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Try a cocktail party look to see the New Year in.

What makes a great New years eve party makeup? Each woman has her own definition of evening glamour, but the consensus says there's something alluring about glossy lips, smoky eyes (the little black dress of makeup) and softly dewy skin. Cocktail parties are a chance for you to experiment with colorful evening makeup looks that brings out your best side. Herein, a few cocktail party makeup ideas to get you started for seeing the New Year in...

"Cocktail party makeup necessitates cocktail party hair. Try an elegant ponytail to turn heads", or a few random curls for that instant party girl glamour.

Come sunset, it's impossible to go wrong with liquid shimmer. Mix a dab with your foundation for radiant, party-perfect skin. Create a base for the eyes by applying concealer with a slim concealer brush, which is a must for getting into the corners of the eye to camouflage dark circles. Dab the color where your skin is most discolored, then use a finger to pat it in lightly. In lieu of an eyeshadow base, you can use the same concealer brush to pat powder onto the eyelids to give your shadow staying power.

For dramatic cocktail party eye makeup, create smokiness by smudging pewter or gunmetal eyeshadow all the in your crease. This look is less harsh than black but equally dramatic, and the color is one shade fits all (it's especially flattering on blue eyes). If you have green or brown eyes, consider swapping pewter for a plum-based shadow as shown here.

To score lush party fringe lashes, apply your mascara with a fan brush, which works especially well on hard-to-catch lower lashes. Swipe your mascara wand with the fan brush to transfer the color and use it to paint your lashes for an extra fluttery effect. Wipe the fan brush clean with a baby wipe or wash it with your regular shampoo to keep it clean.
You could also try false party lashes for that extra fluttery look,  these can be found in any 2 dollar shop and make a dramatic finish to your party look.  If a full set feels too much, cut them in half or even thirds and just attach to the outer corners of your eyes giving you the wide eyed party look.


Lastly, every girl needs her party gloss and shimmer dust.  Bobbie brown has the best Shimmer bricks in every shade which are just perfect for that party look.  Shimmer your skin for an alluring hydrated look, your cheeks for definition, cupids bow for the party pout and inner corners of your eyes for that eye popping effect that will have men in a trance!

Dust off that little black dress and go party girl!


Hils x