Looking for some serious beauty inspiration for the big ball drop? Have no fear, fair scarf ladies. We scoured the best hair, makeup, and nail trends of the season to bring you the worthiest looks for your New Year’s Eve party. We recommend mixing and matching one or two of these trends for ultimate NYE star status — and for a serious chance at that midnight kiss.
1. The Metallic Lid
Blend an array of gold hues and silver shades for a stunning lid look that’s perfect for an upscale soiree.
TIP: Make sure to keep the darker hues closer to the lash line and the lighter hues closer to the brow bone. The most intense hue should be arched along the outside crease of your lid like the picture above.
2. The Top Knot
Kick this mega-2012 trend into high gear by positioning a ponytail on top of your head (directly upwards from the nape of your neck), teasing your mane, and then shaping a ballerina bun using bobbies.
TIP: To keep your ‘do messy-but-precise like Ashley Olsen, try these corkscrew hair pins. They do the work of twenty! Also, the SDN gals recently went to a Tricoci University beauty event, and one of their super-cool hairstylists says to skip the brush for a perfectly piecey ‘do.
3. The Burgundy Lip
Ahhh, the burgundy lip. This vampy, Old Hollywood look is simply gorgeous on all skin tones — yes, even the pale gals out there (trust me, there’s quite a few of us in the SDN office). Keep the rest of your look bright and glowy like Camilla Belle.
TIP: We’ve tried this Wet & Wild Dark Wine version. It glides on so easily, and it’s a bargain — only 99 cents at the drugstore!
4. The Shimmery Polish
Champagne-hued nails are a glitzy gal’s best friend. If you’re feeling a little more playful, try a sparkly red, navy, or hot pink polish.
TIP: Get a gorgeous mixed metal look by following this tutorial from The Beauty Department!
5. The Sleek Pony
The sleek pony was the “it” hair trend on 2012 runways, but we love Kristin Cavallari’s looser version with a slightly tousled mane. This chic pony is perfect for any party look, especially when paired with glam drop earrings.
TIP: After blow drying your hair, curl it first before putting it into a pony. The trick to making waves and keeping prom-like curls at bay? Keep your strand out of the iron clamp, and don’t curl the ends (the last inch) of your hair. Also, be sure to finish with a shine serum to keep your hair smooth and sleek!
6. The Chic Headpiece
This accessory is the perfect party hair-topper, and you can cater it to show off your one-of-a-kind style. Try a classic headpiece like Olivia Wilde, don one with rhinestones or sequins for a glam look, or choose one with studs to get a little rebellious.
TIP: Place the hairband on your head before putting your hair up! Make sure to tease the hair at the crown of the band, and then sweep your locks into a loose bun.
7. The Navy Smokey Eye
For a special occasion like NYE, the navy smokey eye is a modern upgrade to the usual gray. Plus, it makes you look super mysterious and sexy — definitely tools for catching that cutie’s eye on the dance floor!
TIP: Place a tissue underneath your eye while you’re applying and blending the shadow with a brush — it keeps any dust from falling under your lids, giving you a “black eye effect.”
8. The Braided ‘Do & 9. The Fuchsia Lip
Channel your inner Heidi (sans the goats) with a milkmaid-braided hairdo that’ll keep any New Year’s dress looking girly. Another lovely trend? A stunning fuchsia lip. This color looks good on every skin tone — the brighter, the better — so pucker up!
TIP: Check out Keiko Lynn’s blog, the braided beauty behind this hairstyle how-to.
10. The Bright Red Pout & 11. The Beanie
If you find yourself party hopping this NYE, don’t forget a super cute and trendy beanie. We love the styles featured recently on The Glitter Guide! And as always, stop traffic with a bright red lip on December 31st. Red commands attention — and so will you. ;)
TIP: To keep your red color from running, outline your lips with a neutral lipliner before applying the lipstick. Always go matte with the lipstick, unless you want to get glitzy with a chic baroque look!
Image sources: modernsalon.com, refinery29.com, harpersbazaar.com, thebeautydepartment.com, keikolynn.com, pinterest.com (with no direct original source)