A Smudge-Free Glittery Eye to Ring in The New Year

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The end of 2014 is fast-approaching and we can think of no better way than to express our optimism for the 15th year of the millenium than to ring it in with gleaming, glittery eyes. Sparkly makeup as metaphor–what a concept!

However, we’ll keep the glitz to our eyes because glitter dripping down our face, or stuck to our clothes, etc. etc. is not so cute.

K, let’s go.

Step One: Prime

Have some fun (because it’s just the base) applying eyeshadow primer.

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Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden is good for a bit of illumination underneath everything else and Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base is good for staying power. You could even combine the two to reap all the benefits.

Now, for the fun part…

In our holiday beauty series, we’ve discussed eyeliners that can handle tears, lipsticks made for making out, and skin that glows no matter how low the temperature drops–but our NYE eye installment is our most artistic yet. Think of your eyelids as little canvases with an infinite number of possibilities. Dark and smokey, bright and colorful, or pure, pure glitz. All are a GO for this particular debaucherous evening.

Step Two: A Smooth, Shimmery Lid

No matter how many layers and colors you plan to pile on (it’s fine, the more the merrier for this evening) you need a solid shimmery base. The options are countless, so I’ve picked favorites based on application method, because once you find what works for you, it’s smooth sailing forward.

Here are some of our favorites:

You can see (below) just how creamy Tom Ford’s Platinum Cream Color is, making it a perfect base.

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If powders are more your game, then there are endless palettes to play with. Plus, nothing like a gorgeous palette in hand to make you rock being your own glam squad.

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Estée Lauder’s Pure Color Envy Sculpting Eyeshadow 5-Color Palette in “Infamous Sky” has a perfect light base shade as well as two darker metallics.

esteeChanel’s Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow in 226 TISSÉ RIVOLI also has 4 super shimmery neutrals, any of which can stand alone or work as a dramatic first layer.

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Step Three: Add Depth, Smoke, or Color

Of course, both above palettes have darker colors for adding depth but because more palettes=more fun, here are my favorites for adding the smoke-factor.

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Charlotte Tilbury’s Fallen Angel palette is star-studded (literally) and clutch-sized. If you’re going for the tawny side of smoky, Tilbury’s palette is a perfect pick.

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Burberry’s Smokey Eye palette is classic smokeshow–the kind of palette I like to imagine Alexa Chung keeps on hand. It ranges from that illuminating neutral to its deep but shimmery grey and matte black.

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…If Powders and Creams Aren’t Doing it For You

One of my favorite makeup discoveries of the last year has been the almost foolproof dual-use eyeshadow/liner sticks made best by ByTerry and Trish McEvoy. I’ve been hoarding these and they’ve made me feel far more capable of the multi-colored looks seen in glossies for nights that call for our most skilled makeup artistry.

I love these things:

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Depending on the shade you pick, these can be used as a base or a detail.

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ByTerry’s Ombre Blackstar in Frozen Quartz is an easy base color, but the addition of a quick stripe of the same product in Blue Obsession takes the look instantly into nighttime territory.

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Trish McEvoy’s 24-Hour Eye Shadow and Liner in Crystal Grey is one of the easiest and fastest routes to a more complicated looking smokey eye I’ve discovered.

…And for the Glitter Girls

If all of the above seems downright tame for you, hold tight, because we’ve got you covered too.

For those of you who’ve committed to sparkle tomorrow night, the obvious choice is Urban Decay’s Moondust eyeshadow (pictured here in MOONSPOON) for unadulterated glam (what we’ve come to expect from the brand).

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For a touch of glitter in it’s purest form, try Urban Decay’s classic Heavy Metal glitter liners.

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OK–flick on some mascara, bat your eyes, purse your lips, and get ready for the ball to drop! Happy 2015! 

Photographer: Justin Bridges

Makeup Artist/Hair Stylist: Ashley Rebecca

Fashion/Beauty Editor: Alyssa Shapiro

Location: Ammon Carver Studio