Glitter, Sparkle and Shine: Our Favorite Makeup For A Dazzling New Year


Celebrating New Year’s Eve is all about the parties, the dresses, the champagne—okay, who are we kidding—it’s seriously about the makeup. You can’t ring in the holidays if your skin’s not all aglow. And with all the glitter and color, it’s time to trade in your muted Christmas tones for some pop, sparkle and pizzazz. There are so many great sets, limited editions and brand-new colors to choose from it would just be a waste to not go all out. Besides, when else can you get away with that much glitter? Time to shine. 


Eye Liner

For the perfect liquid eyeliner to frame those gorgeous peepers, reach for something with a little sparkle and color. We love when we can break away from our basic black and rock something a little more daring. Try a bright metallic or bold hue and pair it with a dramatic lash. Feel free to get creative with a thicker cat eye, double tip or even coat your lashes in a little glitter. Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner is available at Sephora and priced at $19. Quartz Eyeliner Devotion Ink is available at Rouge Bunny Rouge and priced at $32.18.

Eye Shadow

The more drama you can bring to your eyes the better. With metallic being such a huge trend for the coming spring season, grab a palette in a color that you can wear from New Year’s to summer. Shimmering gold, silver and taupe are flattering on most skintones and will easily win a spot in your makeup bag as an everyday favorite. Bobbi Brown Crystal Eye Palette, Nude Glow Collection is available at Bloomingdale’s and priced at $50. Napoleon Perdis Loose Eye Color Dust is available at Neiman Marcus and priced at $25.


On New Year’s Eve you can never have too much glitter. Never. So it only makes sense to add some to even the most simple looks. Add shimmer to your favorite eye shadows, blushes, mascaras and even polish to make your everyday basics pop. A few jewels near your lashes will focus the attention on your eyes and you can even add a few to your nails for some midnight drama. MAKE UP FOR EVER Strass is available at Sephora and priced at $21. Loose Glitter Pigment Fire Drops are available at Rouge Bunny Rouge and priced at $26.44. 


While we can all agree a bold, glittery lip may be better left to ravers and preteens, we have to admit there’s really no better time for a shimmery gloss. Whether you decide to go with a dramatic eye and nude lip, or go wild with both (because hey, why not?) a little gloss on your pucker will keep your lips kissable until well after midnight. Yves Saint Laurent Beaute Gloss Volupte is available at Neiman Marcus and priced at $32. Le Metier de Beaute Fall/Winter Kaleidoscope Lip Kit is available at Neiman Marcus and priced at $95.


A little dewy shimmer on your skin all throughout the night will keep you looking happy and bright—not to mention extremely festive. We love this rose gold shimmer that keeps your skin glowing with this hot new color—try a little on your cheekbones or even your collarbones to add sparkle. Glitter dusts and sprays are perfect for an allover glimmer or giving your hair just the right amount of pixie dust. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Rose Gold is available at Sephora and priced at $38. Tarina Taratino Sparklicity Shimmer Dust is available at Dermstore and priced at $39.


Just because all the focus will be on that gorgeous face of yours, doesn’t mean you should neglect your digits. Try some glitter polish, nail art, gems, pearls, 3D charms—go all out! Besides you can show off your sparkly mani each time you pick up that champagne glass. We know there are a zillion polishes to choose from, but these are some of the best sets. Deborah Lippmann Starlight Set is available at Nordstrom and priced at $49. Ciaté Caviar Manicure Luxe is available at Ciaté London and priced at £20.00 (approx. $33).


We love falsies. We love them. But for every day they are seriously not practical. Parties on the other hand, are the perfect excuse to break out all those fun lashes. Decorated in everything from rhinestones to feathers, you can grab a more demure pair or a set that will make your eyes the center of attention. But for us—the bigger the better. Illamasqua False Lashes Grandeur are available at Bloomingdale's and priced at $20. Black Jewel On Wing False Eyelash Premium Edition is available at Shu Uemura and priced at $75.