Hey, Party Girl: These 4 Looks Are For You

NYE calls for festivity, for sure. But, this year, we're challenging ourselves to think beyond the red-lip-smoky-eye combo we've been known to sport for the big ball drop. On the agenda this year? Fresh, bright, bold looks that will — hopefully — turn us into the girl at the party that everyone wants to be. How's that for a resolution, y'all?
If you're looking to join us on our quest to bring our party looks into totally new territory, click through for the step-by-step on four hair and makeup pairings that are anything but expected. Best part? These high-impact looks are actually totally achievable, even for beauty novices. Trust, you'll love them.
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Now, all we need is the perfect outfit to pair with our radder-than-ever beauty game — any suggestions, girls?
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Photographed by Ben Ritter.
The New-Wave Chick

This feminine rockabilly 'do pairs perfectly with a cat-eye that mixes neon with neutral.

Milly top.
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Begin with dry hair. Section off the hair at the top of your head, from your forehead to the crown (use the arches of your eyebrows as a guide). Clip this section out of the way, and pull the rest of your hair back into a tight ponytail.
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Starting at your forehead, curl two-inch sections around a curling iron. After releasing each curl, wind it around your fingers and clip to your head to create a pin curl. Continue curling and pinning until all of the hair at the top of your head is set, and let the curls cool.
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While the curls are cooling, wind the ponytail around itself into a chignon, and secure with bobby pins.
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Once the curls have cooled completely, unclip them and run your fingers through the waves. In a haphazard fashion, grab sections of hair and pin them to your head loosely, maintaining the volume and wave up top. If needed, muss the final look with your fingers until it looks perfectly messy.
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For the eye makeup, start with a bright white eyeliner, such as MAC Eye Kohl in Fascinating. Our makeup artist, Clarissa Luna, says that this is the best way to ensure that the neon pigment will really make an impact.
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Next, trace over the white eyeliner with a neon pigment (we used blue, specifically MAC Pigment in Marine Ultra, but you could use any color that strikes your fancy). If you color outside the lines, simply keep some makeup remover and some Q-tips nearby to fix any mistakes.

For that edgy finishing touch, add a matte charcoal-grey eyeliner (we love Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Smoke) to your lower lashline, and pile on that mascara like there's no tomorrow!
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Oh, the future looks very bright, no?
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The Pin Spin

This look is a little Gatsby-esque — with a whole lot of club-kid cool thrown in.

Richard Chai Tank.
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Start with clean, dry hair and a side part. Add some Oribe Soft Lacquer Heat Styling Hairspray to your locks for hold and shine. Curl two-inch sections of hair around a 1 1/2-inch curling iron, until all of the hair is curled.
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Take a large section of hair in front of your face and coil it in towards your head. Secure the coil flat with a clip and bobby pins.
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Next, take the rest of your hair and pull it into a low side ponytail.
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Coil the ponytail into a chignon and pin.
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To accent the look, add large, black bobby pins to your hairline, and to the coil.
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The eye makeup look is a one-two punch (Read: It's super-easy). To start, use a black kohl eyeliner such as Le Métier de Beauté Dualistic Eye Pencil in Noir to draw a rectangular-shaped cat-eye (trace the eyeliner above the crease and out just slightly past the outer corner of your eye. Don't worry about getting the shape precisely right; you can always clean up the edges later.

Fill in your entire eyelid with eyeliner and add more to the bottom lashes.
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Next, using your fingertip, pat glitter — Luna used MAC Glitter in Reflects Antique Gold, which is a cool, taupe-y metallic — over the eyeliner, pressing gently so that it adheres (again, some Q-tips and makeup remover will pick up any stray sparkles). Add glitter to the bottom lashes as well with a small brush.
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A little mascara, and...done! From zero to drop-dead chic in almost no time at all.
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The High-Def Lip

It may be dark and dreary outside, but this three-toned lip look is guaranteed to get you jazzed up for party time!

Topshop Leather-Look T-Shirt Dress, $100, available at Topshop.
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For the hair, start with a skinny French braid that follows your hairline. Start with a small section of hair behind one ear, and create a French braid all the way to your other ear, adding hair as you go.
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Braid all of the way to the ends and secure with an elastic.
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Next, gather your hair into a French twist, braid and all.
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Pin the twist to your head, ensuring that the braid is incorporated.
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Add volume to the crown by massaging with your fingers. That texture will provide a nice contrast to the tight braid.
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For the high-octane lip, start with a hot-pink lip pencil, such as MAC Chromographic Pencil In Process Magenta. (Try to ignore the slightly terrifying '90s look for the moment, mmkay?)
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Fill in your lips with a neon-orange pigment, such as OCC Cosmetics Lip Tar in Beta.

For the final touch, accent your cupid's bow with a solid-gold shade, such as Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner in Diamond Gold. (Oh, and make sure you load on that mascara as a finishing touch!)
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Cheers to serious makeup fearlessness! We knew we could do better than a crimson pout.
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Mixed Metals

Pick the right bold, party-ready shadow and you'll be fast-tracking it to a jaw-dropping look with minimal effort.

Richard Chai Top.
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Start with dry hair and make an extreme side part.
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Use a glossy-hold hairspray such as Oribe Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray to add extra polish and gleam — comb everything over with a fine-tooth comb.
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Draw your hair across your forehead and pin into place.
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Give the ends of your hair just a bit of bend with a one-inch curling iron. Smooth through the curls with your fingers to loosen. Unclip your hair and spray with extra hairspray to keep the hair out of your eyes (girls with extra-thick locks like our model might have to sneak in a bobby pin to keep the hair to the side).
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Now, on to the eyes! Select your most crazy-awesome shadow (we love how MAC's Blue Brown Pigment has a duochrome effect — so festive, no?) and apply it all over your lids and up into the crease, extending the shadow past your eyes into a soft wing.
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Define your lower lashline with a deep, shimmery teal eyeliner, such as Sephora Collection Contour Eye Pencil in Surfer Babe.
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Add a bit of extra shine with a dark gold shadow on the inner corners of your eyes, like Sephora Collection Colorful Eyeshadow in Girls' Night Out.
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Mascara, mascara, mascara — load it on like it's going out of style!
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Cheers to the New Year — and your fabulous, futuristic new look!
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