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10 New Year’s Eve Makeup Ideas That’ll Outshine Every Sequin Dress

Glitter, gems, and neon lids

New Year's Eve is notorious for being one of the most extra holidays to ever exist, from the champagne popping to the millions of people gathering in New York City's frigid temps to watch a crystal ball drop from the sky. It also marks one of the few nights a year where going all out with your look is celebrated, if not all out required — especially when it comes to makeup. Sure, it should be on the table all year round, but New Year's Eve makeup offers an excuse to throw as much glitter, gloss, and bold-as-hell color on your face as you want without feeling like you're doing outright Euphoria cosplay.

Whether you tend to lean more subtle with your makeup, or are ready to go full-on editorial, there are a ton of ways to upgrade your usual makeup routine to ring in the New Year. Ahead, check out some of the coolest, out-of-the-box ideas that'll outshine every sequin body-con dress in the room — from gem liner to glossy neon lids.

Model and makeup artist Rafiqah Akhdar gave the classic glitter eye look a remix with gold all over the lids, and silver shaped down at the corner of the eyes to create the appearance of tears. A look to try if you have dramatic feelings about 2019 — whether you don't want to see it go or it couldn't be over fast enough. (Psst: if you're scared about removing glitter from your eyes, Akhdar created a soothing (and relieving) removal TikTok tutorial.)

For something more subtle, but certainly not less exciting, this eye look from makeup artist Chloe Denyse plays up the reverse of a classic dark liner look. With a light sweep of peachy color on the lids, the bottom lash line is heavily drawn on with a black gel liner, finished off with dark, bold lashes.

May the glossy lid live on in 2020! This look is can be easy to accomplish for makeup pros and novices alike —just pat the lids with your favorite neon color(s) and top it off with a silky, gloss or oil. Finish it off with a pink blush and coordinating lip.

Graphic liner might appear hard, but if you can doodle on a piece of paper, you can make this eye look work, all on your own terms. Want to make it pop even more? Opt for a neon liner.

Beauty influencer Amy Serrano lives for some good Euphoria-inspired makeup, and this winged eye is no exception. Perfect for when you want to try something new and festive, but want to keep it relatively subtle, go for your typical black winged liner, and line each side with teeny gemstones.

Editorial artist Aniyah Smith reminds us that eyebrows are not to be forgotten in an eye look. Gently pat the dominate shadow into your brows to play up the color scheme.

Celebrity and editorial makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes makes the case for an amped up smokey eye — using Pat McGrath's Mothership palette to incorporate gold and silver metal shades at the inner corners of the eyes for a galactic, very New Year's Eve look.

See: proof that the 'solid lid' eye look can be executed with more than just one solid color.

If bold and bright isn't your thing, this '90s R&B glam by makeup artist @yasminist packs a punch while still feeling soft and dialed down. The glossy, mocha-colored eyelids and rich burgundy lip is universally gorgeous on all skin tones.

For the creative minimalist, may we suggest a fluffy brow, lids brushed with pink-ish clear gloss, and liner-drawn dots under the bottom lash line a lá modern twiggy? Quick, easy, and compliment-inducing.