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Lavette Slater Talks New Year's Eve Looks

New Year's Eve is fast approaching—do you have the right makeup and hairstyle to ring in 2012?

Lavette Slater chatted with VV and dropped some knowledge on getting the right look for your biggest New Year celebrations. Check out these tips from the three-time Emmy award winning celebrity hair and makeup artist who has styled the tresses of the hosts of The View as well as our beautiful first lady.

VIBE Vixen: What type of makeup is best for NYE celebrations?
Lavette Slater: First and foremost is skin care. Use a moisturizer that’s good for your type of skin and make sure your skin is clean before applying makeup.

Bobbi Brown Cool Party Palette Eyeshadow

As for eyewear, you’ll want an eyeshadow with shimmer, and/or metallics and glitter. It’s very fun and festive; and it always looks great for NYE. But remember, a little goes a long way. Having a waterproof mascara is good because it builds. Meaning, if you keep applying it after your initial application, it appears to look very long and people will think you have on false lashes. Finally I would suggest a body shimmer, especially for your cleavage. Also use a dark eyeliner to make your eyes pop.

Her Favorites:
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, Bobbi Brown Cool Party Palette Eyeshadow and MAC Body Shimmer Powder and Lotion


VV: Let’s talk nail colors. What colors are best to ring in the New Year?

OPI BurlesqueLavette: There are so many great brands with amazing colors. But, you should get a color with glitter. It’s fun and happy.

Her Favorites:
OPI Burlesque Nail Collection and OPI Shatter Crackle Nail Polish (Place over any nail color you chose for an instant cracked look)

VV: What are the best ways to avoid looking too overdone?
Lavette: I would pick one thing to concentrate on. Don’t do a bold lip with super long lashes, and bold eyes. Do a strong eye or lip—not both.

VV: Which hairstyles are best for NYE?
Lavette: It really depends on the shape of your face. If you have a round face, you’ll want a style with height. A ponytail with a bang, or a slenderizing hairstyle will work. If you have a square face, you’ll want to soften your jawline. A bob with layers around the face or a precision cut is perfect. If you have an oval-shaped face, any hairstyle will work.  Up, down, short, long anything works. And finally, if you have a long face, I’d try a ponytail with a bang, as well.

Her Favorites:
Aveda Dry Remedy Collection, Aveda Pure Abundance Volumizing Shampoo, Aveda Anti-Humectant Pomade and Paul Mitchell Leave In Conditioner

VV: What’s a quick 5- to 10-step makeup application process for creating a great look?
Lavette: 

Smashbox 'Photo Finish' Foundation Primer

  1. Cleanse and moisturize your face.
  2. Apply a primer with a slight tint that matches your skin tone.
  3. Apply shimmery eyeshadow. Use darker shadows in creases.
  4. Line eyes with waterproof liner and mascara.
  5. Apply a foundation that matches your shade. It’s also nice to highlight your face with a slightly lighter foundation. Apply the lighter foundation to your browbone, cheekbone, and middle of forehead. But make sure you blend!
  6. Apply bronzer and blush on cheeks.
  7. Apply lipstick. If you did a bold eye, try a nude lip.

Her Favorites:
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer and Dior Lipsticks

 

 

Well, that’s all folks! Enjoy your New Year celebrations and for more tips from the lovely Lavette, visit lavetteslaterblog.com.

xoxo,
Deena

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