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Emily Ratajkowski's Makeup Routine Is So Perfect For New Year's Eve


All year long, beauty lovers wait patiently for select occasions when it's appropriate to rock far-out statement makeup, New Year’s Eve included. The bright lights, fireworks, and confetti are a lot to compete with, which is all the reason you need to up the ante in the makeup department. But if you're looking to approach NYE beauty with a lighter hand, there's no better inspiration than Emily Ratajkowski's understated makeup routine.

The 27-year-old model and actress loves a good selfie, and consistently delivers swoon-worthy beauty ideas, including fresh makeup looks worth trying this holiday season. True to her California roots, Ratajkowski tends to keep her makeup somewhat low-key, choosing to focus on one feature or another (think: eyes, lips, or cheeks). Whether donning a smoky eye or a peachy blush, the model always manages to strike a perfect balance between bold and chill.

Though it’s easy to get lost in the slew of beauty inspiration on the model's grid, The Zoe Report narrowed down four of her most stunning beauty looks to date. With NYE right around the corner, it's time to spark some inspo and shop beauty picks for whatever your night may hold, whether it's a glitzy bash or a glass of vino with your person.

Frosted Accents

New Year's Eve is all about glitz, glam, and glitter, but the latter tends to get a bad rap when it comes to makeup. The key to nailing grown-up glitter is using it sparingly — and Ratajkowski's understated sparkles are a prime example. Dot a touch of glimmer in the corners of your eyes or right under your brow bone for that subtle glint when the light hits.

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Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick In Confetti

Fenty Beauty

The great thing about Fenty Beauty's best-selling Match Stix is its versatility. The shimmery, light-as-air formula is perfect for highlighting your cheekbones, inner corners, or brow bones, and this iridescent opal hue is great for NYE.

Retro Cat Eye

If there were ever a time to bring the drama, New Year's Eve is it. Refresh your everyday makeup routine by taking cues from Ratajkowski’s bold cat-eye look. Allowing her jet black liner to do most of the talking, the model’s tousled waves, nude lip, and mocha eyeshadow are the perfect, minimalistic accents.

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Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner

Marc Jacobs

Nailing a bold cat eye means finding the best high-pigment, no-budge eyeliner you can find. This top-rated option from Marc Jacobs should do the trick.

Smoke Show

A smoked-out eye is always a good idea, but the 27-year-old model went for an unexpected twist with this chocolate variation. The shimmery hue gives the classic smoky eye a modern update, and it looks amazing with a frosted, nude gloss and a dewy highlighter. And if you're feeling bold, why not take the faux-freckles trend for a spin?

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Eye Color Quad In Cocoa Mirage

Tom Ford

The amount of smoky magic you can achieve with this cocoa-colored palette is endless. It's half-shimmer, half-matte, and 100 percent perfect.


Peach tones have been having a moment in the makeup world, and the universally flattering hue will give you a lively, warm flush as seen on California girls such as Ratajkowski. Complete the fresh look with neutral gloss and bold lashes for a winning, understated vibe.

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Cloud Paint In Beam


Inspired by the colors of a sunset, this high-pigment cream blush goes a long way. Apply a small dab of this peachy tone to the apples of your cheeks and blend for an instant, sunshine-y glow.