New Year's Eve Makeup Is My Forte—10 Looks on My Mood Board This Year

I love doing my own makeup. Ever since I was 15 years old and trying out my first Urban Decay Naked palette (the original, of course), I have been excited about doing something fun to my face for any and every occasion. There's one occasion in particular that I always get excited about, though: New Year's Eve. 

New Year's Eve is the perfect time to try your hand at a bolder makeup look. Think smoky eyes, metallic touches, and bold lips. Below, I've rounded up some of the best makeup I've seen recently to add to your NYE mood board—all you'll need is the perfect New Year's Eve outfit to match.


Purple Smoke
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Go for a bold, statement look with a purple-toned smoky eye. Paired with baby-pink lips, this look is still subtle enough to wear to any event. Plus, it brings out nearly every eye color.

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A sultry cat eye is the perfect New Year's Eve accessory. Make black winged eyeliner the star of the show by keeping the rest of your look pared down, like Megan Fox did. 

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Disco Brows
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After attending New York Fashion Week this year, I still can't get one look out of my head: bejeweled eyebrows. Keep the rest of your look simple by embellishing your brows, and you'll be the talk of the town. 

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Lots of Lashes
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The eyes have it. Frame your peepers with tons of lashes, which will give you a doe-eyed, wide-awake effect. 

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Popsicle Lips
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Channel major French-girl energy with stained lips and smoked-out eye makeup. No matter where you're ringing in the New Year, you'd look at home in Paris.

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Crown Jewels
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Bring all the attention to the eyes with tons of jewels above the crease. Give it a fun monochromatic vibe by matching some of them to your lip color. 

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Merlot Lips
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Wine-toned lips are sure to turn heads. Opt for a satin finish to give the look a bit more dimension.

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Gilded Eyes
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Graphic eyeliner is still having a moment. New Year's Eve is the perfect time to try your hand at a gilded graphic look. 

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Smoke Signals
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A classic smoky eye is always a good idea. Opt for gray and brown tones that will make the color of your eyes stand out, and keep the rest of your makeup neutral so it doesn't overpower. 

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Classic Red
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When all else fails, opt for a classic red lip. No matter what, red lipstick makes the ultimate statement.

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Associate Beauty Editor

Katie Berohn is the associate beauty editor at Who What Wear. Previously, she worked as the beauty assistant for Good Housekeeping, Woman's Day, and Prevention magazines, all part of the Hearst Lifestyle Group. She graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a major in journalism and minor in technology, arts, and media, and earned her master's degree at NYU's graduate program for magazine journalism. In addition, Katie has held editorial internships at Denver Life magazine, Yoga Journal, and Cosmopolitan; a digital editorial internship at New York magazine's The Cut; a social good fellowship at Mashable; and a freelance role at HelloGiggles. When she's not obsessing over the latest skincare launch or continuing her journey to smell every perfume on the planet, Katie can be found taking a hot yoga class, trying everything on the menu at New York's newest restaurant, or hanging out at a trendy wine bar with her friends.