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Celebspiration: NYE makeup looks

Jessica Galliart | December 27, 2011 | 2:36 PM

Facial horns, the return of the matte lip, out of this world lashes—2011 was the year of experimental makeup on the big and small screens, thanks to our favorite musicians and starlets. So which looks will work best for your clients looking to end the year with a bang at their New Year’s Eve bashes? Consider these from stars like Rooney Mara (pictured), Jennifer Hudson and others to keep your client looking hot up until the clock winds down to midnight.


Celebspiration: NYE makeup looksMATCHY MATCHY

For that slightly subdued but nevertheless standout look, go with Katy Perry’s latest fresh-faced application that complements her pink highlights. Shimmery eyelids, dreamy long lashes and neutral but matching matte lips will help your client achieve that clean slate in the new year. 


Celebspiration: NYE makeup looksLOVE THOSE LASHES

Rooney Mara emerged as the “it girl” of 2011 with her role in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” and we’ll surely still be talking about her in 2012. Use Rooney’s appearance at the “Dragon Tattoo” premiere to show your client how a perfectly applied red lip and some false lashes can work wonders to show off her best features as she counts down to midnight.


Celebspiration: NYE makeup looksBRIGHT EYES

The life of the party is going to require some seriously poppin’ eye makeup for the biggest bash of the year. Consider using this trendy 2011 look from stars like actress Ginnifer Goodwin, who went heavy on the frosty blue shadow and highlighter to make those baby blues pop. Go easy on the cheeks and lips with light bronzer and a light layer of neutral lip gloss.


Celebspiration: NYE makeup looksSMOKY AND SEXY

Is your client in the market for some sass but a bit hesitant about a full-on smoky eye? Recommend Jennifer Hudson’s look at VH1’s “Divas Celebrate Soul” concert this past month. With the right accessories and a neutral outfit, a smoky eye with lots of shimmer to open up the inner corners of the eyes really sets the stage for classic end-of-the-year party memories.


Celebspiration: NYE makeup looksGLAM BAM

Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Lopez and others have been bringing back high, tight ponytails and buns all year long. If your client is thinking of trying this updo for New Year’s Eve, consider complementing it with an old Hollywood glam makeup application like Leona Lewis’ from her appearance on “The X Factor.” Winged eyeliner (that will stay put long into the evening), dramatic lashes and a matte red or fuschia lip should do the trick.

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