The Perfect Smokey Eye for New Year’s Eve

Written by: Susan Hang

Savoring the last few days of 2016…

Recovering from a stomach virus is no fun feat, but lucky for makeup (and fashion), we can always look a little livelier, and with New Year’s just around the corner, let’s ring into the new year on the right note…

So, I’ve been testing out a few new product launches, which have all been incredibly wonderful – so wonderful that I decided to throw them all together for a New Year’s Eve look, focusing on the perfect smokey eye. The most interesting thing is, the majority of them are all natural!

Tarte Pro Glow Palette

First up is the Tarte Pro Glow Palette – this is every highlighter-lover’s dream come true. You get 4 powder highlight shades, two that are more golden and suits darker skin tones, and then two that are P.E.R.F.E.C.T for fair-medium skin toned girls like me. They’re drop dead gorgeous and insanely pigmented. One swipe is all you need to glow. You also get one cream contour shade, which is perfect if you like that ultra-sculpted look, and then a block of Tarte’s Pink Avenue Princess – a foolproof bronzer for everyone.

Tarte Pro Palette

It’s been a long time since I dabbled with Tarte eyeshadows – like 10 years long – but I’ve been missing out (and maybe you have too). I’ve become more and more of a matte eye shadow lover over the years and 80% of this palette is matte! You get a decent mix of warm and cool tones, but there are quite a bit of purple, magenta type colors. I’ve been into looking quite grungy, so I’m reaching more and more for those type colors on my eyes. The shadows apply evenly and blend out like a dream.

smokey eye | Griffin + Row Base

Griffin + Row Natural Moisturizer

This is my first introduction to Griffin + Row, and certainly won’t be my last encounter. After two full day’s use, I can say I’m in love. This moisturizer is thicker in texture than any I’ve owned, so you don’t need a whole lot of it. But it’s very emollient, blends out very easily, and keeps the skin moisturized even through the wind and crazy cold. It doesn’t feel like you’re wearing anything on the face and smells very light and lovely.

Ilia Multi-Stick

If it isn’t obvious that I’m an Ilia addict yet, I am and these multi-stick add to the magnet. They’re especially perfect for occasions like New Year’s because they’re multi-purpose – eyes, lips, and face! The two colors I have fall in a warm-orange tone, which is all the better as I’ve been really into warm eyes. They feel subtle, non-sticky, and look so pretty on the skin. The lasting power isn’t that great, but they’re so portable, I’m not complaining. I’m taking these through Spring for sure.

Perfect Smokey Eye | Ilia Multi-Stick

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer

No sleep + Sickness + Irate skin is no good, but thank god for Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage Concealer. This is the big guns… Hides just about anything you want, but the only problem is it isn’t super for dry skin gals like me. So, just make sure you moisturize really well and you won’t have a problem. Good bye acne scars.

Anything new on the market you’ve tested? Be sure to let me know!



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