It’s your final chance! Maybe you won’t get to those pesky resolutions accomplished — who wants to eat healthy anyway? —but you can try a cool makeup trend before the year is up. Let Patrick Ta, who works with Emily Ratajkowski, Bella Hadid, Camila Cabello, advise you on five beauty looks to try right now.
Ultra Violet was the color of the year according to Pantone, and Ta correctly predicted it would be all the rage in 2018. “You’ll see a boom of violet everywhere,” says Ta. “Especially pretty on eye’s inner corners.” If you’re not convinced, let Rihanna’s impact convince you to invest in a few purple products. Pantone Vice President Laurie Pressman credits Rihanna in part for this year’s color choice and thinks the singer and beauty mogul embodies violet. “When you think of this color, she perfectly sums up the originality, the inventiveness, the forward thinking, the non-conformity,” explains Pressman. Channel your inner Rihanna and reach for a few purple Fenty products before the year is up.
Less Is More
Skin is always in. It’s time to put down the contour kits, brushes, sticks, and wands and go for a more natural look. “Go for less makeup and more skin, rather than the over-contoured look,” urges Ta. Tinted moisturizers are a great place to start. See a full list of options here.
“A healthy glow finish on skin is in instead of matte caked or powdery finish,” says Ta. A great way to end 2018 is to invest in your skin. Treat yourself to more masks in 2019, too. “Take care of that skin!” Ta urges.
Pop of Color
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Brights are a big and bold beauty move. “Pick color instead of all neutral monochromatic, but use it in a clean way, not the over-the-top ’80s way,” says Ta. Experiment with bright eyeshadow palettes and crazy lips colors you never thought to try this New Year’s Eve.
Get Your Shine On
Take it back to The O.C. and let Marissa Cooper and Summer Roberts know your lip gloss is poppin’. Ta says lip gloss makes your lips glimmer, “giving your face youthful radiance.” Bonus: Its shimmery effect goes well with the natural, dewy look you’re already going for. Besides, we’ll take any excuse to play Lil Mama’s smash hit again.