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5 Celebrity-Inspired New Year's Eve Makeup Ideas

Gabi Duncan |
December 19, 2014 | 9:15 a.m. PST

Style Editor

Christmas is still several days away, but it’s never too early to start planning for your New Year’s Eve celebrations. The event, the outfit, and the makeup are all crucial to a successful night out. That is, unless you opt for a low-key evening on the couch, which is totally fine also! 

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If you’re stumped for ideas for a statement-making beauty routine, then pull some inspiration from these festive celebrity looks. From classic red lips to shimmery gold lids, there’s something for everyone to ring in 2015 with a memorable bang.


Gold is always a go-to color for the holiday season, and, even better, it complements every skin tone. Follow Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o’s lead at Glamour's Women of the Year Awards by pairing sparkly, gilded shadow with a punchy, berry lip color for a sophisticated and daring look. Try the Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow in Golden on the eyes and Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Vivid Violet for a kissable pout at midnight.

Lupita Nyong'o (Jamie McCarthy/Getty)
Lupita Nyong'o (Jamie McCarthy/Getty)


If you’re in the mood for something neutral, try Rihanna’s understated, yet eye-catching, look at the British Fashion Awards earlier this month. The minimalist makeup allows her flawless skin and her eyes to take center stage. Dust a light brown shadow, like Urban Decay Eye Shadow in Buck ($18), on the lids and plump up the lashes with a couple generous coats of Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Mascara ($23). For a hint more drama, sweep on Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Jet Black ($20) in the shape of a cat-eye to really make your peepers pop. Finish everything off with a nude-brown lip color like Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lovecraft ($21).

Rihanna (Mike Marsland/Getty)
Rihanna (Mike Marsland/Getty)


A cherry red pucker instantly adds glamour to any ensemble, whether it’s jeans and a tee or a fancy party dress. Megan Fox’s holiday-appropriate makeup at Ferrari’s 60th Anniversary Gala is perfect for both a New Year’s Eve bash and a quiet dinner date. To imitate the actress’ beauty statement, apply a bright shade like Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Red Amour ($27) to the lips and a glittery, rose gold shadow like Benefit Cosmetics Longwear Powder Shadow in Nude Swings ($20). For a healthy glow, sweep an apricot color on the cheekbones. Try Nars Blush in Liberté ($30). Voilà!

Megan Fox (Paul Archuleta/Getty)
Megan Fox (Paul Archuleta/Getty)


Of course, you can never go wrong with a sultry, smoky eye on New Year’s Eve. “Pretty Little Liars” star Shay Mitchell nails the sexy, alluring vibe at GQ’s Men of the Year Party with black liner, bold eyebrows, and pinky-nude lips. To achieve the same effect, smudge a kohl pencil, like Sephora Collection Long Lasting Kohl Pencil in Intense Black ($10), on both your top and bottom lash line. Blend out any harsh edges with a dark, matte eye shadow, such as Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow in Rich Caviar ($22), for a slightly messy finish. Next, use Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo ($23) for full, thick brows. Then, smear on a lip color similar to Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Salut ($24) to complete the look.

Shay Mitchell (Steve Granitz/Getty)
Shay Mitchell (Steve Granitz/Getty)


Why not start off the New Year with a fresh, out-of-the-box beauty statement? A fun, surprising pop of color immediately brightens up the face and showcases your playful personality. Kerry Washington mixed things up at Elle’s Women in Hollywood Awards with blue eyeliner, a great choice for any lively social gathering. If you dare to copy the “Scandal” actress’ bold makeup, try Nars Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Khao San Road ($24). Don’t forget to pull your hair back to let the aquamarine hue really shine. You can also get creative and try purple or green instead!

Kerry Washington (Steve Granitz/Getty)
Kerry Washington (Steve Granitz/Getty)

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