NYE Style & Beauty: Gorgeous Festive Frock

Last look of 2012? For me, it will be this sparkly number. I love the femininity of this little dress, with just enough glitz. Paired with my new favorite black cape, it’s chic and festive at the same time. Make-up and hair courtesy of Stephanie Nelson, who broke down the steps below to achieve this intense smokey eye. It’s so simple!

Have a fabulous time getting ready this evening no matter what your plans may be!

The Blackout Smokey Eye

  1. Apply tape from the edge of your upper lash line to the end of your eyebrow. This is an optional step, but it will help to create a clean and even eye in the end!
  2. Prime your eye – I used Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin
  3. Apply any black liner haphazardly to your lid to create a dark base – I used Rimmel Soft Kohl
  4. Take a black gel liner (Bobbi Brown Gel Liner in Black Ink) and apply from the lash line to just below the crease
  5. Take your bronzer (yes bronzer!) and a fluffy brush to blend only the edges of the gel liner
  6. Use a black eyeshadow (I usedBobbi Brown Kohl Cake Liner in Black) to pat on top of the gel liner. This will act as a seal so it will last longer throughout the night!
  7. Take your bronzer, and continue to blend. Repeat step 6 and blending the edges until it is as smokey as you want!
  8. *Optional Step – Take a dark shimmery shadow to pat on top of your black eyeshadow to give it a little pizazz! I used Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Shimmer Shadow !
  9. Line your upper waterline with your gel eyeliner. Make sure your entire waterline is covered in black so there are no gaps showing through the darkness!
  10. Take a little of your black eyeshadow (and the shimmer if you chose!) to run underneath the bottom lashline.
  11. Apply severalllllllll coats of mascara – I usedLoreal Volumious False Fiber Lashes in Black
  12. Remove the tape, and clean up any fallout that you had from your shadows!


  1. Lipstick in MAC Honeylove
  2. Top it off with lipgloss if you chose! I used a MAC Plushglass in Nice Buzz


  1. Foundation – Makeup Forever HD Foundation in N135 Vanilla – Make sure you really geta flawless finish by using a great brush to buff it into the skin. I recommend the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush.
  2. Concealer – Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Bisque– I only used a corrector to brighten the eye instead of layering with a concealer to make it more natural!
  3. Powder –Loreal True Match Powder in W4 – Only “pat” it on your face in the areas that tend to get shiny or oily. You want to keep the dewy finish of your foundation with such dramatic eyes!
  4. Bronzer – Urban Decay Baked Bronzer in Baked – Simply sweep it across the apples of your cheeks and back towards your ears for a soft but golden look.
  5. Blush – Bobbi Brown Blush in Pretty Pink – I prefer to dab this on the apples of my cheeks so I don’t over apply and it looks fresh and natural!
  6. Highlighter –MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade – Apply this lightly on the highpoint of your cheekbone to add a little glow!

Happy New Year’s Eve!



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