New Year’s Eve / Party Makeup

by Sarah

As we count down to welcome in the new year, most of you may be prepping to attend parties and gatherings. Makeup is an essential part of NYE parties and traditionally, glitter happens to be the ‘go-to look’ for this time of year.

I love glitter but I also understand it can be a pain to use and seem a bit too much for some people. If you still want a sparkly yet wearable look without the hassle of glitter, this tutorial is for you!

The star product of this look is the MAC Pressed Pigment . These pigments come in a variety of gorgeous colors, but since I love natural shades, I had to try the mid-tone brown called Deeply Dashing. What’s amazing about these pigments is the sparkle they contain. The color portion of the pigment is not very intense but the multi dimensional sparkles give the lids a stunning shine.

Paired up with either nude lips or with a statement red or dark lip, this look is so versatile, it’ll go with whatever outfit you choose to wear. Best part however is how easy it is to create…which is what we like right? :)

*If you recreate this look, please either post it to my Facebook page here ; or tag me on Instagram @sarahbeautypov or Twitter @sarahbeautypov . I’d love to see it!  

Lets Begin…



* Swatches: MAC Teddy Eye Kohl on the left; MAC Pressed Pigment in Deeply Dashing on the right

Lorac Pro Palette – Gold & Espresso

Real Techniques Brushes – Domed Shadow Brush; Deluxe Crease Brush; Base Shadow Brush; Detailer Brush. You can get Real Techniques brushes (free worldwide delivery) HERE*Use code LFNEW at checkout to get 10% off.

MAC Pressed Pigment – Deeply Dashing; MAC Eye Kohl – Teddy; Maybelline Eye Studio – Blackest Black gel liner

Black Mascara (I used Lancome Hypnose Drama); False lashes (optional – I did not use them for this look)


1. Prep your eyes with your favorite primer – I used Urban Decay eye primer Original

2. Using the Base Shadow Brush, apply Lorac Pro Gold eyeshadow from the inner corner of the eyes to half way in; use this color to line the inner part of the lower lash line also

3. Using the Domed Shadow Brush, apply Lorac Pro Espresso eyeshadow to the outer half of the eyes, extending the color out slightly past the eyes as seen in the picture.

4. With the Deluxe Crease Brush, blend together the line where the Gold and Espresso colors meet halfway, until the colors merge smoothly. Using the same brush, blend out the outer edges in small circular motions. If you need to intensify the colors at any stage, go over steps 2 & 3 and continue to blend after each application. There shouldn’t be any harsh or visible lines.

5. Using the Detailer Brush, line the lower lashline with Lorac Pro Espresso eyeshadow. Smudge in this color to get a smokey effect.

6. With your fingers (I find this to be the best application method for pressed pigments), dab MAC’s Deeply Dashing, all over the eyelid. The key is to press the pigment down, do not swipe as this may move the shadows you already applied. You can build up the pigment depending on how shimmery you’d like your eyelids to be. The pigment is multi dimensional so you’ll get a good shine even after the first layer. I also went over the lower lashline just to sprinkle some shine over the Espresso eyeshadow we used in Step 5.

7. Once you’re happy with the intensity of the pigment, use Maybelline Eye Studio gel liner and draw a fine line along the upper lash line. You can wing the line out as far as you like.

8. With MAC Teddy eye kohl (which is a shimmery brown), line the inner rim of your eyes to complement the shine on your lids. You can definitely use a black eyeliner if you wish.

9. Curl your lashes and apply your favorite mascara and false lashes (optional).

10. Pair up your look with a subtle nude lip, or a statement red/dark lipstick…

…and you’re ready to party the night away and welcome 2014 looking fabulous!

With that, I’d like to wish you all a Happy New Year. May 2014 bring with it good health, happiness and all that you dream of ;)

If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments section below xx

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