Glitter nights: Eight must-have makeup products for NYE


Did you catch me on this morning on Morning New Winnipeg on Global TV? I was invited on the show to chat about some must-have New Years Eve makeup products.

NYE is the one day of the year where it’s totally acceptable to go all out.  Wanna wear that ballgown that you picked up on Boxing Day? Rock it girl.  How about that all-sequin mini? Yass bae slay! The point I’m getting at here is nothing is too over the top for the last night of the year, including makeup.

New Years for me is all about glitter, big lashes, and let’s not forget, kissable lips.  If you are still in a rut over what you’ll be wearing (and the products you will be wearing to accompany it), here are my must-have eight picks for New Years Eve.

nails and lips

Self Tanner

This one has to be done either the morning of, or the night before.  I always self tan before a big event, and NYE is no exception.  My favourite self tanner is the St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse, which you apply with an applicator mitt (sold separately). Unlike lotions, a self tanner mousse is easier to apply, dries almost instantly, and you can see where you are applying the colour.   You only need one application for a nice “I just got back from Mexico” glow, or you can apply it over the course of a few days for something darker.  I usually apply this product at night so the tan develops while I sleep.  Always remember to take a body shower after at least eight hours of this on your skin to wash off the colour guard.  What you’re left with is a beautiful natural-looking tan.

Press-on nails

Glitter nails are a must for NYE, and luckily, if you have thin, short nails like mine that always break and peel, you can fake it with some press ons.  I love the Kiss Gel Fantasy Ready-To-Wear Gel Nails in Faux Real or the L’Oreal Color Riche Press On Nails in Nude Muse, which both feature glitter tips.  These go right over your existing nails, leaving you with a perfect manicure that look so natural.  The L’Oreal ones feature a gel sticky back that adhere directly to your nails, whereas the Kiss ones feature the gel backing, as well as nail glue (I prefer the nail glue).

Glitter shadow

As I mentioned, glitter is a must for New Years, so why not play up the eyes a bit?  I’ve been loving the Revlon PhotoReady Eye Art Lid + Line + Lash, which is a double-ended shadow product, with one end being a metallic cream shadow and the other as a glitter. Available in a variety of different shades (my fave is Burnished Bling), I love applying the metallic end as a shadow primer and then going over my finished eye look with the glitter on the other end.  You can also use the glitter as an liner on your lower lash line for some extra bling on the eyes.


False lashes

To finish up the eyes, false lashes are a must.  Go big or go home with Kiss Looks So Natural lashes, which are incredibly soft and natural looking.  If you don’t feel comfortable wearing false lashes, give Physician’s Formula Eye Booster Instant Lash Extension mascara a try, which is a duo product; a mascara and fibres.  You apply the mascara first, then apply the fibres, which adhere to your lashes making them look longer and fuller.  After, you set it with the mascara for longer-looking, instantly fuller eyelashes.

Contour and Highlight Kit

Since we are going all out with the makeup, get a sculpted face with the NYX Highlight and Contour Palette, which features four bronzers and four highlights.  Apply the banana powder over your concealer to set it and add light to your face, then sculpt out your cheekbones, temples, nose, and jawline to create dimension and shadow. Finally, apply the shimmery highlight to the high parts of your cheek bones to add some shimmer.

At under C$30, this is a must-have.  Most drugstore contour kits feature a blush, bronzer, and highlight, which in my opinion isn’t a true contour kit.  I absolutely love this one and have been coveting it since I saw it at the London Drugs Fall Beauty Preview back in July. I was so excited to get my hands on it since I think it rivals it’s luxury competitors, such as the popular Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit (which I also have) and the Kat Von D Shade and Light palette.

Contour kit

Everlasting Lip Colour

When the clock strikes midnight and you get ready to pucker up, you don’t want to worry that your lip colour will transfer all over your lover’s face.  Be worry free with the L’Oreal Infallible Two-Step Lipcolour, which features a matte liquid lipstick on one end and a moisturizing shine balm on the other.  These are billed as being 24-hour colour, and although they don’t quite last that long (depending on the colour, the darker ones will last longer since there’s more pigments, however, they won’t be as vibrant by the 24-hour mark), these will last a while on your lips and if you wear them as just matte, they won’t budge as much as when you apply the balm end. I love this product in Flamboyant Flamingo and Never-ending Nutmeg, a pink or a nude (duh).

Makeup Setting Spray

So you spent hours doing your makeup, the last thing you want is for it to fade away before midnight.  Once you’re done applying everything, lock it in with a makeup setting spray, such as the L’Oreal Infallible Pro Mist & Fix Makeup Extender Setting Spray (Maybelline also has one coming out in their spring 2016 collection).  Spray this over your face in a T and X motion to make sure your makeup doesn’t budge all night long.

spray bronze

Micellar Solution

Well it’s officially 2016 and you need to wash off 2015’s makeup?  I love the Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution, which is a makeup-removing water that washes everything away (even waterproof makeup). It’s super safe for your face and event soothes and clears up irritated skin. I’ve been using this stuff for years and I haven’t found anything that beats it (aside from maybe a cleansing oil).

So my friends, with NYE being tomorrow night, I hope I sparked some inspiration into what makeup products you’ll need to complete your look.  Everything mentioned in this post is available at London Drugs, in store and online.

What are your NYE makeup must-haves?

Please note, this post features products gifted to me from London Drugs, as well as various PR companies that deal with the brands mentioned.  All opinions are my own.

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