Beauty how-to: 3 NYE looks

By / Style & Beauty / December 15, 2017

Cap off 2017 with a fresh look for New Year’s Eve.

The event: A night on the town


Makeup: O’Brien created a liquid gold lip by mixing MAC’s loose pigment in Melon ($10, 910 W. Armitage; with Lipglass Clear gloss ($17) and applying with a lip brush. For disco-ball eyes, O’Brien applied Too Faced Glitter Glue ($20, Sephora, 108 N. State;, then used a dense brush to adhere a mixture of MAC’s metallic pigments ($10 each); for a similar look without the fuss, she recommends Stila’s Glitter & Glow liquid eye shadow in Diamond Dust ($24;

Hair: Rock out with a bun mohawk by dividing hair into six ponytails, one on top of the other, with small clear elastics. Create smaller sections near the forehead and nape, and larger sections toward the middle. Tease each ponytail and roll it into a bun, securing with bobby pins. “It’s supposed to be messy and textured, not super smooth and perfect,” Ruiz says. Set with a texturizing spray like Balmain sea salt spray ($39;

Top: Zara, $39.90, 108 N. State;  Earrings: H&M, similar starting at $7.99, 840 N. Michigan;  Pants: Diane von Furstenberg, $998  Shoes: Sophia Webster, $895 Both available: Neiman Marcus, 737 N. Michigan;

The event: A chic pajama party

Makeup: For a fresh-faced look, start with hydrated skin: O’Brien recommends using the Tatcha Violet-C Radiance mask ($68; earlier in the day — or while doing your hair — to prep the skin. Rub on Fig + Yarrow’s rosehip and argan oil serum ($22.99, Target locations citywide; with a beauty sponge for a glowing base, then use a fluffy brush to apply Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover foundation ($43; Blend two to three dabs of Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick in Ibiza ($45; onto the cheekbones, then fill in brows with Trish McEvoy’s Precision Brow Shaper ($29, Nordstrom, 55 E. Grand; Line your eyes into a wing with Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On eye pencil ($20, Ulta stores citywide; Pro tip: O’Brien recommends using a flat brush to stamp the color into your lash line — it takes off the pressure of drawing a perfect line.

Hair: Channel your inner pinup with a retro ’do: Ruiz uses a Solano Spring 1-inch curler ($79; on 11/2-2-inch sections before curling each and securing with metal styling clips. For extra shine, set the look with L’Oreal Elnett Satin extra strong hold hairspray ($6.99; Can’t commit to the kitsch? Turn the page to see how to turn this look into old Hollywood waves.

Jumpsuit: Zara, $89.90, 108 N. State;  Robe: Christine Designs, $430 Earrings: Oscar de la Renta, $485  Clutch: Roger Vivier, $2,950  Shoes: Aquazzura, $650 All available: Neiman Marcus, 737 N. Michigan;


The event: A black-tie affair

Makeup: Bring a pop of color with sultry blue eyes. O’Brien uses Fenty Beauty by Rihanna’s Galaxy eyeshadow palette ($59;, starting with the darkest blue shade across the lids and adding brighter blue in the corners. A warm brown in the crease keeps it from looking messy. Pro tip: Do your eyes before applying foundation, or place a cotton pad under your eye to catch the shadow. “The fallout from the blue can be intense,” O’Brien warns. For lips, use concealer as a base to create a blank slate, then fill in using a MAC nude lip pencil ($14.88; Apply a bit of gloss on top.

Hair: For ultra glamorous waves, set the hair using a curling iron and styling clips (see steps in previous look) for about an hour, then brush out the curls. Coat the strands with Bumble & Bumble Brilliantine ($24; — “it’s like hand cream for your hair,” says Ruiz — to combat static and add glossy shine.

Bodysuit: Zara, $39.90, 108 N. State;  Earrings: H&M, similar starting at $7.99, 840 N. Michigan;  Skirt: MILLY, $795 (on sale for $477)  Coat: Diane von Furstenberg, $2,200  Both available: Neiman Marcus, 737 N. Michigan;

At the shoot

Confetti, glitter, Champagne: We brought New Year’s Eve to life a little early for our fashion shoot this month, decking out model Sydney in looks for all different types of celebrations. 

Photographer: Maria Ponce
Model: Sydney Seichter, Wilhelmina Models
Makeup: Shannon O’Brien
Stylist: Jessica Perlaza, Ford Artists
Hair: Lynee Ruiz, Ford Artists


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