The end of the year is a time of reflection and thinking back on all the things we accomplished over the past year. But, what about the things you weren’t able to get to (because, well, life got in the way)? What about that uncharted territory you never had the time — or guts — to explore?  You know we’re talking makeup here! Make the most of these final days by running through the beauty checklist that will have you ending 2015 in the most fabulous way possible.

Ways to End 2015 on a Beautiful Note

#1: Get Your Contouring Game Down, Once and For All

If you haven’t tried the biggest makeup craze of the year, it’s time for you to get with the program! Grab some contouring powder, highlighter and a decent blending brush and prepare yourself for chiseled cheekbones! Not sure where to start? Check out this super-simple contouring tutorial.

#2: While You’re At It, Try Strobing

If you’re already a contouring pro and need a new technique to master before the end of the year, whip out the highlighter. Strobing introduces a new way to accentuate your facial features with sheer illumination. Try this strobing tutorial for a bright and beautiful NYE makeup look!

#3: Try a Lipstick Shade You Normally Avoid

We all have those makeup products and colors that scare the bejeezus out of us. We tend to stay within the boundaries of our beauty comfort zone and avoid the unfamiliar. Well, it’s high time we snapped out it. Don’t you want to enter the New Year as a brave, bold woman who takes risks? A great way to start is with your lips. Pick up a lipstick color that you’ve never tried before (like deep brown or vibrant orange).

#4: Put Down the Black Eyeliner and Try a Colored One

Graphic eyeliner was all the rage this year and yet, here you are still sticking to your fave black liner. Take these final few days of 2015 to seize the day! Invest in a teal, purple or green eyeliner and get to lining those lids! Don’t be afraid: Try these colored liners for light and bright eyes that really shine!

Product Recommendations: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil, L’Oréal Paris Silkissime Eyeliner, YSL Dessin Du Regard Crayon Yeux Haute Tenue

#5: Prepare to Sparkle

The end of the year is all about turning up the glam. Glitter, shimmer and bold metallics are everything around this time of year, so it’s the perfect time to convert from matte maven to glittering goddess. Start off with a glittery smoky eye and end with a sparking lip!

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