Recreate This Easy Glittery Eye Makeup for NYE

Need a simple yet standout makeup look for New Years Eve? Recreate this glittery cat eye that's sure to make a statement without going over the top. And it's simple enough that just about anyone can do it, beginner or expert.

Please excuse my very unattractive face close-ups in this tutorial. As you can see, I am certainly no beauty expert.

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☝ This is the look we will be recreating in this tutorial


  • Eyeshadow primer
  • Shimmery eye shadow
  • Matte off-white shadow
  • Shimmy cream shadow
  • Gel liner
  • Liquid liner
  • Eyeshadow brush
  • Eyelash curler
  • Mascara
  • Eye makeup remover + Q-top (optional)


Start with your eyes clean and free of any makeup


Take a pin-sized dot of eyeshadow primer and gently rub it over your entire eyelid. I like to use the Matte Eye Primer from ULTA.


Use your eyeshadow brush to get some of the shimmery shadow. I like to use Tarte Palette such as the Baby Bloom Shadow Palette in the color "lily".

Brush the shimmery shadow over your eyelid beneath the crease. Try not to get the shimmery shadow in the crease, as it can accentuate crease lines.


Next, get a little off-white/nearly white matte shadow

Brush the off-white shadow above your crease below your brow bone. Then lightly blend the shadows together.


Grab your gel eyeliner pencil. I like to use the Maybelline Tattoo Studio Smokey Gel Liner.

Thinly line your lashline with the gel pencil. If you are able to line underneath your lashes along your waterline, try that instead. But if you have sensitive eyes like me, I line as close to my lashes as possible on my lid.


Take your shimmery cream shadow and wipe the sides of the applicator so there's not too much product on it. I use the Tarte Sea Glass Shadow in Night Dive.

Dab a small dot on the center of your eyelid just above the eye liner. If you want a stronger shimmer, dab another dot or two.


Use your finger to gently blend the shimmery shadow across your lower eyelid. I found that tapping the product lightly along my lid worked well.


Grab your liquid eyeliner. I like to use one with a felt tip similar to the Sephora Fine Line Felt Tip Liner.

Starting at the outer corner of your eye, draw a short line upwards towards the end of your brow. I have hooded eyes so I draw my line at a 45° angle.


Connect the end of the line you just drew to the line on your lid and fill it in. I typically connect the two just past the edge of my eye to create a smooth straight line.


Draw a short line from under your bottom lashes and connect it upwards to the wing. Fill in at the outer edge of your eye if necessary.


If you want to fix the wings or make them more precise, you can use a Q-tip with a small amount of eye makeup remover to shape them.


Use an eyelash curler to curl your lashes. Get as close to the base of your lashes as you can. Clamp and hold for 3 seconds or more per eye.


Take out your mascara. For this look I used the Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara.

Brush on one coat of mascara, gently wiggling the wand side to side to cover as many lashes as possible. Once again, try to get as close to the base of your lashes as you can.


Add a second layer of mascara. I used the Diorshow mascara for my second layer.


This is what the final result looks like. I went back in and accentuated the wings a bit more and curled my lashes again. You can't see the shimmer shadow here, but each time you blink it will show.

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