4 makeup looks from the runway to rock on New Year's Eve

By Josefin Forsberg

Photo: Elsa Hosk (@hoskelsa)

This time of year, we find ourselves scrambling for the best ways to look like our best festive selves. Don't fret – Vogue Scandinavia has collected four looks from the runway to guide you through the holidays


A bare face with a red lip

No matter how you plan on spending the festive season, a red lip is the ultimate look to have in your beauty arsenal – whether celebrating with a friendly soirée or surrounded by family, paired with a glamorous dress or a snug sweater. Few looks align so seamlessly with the holiday spirit.

Baum und Pferdgarten SS24. Photo: The Street Land

As for nailing a statement lip for the biggest party night of the year, it all comes down to balance. Avoid heavy eyeshadow or overly made-up contouring. Instead look to Baum und Pferdgarten's spring/summer '24 runway for inspiration, where models were left fresh faced, with brushed up brows and just a hint of mascara to complement the bold red lip.

Tinted Oleo-Serum


Amazing eyebrow gel

I will makeup

Rouge Pur Couture in 1971 Rouge Provocation

Yves Saint Laurent


Silver lids

Considering wearing a classic NYE look come the 31st? Why not opt for the undeniably trendy metallic shadow. This look was everywhere this year and seem to be sticking around for 2024 – if what we see on the runway is to be trusted. Silver, in particular, packs a punch: sparkly and celebratory, without falling into the trap of being too on-the-nose.

Remain SS24. Photo: Tonya Matou for Remain

And let's talk versatility – silver pairs beautifully with a range of colours, from classic reds and greens to luxurious blacks and golds. It complements every skin tone, lighting up your face with its reflective sheen – allowing you to shine brighter than the imminent firework displays.

Emotion-proof eye liner in Discotheque

Tom Ford Beauty

Dior High-Color Eyeshadow in Gris Dior


Dazzleshadow liquid in Stars In My Eyes

MAC Cosmetics


Unparalleled glow

For those not too fussed about experimenting with eye-catching eyeshadows or reapplying lipstick, we suggest a minimal makeup look focusing solely on a radiant complexion. This minimalist routine is time-efficient and perfect for the festive rush, simplifying your beauty regime and giving you more time to enjoy the celebrations.

The Royal Danish Academy SS24. Photo: The Street Land

To nail this look, the majority of your focus should be on glow-enhancing skincare. Think dewy moisturisers to plump and Vitamin C serums. That said, some makeup products can be handy when going for a barely-there base: Glass skin high lighters, colour correcting creams for any pesky redness or spot, and a bronzer to boost your glow.

Face gloss Infinity glass

LH Cosmetics

Invisible Illumination liquid bronzer


CC+ Nude Glow with SPF 40

It Cosmetics


A soft smokey eyeliner

The smoked-out eyeliner – characterised by a creamy crayon diffused into a soft feline flick – puts a modern twist on the traditional smokey eye. It's perfect for those seeking to enhance their gaze without the intensity of a full smokey eye while also being approachable enough for a makeup novice to try, requiring just a few essential makeup tools and a bit of blending.

Chanel Métiers d’art '23/'24. Photo: Chanel

The best part of the smoked-out liner? It is incredibly flattering for all eye shapes and sizes, creating an illusion of depth and dimension. That said, the true beauty of this look lies in its versatility: opting for black intensifies the look, while brown shades offer a more subtle approach. Or think outside of the box and reach for your coloured crayons: greens, reds, blues or purples.

Stylo Yeux Waterproof


Lip / Eye Liner Brush 029

Gosh Copenhagen

Macstack waterproof mascara by MAC Cosmetics
Macstack Waterproof Mascara

MAC Cosmetics