Emily MacCulloch
Emily MacCulloch

My NYE Makeup Look is All About Colour

Real talk: Who’s not a fan of Gwen Stefani? Seriously though, I feel like you’d be hard pressed to find someone that hasn’t fallen hard for the legendary singer/fashion icon/makeup maven. When Tragic Kingdom came out in ’95, Gwen was singing MY LIFE. It’s still one of my all-time fave albums (Return of Saturn is a close runner-up). Gwen was the reason I wanted to be a bottle blonde teen (I’m still a dye hard bleacher). Ok but enough about my love for all things No Doubt/Gwen. Let’s talk for a hot second about her collab with Urban Decay. This has been a long time coming, since both Gwen and the makeup brand are from Southern California and both have bold, colourful styles. When that announcement was made months ago I was pumped, then when the palette arrived in the office I was beside myself.


The colours are incredible, each one is super pigmented and almost creamy in consistency. My personal faves from the collection include Baby (a shimmery taupe), Stark (the perfect crease blending satin brown), Harajuku (glittery pink) and Danger (sparkly royal blue). I immediately wanted to get my hands right in there, so I thought I would create a fun New Year’s Eve eye look since I want to do something a bit more fun this year with my makeup. I normally don’t wear a ton of colour on my eyes anymore but this palette deserves to have allllll the bold colours used. Here’s a step-by-step guide of how I’ll be decking my eyes out for NYE this year.

Step 1

Using a big fluffy eyeshadow brush, apply Bathwater and Skimp all over your eyelids, from lashes to brow bone.


Step 2

Using the same fluffy eye brush, blend Baby all over your lid up to your crease.


Step 3

Buff a little bit of Punk into the outer corner of your lids, on your top lid only.


Step 4

With a denser eyeshadow brush, buff Harajuku into the crease of your eye and a little bit through the centre of your eyelid.


Step 5

With a small, dense brush, apply Blonde to the inner corners of your eyes and onto your brow bone.


Use an angle brush to line your eyes with Danger. I did a slight cat eye, but you could apply more and go for a smokier effect for something a bit more dramatic. You can also add a black pencil liner into your waterline to really up the drama. Curl your lashes and add a little more mascara and you’re done!


Here’s a closer shot of just my eyes so you can get a better look.


Post photos of your NYE makeup on social media and tag @glowmag so I can see what see what looks you guys are wearing!


Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palette


Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palette