5 Easy New Year's Eve Beauty How-Tos

December 30, 2012 5:47 PM

Beauty video tutorials are our go-to for event inspiration and to learn how to create all the looks we love, most of which are pretty easy to achieve once you watch the step-by-step instructions. Here are five easy favourites that you might want to try for New Year's Eve.

1. Sexy Cat Eyes

Watch the video tutorial from pro makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury for super sexy eyes that will pop in the dark and turn you into an instant flirt. Check out Charlotte's new blog for more makeup tips and tutorials.

Our tip: Although this look is actually easy to achieve, your liner won't stay in place if you don't follow Charlotte's setting instructions.

2. A Fishtail Braid

This is the video that, at the ripe old age of 30, finally revealed the simple secret of the fishtail braid to me… a braid that looks so intricate and difficult but is actually so easy to achieve. Check out The Beauty Department, one of our favourite beauty blogs, for more fun how-to photos, videos and instructions.

Our tip: Once you complete the braid, gently pull it apart so that it's loose and relaxed.

3. The Perfect Bun

I showed this video on Steven and Chris because Luxy Hair's Youtube Channel is one of my favourite online beauty sources. In this video you'll learn how to use the life-changing donut bun, which you can purchase at Claire's accessory boutiques.

Our tip: Buy as big a hair donut as your hair length can cover – the bigger the better. If you can't find one, here's how to make one using a sock. And you can position the bun anywhere on your head. Up high also looks great for a special night.

4. Sexy Loose Curls

When I worked on last year's Genie Awards I cornered fellow Steven and Chris correspondent Kristjan Hayden of Civello salon in Toronto to find out exactly how to get loose, sexy curls with a straightening iron. This hair look will always make you feel glamourous.

Our tip: If your hair is freshly washed you should dirty it up with some product – like hairspray or volumizing dry shampoo – to make the curls stay.

5. Sparkly Eyes and Bold Red Lips

This is the easiest of our favourite classic party looks. You can't ever really go wrong with this one but we think it's especially great if your hair will be up. Pixiwoo is another beauty tutorial Youtube channel we love with over 500 videos.

Our tip: Definitely pick up the Nars lip pencil recommended in this video. It's also what makeup artist Maya Goldenberg used on me in this sultry red lips video.

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