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New Year’s Eve is about celebrating, so I’ve created a look that is perfect for partying the night away and will still look great at the stroke of 12. Since its going to be dark, it’s a perfect opportunity for some glitter and bold colour!

Here are some of my resolutions for 2012:

  • Stop worrying about things out of my control
  • Minimise procrastination in all areas of my life
  • Get myself to a gym on a regular basis
  • Stop eating in bed
  • Always remove my makeup before bed
  • Never get into a makeup rut…no matter how early I have to get up every morning

Now let’s get onto the look for today!

1. Apply an eyeshadow primer. Pat a shimmery lavender onto the eyelid with a flat shader brush.

2. Add a reddish plum colour to the area just above the crease. The area of colour should be greatest at the outer part of the eye and become less as you bring it inwards.

3. Use a black (shimmer or matte works here) on the very tip of a pencil brush. Lightly place this colour into the crease of your eye. An easy way to keep the line precise is to look straight ahead and push the tip of the brush into the eye crease. Bring this line out following the natural shape of your crease, and join it to the outer corner of the eye with another line. Line the outer 1/3 of the bottom lashline with the same black. Once you are satisfied with the shape, go over it again with black to darken.

4. Use a damp flat brush to pick up some pale gold glitter or loose pigment. Press this colour onto the centre of the lid. Take a clean fluffy brush and gently blend to remove any harsh edges.

5. Take the same lavender colour used in Step 1 on a small fluffy brush. Apply this at the edge of the plum colour to soft it. Above this, use a champagne beige colour to highlight the brow bone.

6. Use a shimmery white eyeshadow to highlight the inner eye corner and pull the colour up towards the brow. Line the remaining 2/3 of the lower lashline with the plum colour used in Step 2. Use liquid eyeliner to create a thin line on the eyelid and wing it out following the black eyeshadow previously applied. Join the wing up with the bottom contour of the eye. Apply black eyeliner to waterline, and curl and apply mascara to lashes.

To finish off this look, use a matte bright colour that complements the eyes. I applied a bright blue-pink lipstick with no shimmer. If you feel that this is too bold for you, try a baby pink or some sheer pink gloss.

The black in the crease accentuates and sculpts the eye shape, while the gold shimmer draw light into the eyes. I chose purples because they are easy for everyone to wear but can still be bright and fun. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous on the 31st, try using teal/emerald green or orange/navy blue instead!

Usually glitter fallout is a major grumble, but since the look is for New Years Eve I say ‘the more glitter the better!’.

List of products used:


  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance
  • Urban Decay eyeshadows in Grifter, Last Call, Polyester Bride, Sin, Oil Slick
  • Bella Pierre pigment in Champagne
  • Stila Smudgestick in Stingray
  • Rimmel Glam Eyes Liquid Eyeliner
  • Max Factor False Lash Effect mascara


  • MAC Ricepaper eyeshadow
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Flush
  • Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipstick in Hooked On Pink

I’m out of the country at the moment, but I hope that wherever you are you’ve had a happy Christmas and are looking forward to a wonderful New Year. Thank you so much for supporting I Read Therefore I Am. Happy 2012!