29 New Year's Eve Beauty Looks No One Else Will Be Wearing

There are a lot of traditions that surround New Years Eve, from the puzzling (why do we drop a giant ball from the sky in the middle of Times Square?) to the classic (cheers-ing a packed room of people with plastic flutes of Champagne), but some would say the best one of all is getting to really go all-out with your hair, makeup, and outfit. After all, is there a better time to rock a new trend than when everyone's up to their noses with glitter, streamers, and confetti?

Maybe it's the resolutions or the nature of the evening's festivities, but New Year's awakens our bolder side — the one that's excited to play with the colors, textures, and shapes we hesitate over the other days. The holiday may still be two weeks away, but we've already started scouring the red carpets and Instagram for inspiration. And guess what? The options are endless. Layers of electric glitter, cascades of textured curls, and works of art created with just eyeliner await you in the slides ahead. Here's to a totally unpredictable NYE look.

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Mismatched Texture

Juxtaposing matte texture with glossy is a great way to keep your makeup looking fresh and modern — just ask Zendaya. Here, the star contrasted glossy lids (we love these eye glosses) and dewy skin with super-matte lips.
Photo: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images/FENTY PUMA By Rihanna.
Midas Touch

Rihanna rocked the beauty world when she launched this gold highlighter. The best part of this look, though, is that it isn't meant to be subtle — in fact, quite the opposite. Pile the shade onto cheekbones and brow bones and let the pigment speak for itself.

Looking to cop the look? Model Joan Smalls is wearing Fenty Beauty's Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Trophy Wife.
Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images/LA ART SHOW 2017.
Dotted liner

One carefully-placed dot on your lower lashline is an easy way to add a hit of intrigue to your look — not to mention make your eyes look big and doe-eyed. Simply grab your favorite eyeliner (we love this one that's designed for dotting) and go to town.
Pink Shadow

In case you haven't noticed from all the millennial pink furniture, clothing, and food, the shade isn't going away anytime soon. This NYE, lean in and make the color the focal point of your look à la makeup artist Celine Bernaerts. Not sure where to start? Look no further.
Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images.
Slicked Hair

If you've been on the fence about trying slicked-back hair, the time to give the trend a go is now. Pull your hair back in a tight, low bun and smooth your hair down using your favorite gel or pomade. The look bodes well with pretty much any makeup look or outfit.
Duo-Chrome Smoky Eye

Leave it to makeup artist Hung Vanngo and Selena Gomez to whip up the easiest way to elevate a smoky eye. After applying a base of black or brown shadow, tap on a layer of duo-chrome shimmer (we love the one in this kit) to spice things up.
Photo: Victor VIRGILE/Gamma­Rapho/Getty Images.
Red Hot Lips

Not a big eyeshadow fan? Make like the models at Temperly London's Spring 2018 show by pairing a bold red lip with bare eyes.
Disco Eyes

You didn't think we forgot about glitter, did you? We love this '80s-inspired look on Lily Collins. Tap some glitter (we love these) all over your lid and finish off with a few layers of mascara. Bonus points if you pair it with bouncy curls.
Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images.
Hair Accessories

Janelle Monáe has been whipping out a slew of exciting hair accessories on the red carpet, each of which have a profound meaning to the artist. Try it out for yourself by pulling inspiration from everyday objects, like gold twine and googly eyes.
Photo: Dominique Charriau/WireImage.
Graphic Eyes

Tired of your go-to cat eye? Try a graphic take on a '60s cut crease à la Zoë Kravitz. Start by lining your eyes like you normally would. Once you've finished your flick, extend the line up into your crease.
Frosty Lids

Frosty silver eyeshadow doesn't just feel seasonal, it brightens the eyes, too. Make like Gigi Hadid and pair it with a thin cat-eye for extra definition.
Rust Shadow

