8 Beauty Products You Need To Rock the New Year
You’ve got the dress, shoes and bag; now finish the look with the perfect makeup.
– Charu Suri
Whether it’s a coworker’s party you’re likely to stay at until 3:00am, long after the Times Square ball drops, or a fancy masquerade ball (lucky you!), here are beauty products that do the trick and then some. And relax, not all of them will break the beauty piggy bank.
1. A killer makeup clutch: Urban Decay Midnight Emergency Kit ($39, urbandecay.com) and at Sephora stores nationwide
This four-shadow palette comes in a chic faux gold clutch that is New Year’s Eve bling-worthy. Four shimmery shades (Midnight Cowboy, Midnight 15, Midnight Rodeo, and AC/DC) suit all skin tones and run the gamut from pale to dark – perfect for that shimmery, smoky eye. There’s also a sheer “Lip Junkie Lip gloss” included in the kit that is not too flashy, but neutral and sultry.
2. Eye recovery therapy: SK-II Skin Signature eye cream ($110, shop.sk-ii.com) and at major department stores nationwide.
Whether you need pre-party depuffing, or post-party recovery time, this new eye cream fixes most eye issues with the speed of lightning. While you may balk at the price tag, it’s safe to assume that the average girl has tried several eye creams but which ones have truly worked? The good news about SK-II’s new eye cream: it’s thick, creamy yet lightweight, and 0.5 oz. will last you a long time.
3. A smooth shave: Gillette Venus Embrace five blade razor, $9.99 up at drugstores nationwide
Before you pooh-pooh the idea of a razor as beauty accessory that will help you rock the New Year, how often have you reached for a men’s razor to help you get that stubborn hair off? According to Gillette Venus, 30 percent of women use men’s razors because they think the blades are sharper, better and more effective. But Gillette’s Venus Embrace has the exact same blades as the Gillette Fusion ProGlide (a men’s razor), but it’s designed for a close shave with ribbons of moisture, and a fit specifically for the delicious curves of a lady. Let the spotlight be on your smooth legs this New Year’s–on or off the dance floor.
4. Not any old lip balm: Maybelline Baby Lips ($2.99, maybelline.com) and at drug stores and mass merchandisers nationwide.
This is not your ordinary lip balm, even though the name sounds cutesy, it’s pretty potent! One swipe on your lips, and they are hydrated, less chapped and pucker ready. The finger sized lip balm comes in six delicious moisturizing shades from Quenched to Peach Kiss and promises eight hours of hydration with SPF 20––all in a “clinical strength” lip balm. We say Mensa Award –at least in the Lip Balm category.
5. A holiday red lipstick: CoverGirl LipPerfection Lip Color in Hot ($6.50, drugstore.com) and a mass merchandises and drugstores nationwide.
Celebrity Stylist Robert Verdi endorses this shade hand-selected by makeup artist Pat McGrath for her new Runway Collection. “This is a universally flattering shade of red,” says Verdi, “and is perfect for the holidays.”
6. Skin hydration: AmorePacific Moisture Bound Refreshing Hydra-Gel ($100, sephora.com)
Winter, dry skin, parties, wine…you do the math. It doesn’t all add up to an equation of clear, hydrated skin now does it? Recently, I’ve been hooked on AmorePacific, a brand that understands young skin and has anti-aging properties. The Moisture Bound Hydra Gel is oil-free, deliciously cool and improves your skin’s moisture levels with ginger root extract and nine essential amino acids. Formulated without parabens, this gel is a great primer for your skin too.
7. The perfect date: MAC Matchmaster foundation ($32.50, maccosmetics.com)
Have you ever found yourself humming, Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make me a Match? But were secretly pining not so much for the love of your life but for the perfect foundation? On New Year’s Eve, you can rock the night away wearing all the blush in China, but if your skin doesn’t look great, you’ve pretty much missed the point. MAC’s latest Matchmaster Foundation uses translucent pigments to give you a personalized finish because the technology enhances your own skin’s subtle undertones. In 14 gorgeous shades.
8. Fun hair bling: Goody hair accessories, $2.19-$8.19 at mass merchandisers and drugstores nationwide
Deck your New Year’s Eve party hair in Goody’s new DoubleWear sleek black elastic bands with gold or silver decorations on them to give them edge; or accessories with jewel toned headbands and barrettes from the Regency collection. A shimmery barrette or head wrap doesn’t just belong on the set of Gossip Girl, you know. Pick a few of these affordable accessories and enjoy a seriously fun hair do evening.
After discovering the magic of Mason Pearson brushes, the endless world of skin care and what a difference looking in the mirror makes, Charu decided to pursue a career in both beauty and travel journalism. Charu writes for writes for her travel blog, Butterflydiary.com, Makeup.com and several national publications.