How To: Thanksgiving Makeup (All Drugstore)


Happy weekend! What! I'm mixing it up and doing a post on a Saturday! It's an annual tradition for me to do a look for Thanksgiving. It's my Mama's favorite holiday, so I always want to look nice. I mix it up the looks every year, and I decided to use only drugstore makeup for this version. And there's a video to show you how.

Can't see? Try here: http://youtu.be/ngYeg6H-kHQ 

In the video, I did my foundation first (because c'mon, who needs to see me without foundation for majority of the video?) but normally I do my eyes first. Here's what I used:

  • L'Oreal Pore Vanisher (see review here). For pics, I use the Miracle Blur to give me that airbrushed look and hide any imperfections.
  • L'Oreal True Match (best for dry skin and applied with beautyblender...watch video for a demo)
  • Sonia Kashuk concealer palette
Onto the eyes--my fave part! I used two palettes here, but really both aren't needed.
  • Maybelline Designer Chocolates
  • Wet N Wild Knock on Wood
  • Sonia Kashuk pen liner
  • ELF eyelid primer
  • Maybelline Brow Drama (review here)
  • Covergirl Flamed Out mascara (tutorial here)
I've got a closeup so you can see the shades a little better.
  • I applied the ELF primer--see more reviews on primers here--because I have veins on my lids and since I'm doing this purple-mauve-cranberry color, I don't want to enhance them.
  • Using a flat shader brush, I applied that shimmery mauve color on my lids.
  • In the crease, using a crease brush, I applied the brown. I blended it out using a fluffy brush.
  • Using the brown from the WNW palette, I applied it in the outer corner with a crease brush and blended it with the fluffy. 
  • I smudged that dark brown under my lower lashes using a pencil brush.
  • Next was eyeliner on my upper lash line and mascara.
Here are the brushes I used:
  • Sigma E40
  • Sigma E35
  • Sigma E60
  • Sigma E30
  • BeautyBlender

Here are the eyes (before the liner and mascara)--it's a still from the video, so the quality isn't the best, but it was the only pic that turned out! #bloggerprobs

I sometimes use powder and sometimes I don't, since I have dry skin. I used ELF HD powder and then applied Maybelline Master Glaze Blush in Mauve. Dry skin will love this since it gives such a natural flush. For lips, I used Kate Moss for Rimmel lipstick in 107. It's a matte color between red and berry--that's the best way to describe it. This is my second tube of it. Oh, and if you like red lipsticks, I've got a post coming soon on my fave ones.

And here's the final look! If you celebrate Thanksgiving, tell me your plans!

PS: Thanks everyone for your comments on this post! I was really surprised at the support and glad y'all laughed at me as much as I did!

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  1. I love this look! Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. You look fabulous, Elle! I love how dark and smokey the eye makeup is!

    Reflection of Sanity

  3. Haha, yeah, well, I recently started doing foundation after eyes too, but until like two months ago I did it the other way around. Love the final look, the eyes look great!

  4. Great look, very easy to recreate and so pretty:)

  5. I loved seeing the look from start to finish! That lip color is fantastic!

  6. Another great tutorial, Elle. You make it look so easy! :) And yeah...that Rimmel Kate Moss one is ALWAYS SOLD OUT!!!!

  7. Such a cute look! Love the lip colour!

  8. Love it! So gorgeous!

    God bless,
    xo, Claire

  9. Aw glad you do a look for your momma :) Great shades for the fall!

  10. This looks great! Loved the tutorial video you made. That color on your lips is perfect.

    Jessica @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

  11. I love the berry look that you created on your eyes with the pink shade on the lid and maroon/brow on the other crease. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Charlie!

  12. What a pretty look--I love the eyeshadow colors!!

  13. Beautiful look, but will go watch your channel!!! :)

  14. thanks for sharing the best drugstore products, I look to you on what to buy!!

  15. I love how this look totally plays up your eyes.

  16. I have Miracle Blur, I like it.

    Allie of ALLIE NYC

  17. Prefect makeup look for Thanksgiving. I can't get over how it is this week.

  18. Great look, love the eyes especially!

  19. I loved the hashtag #bloggerprobs haha.. You look beautiful! Great picks for the look!!

  20. Love it. The lip really complements the eyes!

  21. I love your make-up tutorials Elle, this is definitely a look I'd wear. I'm not American so don't celebrate Thanksgiving but this look would be perfect or our pre-Christmas family meal in mid December :D

    Heather x

  22. Such a perfect look for thanksgiving! So pretty!

    <3 Shannon

  23. Lovely pic, Elle! I'm just back from a few days out of state. Looking forward to viewing this video on Wednesday (my next day off)! :) T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

  24. I need to try Brow Drama once I'm done with Gimme Brow... much more affordable!

  25. Ooh sista, I love this! That eyeshadow is beautiful - me wantsies! Happy early Turkey Day!

  26. This look is my all time favorite look :) You are looking cute :)

  27. gorgeous! love the lip colour, and yay for drugstore makeup!

  28. Lovely look! Thanks for sharing :) Come check out my beauty blog if you get a chance!

  29. Love the eye colors, I love going with purple/plum colors. Maybelline is a fav of mine. Looking forward to the post of Red lip colors, since I have been struggling to find a good one.

  30. This is beautiful! I really love how easy this look is to recreate.

  31. I love the pink shades here on the eyes! The holiday season's really put me in the mood for some shimmer.

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