It may be the dead of winter, but that doesn't mean we're ditching our favorite warm bronze and rust hues. Just be sure to wear a generous helping of mascara to define your eyes.
Photo: Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images/Entertainment Weekly.
Rainbow Eyes

For those itching to dip their toes in color, look no further than Lupita Nong'o's rainbow eye. Simply grab your favorite colored cream shadows and sweep the shades onto your lids. Think of this look as the makeup version of an Impressionist painting — the colors may look random up close, but take one step back and it all comes together.
Metallic Smoky Eye

This month, swap out your black and gray shadows for something metallic instead. This cream-to-powder shadow from Tarte is richly pigmented and lasts for hours on our lids.
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Floating Crease

The floating crease is 2017's minimalist recreation of the '60s cut crease. Grab your favorite liner or shadow and gently trace the color along the crease of your eye. Finish off with some mascara and you're good to go.
Mismatched Eyes

Why stick to one shade of eyeshadow when you can have two? This look isn't for the faint of heart, but it packs a punch.
Photo: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images/FENTY PUMA By Rihanna.
Beachy Beauty

Beachy waves, golden lids, and glossy lips are a welcome departure from the festive garb the rest of your friends and family will be wearing on New Years.
Burgundy Babe

This NYE, double up on burgundy by wearing the shade on your eyes and lips like actress Sarah Hyland.
Photo: Victor VIRGILE/Gamma­Rapho/Getty Images.
Face Jewels

Face jewels are cool when used in the right ways (read: not placed in culturally-appropriative places). Copy the models at Jeremy Scott's Spring 2018 show and place them under the eyes for a fun pop of shine that — bonus! — also obscures unwanted undereye bags.
Glitter Lips

If you haven't tried glitter lips yet, this is your chance. Using model Taylor Hill as your inspo, dab some cosmetic glitter on top of your favorite lipstick.
Photo: Victor VIRGILE/Gamma­Rapho/Getty Images.
Double Liner

A handful of models at Philipp Plein's Spring 2018 show wore double liner — a sleek cat eye on the top lid, and a sharp line on the bottom. Pair it with a wash of pastel shadow for a look that's at once edgy and romantic.
Photo: Victor VIRGILE/Gamma­Rapho/Getty Images.
Larger Than Life Hair Accessories

We loved the larger-than-life hair accessories in Plein's show, too. Sadly, we don't see ourselves weaving seven packs of hair extensions into our hair, but colorful faux flowers? That's something we can get on board with.
Studio 54

Is there a better time to dress like a full-on disco ball than on New Years Eve? Rosie Huntington-Whiteley looks perfect in her silver glitter and sequined gown.
Red Alert

Red shadow is a wildly fun alternative to neutrals. Since the shade is so stunning on its own, pair it simply with dewy skin and a little lip balm.
Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.
Upside-Down Eyeliner

A layer of colorful bottom liner is a quick way to jazz up an otherwise neutral makeup look. Case in point: This fresh look on Priyanka Chopra.
Photo: Courtesy of Dior.
Twiggy Lashes

The models at Dior's Spring 2018 show paired clumpy, Twiggy-style lashes with fresh skin and bare lips for an updated take on the '60s makeup classic.
Photo: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic.
Winged-Out Smoky Eye

For those of you who can't choose between a smoky eye or cat-eye, we've got a solution for you: Do both. Create a winged-out shape with your shadow by employing some tape or Shadow Shields for crisp, clean lines.
Photo: Victor VIRGILE/Gamma­Rapho/Getty Images.
Creative Shapes

New Year's Eve is the perfect time to get creative with glitter. We're pulling inspiration from Anna Sui's Spring 2018 show, where models walked the runway wearing lines of metallic shimmer across their top and bottom lids.
Inner Corner Strobing

Inner-corner strobing is one of the easiest ways to inject color into your look in seconds. Simply tap an iridescent shadow (we love to reach for baby pinks, blues, and oranges) onto the inner corners of your eyes and finish off with a few coats of mascara.
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