For years ladies have been ringing in the New Year with a sparkly dress and a cold glass of bubbly. I thought I’d do some investigating to see if sparkles and glitter were every woman’s New Years’ ideal, or if NYE makeup, for some, takes a more subtle turn. After discussing this matter Carrie Bradshaw-style with some friends, I’ve found that glitter on New Years’ seems to be the norm, but there are a few alternatives to the sparkle. Here are my findings: a little gold, a little smoke, and a little champagne take the cake for the top three New Years’ looks that’ll have you counting down with class.




If ever there were a time for gold on the eyes, it’s New Years’ Eve. I’m going with my absolute favorite combo, which is black liner and bronzey-gold, but for the more adventurous gal, you could switch things up to your heart’s desire. I’m seeing visions of cream eyeshadow, straight up glitter, and even the *very jazzy* glitter liner in your futures. Pictured here: ULTA Eye Crayon in Twinkling, Urban Decay Eye Shadow in Half Baked, Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, L’oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara.




For the more subtle gal (or maybe the one in full on sequin garb) a more neutral smoky eye could work in your favor. Keep it matte if you want a more sultry look, or add some shimmer to create a more edgy, sparkly finish. This look complements all eye types and skin tones, so it’s a good one if you need something foolproof. The messier you make it, the better it will look (and who doesn’t love that mantra?). Pictured here: Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Pistol, Verve, and Blackout, Revlon Color Stay Eyeliner in Black Brown, and L’oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara.


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Lastly, for the minimalist gal, a subtle hint of champagne can create a natural but gorgeous look. If you need more drama, play up your eye shape with a kohl liner, winged out into any variety of shapes (flick up if you’ve got hooded eyes, out if they’re close together, and in if they’re farther apart). Add a little highlight to the brow-bone and cheekbones, and you’ve got yourself a frosty, simple look. Pictured here: Ulta Eye Crayon in Ribbons, NARS And God Created The Woman Eyeshadow (the dark brown, glittery one), and L’oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara.

If you try any of these looks, tweet me a picture @mirandafen and I’ll love ya forever. What’s your favorite take on the NYE eye?

xo Miranda

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Miranda Feneberger

Miranda Feneberger

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