Story Time: My New Year’s Eve Makeup Thursday 05 January, 2012
First things first: Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed ringing in 2012—and I really hope that 2012 shapes up to be your best year to date. As I mentioned before, New Year’s Eve positions itself as a prime time to deck yourself out in all things shimmer, and that was my plan from the […]
First things first: Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed ringing in 2012—and I really hope that 2012 shapes up to be your best year to date. As I mentioned before, New Year’s Eve positions itself as a prime time to deck yourself out in all things shimmer, and that was my plan from the get-go. And then…well, things changed. My sparkly outfit tugged at me in all the wrong places; I was having a “blah” fashion moment. But for beauty, I would not be sidelined when it came to spangle; I was gung-ho. There had to be some glitter, somewhere, on me.
So, I doused my nails in a rainbow of gold, bronze and copper glitter—which was a good start, but I wanted more. So I set out to do my makeup, brandishing six different types of loose glitter, a glitter lip gloss and a glitter mascara. By god, I was going to make this sparkle moment happen. And let me preface this by saying that I also bought the glitzy-est New Year’s Eve headband. I mean, it had a battery pack and everything. When turned on, it flashed blue, green and red, and gave most onlookers seizures (seizures of envy, I convinced myself). That headband was killer. So my makeup had to live up to that headband.
I set out to create a dark, smoky eye anchored by an intense glitter cat eye. I first lined my upper lid with Too Faced Long Stemmed Lashes, which is tops in my book of liquid liners. After the liner dried fully, I went in with my Lit Cosmetics liquid glitter adhesive and applied Lit Cosmetics Cayman S3 glitter, an oceanic green, on top of the liner. Believe it or not, despite the fact that the liquid adhesive is, well, liquid and therefore wet, it didn’t interfere with the black liquid liner one bit. That liner didn’t budge a smidgen! Seeking a little more dazzle, I mixed in a prismatic black glitter by Tony & Tina (R.I.P. … loved that brand) to up the fulgent factor.
To give myself a little bit of drama (without going too raccoon a la Kris Jenner), I turned to NARS Night Series Eyeshadow Palette. Upon first glance, you might find these shadows to be intimidating; after all, not only are they mostly uber-darks, but also they are packed with shimmer. Not to worry; they can be applied sheer—but that was not my goal here. Instead, I worked Night Breed, an onyx flecked with silver sparkles, into the outer crease of my lid, extending it out past the edge of my eye. Then I laid on the dimension with Night Clubbing, a golden ebony that is to die for, along the inner crease of my eye, as well as below my bottom lashes. No smoky eye is complete (at least, not in my eyes) without a hit of highlighter along the brow bone. I chose Jemma Kidd’s I-Design Eye Color in Editor (perfect name!), which is a satiny buff hue with a slight blush undertone.
I skipped the glitter mascara and sparkle-laden lips because sometimes you just gotta edit. And, the picture I have doesn’t quite do the glitter liner justice, but I promise: That cat eye bounced light like a sparkler!