by Sophia Panych
Unless your plans are watching the ball drop wearing pajamas (which I fully condone), there's quite a lot of planning that goes into New Year's Eve. While I can't help you with the dress--I'm still trying to figure that out myself--I can provide makeup inspiration courtesy of three sexy celebrities. Even better is that they're super simple, so you can spend less time primping and more time popping bottles.
Bright Pink Lipstick. This is hands down the prettiest fuchsia lipstick look I have ever seen--and I've seen quite a few. I think it's the freshness of Kate Bosworth's skin, the creaminess of the formula she's wearing, and the darkness of her lashes. For a similar lip shade, try MAC Lipstick in Girl About Town, CoverGirl Lip Perfection lipstick in Eternal, or Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in L'Exubérante. Swipe it on straight from the tube, but then take a Q-tip and run it along the perimeter of your mouth. It sounds odd but stay with me here: Makeup artists use this trick to soften the edges so bold lipstick looks easy and cool rather than painted on and heavy.
Cobalt Liner. This electric shade is a great way to spice up a plain LBD, and it also complements white and silver. To get the same intensity as you see on Jennifer Hudson, use a liquid or gel liner (l like Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eye Liner in Cobalt, NYX Gel Liner and Smudger in Cobalt and Sephora Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Fancy Blue). If you want something more subtle, smudge a blue pencil just along the lower lashes and load up on black mascara. Makeup artists say it will make you look wide awake--an illusion all of us could use post-midnight.
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Sexy Smoky Eyes. A classic smoky eye on the last day of 2013? Yawn. Shake things up with this smoldering winged liner riff modeled by Emily Ratajkowski from "Blurred Lines." Start by lining your top lashes with a pencil to lay down the shape, then add a sweep of shimmery charcoal shadow all over your lids, fading slightly up towards the crease. Then, using a black gel liner, trace over the pencil line. If you're fair, finish with pink blush and sheer pink lipstick. For medium complexions, go for a peachy-pink on eyes and lips; for dark complexions, wines and deep berries look best.
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