Everyone has their holiday traditions, but consider adding some Thanksgiving makeup to your rituals this year. From keeping it casual at Friendsgiving to feasting with the entire fam, Thanksgiving is a great excuse to go all out with color and shimmer. Because everyone’s idea of the holiday looks a little different, there’s tons of room to play when it comes to Thanksgiving makeup ideas, but a good place to start is warm tones that mirror the falling leaves—or are inspired by Thanksgiving staples like cranberry sauce and squash. Our favorite looks play on fall makeup trends like kitten eyeliner and bold lips, but we’ve got options for every style and event. Scroll on for the coolest Thanksgiving makeup ideas to try this year and get ready to screenshot. (Be sure to check out the best Thanksgiving nail designs to try as well).
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1. Natural Glow
For a more laid-back celebration, you can’t go wrong with the basics. A touch of neutral shadow, a flush of blush, and some fluffy lashes are all you need to look selfie-ready. Finish it off with a balmy nude lipstick like Violette FR’s Bisou Balm for easy reapplication post-turkey.
2. Orange Crush
A bold eye not only looks amazing, but also less maintenance than a bright lip when you’ll be in the presence of pie. A wash of burnt orange shadow like Urban Decay’s Wild One is the perfect fall vibe.
3. Graphic Liner
Graphic liner in an autumnal shade like chocolate or bronze elevates even your coziest outfit. Start by using a pencil liner to trace your shape, and go over with a liquid liner to amp up the drama. It may look tricky, but if you work slowly and keep plenty of cotton swabs and micellar water on hand, you should get it down.
4. Dusty Rose Flush
Using the same shade across eyes, lips, and cheeks is the easiest way to tie a look together—plus a pretty pink shade wakes up your whole face. If you want to take it a step further, a sharp wing and some glossy lips adds even more intensity.
5. Fall Glam
You can never go wrong with a crisp cat eye and Thanksgiving is no exception. A little bronze shadow and a pumpkin-inspired lipstick shade really capitalize on the fall feelings.
6. Bronze Smoke
Shimmering bronze shadow is the epitome of soft-glam that looks at home just about anywhere. Try the Patrick Ta Major Dimension eyeshadow palette for a similar look.
7. Rosy Kiss
A lip-forward look is a little risky for dinner makeup, but the results are totally worth it. For a similar vibe as above, apply a few layers of a rosy stain like the Dior Addict Lip Tattoo, blotting with a tissue in between for maximum staying power. A mini wing and plenty of mascara finishes things off.
8. Classic Cat Eye
Sometimes all you need is a sharp winged liner and you’re good to go. (Check out some of our favorite waterproof eyeliners for a wing that won’t budge all day long.)
9. Pop of Color
Brighten up your go-to beige base with a bright pop of color in your inner corners. Yellow or orange (try Too Faced’s Light My Fire palette) is an unexpected choice that looks so cool.
10. Red Lip
For a formal occasion (or if you’re just in the mood to stunt), there’s nothing like a classic red lip. Just be sure to opt for a liquid formula to make sure it stays put through every course.
11. Jewel Tones
A smudge of royal purple adds a cool pop to your standard bronze smoke. Try Makeup By Mario’s Master Metallics palette for everything you need in one palette.
12. Subtle Shimmer
A wash of terracota shimmer is so pretty and wearable—it’s one of our favorite easy makeup looks. Just use your finger to pat on a warm brown shade like Glossier Monochromes in Mesa and slick on some mascara.
13. Pink Stain
Popsicle lips are unexpectedly pretty in the chilly weather, and a flushed stain is such a pretty way to wear a bold shade like hot pink (and to ensure it stays put). Try Peripera Ink Velvet Lip Tints, which come in a range of shades and do. not. move.
14. Rosy Flush
Amp up that whole “just got in from the cold” thing with a flush of cool pink blush across your cheeks and nose. Fluffy lashes and a tinted lip balm complete the look.
15. Chocolate Shimmer
Shades of brown are perfect for fall, and they work beautifully across your eyes, lips, and cheeks. We love the darker lipliner for some added dimension.
16. ’90s Glam
If you’re in the mood for some drama, a ’90s supermodel beat is the answer. Go for matte shades of brown, nude lipstick, and some major lashes to unleash your inner Cindy.
17. Cranberry Lips
A deep berry shade is so gorgeous and totally on-theme. The secret to wearing a lipstick this dark is to make sure to exfoliate your lips beforehand to get the smoothest application.
18. Pumpkin Spice
Warm chocolate eyes and a ginger spice lip are a match made in heaven.
19. Soft Liner
Opt for a pencil liner over a liquid for a softer approach to a classic cat eye. After sketching on your wing, use a smudger brush to blur it our for a pretty, diffused effect. Paired with soft pink eyes, cheeks, and lips, it looks so dreamy.
For a high-impact look with truly zero effort, match your eyeshadow and lipstick to your outfit. It may sound like a lot, but if you use just a smudge of color, it can be surprisingly effortless.
21. Hot Pink Lips
A hot pink lipstick may be the last place your brain goes when you hear “Thanksgiving,” but that’s exactly what makes it so cool. Though it shines on its own, make it pop even more with some baby wings and long lashes.
22. Sage Green
If you’re not into orange, sage green is another pretty option for a wash of color. It’s gorgeous on everyone, but will really make green or brown eyes pop—especially when paired with a great mascara.
23. Purple Lids
Or, for something more daring, dip your toe into a rich purple. Paired with clear gloss, it’s the perfect amount of glam.
Bella cacciatore is the beauty writer at Glamour. Follow her on Instagram @bellacacciatore_.