New Year’s Eve Makeup: Clean Beauty Edition
What are you doing New Year’s Eve? If your plans include a night out (or even a party indoors), chances are you’re going to want to get gussied up. Thanks to Instagram makeup and an onslaught of how-to beauty videos, learning new techniques is easier than ever. But choosing the right beauty products for you? Not so much. These days, we demand a lot of our products: The safety and integrity of the ingredients, absolutely, but we also want them to work.
So, we did the groundwork and found a universally flattering NYE worthy look, using clean beauty products. Tip: Using resources like the ThinkDirty app and EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database can help you decide what’s right for you, product-wise, with resources for ingredient safety.
Foundations have come a long way from the cakey, orange-tinted formulas of the past. You can’t go wrong with a moisturizing medium-coverage formula that imparts a nice glow on the skin. Look for terms like pore-minimizing and shine control for a foundation that can last through to the wee hours (or at least, the ball drop). The modern way to apply foundation: only to the areas where you might need it such as around the nose and under the eyes.
Forget those complicated eyeshadow palettes that come with application instructions and swipe on some cream shadow instead. It gives a subtle shimmery finish and you can use your fingers to blend it to your desired finish. Cream formulas can also be layered with traditional powder shadows for a multidimensional look. For versatility, choose a neutral shade that can be worn day or night for maximum versatility.
The quickest way to glam eyes? A swipe of liquid liner for a cat-eye effect. Not only does it give your gaze a dramatic lift, the nod to old-Hollywood glam never goes out of style. If you’re a novice, try drawing a line using pencil liner first and then trace it using the liquid liner overtop. Be sure to let it opt for a long-wear, smudge-proof formula and let it fully dry before doing your mascara to get the best results.
There’s a reason why red lipstick is referred to as the LBD (little black dress) of beauty: It never goes out of style and can add instant polish to your look, even if you skip everything else (it’s that powerful). There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to wearing this power shade but mostly boils down to preference. If you’re not a loud lipstick person, try using your finger to apply it as a stain, for a more natural effect. If you don’t shy away from a power pout, go ahead and apply it straight from the tube for a dramatic look.