Fall Makeup Perfect for Thanksgiving Dinner

Woman holding a colorful leaf in front of her face while wearing Thanksgiving makeup.

It’s officially Thanksgiving time! As you prepare for the time with family and friends, there’s likely a lot on your plate, no pun intended. You’ve designated who’s cooking or bringing what, you’ve put together the perfect outfit, and now it’s time to figure out what makeup to wear this Thanksgiving holiday. Fall is one of the perfect times to play around with bolder makeup, but during a traditional, family-oriented holiday, you might want to seek more neutrals. If you’re trying to pull together the perfect makeup look for Thanksgiving, look no further.

Woman applying Thanksgiving makeup base to her face.
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For such a long day, you might want to avoid the dewy look, so as to avoid all the product transferring. A matte look can be very flawless and comfortable, and it’s the ideal makeup for all those family photos. As a base, first reach for a mattifying primer. The Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer blurs your pores, stops shine, and smooths your overall skin to prepare it for a matte finish. The lightweight formula is cushiony and universally flattering, so everyone can love it this holiday season. Of course, the matching Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation pairs perfectly.

Woman with Thanksgiving makeup on her cheeks.
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Adding a bit of life and color to your face is vital for a cohesive look. You can never go wrong with a neutral pink or bronze shade, but fall offers so many rustic shades for your Thanksgiving makeup. The Nars Blush in “Luster” is a sheer golden apricot shade, giving the perfect bit of warmth and glow to your face. This illuminating blush allows you to get away with no highlighter, if you prefer a “less is more” approach. If you do want to shine this Thanksgiving, though, the Ofra Cosmetics x Nikkietutorials Glazed Donut Highlighter will give you a glitter-free, high-intensity glow all day long. Finally, if you want to dust on some bronzer, the Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Bronzer Coconut Perfect Tan is a seamless bronzer, giving the skin a radiant-matte finish. 

Thanksgiving makeup, woman wearing eye shadow glitter.
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Eyes for the holidays follow a wide spectrum. On one end, this is the time of year to go all out with the cut creases, intense glitter, and false lashes. On the other end, with such a busy schedule, lighter eye makeup might be your go-to, too. However you choose to do your eye makeup, eye palettes will always give you the most flexibility. For this fall season, gravitate toward warmer palettes, such as Natasha Denona Sunset Eyeshadow Palette or Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette. Each of these palettes provides warm browns for the crease and transition shades, other warmer shades to pair, and a variety of shimmers to finish off the look. Finally, choose a dramatic mascara, such as the Milk Makeup Kush High Volume Mascara.

Thanksgiving makeup, woman with colorful lipstick.
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Like the eyes, you can choose if you want a bolder or more neutral lip to complete your Thanksgiving makeup look. A shade that can go with many looks is the Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick in “Old Flame.” This shade is an orange rust, making it pair well with most warmer eyeshadow looks.

The perfect makeup look for Thanksgiving is waiting for you, and these products will lead you there!

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