Thanksgiving Eyeshadow Tutorial

In case you haven’t realized yet, I’m pretty natural when it comes to my makeup. Don’t get me wrong, I love the actual art of makeup. I just prefer to use products to enhance my natural features rather than include dark colors and dramatically change the way I look. But when it comes to holidays or certain festivities, I do like to incorporate some different colors. Today I wanted to share a look with you that I love for this time of year that includes an orange shadow that I would otherwise think would be too bright. It’s perfect for Thanksgiving and matches particularly great with brown eyes.
To start off, we need to prime the eyes to make sure everything we’re about to do will last all day. I’m using the Be A Bombshell eye base in Submissive. It’s great quality, much better than the Maybelline Color Tattoos, and does the job really well. I just blend it over my eyelids quickly with my fingertip.
In this tutorial, I’ll mainly be using the Wet n Wild eyeshadow trio in Sun-Set to See. Unfortunately, this particular one was limited edition a few years ago but the very popular Morphe 35O palette has similar colors that would do the job as well. I used the brown shade in this trio on a Morphe MB23 blending brush to lightly place that in the crease. Then I switched to a more dense blending brush from the Sephora Professional collection to focus that same brown on the outer corner of the eye.
Although the orange is technically labeled as the eyelid shade, there is no way I would ever put that all over my lid! Instead, I’ll be using it on a small Elf Cosmetics Contour brush and gently placing it above my crease directly on top of where I initially placed the brown. This way we can still see the brown on my eyelid while also creating contrast between the colors that can be seen even when my eyes are open. I’m also making sure to use my favorite Sonia Kashuk loose blending brush in between these steps to keep everything smooth and blended together.
On a BH Cosmetics #105 Pencil brush, I combined just a small amount of both the brown and the orange shades to place underneath my lower lashes. I don’t want to make it too harsh, but I do want to bring down some of those colors to the lower lash line so things don’t look too top heavy.
For the lid shade, I’m bringing in one of my favorite Ulta single eyeshadows that I like to pair with this palette. Lustre is a beautiful gold that has just the right amount of shimmer and it works wonderfully when placed on top of the Submissive eye base. I applied this over the inner half of the lid with my fingertip first and used a Royal & Langnickel BX-80 detail brush to clean everything up and blend a little of it up into the crease.
The matte cream shade in this palette is great for highlighting the inner corner. It doesn’t create too much contrast with Lustre, but can still catch the light to brighten up the eyes. You can also use this shade lightly with a blending brush in the outer corner if you accidentally applied too much of the darker colors and want to soften it just a little bit. It can act as a sort of eraser for those mistakes.
For eyeliner, I’m using my Hikari retractable pencil eyeliner in the shade Raven. I absolutely love how smooth this pencil is and it’s what I always reach for when doing black eyeliner. Then, of course, anything we do in pencil, cream, liquid, gel, etc. needs to be set with a powder. So I’m using a NYX single eyeshadow in Black on an Ecotools angled eyeliner brush.
Finish up with a ton of coats of mascara and then we’re done. You could add false lashes if that’s how you roll, but I think we already established that those aren’t for me. If you missed my mascara routine, you can find it here to learn all my tips and tricks for getting my lashes to look as thick and as long as possible without wearing falsies.
Here’s a close-up of what the final product looks like:
And a quick reference guide showing every step we just went through:
I’ve done this same exact look so many times and it’s one of my favorites for this time of year. It’s actually what I did on Thanksgiving last year, also! In the title picture, I paired this look with Ofra’s Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in the shade Pasadena. I think the color of the lip is gorgeous, but I cannot wear this product. It was sticky and driving me crazy! There’s plenty other lip products on the market that will look very similar, but will be much more comfortable to wear.

~Mani Monday~
I almost can’t believe it, but I am still wearing Essie’s Gel Couture polish in Fairy Tailor that I featured in last week’s Mani Monday. It took everything I had in me to not do my nails this week, but I really want to see how long I can get the polish to last and what they will look like at the 14 day mark. I’ll hold off on all the details since I’ll have a full review of the polish coming within the next week. But for now, I can say that it has held up pretty well. There’s obvious lines around the cuticles where my nails have grown and I’m having quite a bit of bubbling. Although the only actual chip that I have is on my first finger, which you can see in the picture below. Check back next week to see my full review and updated pictures as it continues to wear down.
What’s on your nails this week? If you have any questions about any steps that we took in today’s eye look, please leave them for me in the comments. Also, if you recreate this look or are inspired by it to create something similar, don’t forget to tag me on social media. I’d love to see your creations! ♥


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