Ring In 2012 Looking Hot: Your Ultimate New Year's Cheat Sheet

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Today, our lucky number is 12. With December 25th finally behind us, we can take a 12-month breather from gifting, holiday parties, mistletoe, and holly, and begin to plan our fashion itinerary for the ever-anticipated New Year's Eve. But with the onslaught of holiday how-tos, glitter tutorials, and dress guides tackling every single holiday detail, it's easy to get a little overwhelmed.
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To clear the clutter, we've sourced our 12 favorite NYE-ready cheats, tips, and style ideas. No need to get your Google on in your search for the perfect New Year's ensemble. Consider this your one-stop source for ringing in 2012 in style, chock-full of confetti nails, glamorous hair, outfit inspirations, and ball-drop-ready shoes aplenty.
CheckMark Stop hyperventilating over spending loads of cash on a killer NYE visage! These dynamic makeup palettes will get you through the night.
CheckMarkOur 50 glitzy gifts were meant to be given, but these shimmery ideas and outfits are the perfect touch of glam to make any outfit more celebration-worthy.
CheckMark NYE is all about blinging it out in your own unique way — and that includes your peepers. Here's a simple tutorial on how to take the jewel-toned trend to your liquid liner.
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CheckMark Of course, if you are planning on hitting any red carpets (or just want to feel like you belong on one), take a tip from the pros and create some super-special occasion hair.
CheckMark Glitter shoes can, and have, given us nightmares, but these sparkly options add a hint of glitz without making your feet feel like a marquee.
CheckMark Feeling overwhelmed and in need of a starting point? Our hot guide to holiday dressing demonstrates how to turn heads without going overboard.
CheckMark For the more adventurous, test our how-to on seeing stars. A little eyelash glue, some subtle sparkles, et voilà: an unforgettable face!
CheckMark A surefire way to get breathtaking hair with minimal effort? Top knots with a fanciful feathered flair are absolutely midnight-ready.
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CheckMark Um, dressing up for New Year's Eve is practically pointless if you don't have your nail game on point. These confetti nails are simple to do and entirely eye-catching.
CheckMarkIf all the glitter is making you feel a little cray-cray, swap out shimmer for heavy metal. Metallic eyes are fancy and as cool as it gets. Pro tip: Metallic accessories take the look to the next level.
CheckMarkStumped when it comes to hair ideas? Your dress can help. Here's how you match your 'do to the dress you adore...or, vice versa, of course!
CheckMarkMake sure to really maximize your glow with five subtle but completely surprising ways to get your shine on for a festive NYE look that won't remind anyone of a disco ball.
Bonus tip: If you are planning on stretching your party purchases into the new year, make sure to take a gander at our picks for wardrobe-friendly looks that'll be countdown-appropriate, too.
Photos (clockwise): Photographed by Dan McMahon; Courtesy of Topshop; Photographed by Dan McMahon; Courtesy of Old Navy; Courtesy of MCV Photo; Courtesy of OPI, OPI, Priti
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