The theme of New Year’s Eve 2020? All glammed up with nowhere to go, and that’s totally okay. For obvious reasons, you won’t be attending any parties this year… but you can still have a fun holiday at home with delicious snacks, virtual company, and festive makeup looks that are as bright as your future. New Year’s Eve is a time where it’s okay to be a little extra, with vivid highlighter and shimmer eyeshadow palettes as glittery as the ball that drops in Times Square. And your friends will be as obsessed with your silver cut crease over Zoom as they would be IRL. It’s the 2020 way, okay? Get ready for a gorgeous New Year as you ring in 2021 at home with these festive makeup products:
Chrome Paint isn’t just your typical eyeshadow, it’s a cool eyeshadow. And designed to light up your eyes in dazzling color for the best metallic New Year’s Eve makeup looks, ever. These shimmery loose pigments melt instantly into your eyelid skin and deliver the ideal dose of color. This tricks people (AKA, your friends on Zoom) into thinking that you spent forever on your glamorous makeup look, when you really only spent a few seconds. That’s right, you don’t even need a brush set! Just dip your finger into the pot and glide the glossy formula, which contains over 80% of pure pearl pigments, onto the lid and watch as it transforms your look - creating a mirrored, metallic effect with minimal effort. Since it comes in 12 sparkling shades, you can choose just one for a monochromatic effect (like the bronzy Park Ave Princess for holiday makeup!) or invest in a few for a halo eye that brings the heat. Our community says this tarte fave is creamy, long lasting, and doesn’t crease - and Chrome Paint Shadow Pot is a unique way to wear eyeshadow with less mess and more New Year’s Eve magic.
“This is absolutely the best highlighter palette I’ve ever used! The shades are buildable and the colors are absolutely incredible! Eyebrow products may be the Anastasia Beverly Hills specialty, but a customized highlight isn’t far behind… and you’ll be glowing into 2021 with Moonchild Glow Kit. The design is festive-meets-fantasy, with holographic-frosted pastel hues inspired by The Never Ending Story and an icy blue package that’s very Frozen. Shimmer like Elsa for New Year’s Eve with these six celestial shades - including Blue Ice (Diamond white with an icy-blue reflect), Purple Horseshoe (A glittering lavender with an arctic-blue reflect), Lucky Clover (A shamrock-infused gold with canary yellow diamond reflect) and more. Each can be worn by itself to match your eyes and lips, or layered together for an out-of-this-world glow. An iconic New Year’s makeup look from one of our favorite highlighter palettes? The color Blue Moon on your cheeks, paired with a silvery-blue eyeshadow for a new type of radiance.
“Really beautiful color. I’ve seen this work really well on very fair skin tones, and on really deep skin tones.” says Katy, or LustreLux, about MAC’s Satin Lipstick in Peachstock. “It’s like a universal nude lipstick.” Aside from being one of the top influencer-approved lipsticks, this shade by MAC is also a must-have for your New Year’s makeup looks. As much as you love your smokey eyes with red lipstick, it’s more of a Christmas vibe… and now it’s time to look sexy and sultry with one swipe of Peachstock. The beigey, peach shade is similar to the natural color of your lips, yet adds a subtle boost of vibrancy to complete your New Year’s makeup looks - whether you’re owning a silver halo eye or gold inner corner shimmer. It doesn’t just feel creamy and cushiony on your pout, this lipstick also provides medium-to-full buildable coverage that stays on through all the drinks and good eats you’ll be consuming from your living room. Feel pretty and peachy with this nude lipstick that pairs with both easygoing and extra holiday makeup looks.
“I’ve been using this for years. It works great and I’m always able to get precise and heavily pigmented brows.” Ka-BROW! is a cream-gel color that lets you define, shape, and volumize your brows in just a few strokes - as ultra-sleek brows are everything on New Year’s Eve. Eyebrows are the most important feature on your face, after all, and they frame your purple smokey eyes for all the best party selfies from your living room. Ka-BROW! is a waterproof, 24-hour formula that can be easily built up for drama and dimension, courtesy of the built-in angled brush that allows for ultimate precision. MIRA reviews give major kudos to the versatility and volumizing power of this brow pomade, and 98% of guests say that it’s long lasting and delivers precise application.
