Since makeup artists have been forced to use themselves as models this year, it's only right that they inspire our digital party vibes. Photographing everything via Zoom (because you can make an impact and stay safe), we challenged five of Instagram's most creative makeup artists and beauty experts to dream up one seriously impressive look that's guaranteed to earn you all the compliments during your virtual New Year's Eve party this year.
"I'm multifaceted and messy, and I want to create looks that feel authentic and honest. I didn't overthink this look too much but I was feeling chaotic so I whipped up this sludgy, impulsive recipe and went for a balmy, semi-wet, gradient glittered eye. Adding balm or gloss to lids is unpredictable and that’s the best part. It's freeing. The control gets taken away, it's inevitably going to crease and transfer."
Tropic Skin Feast available at Tropic, Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant available at Lookfantastic, Glossier Stretch Concealer available at Glossier, Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush in Petal Poppin' available at Boots, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Sublime Flush available at Cult Beauty, Revlon ColorStay Lip Liner in Pink available at Boots.
"When you're at home and you do your makeup, it brings it down to the purest form and you can zone out to it; it's like art therapy. When I think of New Year's Eve, I think about fireworks and glitter – they are synonymous with starting the new year. I wanted to honour sparkle and shine with this look. I love colour so I wanted to do something bright, and this graphic, pink glitter look is really showgirl."
Claropsyche Sketch Paint in Pink available at Claropsyche, Pat McGrath Labs Eyedols Eyeshadow in Purple Rain available at Selfridges, Lemon Head LA Glowjam Cosmic UV Glitter Balm in Hollyweird available at Guru Makeup Emporium, Bioglitz in Disco Chunk available at Bioglitz, Sample Beauty Loose Eyeshadow Sparkle Pigment in Candycane available at BeautyBay, 3mm Stick On Self Adhesive Diamante Jewel Gems available at Amazon, Code 8 Day To Night Foundation available at Code 8, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer available at Cult Beauty, Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush in Strawberry Drip available at Boots.
"At the start of the year, I was more focused on skincare. But now I'm really enjoying makeup. I've loved experimenting and playing around with it and I've learned so many new tips and tricks thanks to Instagram. Plus, it's something fun to do when there isn’t that much to do lately! You have to have some sort of sparkle for a New Year's Eve look. The eyeshadow is a glitter stick, which I'm obsessed with as it's so easy to use. For the eyeliner, I wanted to go for something different and funky, and I was unintentionally inspired by Harley Quinn."
Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer in 145 Warm Olive available at Superdrug, Glossier Boy Brow in Brown available at Glossier, WUNDER2 Super-Stay Stick Eyeshadow in Sandstorm available at WUNDER2, Suva Beauty UV Brights Eyeshadow Palette in 'Smoosh' and 'Thunder Wear' available at BeautyBay, The Body Shop Star Stamp Liner available at The Body Shop, Maybelline The Falsies Instant Lash Lift Look Lengthening Volumising Mascara available at Boots, L.A. Girl Lipliner Pencil in Maroon available at BeautyBay, Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Matte Revolution Lipstick in Medium available at Charlotte Tilbury, benefit Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzer in Toasted available at Boots, Makeup Revolution Reloaded Blush in Baked Peach available at BeautyBay.
"I've gone all out with my makeup this year, as the pandemic has been a good opportunity for me to explore and be creative. Even if you're just wearing your look at home or on Zoom, who cares? Rock that! The inspiration is red. It's such a vibrant colour; the colour of love. But it's the colour I'm feeling right now. I'm ready to head into the new year, and I want to be out there. I want to be bold."
Milk Makeup Hydrogrip Primer available at Cult Beauty, Deep Red Resin Rhinestones available at eBay, Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation available at Boots, Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Concealer available at Boots, Fenty Beauty Match Stix Matte Skin Stick in Mocha available at Harvey Nichols, Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush in Daiquiri Dip available at Boots, Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Cream in Fruit Snackz available at Harvey Nichols, Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Setting Powder available at Boots.
"Rainbow colours are my favourite shades to blend. On New Year's Eve, there isn’t a colour scheme and you can just do what you want, so I thought I'd dream up something vibrant and top it off with lots of blush. I thought about colour theory and which colours would go best together, so my top tip would be to start with the lightest colour and make your way to the darkest."
BPerfect X Stacey Marie Carnival XL Pro Palette available at BPerfect Cosmetics, Morphe X Lisa Frank 35B Artistry Palette available at Morphe, Pat McGrath Labs Mothership V Eyeshadow Palette Bronze Seduction available at Selfridges, ColourPop Glitter Gel in Glamrock available at ColourPop, ColourPop Lippie Pencil in Minute Man available at ColourPop, WeMakeup Ever Liquid Lipstick in 28 Amiata Aubergine available at WeMakeup.