Top New Year's Eve Makeup Looks

By Julia Richardson and Hannah Prynn - 1 year ago | Updated
Top New Year's Eve Makeup Looks

Grab your gowns and glitter, 2021 is right around the corner meaning it's time to get your party on.

It doesn't matter if you're bringing the New Year at home with a sit-down dinner, New Year's Eve is the perfect excuse to get all glammed up.

And you’re in luck, because we've rounded up some of the prettiest makeup looks to get yourself looking seriously glam this New Year’s Eve.

1. Sultry smoke

Make your eyes the star of the show with this daring eye look. If sparkle isn’t your thing, then why not try this dark, matte smoky eye. Paired with a light nude lip, this contrasting makeup look is a sexy style that will suit everyone.

Natasha Denona Blackest Black Eyeshadow - Matte

Natasha Denona Blackest Black Eyeshadow

£20.00 £25.00 (20% off)

Create enviable smokiness with this matte powder eyeshadow. It's the perfect shade to add depth and drama to a variety of makeup looks. If you want to go the extra mile, why not add some false lashes.

2. Flapper girl

Why not try this 1920's Gatsby-inspired look with a bold red lipstick, brushed-up, natural-looking brows and give your eyes an illuminating lift with highlighted corners. The 'flapper girl' look is a timeless classic and simple to create.

Revolution Pro Supreme Matte Lip Pigment

Cheap and cheerful, this luscious liquid lipstick boasts a matte finish and a moisturising formula, which deeply nourishes the lips. The classic shade of bold red is deep and wearable, complimenting all skin tones. It's a must-have in our makeup bags, for sure.

3. Sparkly nude

Nude doesn’t have to be boring, and this gorgeous makeup look proves just that. The stunning rose gold colour theme features a glitter eye, fluttery lashes and a neutral lip, making the perfect girly glam.

Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow - Pillow Talk

Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow


Flaunting a rosy pink hue and soft shimmer, this eyeshadow pot offers a cream formula that effortlessly blends over lids for a dazzling finish.

4. Gold glitter

What's better then adding some sparkle to your makeup? This statement eye is giving us serious NYE party vibes. Complete with a dusky nude lip, this shimmering look will elevate any outfit.

Ciaté London Marbled Metals Metallic Glitter Eyeshadow

Get the look with Ciaté's metallic eyeshadows. The loose glitter formula can be pressed onto lids for a super shimmery, pigmented finish.

5. Beautiful and bronzed

This neutral makeup comprises a soft, matte eye, a cat-eye flick and a glossy lip. The sun-kissed, bronze hues provide a delicate yet sophisticated finish that will complement even the sparkliest of dresses.

Inika Baked Mineral Bronzer

Inika Baked Mineral Bronzer


This gorgeous mineral bronzer is all you need to add warmth to your complexion. The sun-kissed shade laces skin with a healthy flush of colour to ensure that you are glowing all night long.

6. Silver sparkles

This look is all about making the eyes shine. Gently apply the eyeliner on both the top and bottom of the lids and achieve this look with a dusting of silver glitter. Achieve the ultimate sparkling peepers, guaranteed to dazzle them all by midnight.

Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner - Glamrock

Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner


Everyone knows that glitter is the number one makeup must-have on NYE. That's why we love this easy-to-apply Heavy Metal Glitter Liner, from Urban Decay. It's a super-pigmented, high-coverage and non-sticky formula that fits perfectly in your handbag.

7. Colour party

Create the look that is bolder than your resolutions! This look is for those party-animal, eyeshadow-loving and creative divas that love loud colours. Turn heads this NYE, with this colourful look! Why not embrace the colours of the rainbow on the one night you have to go all out with your makeup design?

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Jawbreaker Palette

The Jawbreaker Palette from the eyeshadow palette-professional, Jeffree Star, is his biggest and brightest yet. It features 24 beautifully vibrant shades, perfect for those wanting to create a bold, colourful look that's bound to get a jaw-dropping reaction this NYE.

