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This Thanksgiving, I'm grateful for makeup. And Morphe brushes. And for eyelashes curled up to the gods. #Blessed.
All kidding aside (I'm probably like, half-kidding because I seriously have a makeup-buying addiction), there are so many options when searching for autumn makeup. Tons of people are scouring the internet as we speak, prepping for Turkey Day and so many other fun fall events that lend themselves to a gorgeous autumnal glam look.
Looking for some fall makeup inspiration? You have definitely come to the right place! Whether you're testing out looks for how to wear your glam at Thanksgiving dinner or just in search of new fall makeup looks, keep reading for three step-by-step tutorials!
The final look.
The key to this autumnal red smokey eye look is a bronzed-out face. That's why I'm going in with my Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydration Gel Cream in the shade tan. Apply using a foundation brush, making sure you have at least medium coverage.
It's time to start contouring, using our concealer. Here, I used Tarte's Shape Tape in Light Medium, drawing it under my eyes and upside-down triangles. Also apply concealer to the chin and t-zone area at the top of the nose. Use your beauty blender to blend it out.
Finish contouring your face by with Maybelline's Fit Me Foundation Stick. I used it in the shade toffee. (You can also just use any kind of stick foundation to contour, as long as it's a few shades darker than your natural skin tone.) Outline under your cheek bones, around the jawline, under the chin, and the top of your forehead. If you'd like more in-depth instructions on how to contour, check out our tutorial here.
Using an angled blush brush, apply a blush with rose tons to the apples of your cheeks. Pictured above, I used Pacifica's Natural Minerals blush in Wildrose.
For this look, I kept my eyebrows pretty mild rather than full-on filled-in. To achieve the subtle brow look, I combed Benefit's Gimme Brow Volumizing Eyebrow Gel throw my brows, focusing on the sparse areas. If you're looking for a more in-depth tutorial on how to fill on your brows, check out our post here.
This look is all about the eyes, so I used several blendable eyeshadows together to create a red-esque, smokey eye effect. I started with Bare Minerals 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow in the shade Radiant Sand. It's a liquid shadow, so swipe it on with the brush, taking care to make a defined V shape in the outer corner of your eye. Then, go in with a blending brush and blend, blend, blend!
The rest of the shadows I used came from Urban Decay's Naked HEAT eye palette. First, go in over the Bare Minerals base with the shade Sauced. Next, using a fluffier blending brush apply Scorched in the V shape and all over the eyelid, stressing it most in the crease. Using the same fluffy blending brush, go over the Scorched shade with Lumbre.
For the brow bone and inner eye corner, use a regular eye shadow brush to apply the shade Ounce, the lightest color of the palette. Then using another fluffy brush (this time a clean one), apply Lumbre underneath the bottom water line, connecting it to the V shape in the outer corner so that it blends in together seamlessly.
No crazy fake lashes today, folks! There is enough drama in the eyes, so we'll let the shadow do the talking this time around. Carefully apply mascara to each lash, both bottom and top lashes — I went in with Benefit's They're Real! mascara — taking care to volumize each individual lash.
Time for finishing touches! It's not pictured but I also applied Laura Geller's Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in the shade Ballerina. If you need help learning how to highlight, visit our step-by-step tutorial here. Lastly, go in with your lip gloss — preferably a darker pink shade that will bring out the reds incorporated in your eye shadow. I used Kat Von D's Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in LoveCraft. Slightly over-line the lips to create a more voluminous effect.
As ALWAYS, finish off the glam by dousing your face in setting spray. I use Rainforest of the Sea 4-in-1 Setting Mist from Tarte. After spritzing your face to ensure that it holds, you're ready to go!
Before and after shots!
Repeat steps 1-5 of the original tutorial. All aspects of concealer, foundation, and contouring are going to be the same and serve as our base.
I'm going back to my Bare Minerals 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow in the shade Radiant Sand. Using it as a base, paint it on your lids. Take care to draw (and later blend out) the shadow into a V-shape at the outer corner of the eye.
Back in our Heat palette by Urban Decay. Taking a fluffy blending brush, you're going to dip into the shade Ashes, which is a dark plum color. Blend it really well, focusing specifically on the outer corner and better forming that V-shape. Next, take the shade Ember — also using the fluffy blending brush — and use it to blend between the Ashes shade at the outer corner and the Radiant Sand at the inner corner. The shade Ember should act like a copper-esque bridge between the two other shades.
Using your angled blush brush, you're going to apply the blush to the apples of your cheeks. I used the shade Honey Suckle from Laura Geller's Baked Blush-n-Brighten.
Pictured below is Bite's Amuse Bouche Lipstick in the shade Rich Merlot. While it is possible to apply the lipstick straight on from product to lip, I prefer (especially with a darker color) to use a small detail brush to swipe on the product.
Because we're dealing with a bold shade, you're going to want to swipe the lipstick onto your detail brush, then start by outlining the lips, lip liner style. Once the outline is to your liking, start filling in the rest of the lips with the detail brush.
After applying my same Benefit mascara to each individual lash, go in with your setting spray and spritz your face 1-3 times.
Using any eye primer you have, douse your lids in the product. Eye primer ensures that the shadow you put on top of it stays put and doesn't smear off or dull. I like to use Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer Potion in minor sin (pictured below) because it adds a shine of glimmery gold, which works as another layer of shadow.
Take a regular eye shadow brush and dip into the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette. For this look, I started by applying the shade High all around the lid, then worked DirtySweet and Radar into the outer corners of the eyes in a V-shape using a fluffy blending brush Next, dip your brush back into High and use it to highlight the brow bone and to add shimmer to the inner corner of your eyes.
Going back into the shade DirtySweet on Naked Smoky with an angled brush, now apply the shadow underneath the water line. You're going to want to work very gently, in short brushstrokes. Work from the outer edge of the eye into the inner corner, connecting the shadow underneath with the V-shape of the outer corner.
Taking liquid liner — I used Stila All Day Waterproof in black — you're going to create an outer wing. If you need a refresher on how to line your eyes with liquid liner like a pro, check out our step-by-step tutorial.
SAY WHAT?! Yep, you're going to wing it the other way and I totally promise you, you can do this. The key here is using a very light, extremely gentle hand. Taking your liquid liner, meet up with the line you drew at the inner corner. Now, you're going to very lightly connect it from the top of the inner eye, down to the bottom of it. The effect should be airy, not harsh, so make sure you're drawing it with light, short strokes.
I also added in here another step, not pictured. I went back in with my Benefit They're Real! wand and applied a coating of mascara to my lashes.
Apply a peach-toned blush to the apples of the cheeks. Here, I used IBY Beauty's Highlighter in the shade Bubbly.
Ready to add more drama? This look features both a bold eye statement and a bold lip, too, which is why I reached for Bite's Luminous Creme Lipstick in the shade Mimosa. Any bright red shade works, too.
Last but not least, finish everything off by ensuring that it doesn't slide off your face. Spritz a few drops of setting spray across your face and voilà! Behold: the finished product.
All photos courtesy of Stephanie Osmanski.
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