8 New Year’s Eve Makeup Essentials For 2020

Our NYE plans this year might look a little different than before, but that doesn’t mean everything has to change. True, we may not be able to get drunk on overpriced shots at an overrated nightclub, followed by chicken nuggets and an excruciatingly expensive cab home the minute the midnight celebrations are over – but, hey, that might not be a bad thing!

We can still experience all the good parts of NYE (the sparkly, festive makeup, chatting rubbish with our pals, singing badly to Auld Lang Syne) without the bad bits (a stranger being sick on our shoes while we wait, freezing, in the taxi rank). So, here are our top 8 Zoom party/mask-friendly makeup items we’ll be including in our NYE routine, no matter what the night (be it virtual, or otherwise) throws at us.

wet n wild Photo Focus Dewy Foundation

The perfect NYE glam starts with the perfect base. wet n wild’s Photo Focus Dewy Foundation is lightweight, hydrating and radiant, but also stands the test of time, lasting all day (and night, regardless of whether that means dancing irl in the club, or dancing – alone – in your bedroom). It blurs pores and gives a flawless finish, ideal for if you’re spending the evening on a high-quality 4K webcam party with your work crush!

Ofra Highlighter in Rodeo Drive

NYE is the perfect time to shine from space and glow to the Gods – and even if your party is a virtual event this year, that shouldn’t stop you from taking full advantage of the situation. Ensure your cheekbones, brow bone, cupid’s bow, inner corner, bridge of nose (…tbh, at this point, why not just go ahead and highlight your whole face? We won’t judge) are on point with Ofra’s universally flattering highlighter, in shade Rodeo Drive.

Physician’s Formula Lash Mixologist Mascara

False eyelashes might seem a little OTT for a Zoom call party this year (while we love wearing them, we’re not sure if sitting on our bed with our laptop quite warrants them). And when you’re not with your group of pals IRL, a fabulous, lengthening mascara does the trick perfectly. Physician’s Formula Lash Mixologist Mascara has a double ended design, with two different formulas and brushes, that lets you customise the drama, length and volume of your lashes. All the fun of falsies, without any of the faff.

ZOEVA Powerful Lip Plump

Lipgloss on New Years Eve is non negotiable – it’s the one night of the year it’s fully acceptable to sparkle head to toe, and that doesn’t stop at your lips. Choose something mega glossy (but also non-sticky – that NYE kiss perhaps isn’t fully off the cards) with a plumping effect, such as ZOEVA’s Powerful Lip Plump. The soft pink colour gives a ‘your lips but better’ effect, while the plumping formula gives you a soft, cushiony (read: kissable!) pout.

By BEAUTY BAY Book of Magic Palette

If you can’t wear a mystical, magical makeup lewk on NYE, truly, when can you? Get your crystal ball out of storage, dust off your spell book, and manifest some good vibes for 2021, with the By BEAUTY BAY Book of Magic Palette.

Sample Beauty Loose Eyeshadow Sparkle Pigment in Garland

When it comes to NYE glam, more is more. And if you’re on a blurry Zoom celebration, or a mask is covering the lower half of your face, you want your eyes to stand out. So top a buffed-out bronze shadow with Sample Beauty’s Pigment in the shade Garland – the rich and creamy formula glides on, and packs one hell of a punch.

By BEAUTY BAY Lipstick in Sauce

If you’re lucky enough to be able to attend a small event, or are maybe even putting on a mini soiree at home, a red lipstick is a must. We spend 11 months of the year wearing nudes and pale pinks then BAM: December comes, and we can finally crack out the reds. So, make your final night of red lipstick wearing count, with By BEAUTY BAY’s Matte Lipstick in Sauce. It’s the perfect true red, and the long-wearing matte formula means it holds its own pretty well up against a mask, too.

Gerard Cosmetics Slay All Day Setting Spray Watermelon

Sadly, no mask technology has been invented thus far that means the lower half of your foundation won’t rub off within five minutes (side note: whoever invents that first will be a millionaire overnight). However, what you can do in the meantime is ensure your setting spray works harder than the devil. Opt for Gerard Cosmetics’ Slay All Day Setting Spray in Watermelon – it’s the full-glam loving beauty bloggers’ favourite for a reason.