New Year's Eve is already pretty stressful: First, you have to work out the location. You need a venue that won't only satisfy your entire friendship group but somewhere that also won't cost the earth and turn out to be a total disappointment. You've also got the added pressure of choosing an outfit: NYE is officially the dressiest night of the year, where even the most casual of us peel off the boyfriend-fit jeans in favour for something a little fancier. Our pals over at Who What Wear have some pretty sound advice on that point.
But where you can finally have some fun and let your hair down (proverbially speaking, as a topknot is still fair game) is in your makeup look. NYE is the night where you can paste your face in glitter, swipe your eyelids in blue eye shadow or wear the punchiest orange lipstick in your collection without anyone so much as batting an eyelid. It's time to go big. Go major. And start 2018 looking next-level. Click through below to find seven New Year's Eve makeup looks that make getting out of your comfort zone well worth it.
The thing with glitter is that you can try to be as neat as you can with the application, but we all know that after a few hours of sweaty dancing it's going to be everywhere anyway. What we say is embrace it, and simply press a thumbprint of whatever glitter you have at home on the outer corner of your eyes and see where it ends up by the end of the night. Or you could always try one of these glitter makeup looks.
Lilac is such an underrated colour. Right now it feels so retro that it kinda feels modern all over again, especially when worn in thick neat blocks of colour rather than wishy-washy clouds. Benefit does a pretty good lilac eye shadow called Creaseless Cream in Always a Bridesmaid (£16).
Red lipstick is a goer on any day of the year, but have you tried orange? It's brilliant at making skin look a little more golden and it feels a gazillion times more fun than a pillar box shade. It's important to note, however, that 2018's way to wear bright lipstick is completely alone, save for a bit of concealer to hide those wine-induced under-eye circles. It looks super modern and is weirdly low maintenance.
There are many ways to wear a cat eye, but for NYE, it's only right that you take it to the extreme. This elongated flick reminds us of a pen and ink swipe. If you're not adept with a liquid eyeliner, use a kohl pencil to lightly sketch the shape on first. Or try a gel liner like Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eye Liner (£20), as it goes on pretty easily with an angled brush.
If 2017 was all about precise lines of neat colour, then start 2018 as you mean to go on: Daring. Scribbles of bright blue pigment across the eyes look pretty badass, especially when your outfit is understated. And then again, even when it's not. Nars Matte Eyeshadow in China Blue (£19) offers some of the richest blue pigment around. Apply it with a damp brush, and start with an eye primer to get extra punch out of the shade.
Glitter is cool and everything, but if you want to ramp up the sparkle, you could always stud your eyelids with actual sequins. Start with a base of eye shadow—a silver like Stila Magnificent Metals in Diamond Dust (£23) works well, and then use eyelash glue to stick sequins of the same colour on top. Yes, the whole blinking thing might prove to be difficult, but maintaining a death stare all night will be worth it.
If you're not quite ready for sequins, take it back down a notch with a single solitary teardrop. It's a good look if you're heading to a fancy dress party—just call yourself a modern-day mime. Amazon sells sticky-backed gems for pretty cheap too.