With Instagram and Snapchat use at an all-time high, your NYE look definitely has to be on point. It’s also a great moment to go all out because it sets the tone for the new year—who doesn’t want to have a fabulous start to 2016? Beauty is a big part of any ensemble and can uplift even the most simplest attire, though you’ll most likely opt for something glitzy and glamorous for the momentous night. And since beauty works from the inside out, there are a few steps you should take to make sure you’re on your A-game.


Few know the way to immaculate hair and skin better than Vivrant Beauty’s Desiree Verdejo. Her Harlem beauty boutique is the first of its kind for the neighborhood and is quickly becoming a go-to for those who love indie brands and women of color who can shop for products that cater to all their needs. Thus, we thought there’d be no one better to give us six tips for reaching peak flawlessness on NYE. Here, Verdejo’s advice:

1. Make-up looks best when applied to clean, hydrated skin, so start your glam look with a cleanser like this $30 Ren Micro Polish Cleanser. It pairs gentle beads with glycolic acid to scrub away excess oil and leave you with a natural glow. Highlighter for what?


2. Can you really mention being flawless without discussing a primer? Priming your face smooths out the look of large pores and mattifies an oily T-zone. We reach for this $36 Becca Ever Matte Poreless Primer Perfector when we want our makeup in place all night.


3. So your hair is flourishing and you’d like to keep it that way all night—we got you! Use $29 Davines This is a Strong Hairspray for maximum hold for any straight style. Got Curls? This $24 Honey Curls by Earth’s Nectar keeps curls moisturized and defined post the midnight toast!


4. Tights don’t exactly go with your cute dress? Prtty Peashun is a skin tightening body lotion that gives your legs a smooth appearance with just a touch of glimmer.


5. Glitterati nails are a NYE essential! This $18 Mischo Beauty Halo is a glittery, highly pigmented, five-free nail lacquer that works as a bold nail look or as a fun accent nail.


6. So the night’s over and you don’t feel like washing off your make up—no judgment, we’ve all been there. Before leaving, set out a Cleanse by Lauren Napier Face Cleansing Wipe so that once you return, it’s as easy as open and wipe. Never fall asleep with your make-up on.


You can pick up all of the above pieces at Vivrant Beauty, located at 220 Saint Nicholas Avenue on W. 121st Street. Or you can visit the boutique’s e-shop here.


What are you wearing for NYE?

Joan Smalls's New Year's Eve Jonathan Simkhai Cropped Rib Knit Pink Top and Matching Skirt

Images: Island Boi Photography/David Pexton

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