NEW YEAR’S EVE BEAUTY
New Year's Eve beauty requires a little (or a lot of) extra sparkle, drama and staying power to properly ring in the New Year. Preparing properly and reaching for the right products in your makeup bag will ensure that your look will last long into the wee hours of the morning. Makeup meltdown is always a problem with any long evening. Adding drinks into the mix will cause this to happen even faster. Luckily, there is a plethora of long wearing items to do the job right.
Hydrate: First, start by drinking plenty of water. Well hydrated skin is the best canvas for your foundation. That starts from the inside. I advise clients to try and drink 8-16 ounces of water within an hour of a makeup application. This will also help prepare your entire body for an evening of potential imbibing as well. Next, apply a moisturizer appropriate for your skin type. Every skin, dry to oily, requires a moisturizer. After you moisturizer has had a few minutes to absorb, apply a primer. I love the Youngblood Mineral Primer. (Remember a little dab is plenty) Now you skin is ready for your makeup application.
Apply: If you are going for more drama on the eyes for the night, I suggest doing eye makeup before the foundation. This can ensure you can easily clean up any fall out from eye shadow or glitter without ruining a flawless foundation job. Urban Decay Eye shadow Primer Potion is my go to eye primer. A dab of this blended on the eyelids will really lock your eye makeup on and it will got he distance.
The Makeup Forever AquaMatic eye shadow pencils provide a blend-able, crease-less, and highly pigmented color and can be an eyeliner or an eye shadow. This is your bulletproof smokey eye essential. If you're looking for a sleek cat eye, reach for the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner . This eyeliner will give you a wing sharp enough to cut a diamond and it will last just as long as the gem itself.
Flawless foundation is all about the blending. I am a huge fan of the (very affordable) Real Techniques Complexion sponge . Remember to build your foundation coverage in layers and blend with a rolling dabbing (not wiping) motion to press your foundation in to the skin. I have been reaching for the newly formulated Makeup Forever HD Ultra foundations. These come in a liquid and a creme formula and have worked well for me on all skin types. For those needing a lasting concealer, the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer is very lightweight, waterproof formula for the high impact coverage. For the makeup maven wanting a vegan and completely cruelty free concealer, I adore the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Skin Conceal . The colors and undertones are great and the pigment packs a punch.
Long wearing lips that last though champagne sips and midnight kisses are not a thing of dreams. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick can provide a matte pout from a vivid red to a suede nude. They aren't drying like most long wearing lip formulas because they contain Vitamin E and Avocado oil. These are also so easy to apply with a liquid formula and wand applicator.
Finishing Touches: Glitter and glam are a swipe away with right products. MUA, Allison Barlow recommends The NYX Liquid Crystal Glitter Liners "for a subtle hint on your lash line or all over the lid for maximum glam." Pro, Julia Moeller reaches for the Lit Cosmetics Glitter Kits for a NYE look. The glitter kits even come with a water resistant clear glitter base to lock on the loose sparkle until long after the clock strikes 12. Looking for a multi-functional shimmer? Makeup Artist, Brandy Rich suggests the new Pure Minerals Eye Polish . "They really do a beautiful shimmery eye, Plus they can be used as a liquid highlighter as well."
If you're looking for more of a look than you feel like you can achieve on your own or you're just hoping to sit back and let someone else do the work, NYE is the perfect time to reach out to a professional makeup artist in your area to help you get the glam look you are looking for. A good pro will have their kits stocked with everything you need to achieve the long lasting beauty for an amazing evening. Whether you want to do it yourself or hire the right professional, always choose wisely, and bring a few touch up supplies for the night. Happy New Year!!!