new years eve makeup

The Most Glamorous Makeup for New Year’s Eve

Our favorite products for lips, eyes, and megawatt highlighter.

By: Hannah Baxter, Valeriya Chupinina

2020 is just around the corner (!!), which means we’re in full planning mode for our New Year’s Eve celebrations. That means nailing the outfit that is equal parts dazzling and comfortable for a night dancing under the disco ball, plus a makeup look that captures the joyous mood of the evening. Think sparkle and drama that lasts well after the champagne runs dry. For our favorite long-lasting and high-impact makeup, check out these 25 products for eyeshadow, highlighter, lipstick, eyeliner, and mascara. Cheers to the best New Year’s Eve ever!





MAC Spellbinder Shadow, $25

This MAC eyeshadow is blinding, beautiful, and bold! The amount of sparkle on this little guy is perfect for ringing in the new year. It’s got intense, opaque style and will stay on all night long. It looks like velvet, goes on like butter.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette, $42

The perfect day-to-night eyeshadow palette, with over 14 gorgeous shades that look amazing on everyone. These softer colors will warm up any skin tone—bonus points for the palette being small enough to fit into your bag.

Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette, $38

This is not your average palette. Pick from 35 highly pigmented shadows that will help capture the party mood for your NYE celebration. Dreamy, fun, and bright, there are multiple choices between shimmery and matte.

Covergirl TruNaked Eyeshadow Palette, $8

Sometimes you want more bang for your buck, and Covergirl does nothing short of that. Delivering eight gorgeous shades for less than $8, the TruNaked palette’s rosy, warm shades are definitely the ideal starter kit for the new decade.

CHANEL Les Ombres 4, Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow, $62

The CHANEL Les Ombres 4, Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow Palette is the perfect match for those of you who love cool tones. The palette is made for both color and contour, so you don’t have to dip into a separate kit to complete your look. Easy as one, two, three!




Glossier Pro Tip Liquid Eyeliner, $16

The perfect eyeliner that dares to stay on all night. Glossier Pro Tip is a super easy-to-use black liquid eyeliner that has a brush tip for precise definition and a smudge-resistant formula. One of our favorites this year, by far.

Haus Laboratories Liquid Eye-lie-ner, $20

After struggling to try to find a new eyeliner that stays on all night and applies with ease, this Haus Laboratories formula has left us breathless. It’s practically smudge-proof, super opaque, and looks lovely on any skin tone.

Victoria Beckham Satin Kajal Liner, $26

If Victoria Beckham is using it, we’re 100 percent down to try it. This super-pigmented pencil can be used in your waterline and is also waterproof, because you never know where you’ll end up on New Year’s Eve.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Freak, $22

We know it’s difficult to pick a color to try during the daring NYE night, but this shimmery lime green from Urban Decay might just be our new must-have. Help your eyes stand out on the dance floor with this vegan and cruelty-free formula that glides on like a dream.

Pat McGrath PermaFel Ultra Glide Eye Pencil in Blitz Blue, $28

Pat McGrath never disappoints, and her eye pencil is truly out-of-this-world good. The shiny blue shade is to die for, and the waterproof formula will stay on even after you survive the champagne spray at midnight.



Westman Atelier Eye Love You Mascara, $62

A clean mascara is a must if you plan on sweating through your makeup on the dance floor—you don’t want any nasties falling in your eyes and causing irritation. Gucci Westman’s 96 percent natural-origin mascara gives your lashes the perfect feathery look we love.

Sephora Collection Volume On Mascara, $10

NYE is no time to be shy with your makeup choices; that’s why we love a wildly colored mascara for a high-impact eye look. This electric green will help any eye color stand out and complement your shadow nicely.

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara, $31

This lightweight, kohl-pigmented mascara gives you the mega volume you need on New Year’s Eve that won’t deflate by the time the ball drops.

Sisely-Paris Mascara So Intense, $67

For an ultra-glam mascara look that still nourishes (courtesy of castor oil and beeswax), Sisely-Paris has you and your lashes covered. Don’t skimp on the drama this time of year.

Dior Diorshow Mascara, $30

Even if you can’t make it to Paris to ring in the new year, you can still channel your inner French girl with this cult-favorite mascara. Think lifted, voluminous lashes for days.




Tom Ford Extreme Lip Spark Lipstick in 03 Thrust, $55

Obviously sparkle is a priority on New Year’s Eve, but you don’t have to just limit yourself to your eyeshadow. This warm pink shade from Tom Ford contains oodles of glitter that won’t fall throughout the party, while still providing a high-impact look.

Yves Saint Laurent Vinyl Cream Lip Stain in 413 Bourgogne Alternatif, $37

Who doesn’t want an ultra-glossy fuchsia lip on the dance floor when the clock strikes midnight?

Kilian Le Rouge Parfum Lipstick in Intoxicating Rouge Satin, $55

When you’re sipping champagne all night long you want a lipstick that doesn’t budge. Kilian’s Le Rouge Parfum formula delivers hours of longwear plus a stunning scarlet shade and a creamy satin finish.

Smashbox Be Legendary Cream Lipstick in Spectacle, $21

A pop of fiery orange lipstick is exactly what you need to keep the party going until the sun comes up, plus the creamy formula will never leave your lips cracked or dry.

Surratt Beauty Lip Lustre in Trés Chic 13, $32

Swipe on a hydrating lip stain, and forget about reapplying until you cleanse your face before bed. This seductive black cherry shade is our current must-have for 2020.



Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Fairy Bomb Shimmer Powder in Trophy Wife, $28

No one does a highlighter like Rihanna, so embrace your most luminous self on New Year’s Eve and cover your cheekbones in metallic gold Trophy Wife. The only thing that will be able to compete with you is the disco ball. Maybe.

Kevyn Aucoin The Neo-Limelight Highlighter, $58

Iridescent shades look particularly eye-catching in highlight form, which is why we stash this Kevyn Aucoin formula always, but especially for NYE. Try wetting your fingers with a facial mist before applying for high-voltage pigment that refuses to budge.

Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder, $40

When you want your skin to look like silk that’s been dusted with diamonds, this is the powder foundation to make it happen.

Chantecaille Liquid Lumière Highlighting Fluid in Sheen, $44

A clean highlighter that is totally sulfate-, fragrance-, and mineral-oil-free *and* manages to give you an otherworldly glow? Chantecaille’s dusky shimmer is essentially your own personal spotlight in a tube.

Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette, $30 $10

Why use just one highlighter when you can combine four intensely holographic shades for your NYE night? Kat Von D nails it with this palette featuring pink, green, violet, and blue colors for a rainbow highlight effect that will stop any and all partygoers in their tracks.

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