New Year’s Eve Makeup: 2 Tutorials From Our Lookbook!

Our December Lookbook, “Dress Code,” is full of inspiration for holiday parties and New Year’s Eve, featuring model Sabrina Nait looking stunning in elegant dresses and cool styling. Half of the shoot was done against a blueish gray backdrop with makeup centered around a bold red lip, while the other half was shot against a red backdrop and featured a gorgeous smokey eye.  Our makeup artist Deanna showed us how to achieve both of these looks. Read the tutorial below and let us know which one you like best!


First we wanted to share some of our little secrets for prepping the skin prior to applying any makeup.  Our models typically travel down from New York City by train, which means it’s a very early morning for them! Deanna uses this Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller under their eyes to reduce any puffiness, plus the metal ball at the tip feels cool and soothing to the skin.  She uses Embyrolisse Lait-Crème Concentré to moisturize the skin and applies a couple layers of Homeoplasmine ointment to moisturize the lips – when applying a matte color to the lips you want to make sure they are nice and moisturized beforehand!

bold red lip makeup tutorial

bold red lip tutorial

Look One: The Bold Red Lip

1. Apply Nars Tinted Moisturizer (we used Alaska) to even out skin tone and cover up any blemishes.

2. For the red lip we used Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in “Cruella.”

3. Nars Shimmer Eyeshadow in “Blondie” on upper eyelids.

4. We used Nars Iuminator in “Orgasm” on the highlighting points (cheekbones, forehead, nose) and on eyelids as well.

5. Nars Multiple “Maui” on apples of cheeks for a rosy glow.

6. Black mascara.

bold red lip makeup tutorial

bold red lip makeup tutorial

Get the look: French Courtship Slip, Vintage Kuchi Fringe Pendants, Timbuktu Studded Bracelet, Scout Heeled Boot.

smokey eye makeup tutorial

smokey eye makeup tutorial

Look Two: The Smokey Eye

1. Apply Nars Tinted Moisturizer (we used Alaska) to even out skin tone and cover up any blemishes. We also used this on the lips for a great shimmery nude tone.

2. Nars Eyeshadow in “Lili Marlene” on upper lid and lightly brushed under the eye to blend with liner.

3. Nars Eyeliner in “London” along upper and lower lash lines.

4. We used Illamasqua Precision Ink Liquid Eyeliner to apply a thin line along the lashes on the upper lid.

5. Mac Naked Liner Lip Pencil to define lips.

6. Nars Multiple “Maui” on apples of cheeks for a rosy glow.

7. Black mascara.

smokey eye makeup tutorial

smokey eye makeup tutorial

Which look do you love most?

Shop the December Lookbook.

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7 years ago

thanks for the tips! She is so pretty and has amazing eyebrows…

7 years ago

Red lips! Love!

7 years ago

Love the second look! What did you use on her lips?

7 years ago

The red lip is the best! I’m a lipstick and mascara girl – it’s all about the lips for me!

7 years ago

She is gorgeous! And both looks are amazing.

7 years ago

I love both of these! Especially love the matte red lips though. I love how simple free people tends to keep make-up, but it always looks amazing!

7 years ago

She has beautiful lips and red is looking good on her,

7 years ago

I just love how you guys include women with such unique and different beauty in each of your blogs. You guys really show that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes and that we should all love ourselves and love our own inner goddesses :) this blog has made me try and consider new ways to do my make up hair fashion and nails, art and overall well being:) it’s like a treasure chest of beauty in all aspects of life

7 years ago

Why is the ivory color no longer on your website? I was really looking forward to buying it. Will it be back in stock or is it discontinued?

7 years ago

Love these tutorials! I’m definitely trying these at home!! It would help if we could see the video to see how they applied everything. More make-up tutorial videos PLEASE! xx

7 years ago

Those red lips are killer. I love the looks of both, and her hair is such a gorgeous colour.

7 years ago

Tutorial is very nice for me! She is looking amazing with red lip. Lovable tips. :)

7 years ago

New year evening makeup tutorials with lovely tips. I love most the smokey eye with bold red lip.

7 years ago

I really like make up and hair tutorials that this blog offers generously, but the hair tutorials tend to be directed towards long haired gals. I really would appreciate a video for shoulder length bobs and shorter hair like this model’s hair length. It would be amazing. Thank you!

7 years ago

This year was no totally different. All across the net over the course of the last week of October was one video when another showing ladies and men the way to rock the smoldering smoky eye look with their day costume or simply to urge a sultry look on the scariest night of the year.