A Fashion Editor’s Super Extra NYE Getting Ready Routine

Here’s how I plan to get my glow on to kiss 2017 goodbye (and good riddance honestly).

By: Tara Gonzalez

New Year’s Eve is overhyped. At this point it’s not an opinion, it’s just the truth. It’s a single day of the year that everyone has decided holds this absurd amount of importance; it’s the day in which you must have the absolute most fun while forgetting about the hardships of the past year and making promises to be your best self yet all while looking as glittery, shimmery and amazing as humanly possible. And as much as I struggle with leaving the past in the past (2017 was crazy ya’ll) and coming up with a short list of resolutions (I’m very type-A, so the pressure is on in 2018 to be the best yet), getting dressed for NYE is always the easiest part for me. Mostly because as my younger sister would say, I’m “extra as hell.”

But can you blame me, like really? In a similar spirit to Halloween, New Year’s Eve is all about dressing up however you want and not having to worry what anyone has to say about it because chances are they’re decked out in head-to-toe sparkles, too. And since 2017 was essentially a dumpster fire of a year, 2018 really deserves a proper welcome with glittery eyeshadows, skirts and an unapologetic confidence that screams: “let’s get it!”

This NYE I’m setting aside a nice chunk of time to really prepare myself for the festivities and end 2017 with some much needed masking me time, a celebrity recommended hairstyle (literally called the “don’t underestimate me” blowout) and a colorful smokey eye.



Starting off the New Year with fresh, clean skin is an absolute must. Starting 2018 off with a pimple probably equals a couple years in bad luck or something. That being said, I really do want to feel my best and will be indulging in a pre-NYE at home spa session.

Vintner’s Daughter Serum: Everyone I know who uses Vintner’s Daughter will not stop talking about it, so I wanted to try it out for myself before the year ended. I finally got a bottle and even though I’ve only been using it for the past couple of days, I absolutely notice a difference in my skin! It makes me feel like a have a new face that is dewy, glowy and really radiant.

Borghese Restorative Eye Mask Sheet: People are absolutely sleeping on Borghese and just Italian beauty in general. I swear by all of Borghese’s everything and these eye masks are the only ones that actually make a difference. They help take away dullness and make me look wide awake and ready always.

Angela Caglia Power Cleansing Balm: Angela Caglia is a face angle When I got a facial at the newly opened ONDA beauty in Tribeca (book an appointment ASAP) I didn’t even know how to process it because it was so amazing I could physically FEEL the difference on my skin when I walked out the door. She honestly makes you glow (and she does the same for a handful of celebrities). I took home all of her products after and I’m trying to recreate the witchcraft she did on my skin with them. This cleansing balm is the best thing to massage into your face for a quick (and necessary) 90 second facial massage. Nothing has calmed me down more than the smell and the feel of this product.

Angela Caglia Dream Exfoliant MaskAnd going off of that last product review, Caglia’s masks are also lovely. This one reminds me of the facial she gave me because it really brightened my skin which she attributes to the purple sweet potato extract which is high in Vitamin-C which makes it anti-inflammatory and in Vitamin-A which helps stimulate collagen to reduce the rate of natural cell aging. And it smells like sweet sweet roses. Win win win win!

Borghese Radiante Revitalize and Firm Mask: But if the winter has really got you down and out and dry, I’d recommend using this Borghese mask because it’s super hydrating. It’s also GOLD, so what better way to prepare for NYE than with an actual golden face?



New Years is all about “New Year, New You” but some things always stay the same. My makeup routine doesn’t change much from day to day and so I’ll be sticking to my favorites but I’ll be pulling out some red sparkly eyeshadow goodness for the special ocassion.

CHANEL Les Beiges in N 50: I have never worn foundation or worn any face makeup, ever. But when I discovered this CHANEL powder my life was changed forever. I don’t use very much but I use the half-moon brush (it’s amazing) to get the powder into the creases of my cheekbones and eyelids. It creates some nice depth where I need it, accentuates my favorite facial features and gives me a natural bronzed look. It’s the most amazing and simple base for every look I wear.

CHANEL Correction Perfection Concealer in 20: I always put this underneath my eyes because I am not the best at getting a full night’s sleep. It helps wash away my dark circles, lasts all day and is the perfect size to keep in the bag I’ll be holding on NYE night, just in case any problem spots arise!

Glossier Boy Brown in Black: One of my favorite features is my thick eyebrows which matches the insanely thick mane that I call my hair. Aside from getting them spruced up with very minimal threading once a month, I use boy brow every day and it just gives them this really nice polished look. For the longest time I used boy brow in brown since I’m a brunette but when they were sold out of the shade I decided to try black instead. Now I’m obsessed with it! My hair is dark enough for the black color to not to make too much of a difference but it does draw some extra attention to my brows, which I am all about.

Glossier Cloud Paint in Beam: I recently got the Glossier Cloud Paint quad and I love it so so much because I frequently use different shades for blush on different days. On a night like New Year’s where I’ll be playing up my eyes more with fun colors, I tend to stick to beam. It goes on smooth and makes me look naturally flushed in a very flattering way. The orange-y peach tone also helps build on the bronze I get going with the CHANEL les beiges. Winter, what?

Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer in 002: THIS IS THE GOOD STUFF! Nothing makes me feel fancier or more luminescent then this lovely guy from Dior. I put some on the top of my cheekbones, below my eyebrows and quickly run the kabuki brush (which magically gets just the right amount in all the right places) from my forehead to the tip of my lips. The highlight makes my skin glow without looking like I put something on it to glow. So basically it’ll help you look like the ball drop in Times Square.

Modern Renaissance Anastasia Beverly Hills Palette: My favorite part of my makeup look everyday is my eye situation because I have really big eyes and love to make them pop. My go-to look is always Charlotte Tilbury, either the luxury palette in Dolce Vita or the new Instant Eye Palette. But for a big night like New Year’s when I’ll be going all out and being extra like I said, I want to do something drastically different. That’s when this amazing palette comes in because it contains all the red and pink shades of my dreams.

I’m obsessed with red eyeshadow ever since I wore it for Halloween and realized not just Lydia Deetz can rock the look daily. Venetian Red is perfect for an unexpected red smokey eye that’ll help you stand out in a crowd.

Pat McGrath Blood Lust 004 Glitter: I love anything and everything Pat McGrath makes. Her shiny lip looks are definitely iconic but with a red eye, a red lip would be too much. So I keep my lips neutral and spread the gloss that comes with the lip kit over my eyelids to make the Venetian Red shade glossy and spread all of the red sparkles on top.

Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyeliner: I almost always have a thick cat eye on but when I do lots of eyeshadow I tone it down and just do a nice thin line across my eyelid. This Clinique eyeliner is an unexpected savior, it goes on easily and it’s just as easy to make an intense look with it as it is a subtle one. It’s also the only liquid eyeliner I’ve owned that lasts all night and truly doesn’t smudge.

Tweezerman ProLash Curler: This eyelash curler is the truth! 30 seconds on each set of lashes and you can expect some serious insane lash length!

Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara: Rimmel Mascara is what I wear everyday! This one makes my eyelashes look super long and everyone always compliments me on it.

Lancôme Grandiôse Extreme Mascara: When I’m going out, I’ll put on lots of layers of mascara. I’ll start with Rimmel Accelerator for length and add on this Lancôme mascara that I’m obsessed with for thickness. The shape of the wand helps me layer on without clumping but it also helps me part my eyelashes if I feel like going for a more clumpy twiggy look.

Tom Ford Shimmering Body Oil: Do I really need to explain this one? It’s New Year’s Eve and this is a sexy Tom Ford sparkle oil that smells as good as it looks.



TRESemmé Celebrity Stylist, John D. is one of the nicest, most talented people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting recently. At an event just a couple weeks ago he created a blowout for me that he called the “don’t underestimate me” look and it had me walking down the street just to flip my hair in people’s faces for days. It was so so good.

He describes it as a hairstyle that works across the board because “if you’re casual it dresses up the look. If your dressy it helps balance with a more casual flair. It really balances out a look. It’s also easy to run your hands through, looks great swept up into a pony, and leaves you with great texture for the next couple of days. Which we all know is key when you’re nursing that champagne hangover from the night before.” Amen John D. Here are his tips (that I will be following to a T tonight) to recreate his perfect look to wear on NYE and wear the entire week after.

TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Hold Mousse: “Prep clean hair using the TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Hold Mousse. Distribute a small ball into palms and emulsify. Take hands through roots and drag through the mid lengths. This helps build some grip into the freshly cleaned hair. Next, blow dry. For finer hair textures looking to build fullness, blow dry loosely using hands and only using a brush when wanting to smooth out any wave. For thicker hair, use a paddle brush and/or a ceramic round brush to really smooth and control the hair in preparation for the waves.

*Bonus Tip: For fine hair, blow hair in opposite direction from how it hangs to maximize fullness. For thicker hair, blow dry downward in the direction the hair grows so not to create too much volume the root.”

TRESemmé TRES Two Non-Aerosol Hair Spray: “Once hair is dried, begin creating loose waves. I like to use a 1” barrel iron or wand. When creating these waves think of curling just the middle of the hair section. You want the bend in more of the mid lengths of the hair. The root and ends should look more straight. If your hair needs a little encouragement during the curling process, use the TRESemmé TRES Two Non-Aerosol Hair Spray by lightly spritzing on each section before waving.”

TRESemmé Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Shampoo: Once waves are complete and cooled, I like to loosen the hair up. I love the TRESemmé Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Shampoo. Give the bottle a good shake and spray throughout the hair. The dry shampoo will help add a more matte quality to the hair which lends to its casual appearance. Next, use a wire bristle brush to brush out the waves and distribute the dry shampoo. This really adds the final, airy, loose quality that we’re looking to achieve in the style.

TRESemmé Climate Control Hair Spray: “Finish the style off using the TRESemmé Climate Control Hair Spray to lock in the look with a flexible hold that will withstand the elements of the night!”

Beachwaver Pro Hair Curler: Because I do have very long and thick hair, I’ve never been very good at doing any hairstyle on myself. So even when someone as amazing and talented as John D. lays it all out for me with the easiest steps I’m still left dumbstruck on how to actually use a flat iron and how to curl my hair to create waves. That is until I got a Beachwaver Pro and my life has changed forever. Truly. This curling iron ACTUALLY does the work for you because it rotates in both directions with the touch of a button. It is seriously idiot proof and I love it so much for that.

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