“My favorite foundation for three years. Works with any type of event, from everyday to prom. Very long lasting, glowy, and natural. Can build up to full coverage.” Sure, you didn’t get to go to prom this year… but you can still become the epitome of prom makeup and complexion perfection with the Sheer Glow Foundation by NARS. It creates a dewy, yet completely natural finish that gives your skin a healthy glow - improving luminosity and texture while leaving it feeling soft, smooth, and hydrated. Did we mention that Sheer Glow feels extremely lightweight on your skin, and is formulated with Vitamin C for extra radiance and Turmeric to even out tone? This NARS cult favorite produces a subdued radiance that’s dreamy, but not disco ball-esque… and 97% say that it’s buildable and great for sensitive skin!
With 10 matte powders to contour and highlight, at only $15, this top pick by BH Cosmetics is a major bang for your buck. And one of the best contour products to transform your New Year’s makeup - one blending brush at a time. Each powder is uniquely formulated to fit a variety of skin tones and undertones, and blends out flawlessly on your face to sculpt your cheekbones, jawline, or nose. If there’s one thing that we’ve learned from our favorite beauty influencers, it’s that there’s nothing like a contour and highlight to bring the drama. And you can top off your glamorous and subtle makeup looks with these sleek powders that enhance your features like a 2021 dream.
Soft Glam truly lives up to its name, as these 14 eyeshadow shades can take you from “lowkey date night” to “the sparkle limit does not exist” real quick. Each one is ultra-pigmented, blendable, and builds up on your eyes for a beautiful boost of color - exactly what you need on New Year’s Eve. Shimmers like Fairy, Rose Pink, and Sultry are the hues that metallic makeup dreams are made of, while the mattes like Burnt Orange and Mulberry are just super sexy. Or better yet, use both for your most breathtaking creations. Mixing the sparkling gold Bronze, cinnamon brown Rustic, and carbon black Noir will produce an impeccable golden cut crease… and you can even highlight your brow bone with the beige Tempera. It’s the ideal day-to-night palette that amplifies your New Year’s makeup from home, and the pigmented colors will show up flawlessly on Zoom when the ball drops at midnight!
There’s a lot of talk about eyeshadow on New Year’s Eve, but eyeliner is equally important. In fact, you may not even realize all the ways that you can line and define for your holiday makeup. Stacked eyeliner, graphic wing, traditional cat eye… each one adds oomph to your looks and expresses your beauty style. The most versatile eyeliner on MIRA? 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil by Urban Decay. This eyeliner pencil blurs the lines (literally) between matte and shimmer, gel and pencil, edgy and elegant… everything. The true Urban Decay product way. With a unique gel pencil formula and more than 30 shades in matte and shimmer finishes, it’s easy to find a Glide-On pencil that fits your style. Our suggestions? Smoke, a deep gray matte that’s ideal for holiday makeup or an extravagant halo eye… or Roxy, an electric blue that brings out every eye color. From traditional black to all the colors you can imagine, you can easily find a pencil to match your New Year’s makeup vibe from home. An extra bonus? 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil is infused with Vitamin E plus Jojoba and Cottonseed oils to hydrate and smooth your delicate eye skin, allowing for even application of liner and zero risk of irritation.
A glamorous drugstore mascara that’s beloved by everybody from beauty beginners to Manny MUA, the Volum’ Express by Maybelline will take your holiday makeup to great lengths. It transforms your lashes from root to tip in just one coat, with a collagen formula that adds volume and conditions your lashes for hours. Whether you’re starting with a simple everyday look to finish up the semester on Zoom school, or going for drama with a smokey eye… you’ll add boost and beauty to your lashes with this drugstore favorite. 96% of MIRA guests say that Volum’ Express is lengthening, curling, and volumizing - while 99% call it long lasting!
Listen, we fully believe that you should be allowed to wear as much glitter as you want, whenever you want. But it’s even more encouraged on New Year’s Eve, and you have free reign to deck out your eyes, cheeks, lips and shoulders in ultra-reflective shimmer. Preferably the Metallic Glitter by NYX! It’s available in six shades to light up your look, and can be worn separately or mixed-and-matched for a customized glow. Wear Lumi-Lite and Style Star on your eyes for a black-and-silver creation that’s ethereal like the night sky, while the lilac-esque Beauty Beam adds a little color to your cheekbones or nails. These colors stay locked in place with the Glitter Primer by NYX, and make a perfect addition to any New Year’s makeup look at home!
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