Are you having an anti-NYE year? We kind of are. It’s been a big, stressful year and we just want to chill and watch movies and be kind of a New Year’s grinch. However, we know we will be convinced to head out and spend the night with friends and participate. Yeah yeah, it’ll be fun once we get there! But let us have my grumpy moment, alright!
If you’re feeling the same, we’ve got you. This is our reluctant girl’s New Year’s Eve (or any party, really) makeup for when you can’t be F’d. The look is rebellious, dark, sexy, and with a smudgy defiance.
The look: smudged smokey eyes, lit cheeks, and glossy lips. Deliberately slept-in and carefree, yet super flattering and sexy.
We want a flawless yet natural base with this makeup, not a foundation mask! We want to see the skin…but skin that looks suspiciously filtered.
Prep your skin with a light exfoliation, hydrating serum, and moisturizer. Apply a tinted moisturizer or sheer foundation (or full coverage foundation “sheered-out” with facial oil) over the entire face. Go in with a concealer and small brush and pinpoint any blemishes, discoloration, and dark circles for an even, glowy base.
Take a bronzer on a fluffy brush and use sweeping motions to add warmth and structure through the hairline, under the cheekbones, the jawline, and across the nose.
Take a fresh blush in a pinky shade and buff lightly into the apples of the cheeks and up toward the temples.
Buff a little champagne or gold highlight onto the tops of the cheeks, bridge of the nose, and the brow bone. Make sure you give it an extra blend with your fingers so it melts seamlessly into the skin.
Add a concealer or eyeshadow base to the whole lid and press out any creases. Buff a mid-toned shade like Hohoho from the You Better Swatch Out palette through the crease and the lower lash line. Now take a deeper shade such as Chestnuts and buff into the outer V and lower lash line.
Now take a darker, more black-based shade such as Mistletoe and buff through the crease, lower lashes, and over the lid with a fluffy brush. Take a clean brush and blend, blend, blend the edges until smooth and even. Take a paler shimmer shade like Nice and press onto the very center of the lid with your ring finger.
Take a black kohl liner and press into the upper lashes and smudge out with a stubby brush. Repeat on the lower lashes for a super smokey look.
Add a luscious mascara like the Pretty Feathered mascara.
You’ve already agreed to drag yourself out of the house for the night, ya not going to commit to a high-maintenance lip as well! Nope. Gloss it is, and really, what more do you need? A lush glossy lip will add dimension, a sexy plumping effect, and won’t compete with your sultry eyes.