New Year’s Eve is the one night of the year you should be able to wear dramatic makeup without a second thought. Have you always longed to try a smokey eye or a beautiful bold lip but have never dared? Well, there’s no time like the present.  This year I’m in love with a mulberry or dark chocolate brown lip paired with subtle shimmering eyes, very much like Camilla Belle wore to the 2012 MET Ball.

Follow these five steps for makeup that will bring 2013 in with a bang!

1. For a long-lasting, smooth complexion prime your skin with Make Up For Ever HD Primer in #0, ($33) and apply your foundation only in areas that need evening out.

2. Apply a champagne-coloured shimmery eye shadow across the lids, preferably in a smudge-proof formulation. Try Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil in Sin ($24).

3.  Apply two coats of black waterproof mascara. If you really want your eyes to pop, stick half-strip false lashes on the outer corners of your eyes for fuller, more luscious lashes. Try Sephora Flirt-It Lash Duo ($10).

3. Warm up your complexion with a reddish-brown powder blush, applied on the cheekbones, try Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in Natural Beauty ($33). Then, using what’s left on your brush, add warmth to your eyes by sweeping your blush brush back and forth in the crease of your eyes. This will tie your look together.

4. Apply a waterproof lip colour in a mulberry or vampy chocolate brown, such as Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge Lip Color in Pink Brown #7 ($27). Once the colour has dried, simply seal it with the clear gloss top-coat and you won’t have to worry about your lips for the rest of the night. This high-pigment, double-ended beauty is non-transferable so it won’t interfere with your midnight kiss.

Standing out on New Year’s is easy with a bold lip, dewy skin and glistening eyes. Will you dare to be different this year?

 Louise Griew is a Toronto-born makeup artist whose second home is Melbourne, Australia. Her work can be seen in national and international advertising campaigns, magazines, music videos and on TV.

 

Image credit: Camilla Belle close-up: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty images; Camilla Belle top image: Larry Busacca/Getty images.