Kaia Gerber wears a lilac eye beauty look by Sam Visser.

7 brilliant beauty looks to inspire your New Year’s Eve makeup

The end of the year is fast approaching. Perhaps you’re organising an at-home celebration or you’re away somewhere special; you might be staying in Auckland to enjoy all it has to offer, or attending a loved one’s soirée. Either way, you’ve got your outfit chosen, the perfect shoes and accessories to match — but what about your makeup?

Find all the beauty inspiration you need below; you might be a fan of a softly glamourous winged liner, or a full-blown purple smoky eye could be more suited to your style. We suggest keeping the focus mostly on your eyes, so any mask-wearing can be carried out without worrying about smudged lipstick. Here’s to seeing in the new year in the most beautiful way possible.

Lovely Lilac
A sweep of colour on the eyelid is one of the easiest ways to make a makeup statement. Applied above by Dior Makeup Artist Sam Visser on model (and daughter of Cindy Crawford) Kaia Gerber, lilac is soft enough to not be garish, while still adding a pretty pop of colour. Curl your lashes, slick on plenty of black mascara, and finish with a brown-toned nude lip.

Left: Addison Rae by Nikki Makeup; Right: Jourdan Dunn.

She’s a Gem
Face crystals don’t have to be OTT or costume-like, as shown with this look by celebrity makeup artist Nikki Wolf — a.k.a @Nikki_Makeup. Start with an enhanced yet still relatively natural base; here, TikTok star Addison Rae has had her skin perfected with a rosy glow, while fluffy brows, a classic winged liner and fluttery lashes are beautiful with or without the added sparkles. A lip shade close to her natural colour completes the look, and the small crystals are bordered in a flattering way that echoes her eye shape. 

Bombshell Beauty
Jourdan Dunn is a supermodel, yes, but a look like this is almost universally flattering. An elongated liner is amped up with va-va-voom lashes, perfectly contoured skin, fluffy brows and a neutral lip. Why not also take a cue from her hair, and go for a sleek high ponytail? If you’re looking for a product that makes painting a fine liquid line a cinch, try Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner with a microtip, perfect for detail-oriented face decoration.

Left: A look by Makeup by Mario; Right: Hung Vanngo’s purple smoky eye.

Green Dream
Green eye looks are having a moment. For an update on the classic black smoky eye, try something like this from Kim Kardashian’s favourite makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic — a.k.a Makeup by Mario. As he created it using his own makeup line, we can confirm that the palette is the Master Metallics eyeshadows in shade ‘4’, paired with Master Pigment Pro Pencil in ‘super black’. The pinky nude lip colour is the perfect pairing for this enchanting look.

Jewel-Toned
Purples look incredible with brown and green eyes — this look by prolific makeup creative Hung Vanngo goes all in with a diffused royal purple, another alternative to a black smoky eye. Rosy blush and glossy lips finish the look — we think this palette would be ideal for creating it.

Left: Makeup by Mario’s 90s glam; Right: Smouldering liner by Patrick Ta.

Nineties Glam 
Another from Makeup by Mario, a soft, 90s-inspired beauty look never goes amiss. Use a black powder shadow to apply the winged eyeliner for a slightly softer effect, plenty of highlighter for glowing skin, and a nude lipliner and gloss on the lips. 

Give ’em the Smoulder
For a sultry black liner look, take inspiration from this beauty beat by Patrick Ta. He has enhanced actress Camila Marrone’s eyes into an even more almond shape with black, tight-lined eyeliner on the waterline and around the eye. The trick is to keep the most intense part of the liner close to the eye, while making sure it’s not so harsh by diffusing slightly with a blending brush. A product like Sothys’ Universal Eye Pencil is great for this, as it’s waterproof so won’t budge. Peachy blush and a nude lip complete this stunning combination, along with shining waves in her hair.

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