8. Pretty pastels

Stand out from the crowd with these popping pastel-coloured eyes and luscious, glossy full lips. Complete this look with a light-rose blusher, dramatic false lashes and shimmer your way into the New Year.

Huda Beauty Mercury Retrograde Eyeshadow Palette

Huda Beauty Mercury Retrograde Eyeshadow Palette

£49.30 £58.00 (15% off)

The Mercury Retrograde Eyeshadow Palette is the perfect palette for pastel-pink lovers. With 18 galaxy-inspired shades that are full of shimmery pinks and golden taupe tones, there's no doubt that this palette is all you need to create an-out-of-this-world shine.

Ardell Demi Wispies False Eyelashes

Ardell Demi Wispies False Eyelashes


Embrace in the weightless, Ardell Demi Wispies. Made to exaggerate the eyes and create an eye-opening effect, they're the perfect accessory that takes any makeup look to the next level.

9. Violet vibes

Enhance your look with this vibrant, ultra-violet eye colour that compliments any skin tone and gives an ultimate lift to the eyes. This look will leave a magically metallic finish on those beautifully-coloured purple peepers.

Urban Decay Naked Ultraviolet Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Ultraviolet Eyeshadow Palette

£36.80 £46.00 (20% off)

Urban Decay has done it again! Presenting to you, the perfect palette for all things purple. Create this unstoppable look with the loveliest lilacs and purest pigmented purples that will make your eyes pop.

10. Highlight heroine

Light up the party this NYE with this illuminating yet low-key, nude look. If the bright colours and intense glitters aren't for you then try this natural-shining, peachy makeup that's perfect for those glow-getters who want to add a neutral spice of elegance to their style.

Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Powder - Indiscretion

Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Powder

£23.95 £36.00 (34% off)

This one-of-a-kind highlighter creates a natural, buildable glow. The shade Indiscretion is super-light and easy to blend and it's even featured in our list of the best highlighters.

MAC Matte Lipstick - Honey Love

MAC Matte Lipstick

£14.00 £18.50 (25% off)

This delectable shade of Honey Love offers a natural-looking nude shine to the lips and can be emphasised with liner for an ultimate matte-finish.

11. Ice queen

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the most glam of them all? It's the ice queen! Create this sparkling, festival-inspired design with glistening face jewels and baby blue eyeshadow. See the New Year in with the look that's sure to break the ice!

Shrine Iridescent Aura Face Gem

Tired of constantly applying glitter and seeing it fall off almost instantly? The Iridescent Face Gems will enhance any NYE outfit and leave a long-lasting mirror-like shine. Place them anywhere you want from your cheekbones to your neckline and witness their multi-coloured, iridescent sparkling effect.

12. Moonlight glow

Achieve this after-hours, glittery nighttime look that's perfect for when the clock strikes midnight! This eyeshadow hits us like a starry night sky and ensures that you see the NYE in with blended and buffed blues.

Revolution Pro Colour Focus Palette Smoke & Mirrors

With intense pigment and a shimmering finish, this eyeshadow palette is a stellar choice for any NYE ensemble. Deep ocean-like blue's are shadowed by a dark smokey crease to create a dramatic and bold lasting look.

13. Vinyl red

Even if you don't get kissed by midnight, at least your lips will look the part. Pucker up for this boastful look with winged eyeliner that compliments the eyes for a cat-eye effect and this shimmering statement eyeshadow for a glam shine. We are crazy in love with this lip-plumping look.

Charlotte Tilbury Feline Flick Eyeliner - Panther

Charlotte Tilbury Feline Flick Eyeliner


This shiny shade of black glides effortlessly to create a bold, feline flick. Its ink-rich formula is waterproof and it does the trick by creating a long-lasting look of up to 14 hours, that will remain in place all the way into the New Year...even if you don't.

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis A Levres Lip Cream Gloss

Create impeccably voluminous lips with this Rouge Remix shade of lip cream gloss, from YSL. It's an ultra-lightweight formula that caresses the lips with a wave-shaped applicator that adapts to the natural curve of the lips to add a glossy shine. With this long-wearing lippy no matter how many gins you sip on, this will stay put.

