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New Year’s Eve makeup ideas

New Year’s Eve night is one of the few nights of the year where we are given a glam pass to sparkle and shine while ringing out the old and ringing in the new! The ideas listed below are New Year’s Eve makeup ideas you can do in less than 5 minutes to sparkle and shine.

Use Scotch Tape and bright eye shadow for a couture eye look

Re-create a backstage look for New Year’s Eve without any professional skills. All you need is an unexpected eye shadow shade and some Scotch Magic Tape you had used to wrap up those gifts during Christmas. Place a strip of tape at a 45-degree angle on the outer corner of each eye. Then use a small brush to apply a bright cream eye shadow, like MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream. The tape acts as a stencil, keeping the shadow exactly where you want it.

Use a dark summer concealer to contour the face

To create a chiseled party look, trace the wand along the cheekbones, hairline, and jawbone to define your features. Do not forget to draw two lines on both sides of the nose for a slimming effect.

Once the contour lines are drawn, reach for the lightest concealer shade. Apply it under the eyes, the bridge of the nose, and on the center of the forehead and chin to brighten and highlight. Finally, blend with a dampened beauty blender.

Use shimmery eye shadow as an all-over highlight

Convert your favorite eye shadow into a last-minute highlighter, and use it all over the face. Every eye palette contains at least one iridescent, white-gold shade (for example, the shade “Booty call” in Urban Decay’s bestselling Naked2 palette). Dip your finger into your favorite sheer and deposit all the pigment your heart’s desire on the tops of the cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose, and on your Cupid’s bow. This tip is one of the most popular New Year’s Eve makeup ideas that women use.

Plump your pout with a toothbrush

Trick your fellow partygoers into thinking you had a little work done by plumping your lips with a toothbrush. Wet the lips with warm water, and then gently brush them in small circular motions with a clean, soft bristle toothbrush, like Colgate Optic White Toothbrush. Fuller, softer, more naturally pink lips will be revealed. Lock in moisture with your favorite lip balm, and then apply a statement lip color to highlight your newly enhanced pout.

Create spidery statement lashes with a hair dryer

Your tried-and-true blow-dryer can up your lash game with one little-known, yet super easy tip. Heat an eyelash curler by holding it under the blow-dryer for 30 seconds. Then curl the lashes to discover more lift and swoop than ever. Just be sure to test the tool with the fingers first, making sure it is not too hot for your eye area. Immediately seal that flutter with a volumizing mascara like Maybelline Volum’ Express – The Colossal Chaotic Lash Mascara, paired with a statement lip, like CoverGirl Outlast Longwear + Moisture Lipstick in Vixen Violet, and you will look party-ready with little effort.

Set your makeup for all-night wear with a toning spray

Setting your makeup in place is paramount, especially on a night like New Year’s Eve. After all, you will be dancing for hours while snapping plenty of pics for Instagram. Setting powders increase your makeup’s staying power, but they can be time-consuming and messy, plus you run the risk of flashback. Instead, choose a spray that will work to set your makeup and control oil at the same time, like Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herb, and Rosewater. It is the perfect size to tote around. Spray generously after makeup application and throughout the night to keep everything in place.