Easy, Quick New Year's Eve Makeup

Happy New Year's Eve! What are your plans? If you're looking for an easy, quick look, you're in the right place! Today I'm sharing classic makeup looks that look great on everyone, because let's be honest, no one has time for the smokey eye or practicing playing with adding glitter. Enjoy!

5 Minutes to Get Ready:

  • Oily skin? Blot face with Starbucks napkins.
  • Apply a shimmery shadow to the center of lids with your pointer finger. Gently blend out on the sides of lid with ring finger. My favorite is Stila's Kitten.
    • Not into shadow? Dab a tiny amount of plain Chapstick to lids for shine.
  • Curl lashes and add mascara
    • Already wearing mascara? Gently curl base of lashes with lash curler (your lashes will be fine as long as you gently apply pressure) or with a metal spoon.
  • Apply red lip crayon to lips. This is the easiest way to wear red lips. I like versions by Revlon (original or matte formula), Jordana, The Big Lip Pencil.
    • Still feel intimidated? Outline and fill in lips with a red lip liner and add a clear gloss or Chapstick on top.
  • If needed, use a makeup setting spray (or make your own using Witch Hazel). These are available in dewy and matte formulas. I like Urban Decay, Skindavinia, NYX, or Model in a Bottle.

quick, easy nye makeup

NYE Makeup Tips:
-If you have 15 minutes or more, try these tips!

  • If you're starting from foundation, and you need your makeup to last all night, spray your face first with a makeup setting spray. Then apply primer (if desired), moisturizer (if desired), foundation, concealer, and powder as usual. Spray again.
  • For lids, you cannot beat neutral shimmery shadows. And palettes featuring them can be found at any budget. I'm wearing the Eye on Neutral Shimmer one pictured from Sonia Kashuk at Target, but I also love the Pop one I featured in my latest Ipsy bag or the Naked 2 Palette. This Almay trio is a fave of mine as well.
    • Start with a light shimmery shade all over the lid. In the crease, blend out a brown shimmer shadow. It should be darkest in the crease and blended out towards the brow. Next, add the darkest brown in the outer "v" of the eye. Blend and blend that same shadow under the lower lash line.
    • If you're not into all of that but want a little sparkle, I like champagne shimmery shadows for those with lighter skin and golden shimmery shadows for darker complexions, but wear what you like!
  • I love a little eyeliner flick, and it's much easier than you think! The key is to use an angeled eyeliner brush. These can be purchased for really cheap, like ELF or Sonia Kashuk (pictured). I use a gel liner for this--Wet N Wild and Maybelline are some good drugstore options. I start at the outer edge of my eye and imagine I'm drawing a tiny flick in the direction as if to meet the end of my eyebrow. Here's an old tutorial of this. 
  • If you're into false lashes, my best tip is to cut them in half or thirds. But for something easier, I really have been loving the L'Oreal Butterfly mascara. Other favorites include Maybelline Big Eyes or Too Faced Better Than Sex mascaras.
  • Highlighter brushed above cheekbones is gorgeous for a night out. I used The Balm's May Lou-Manizer, which shows really well in non-flash photos (I use it more for this than in real life) but I also recommend Revlon's Skinlights (liquid), Wet N Wild's Reserve Your Cabana, Hard Candy's Tiki, or MAC MSF.
  • You can't beat a red lip, but if you want something a little less low-maintenance, you need a lip crayon. Revlon's original lip crayons (pictured) or the new matte ones are so easy to apply. 
  • Complete your look with a gold glitter polish. These can be found for every budget. 
Bonus Tips:



  1. great tips!! have a happy new years! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  2. Brilliant ideas Elle! Thanks for all your support and friendship during the past year. Wishing you a Fabulous 2014! May it inspire greatness and bring you heaps of success and love, topped with happiness, peace and prosperity.

  3. I love the first tip of blotting with a starbucks napkin. Those things are so thick (Great tip!) You always must complete with a glitter nail polish for NYE!

  4. Your tips always amaze me!
    Chapstick on your lids - I love it!
    I just started curling my lashes, I didn't know if I could do that if I already had mascara on...
    Thanks! HUGS!

  5. Those eyeshadows are so pretty with the shimmer! Happy new year, Elle!

    The Tiny Heart
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  6. I'm so scared to curl my lashes when I already have mascara on, so I prefer to curl my lashes before I apply any makeup :)

  7. Thanks for the tips on the red crayon and cutting false lashes in half! I'm going to try them.
    Was watching RHOBH last night, and heard Brandi tell Yolanda to use Visine on her pimples to take the red out. Have you ever heard of that?

  8. I loved all these tips! But I must confess, I believe this NYE will be a boring one, which is exactly what I want this year. Last one before the wedding? Me, a bottle of bubbly and my couch sounds amazing to me!! (Am I weird? Probably.) :)

  9. I like your selection of makeup. Have a happy new year.

  10. Can't go wrong with shimmery neutral shadows and a bright lip to greet the new year! I hope 2014 is a good one for you! :)

  11. Wonderful tips!! Thanks for sharing Elle! Wishing you a happy new year!


  12. Thanks for sharing! I am usually running late, so this is great!

  13. I've seen lip crayons but don't know how they differ from lipstick. Need to learn more.

    Happy New Year, pal!

  14. It takes approximately 10 minutes to do my make up but great to see that it can be done within five. Will definitely try it.
    Have a great 2014 dear! xx


  15. These are great tips! This post was very well written and well thought out. Thanks for sharing!! :)

    xo, Sarah
    Hustla, baby.

  16. I've only ever used setting spray at the very end... I'm gonna try the trick of using it before primer!!

  17. Nice ideas! I love gold nails and red lip crayons for the holidays. I was surprised by how nice those new Jordana crayons are, I didn't think I'd like them as much as the Revlon crayons but they're pretty sweet!

  18. I don't know why I never considered a lip crayon before, but that's a much better idea than lipstick for me since I always seem to choose the wrong shade, and it really dries out my lips. Thanks for the tip!


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