Countdown to Gorgeous New Year’s Eve Beauty

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Out with the old and in with the new.  Kick off 2022 with a whole new look!  The team at Ulta Beauty has some recommendations to get you party ready—so put the bubbly on ice and check out these party ready trends.

Add a little warmth to your locks

Now is the perfect time to give your color a refresh.  “For a lot of people, the holiday season offers a time to play with hair color,” explains Ulta Beauty Pro Hair Stylist, Color Expert and educator Sean Godard. “This year, people are going warmer with a burn and ginger tones that are more golden vs the typical red undertones we usually see. Blondes are going with more balanced tones that still look nice and bright for the holiday season in contrast to the ash tones that have been dominant for the last few seasons.”

Sonya Dove, Ulta Beauty Pro hair stylist and hair color expert recommends treating yourself to a hair color glaze to “bring lots of shine, a hint of exciting color and smoothness like never before.”  She recommends you, “try some of the fall holiday tones like burnt cinnamon, chocolate raspberry or paprika spice” for a look that’s extra special.

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Play up your natural texture

According to Ammon Carver, chief artistic director for Ulta Beauty, “This holiday season, people are embracing their natural, healthy hair. Styles that aren’t overworked and have a casual elegance. Bring out your natural hair texture, whether it’s curly or straight. Serums and oils for coily curls, and texture sprays and flexible hold hairsprays will keep you looking holiday ready, regardless of your hair type.”

If you haven’t already, try BioSilk, a leave-in silk replenishing and reconstructive treatment that gives hair an incredible shine. 

WOW, another favorite, which instantly gained a cult following after Jennifer Lopez’s hairstylist Chris Appleton shared that he used their hair mask to give J-Lo show-stopping shine and body.

For curly hair, Living Proof Curl Moisturizing Shine Oil won’t weigh strands down with silicone, so your curls are bouncy, hydrated, healthy and shiny.

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Midnight kiss ready lips

Ulta Beauty Pro Makeup Artist Deney Adam excitedly shares, “… lips will make a statement with deep reds, nude browns, bold over-lined lips and intense shine.”

For count-down ready lips, start by applying a great balm with shea butter, almond oil, jojoba oil, or coconut oil to keep your pout perfectly moisturized.  Your lipstick needs a clean (non-chapped) base to make your lips look their best. For the best results, try one with these lip loving ingredients, such as QÜR’s 360 balms which are super fun to apply (and also contain SPF 15!) 

Then keep the moisture locked in with a creamy lipstick such as YSL Beauty’s The Rouge Volupté Shine Oil-in-Stick in red hot shades such as “Rouge Ballet” or “Rouge Tuxedo” to add a little spice to your look. 

Or check out Jason Wu Beauty’s Honey Fluff, a highly pigmented soft whipped lip cream infused with jojoba seed oil and grapeseed oil.

As Adam shared, another fantastic lip look is the 90s inspired brown hues and don’t forget to pair that with lots of shine for added glamour!

Glow from within

Nick Stenson, SVP Store and Services Operations for Ulta Beauty exclaims, “prepare for a beautiful illumination this holiday season!” Sharing that “subtly-glowing skin” paired with jewel encrusted hair accessories and rich and shimmering hair colors will be everywhere.  “This season will be sure to be a radiant one,” explains Stenson.

Great skin is always in fashion, but ethereal skin with that subtle glow from within look is really the perfect complement to any bold party style.  Start with a good night’s sleep and a hydrating overnight mask such as Erno Laszlo’s Hydra-Therapy Memory Gel Sleep Mask.  With its “NASA-inspired memory gel texture” and formula packed with antioxidant-rich prickly pear and vitamin E, it will give your skin a beautiful head start.

When it’s time to get ready, add a luminizing highlighter to your beauty routine. Dr. Barbra Strum’s Glow Drops gel-serum are a great way to brighten your complexion.  Alternatively, KORA Organic’s Rose Quartz Luminizer is another fan favorite and with good reason.  Apply under your makeup, without makeup or mixed into your foundation, for that highly sought-after glow.

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Bold, sparkly look-at me eyes

After a fashion month full of sparkle and eyeliner on the runway, it’s no surprise that both are on trend for the last big fête of the year.  According to Adam, “glitter specks will be bigger and biodegradable, eyeliners will be fun and experimental.”

David Lopez, Ulta Beauty Pro Hair Stylist and Non-Binary Beauty Expert, agrees.  “For many of us it will be our first time reuniting with friends and family in person. The itch to show up and show out will be seen in expressive hairstyles and makeup. Bigger hair, more purposeful styles with slightly more style risks and bold colorful eyes.”

If you’re in the market for a new eyeliner, check out JOAH Beauty Make Her Gel-ous Eyeliners.  Their award-winning formula glides on so smooth, for a rich highly pigmented look with the control of a pencil (oh and it’s waterproof too!)  Their limited-edition shades like “Cin Cin” (a deep midnight purple) and “Cheers” (a super sparkly metallic) scream party.

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For a touch of glamour, Merle Norman’s Limited Edition Gold Celebration Shadow Quad with shades, “Bronze Confetti”, “Polished”, “Chill”, and “Treat” are perfect for any New Year’s Celebrations.  These shadows look great on their own; however, if you’re looking to up the sparkles top it off with, Bioglitz Holiday Glitz Kits, to really leave you dazzling.

Ring in the new year with a whole new style.  After a year of restrictions and mandates, you deserve a little glamour.

—Janine Silver

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