3,2,1 Are We Ready Yet?

Have we all picked out the ideal ensemble for thanksgiving dinner yet? I am still debating between a few options, but then again it could get really confusing when you feel there are a few perfect fits. Plus as a nature lover, it gets me even more frazzled when I keep seeing gorgeous colors in the midst of my daily routine strolls. I know my last post spoke about how we should let our surroundings inspire our style this season. I also mentioned about how I am fully aware about the overload of hair and makeup tutorials which we all have access to. But hey, who doesn’t love a good tutorial? I decided to post something because, in the midst of baking a turkey, or setting the table, we don’t really have time for major hair updo’s and advanced eye applications. So here is something for you to try out in the middle of all the chaos. It took me approximately 30 minutes to put together the whole look. Even if you are not an experienced makeup artist, or if you are simply looking to try something new, the most time it will take to accomplish this look will be a hour. 

I used quite a few of my favorite products for this tutorial. As we all know skin preparation is key to flawless, long lasting makeup. I used Cleansing Miscellar Water, to remove makeup, dirt, impurities and unclog my pores.Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré, to moisturize and hydrate. Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Resist 24, for the eye area. Next, for foundation I used, Dior Airflash Spray Foundation. Followed by concealer Yves Saint Laurent TOUCHE ÉCLAT – Radiant Touch. 

I know most artists recommend doing your eyeshadow before moving on to foundation to make it easier to clean the additional pigments which may stain your skin. But it is up to you to decide in which order you want to complete your look. For eye shadow, I chose Shany The Masterpiece Refill Layer ‘All Day Affair’ 28-color EyeshadowYou could see I chose a color palette which is perfect for the fall season with all their warm shades. Another reason I chose this palette is because it has various color options for different skin tones. I finished off my eyebrows with STUDIOMAKEUP Brow Perfection Pencil Blond

Final few touches, Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer  and BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed to get the perfect glow. One of my favorite cream based palettes which could be used as a blush and lipstick, theBalm cosmetics How ‘Bout Them Apples? for blush. 

Quite a few products. But do not let that throw you off. I guarantee you, if you take a moment to look at all these products and decide what is absolutely needed for your skin tone and your look, this will be easier. Makeup differs according to each one of us. So as much as there are various different looks out there and we artists put together different videos to help you get these looks, you need to understand that it is up to you to make the final decision of what is necessary. 

Moving on to Hair! This will take you five minutes. It does sound like I am making this up because I know whenever we drag out the hair irons, it takes at least another additional 30 minutes more to complete your look. But, one of my past tutorials will show you how easy it is to get the perfect curls without using any heat at all. You could curl your hair while basting a turkey! I promise you, this is a simple process, check my last tutorial out here on Instagram. Again, as I mentioned before, it is up to you to decide what you want to go with, to add the braid or not. It varies according to all of us and how much time we have. But, if you decide to do it I hope my tutorial made it a little easier. 

As you can see, even though I chose a few colors for my eyeshadow, I still kept it closer nude shades as I chose a dress with a loud print. Plus, since thanksgiving is a holiday where we stay indoors a lot with our family, I didn’t want to put together a look with heavy makeup which would be uncomfortable for most of us. 

Every thanksgiving we all go through this process of working hard to bring our families together for the perfect meal. We work on making sure everything is impeccable. Because we know even though our family loves us, they also end up being our biggest critics. But this holiday season remember regardless of what you do with your hair, how long you spend shopping to buy the perfect dress, you are beautiful, everything else you add on is a compliment to that.  

Don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @ninamua with your tutorial inspired looks and leave me a comment below with all your thoughts and suggestions. 


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