As far as I know, astrology is not very popular here in the U.S., but in Russia where I’m originally from it’s a very big deal. Especially, prior the New Years. In fact this Easter European obsession with astrology came so far that it dictates what people should wear on the New Year’s Eve. It’s funny, but those predictions are based on a Chinese calendar so the year of Fire Rooster doesn’t officially start until January 28th, but I guess Russians are playing the “just in case game” so they have some directions on which outfit and makeup to try. Even though I’m not into astrology at all, I decided to put together a Fire Rooster inspired look anyways. Especially because I recently found a lipstick shade that match the best all of the color recommendations by Russian astrologists.
To recreate this festive makeup look, you’ll need:
- Makeup primer: I used MAC Prep + Prime
- Liquid foundation: Mine is *Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation in Y205
- Sponge: Either beautyblender or Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge will do
- Brow kit and angled brush: I used *PopBeauty Brow Duette in Classy Brunette and e.l.f. brush
- Eyeshadow primer: I picked *Kryolan Eyeshadow Primer
- Ivory eyeshadow: Mine is Full Moon from Tarte Energy Noir Palette
- Crease eyeshadow: I used the shade Painkiller from Nikkie Tutorials The Power of Makeup Palette
- Burgundy baked eyeshadow: I loved using Prometheus from BH Cosmetics Galaxy Chic Palette
- Light brown baked eyeshadow: Mine is Mercury from the same BH Cosmetics Galaxy Chic Palette
- Concealer: I used NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in shade Vanilla
- Loose powder: If you don’t have one, I recommend It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Micro-Powder
- Gel eyeliner: Mine is *Inglot Cosmetics Eyeliner Gel #77 which I applied using *Inglot angled brush
- False lashes: Eylure Texture #117 are my favorite!
- Blush: Using my favorite palette again, *Pixi by Petra Palette Rosette (full review)
- Glitter eyeshadow: In love with Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eye Shadow in #1 Silver Moon (full review)
- Liquid Lipstick: *Milani Amore Matte Metallic Lip Creme in #06 Mattely In Love
- Brushes: Mine are from BH Cosmetics Pop Art Brush Set
Okay, now when we have all of the products lined up, let’s start our tutorial!
Step #1: Start with applying a primer that serves the needs of your skin: go either for pore filling, hydrating, or oil-control one. I went for a hydrating Prep + Prime by MAC which serves three functions: preps your skin for a full day of wearing makeup, hydrates skin, and also could be used as a setting spray. In fact, it’s one of my go-to products for “sealing” my makeup.
Step #2: The rule of thumb for all-night New Year’s Eve look is a good foundation. My all times favorite is *Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation in Y205. I already used the entire bottle of this picture-perfect base and multiple times featured on my blog (for instance, here) and recently the brand sent a new bottle my way. I was super happy because it’s the best product to use when you are taking photos or videos—it makes your skin look so smooth, it almost looks unreal! Another reason I recommend this particular foundation for the New Year’s Eve is because it doesn’t contain SPF so you don’t have to worry how your skin looks while taking photos with a flash (saying so, make sure not to apply an SPF foundation on your big night!).
Step #3: Let’s fill in the brows! One of the brow palettes that I’ve been reaching out the most often lately is this *PopBeauty Brow Duette in Classy Brunette. I highly recommend it specifically for the New Year’s Eve because it contains both powder and a pomade which helps to keep your brows in place for a long time. I prefer to use an angled brush to apply these products, like this affordable angled brush by e.l.f. cosmetics.
Step #4: Before starting your eyeshadow application, make sure to apply a primer designed to prolong the life of your eye makeup. My current favorite is *Kryolan Eyeshadow Primer which is less condensed than Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion. Usually, I just apply it with a fingertip and spread all over the lid and under the brow.
Step #5: Start the eye makeup look with applying a light vanilla shade all over your lid, underneath the eyebrow, and in the corners of the eye. I used a Full Moon shade from Tarte Energy Noir Palette. When you are done blending it in, apply a light brown shade onto the crease and blend until it’s almost translucent. My current favorite crease shade is Painkiller from Nikkie Tutorials The Power of Makeup Palette.
Step #6: When we are done with our eyeshadow base, it’s time to switch for metallic shades. I recently purchased BH Cosmetics Galaxy Chic Palette and I’m loving the unique baked metallic shades it featured. To avoid metallic shade fallout, I recommend using a small flat concealer brush that you beforehand spritz with a setting spray (I used MAC Prep + Prime, mentioned above). As you see in the photo, I applied first a burgundy shade (this particular one is called Prometheus) all over my lid and under the crease. Then, I applied a light brown shade (it’s Mercury from the same BH Cosmetics Galaxy Chic Palette).
Please keep in mind that I didn’t start blending the shades together until both eye shadows were applied all over the lid. Then, I switched to a blending brush from my BH Cosmetics Pop Art Brush Set and thoroughly blended only the eyeshadows only on the top. That way, we ensure that the metallic pigmentation is safe, while the crease area still looks blended and smooth.
Step #7: Apply creamy concealer under the eyes and under the brow and blend them with a beauty sponge (under the eyes) and a flat concealer brush (under the brow). My current favorite sponge to use is this one by Real Techniques as it has a flat side which is so perfect for blending the concealer without ruining your eye makeup. I used a flat complexion brush from the same BH Cosmetics Pop Art Brush Set. Then, I set up my under the eye area using It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Micro-Powder and the same damped beauty sponge I mentioned above.
Step #8: It’s time for a dramatic winged eyeliner and falsies! Usually, I apply an eyeliner first (in this particular situation, it was *Inglot Gel Eyeliner Gel in #77), then put on falsies (Eylure Texture #117 are perfect for special occasions), and then go over lashes with a bit more eyeliner to make sure that the line is very sharp and straight.
Step #9: I believe contouring is only necessary only every now and then, but blush and highlighter are must-dos for a special night. You probably already tired of me talking about my obsession with *Pixi by Petra Palette Rosette, but I used it in this tutorial again as it features some of my most favorite blush! I also do not mind a highlighter which provides a very gentle glow which looks perfect on photos!
Step #10: To make this metallic look even more festive and fun, I decided to apply even more glitter onto my eyes and cheeks. I used Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eye Shadow in #1 Silver Moon which in my humble opinion works great both as a loose pigment and a highlighter. It comes in such neutral and beautiful shade that makes it easy to match it with any eyeshadow shade. Personally, I prefer applying it with a big blending brush.
Step #11: It’s time for a final and most important step of this tutorial, a liquid lipstick. For this look, I used a new *Milani Amore Matte Metallic Lip Creme in #06 Mattely In Love. It’s a beautiful red shade lipstick that has a subtle glow to it. It’s a real statement product that effortlessly elevates the entire makeup look and adds a proper amount of festiveness. I also love the fact that this lip product is truly long-lasting which is so perfect for a New Year’s Eve celebration. Finally, in comparison to other liquid lipsticks, this one will not break the bank as it goes for just $9 and could be found at most of the pharmacies in the U.S.
Step #12: My last step is the same one as the first step, which is spritzing your entire face with a setting spray. That way, you’ll ensure that your makeup will last all night long.
I hope you enjoyed this easy to repeat festive New Year’s Eve look. As promised, it incorporates some of the colors that are suggested by Russian astrologists as essential for celebrating the Year of Red Rooster: metallic red, burgundy red, ink black, and gold. I hope you had fun learning about all of the techniques that I used to create it. If so, please leave me a comment below telling me whether you believe in astrological predictions or not. Also, feel free to leave your reviews on any products mentioned in this post—and let’s compare our opinions on these makeup goodies!