The party season is officially here, just in case we didn’t have enough reasons to get all glammed up. If you’re anything like us, you’ll have plenty of outfits already lined up and ready to go.

But, what about makeup? The festive season is a great opportunity to go big on the glamour and maybe even try something a little different. If you’re thinking about mixing it up, then we’ve got your back. Here are some ideas we’ve been mulling over – get ready to stun at your New Year’s celebration!

1. Glitter, Glitter and More Glitter!

New Year’s Eve is the perfect chance to make a dazzling impression, and if you want to be as sparkling as the fireworks when the bell rings midnight, glitter is the answer.

Whether you want to stun with sparkly eyes, courtesy of the Technic The Glitz Liquid Glitter Eyeshadow, or show off those luscious lips with the cream soda-scented Prima Makeup Cream Soda Glitter Buff Sparkling Lip Scrub, there’s plenty of amazing ways you can bring glitter into the party.

If you’re new to glitter, and you’re looking for the perfect way to add a little sparkle, then makeup glitter pastes are an instant win. The Prima Makeup Chameleon Collection Glitter Paste comes in a variety of colours and smells of prosecco and clementine – festive!

2. Up in Smoke

Planning on wearing your little black dress? Pair it with the ultimate smokey eyes and make an instant impression.

With a selection of 12 different shades, the W7 In The Night Up In Smoke Eye Colour Palette is the perfect companion for anyone wanting to create an easy smokey eye that will last all night. The Calvin Klein CK One Liquid Eyeliner is fantastic for precise, intense graphic lines, while the Rimmel Exaggerate Smoke N Shine Eye Pencil is designed specifically for the ultimate, easy-to-apply smokey eye look.

3. Highlight the Night

Yes, it’s winter, and we haven’t seen the sun for what feels like forever. If you want to give yourself a little extra glow this season, highlighter is the product for you.

From the Sunkissed Let It Glow Baked Highlighter Palette to the Sleek Brow Intensity Mascara & Highlighter, there’s plenty available to help you get your glow on. The Rimmel Brow This Way Highlighting Pencil promises to make your brows pop, while the W7 Strobe and Go! Strobing Stick is great for adding an instant flush and definition to your cheekbones.

Liquid highlighters have been popular this year; the W7 Taxi Highlight & Illuminate Drops are super-easy to apply and can even be blended into your foundation.

4. Long and Dramatic

Steal the show with long and dramatic eyelashes – they’re guaranteed to make a statement!

If you’re after false eyelashes to elevate your look, then the Ardell Faux Mink 811 Lashes will give you a definition like no other. Meanwhile, the Wispy Lashes – WL-16 will help you achieve beautiful, natural-looking, fuller lashes.

If you want to add emphasis without the falsies, Calvin Klein CK One Volumizing Mascara or Bourjois Push Up Volume Glamour Mascara will give you the irresistible volume you want without the hassle or maintenance.

5. Shiny and Bright Lips

The festive season is a great opportunity to mix things up and try something bolder or brighter than usual. Making a statement with your lips may feel like a small change, but it can have a big impact if done right.

The Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Guest List Red is festive and bold and can be used year-round, while the Clarins Rouge Shine offers nine different colours from cherry to red fuschia, all of which will give you an intense and sensual look that’s perfect for New Year’s Eve.

Looking for something a little glossier? The L’Oreal Infallible Lip Gloss offers a high level of shine and is available in a variety of colours, as does the W7 Velvet Secret Matte Lip Colour. If you’re after something that’s bold, the Calvin Klein CK One Lip Gloss Wand is a perfect choice.

You can discover more festive inspiration by reading about our Christmas Party Makeup Trends. If you want to prep yourself early, take a look at our 15 Minute Morning Skincare Routine and get the basics down.