and Pür’s Big Blink mascara.

LIPS

I’ll finish the look with a nude lip. Sephora’s Nano lip pencil in Native Nude is applied first, followed by CoverGirl’s buttery Lipstick in Crème.

Happy New Year and a toast to this New Year’s Eve being less boring than the last!

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