If there’s one lesson that the runway has taught us, it’s that simplicity will be key for 2019—at least in terms of makeup. Just like your favorite black-on-black ensemble, there are ways to execute a chic look for your New Year’s Eve agenda, without being overtly gaudy or spending hours in front of the mirror. That’s why for the lingering remainder of this holiday season, we’re stepping away from the mundane glitter and shimmer tropes of yesteryear, and swapping them for these modest runway makeup alternatives. Below, take a look at some of our favorite bold and lively runway looks that will take mere seconds to recreate.
As one of the first stunning looks of 2018, this electrifying eyebrow-mascara combo from NICOPANDA’s F/W 2019 show from London Fashion Week set the bar high for beauty fanatics everywhere. It’s a vibrant look that will give you all the drama you crave for your NYE makeup, sans the glitter.
To create this look, simply grab a colored mascara and swipe it on your lashes and brows. Our favorite: the Yves Saint Laurent Beaute Vinyl Couture Mascara in “I’m The Trouble.”
2018 was truly the year of the under-lid, as proven by this simplistic look from the Tako Mekvabidze Spring/Summer 2019 Collection. This striking eye paired with a natural brow and subtle middle part gives the classic “no makeup”-makeup look a contemporary touch, perfect for ringing in the new year. It’s also extremely easy to create: just tease your brows, dab a saturated cream eyeshadow under your lids (our favorite pick is the Julep Beauty Eyeshadow 101 Eyeshadow Stick), and swipe a single coat of mascara for an exaggerated look.
Let out your inner Egyptian goddess with an exotic cat eye à la Chanel. This barely-there makeup is given a bolder, intriguing look by surrounding your eyes with sharp, dagger-like liner that is guaranteed to turn heads wherever your night takes you. Little makeup is needed to re-create this look: all you need is a fool-proof liquid liner, like the Hourglass Voyeur Waterproof Liquid Liner, and some Q-tips to touch up your lines to dramatic perfection.
Alexander Wang proved in his Pre-Fall collection that there truly is no such thing as too sleek—at least when it comes to high ponytails. Instead of going all-out with your makeup, go fresh-faced into the new year and let your hair shine in the limelight for the night. For this look, slick your hair back into a tight high ponytail, and give it a luminous appearance by spritzing a shine spray (like the Oribe Shine Light Reflecting Spray) as a finishing touch.
Kaia Gerber’s eyebrows are forever #browgoals, but these poofed furrows during the Versace Pre-Fall 2019 show were truly iconic. It goes to show that 2018’s “fluffy brow” trend is going to stick within 2019. To give your brows a naturally plush finish, use a brow gel to add definition and thickness. To add some volume to your brows, tease them with the Ilia Essential Brow Natural Volumizing Brow Gel.
As the Pinterest 100 report predicted, naked faces paired with bold, vibrant lips is the look on everyone’s mood board for 2019. So, get a head start on the trend by claiming it for your new year’s eve #MOTD. All you need is a saturated matte liquid lipstick—like the Lime Crime Velvetines Matte Liquid Lipstick—and your look is finished.
Marc Jacob’s Spring 2019 look put the nail in the cut-creased coffin: extravagant multi-toned eyeshadow is officially over. A single shadow is thankfully so much easier to create, and doesn’t require any concealer or palettes of shades. Just a single swipe of a vivid tone is all you need to mimic this runway-ready eye. For this style, we recommend using the Tom Ford Shadow Extreme in Green.