No matter what you are doing on New Year’s Eve—whether you are heading to Times Square to watch the ball drop, watching the first sunrise of the new year from an exotic locale, or hosting a party for all your best friends—chances are you will need a glamorous beauty look to go with your party ensemble. Thankfully, today’s Beauty Queen story has three inspirational beauty looks—from Brooklyn Decker, Kate Bosworth, and Amber Heard—and all the tips and tricks you need to recreate them for yourself! Ready? Read on for all the need-to-know details!
For makeup, we turned to makeup artist Michelle Coursey, who has worked with Petra Nemcova and Maggie Rizer. For hair, we turned to Nicole Obert, who you might recognize from the second season of Bravo’s Shear Genius, and Mika Fowler, a celebrity hair stylist who works with Olivia Munn.
Makeup: To start, smooth on a sheer foundation, which will even out your skin tone. Then, add a touch of concealer, where needed. To create the illusion of bronzed skin, use a matte bronzer—like Smashbox’s Bronze Lights in Suntan Matte ($29). Using a large, fluffy brush, place the color all over the high points of the face—specifically, the top of your forehead, the cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, and the tip of your chin—concentrating the color on the apples of the cheeks. To achieve the thick lashes, use Short Clusters, which can be bought at your nearest drugstore. Finally, to achieve the same beautiful shade of pink/fuchsia that Brooklyn has on her lips, try either Yves Saint Laurent’s Rouge Pur Couture in #7 Le Fuchsia ($30) or OCC’s Lip Tar in Pretty Boy ($13). With colors this bright, it’s best to be precise, so use a lip brush to apply the color, before blotting and applying again.
Hair: To achieve this look, curl your hair using a 1.5″ curling iron; be sure to curl your locks away from the face. Then, spray your hair with a product like Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray ($39), finishing with just a touch of Oribe’s Apres Beach ($35). Next, use your fingers to pull hair back into a loose ponytail. Pin the curled ponytail with a rubber band, creating a loose, messy bun. Remember: the look is meant to be messy, so don’t try to ‘perfect’ it.
Makeup: To start, smooth on a luminizing foundation—both Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation ($59) and Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer ($42) would be great for this. Then, use a concealer only where needed, and make sure to stick to something with a luminizing quality, like Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Éclat ($40). For the cheeks, look for a product that will give you color and dewiness—like Rms’s Lip2cheek in Smile ($36). Pat a small amount onto the apples of your cheeks and then blend it in using your fingers or a brush. You can actually use this same product on your lips, or apply a peachy gloss like MAC’s Lustreglass in Wonderstruck ($15) instead. Finally, curl your lashes, before applying a few coats of mascara.
Hair: To achieve this look, make sure you start with wet, clean hair. Then, apply Oribe’s Signature Gel Serum ($58) from the roots to the ends, which will give you hold. Next, dry your hair back, away from your face. Section out a deep part on your preferred side, before slightly teasing at the part to give your hair height. Finally, using a brush like Mason Pearson’s Boar Bristle Hairbrush ($99), brush your hair into a sleek ponytail. Wrap the pony around a rubber band, pinning it as you go with bobby pins.
Makeup: To start, apply a layer of foundation, which will help to smooth out the skin—right now, we love Lancôme’s Teint Miracle ($37). The peach-pink cheek can be achieved by applying NARS’ Blush in Orgasm ($27) using a fluffy blush brush. The lips are definitely the focal point of this look, which means you will want to apply the makeup with a lip brush so you can be as precise as possible. (This look definitely channels the 1940s and they were all about precise lips back then.) NARS’ Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil in Cruella ($24), OCC’s Lip Tar in NSFW ($13), and MAC’s Lipstick in Dubonnet ($15) are all great choices for this look. For an even more precise look, use a lip pencil—MAC’s Lip Pencil in Cherry ($14) is amazing—and make sure to fill in the whole mouth.
Hair: To achieve this look, use medium-sized rollers to section out and curl of your hair. While the curlers are setting, spray your hair with a finishing spray like Wella’s Stay Essential Finishing Spray ($19). Once the rollers have cooled, unwind your hair and spray your locks with Wella’s Shimmer Delight ($14)—this will add shine to your hair. Next, part your hair where your part naturally falls, before securing it with a French-style clip. To finish, spray your hair with a firm-hold hairspray, before removing the clip.
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