14. Holo-gothic

This look rocks, literally. With deep, dark purple lips and a colourful array of holographic, crystallised shades on the eyes, this metallic-looking makeup is bursting with vampire-gothic, glam vibes.

Urban Decay Stoned Vibes Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Stoned Vibes Eyeshadow Palette


Create this superstar look with the Stoned Vibes Palette. Blend the crystallised colours that are infused with genuine minerals and create pigmented tones that will make your peepers sparkle under the disco lights.

15. Midnight mermaid

Shell-ebrate the New Year with this mermaid-inspired makeup. Check out Cara Delevingne sporting shimmering blues and golds that are combined together to create this dazzling look that makes the eyes pop.

NYX Professional Makeup Pigments

This fairy-dust like pigmented glitter is just what you need to get your groove on and your creases shimmering. It can be applied to the corners of the eyes to create an illuminating look.

16. Base-face

We have got so excited about the glitter and sparkles that we almost forgot to mention the integral key to your NYE makeup; foundation. This versatile foundation has a solid 16 hours of long-lasting wear, whether your dancing all the way past midnight this year (in your living room) or even if you manage to make it out, no look is complete without a trustworthy base that is long-lasting and sweat-proof! Check out these shades and find one that is best to suit your NYE look:

NARS Cosmetics Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

NARS Cosmetics Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

£33.75 £37.50 (10% off)

17. Cosy cut crease

Just because you're staying in this year, it doesn't mean you can't look cute in your comfies on the sofa. Embrace a natural look with the technique that goes by its name. Simply use a contrasting eyeshadow to define your crease and give your eyelids the ultimate lift. This makeup game-changer is the perfect eye-enhancer to add depth and dimension to those tired eyes. You can find the cut crease tutorial here.

MAC 242s Shader Brush

Get the look with MAC's shader brush, the key tool in your buffing and blending routine. MAC replaced the animal hair in their makeup brushes for 100% synthetic fibres, which means that you can create the coolest cut crease that's totally cruelty-free.

18. Confetti tears

Celebrate with tears of joy that this year is finally over, or perhaps with tears of confetti? This colourful, cool confetti-inspired look is super-affordable and easy to make, all you need is some vaseline to stick on the jewels and prepare to sparkle your way into 2021.

NYX Professional Makeup Metallic Glitter

This cruelty-free glitter is ultra-reflective and holographically coloured, and even better, it is suitable for all skin types. The shade; Beauty Beam will accentuate the eyes and add some sparkle to any outfit. It's our NYE glitter-go-to.

19. Neon angel

Fist pump your way into 2021 and embrace the living room rave with this brightly coloured and bold look. Who needs fireworks when your makeup is this flamboyant?

Morphe X Saweetie 24a Artist Pass Artistry Palette

Experience this vibrantly packed palette and create a show-stopping look with baby blues and canary yellows that will perfect your peepers for any party.

20. Holographic eyes

OK, so 2020 wasn't quite what we expected but makeup trends are still something we want to remember. Lashes to lashes and dust to dust, this final look takes us all the way to the finale. Seize the night with this eye-catching makeup and be sure to create this shimmering look of pink pigmented eyes and these rouge blood-red lips. Perfect that pout and give a kiss goodbye to 2020!

Stila The Fourth Dimension Liquid Eyeshadow Set

Stila The Fourth Dimension Liquid Eyeshadow Set


The holographic pink and purple shades in this set are all you need to pop some colour into your NYE eyes. Create a shimmering pink shine with a glossy finish and create beautiful blinkers to see you into 2021.

NARS Cosmetics Single Eyeshadow - Lunar

NARS Cosmetics Single Eyeshadow


Lunar is a pigmented, textured baby purple shade and it can be used to create beaming, violet-coloured sparkling eyelids that are guaranteed to turn heads.

So there you have it, a collection of our favourite makeup looks that you can try out for the New Year. See you in 2021!

Read More: How to apply eyeshadow.

Julia Richardson

Written by Julia Richardson

With a passion for all things beauty and makeup, along with a degree in creative writing, Julia is a great source of knowledge about the latest must-have products.

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