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9 OTT party make-up looks to have fun with this New Year’s Eve


by Erin Lindsay
31st Dec 2019
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If you can’t stick sequins and glitter all over your face on New Year’s, when can you? These last-minute New Year’s Eve make-up looks are the perfect way to jazz up celebrations


We’re on the cusp of 2020, and whatever your plans may be, it’s the one night of the year where you can absolutely go wild with your make-up no matter what the dress code. Glitter wings on your eyes? Stick-on sparkles on your cheeks? Two-tone lippy? Anything goes, and that’s why we love it.

If you’re struggling to find a way to make a statement tonight, we’ve scoured Instagram to find the most fun and sparkly ways to do your make-up this New Year’s Eve. There are no shrinking wallflower looks here — forget the understated and go bold.

Pat McGrath’s purple diamanté dream

We love make-up guru Pat McGrath’s Instagram posts, from their dreamy soft-focus aesthetic to her joyfully enthusiastic captions. This violet cat eye with rhinestones on the lower lash line is a little fiddly to get right, but it really is worth the time.

James Molloy’s blue velvet

Show your love for 2020 early by adopting its Pantone Colour of the Year in your make-up palette. This 60’s look by make-up artist James Molloy is all out flounce — pair with big hair and big heels.

Katie Jane Hughes’ hooded eye cheat code

Do you have hooded eyelids and struggle with tutorials because of it? Fear not – Katie Jane Hughes is here to help. The New York-based Liverpudlian has been heralded as an innovator in modern make-up, staying away from the Instagram-esque heavy looks and focusing on soft and beautiful artistry that is true to your face. This eyeliner trick is one she uses all the time, and it’s a lifesaver for those with hooded eyes — and even if you don’t, what a cool graphic liner to try out too.

Pat McGrath’s glitter kiss

Don’t expect a mess-free New Year’s kiss with this one, but at least you’ll look stunning up until that point. Apply a red lip as normal and then pat on red glitter on top — Dorothy-approved lips for a fairytale night.

Daniella Marcan’s Twiggy glitter

We love this 60’s inspired graphic liner look, paired with lilac glitter that’s perfect for New Year’s. Just make sure you leave the heavy-duty make-up remover on your bed for when you get home.

Jo Baker’s ethereal Technicolour palette

Lucy Boynton has been both a style and make-up crush for us in 2019, and her make-up artist Jo Baker is largely responsible for our obsession. Never afraid to take risks and have fun with her look, this colourful eye look from the Venice Film Festival is a great way to inject some springtime energy into winter.

Katie-Jane Hughes’ Pepto Bismol chic

Pink, pink and more pink — it may be almost 2020 but the 2017 craze of millennial pink is still going strong. This flushed-and-glossy look by Katie Jane Hughes is a look by itself — go plain with your outfit and let this do the talking.

Pat McGrath’s superhero flames

Why go out to the fireworks when you’ve got your own right here? This look has everything you need to enter the new year with a bang — graphic shapes, glitter, two-tone hues and a glossy finish.


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