Colourful NYE Makeup (REPOST)

Saturday, 20 February 2016

NOTE: Forgive me for reposting this again!  Due to technical hitches sorting out my signatures, I somehow managed to get Blogger to republish this post... but it was originally posted around New Year's!  As you can expect, for a New Year's Eve look...)

This is a bit of a non-traditional look compared to what most other bloggers and makeup artists do for New Year’s Eve parties!  Every holiday season, my other half’s family host a Christmas party with a fun fancy dress theme – this year it’s been moved to NYE, and the theme is bright, colourful and fluorescent.  I always incorporate the theme to these parties into my makeup when I can since I much prefer playing around with interesting makeup looks than spending money on fancy dress, and this is what I plan on wearing this year.

I used NikkiTutorials’ Hunger Games makeup look for inspiration but went for only matte bright colours and just added a bit of sparkle to the black lid.  The bulk of the eyeshadow look was done using one palette, and the other bits and pieces could easily be done using staples and other bits and pieces in your makeup collection.  I also added a pink tint to my eyebrow using my lipstick and the same pink I used on my eyes.

I started by applying my base, a good quality eyeshadow primer (you definitely need this to get the best colour payoff for this kind of look) and doing my brows almost as normal.  I used a white foundation to lift my brow bone and applied my usual brow pomade to shape and fill them in, but I stopped here and didn’t apply any brow gel as this will come after I’ve done the rest of the eye.

Using my Sleek MakeUp Ultra Mattes Bright Palette and a tapered blending brush, I started by applying one of the bright pink shades, Pucker, in my crease and dragging it a little bit towards my nose.  At this point I kept the entire mobile lid completely empty of shadow, as I’d be filling this in with black later.  I also applied this to the outer third underneath my eye and blended it out.  Then, I took a bit of the yellow shade, Bamm!, mixed with a tiny bit of the orange, Strike, and blended this into the pink I took close to the inner corner.  I then went back over this with Bamm! in the entire inner corner in the same way that you’d use a highlighter, to get a bright golden yellow that fades into orange and into the pink.  I then took the orange shade and blended it into the outer part of my crease, into the centre of my lower lash line and blended it into the yellow towards the inner corner.

I took my time going back into each colour to keep it bright and bold, and then once I was happy I blended out all of the outer edges with a fluffy blending brush.  Then, the lid!  I first filled it in with a black gel liner, then went over it again to set it with Blackout from the Naked 3 palette and gently blended it out into the colourful bits, being careful to just soften the edges and not muddy the colours with it.  Blackout is a dark grey/black shade with little bits of pink and red glitter, so it’s a dark colour with a little bit of dimension to it - if you don’t have the Naked 3 or don’t buy from Urban Decay, you can just use a charcoal or black eyeshadow because the next step is patting a tiny amount of true gold eyeshadow over the top of it anyway.  The one I used was one of Phee’s Makeup Shop limited edition holiday shadows, Moreish, and this is what gives the lid the beautiful little gold sparkles in the photos.  Just use a dab of colour and your finger tip to press it on, especially if you're using the same eyeshadow I did because this one is super pigmented and beautiful!

After doing the lid, I went back over the bright colours again to intensify them again, the tightlined my upper lash line, used a white pencil on my lower lash line, and added mascara and false eyelashes.  Eyes, done!

To achieve the tinted eyebrows, I took a little bit of bright coral pink lipstick and gently rubbed my eyebrow spoolie in it, then ran this through my eyebrows until I achieved my desired intensity.  I then did the same again, but dipped the spoolie into the pink eyeshadow and went over my brows again to set the lipstick.  I also used my angled brow brush with the lipstick and shadow to make sure that the tail of my eyebrows was still as sharp and defined as I wanted.  Then, I added brow gel to set them in place.  You can do this without filling your brows in with your natural colour beforehand and just use a brow brush, colourful lipstick and eyeshadow to shape/fill them in if you want a more colourful look, but I just wanted the hint of pink running through them for this.

I then just went straight in with a translucent powder to set everything and used only a dash of blush and no highlighter to keep the focus on the eyes and lips.  If you're using a liquid foundation, your skin will probably be dewy enough to fit with this look without a highlight.  Finally, I topped everything off with the pink lipstick I used on the brows.  It looks a bit more muted in some of the photos than in real life, but it’s actually quite a neon coral pink that compliments the pink, orange and yellow in the eyes really well.  To go with my makeup, I’m going to also be wearing some glow-in-the-dark yellow body paint and lots and lots of matching glowsticks!

All products used:
The Body Shop Moisturise It Primer*
Urban Decay Priming Potion in Original*
The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation in Chelsea Porcelain*
The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops in Lightening*
Barry M Flawless Light Reflecting Concealer in Ivory
Kryolan Dermacolor Camouflage Crème in D070
Anastasia Beverley Hills Brow Pomade in Medium Brown
GOSH Defining Brow Gel in Clear
Sleek MakeUp Ultra Matte Brights Palette
NYX Gel Liner & Smudger in Black*
Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette*
Phee’s Makeup Tips Mineral Shadow in Moreish
Inika Organic Eyeliner in Black Caviar
Barry M Kohl Pencil in White
PHB Ethical Beauty All-in-One Natural Mascara in Black
Ardell Demi Wispies in Black
theBalm blush in Down Boy
Lily Lolo Finishing Powder in Translucent Silk
Sleek MakeUp True Colour Lipstick in Coral Reef
* Parent company is not cruelty free

I hope you enjoyed seeing another makeup look from me, I’m actually really pleasantly surprised by how this turned out because usually I’m awful at doing bright, colourful makeup.  The first eyeshadow look I tried the other day turned out horrible so I went back to the drawing board and came up with this instead and I’m super excited to wear it on New Year’s Eve now!

What kind of makeup are you planning for your holiday parties?


  1. This looks so cute, so different to the usual nude/smoky eye tutorials! I'm not that brave but I may try a slightly glittery eye this NYE. I hope you have a fab time at the party! x

    Josie | Sick Chick Chic

    1. Thank you! Hope you have a happy New Year!


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