The holiday season is one of the best times to add sparkle to your makeup looks. After all, the holidays sure bring a unique sparkle to everyday life. This Fall season, explore the gorgeous golds and warm tones of makeup that is inspired by falling autumn leaves and the unique glow of the season. From seductive nudes to eye-catching shimmers, these top 15 Fall makeup essentials to transition your look to the holiday season will surely become your favorites in the next few holiday months.
Fall Makeup Essentials: The Basic Nude Neutrals
1. Urban Decay Stay Naked Weightless Foundation in in 71WY
Give your skin that natural fall glow. Check out Urban Decay Stay Naked Weightless Foundation, a light, liquid type foundation with medium coverage that is easy to apply and gives your skin a perfect, long lasting matte look. Made from all organic material, it is sure to be easy on the skin. The 71WY shade features a gorgeous in 71WY – dark warm with a golden undertone. It has an overall rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars, with an 82% recommendation rating at Sephora.
Promising Review: “This is a great product! The colour matched me perfectly! It’s light and easy to apply, and long lasting. I never feel like I’m wearing foundation with it on. It’s my first foundation purchase in many years, and was chosen based off reviews, and I’m so happy I did. I plan to stick with this one for a long time.” – MichealaP
2. Too Faced Born This Way The Natural Nudes Eyeshadow Palette
“Don’t be a drag, just be a queen,” just like Lady Gaga said in her song “Born this Way,” this eyeshadow palette from Too Faced is sure to make you slay like a queen with its stunning metallic nude colors. Gluten free and paraben free, it is also made with ingredients that help maintain healthy skin and a youthful look, such as coconut water, alpine rose and hyaluronic acid. Each palette contains 0.5g of the following shades: Glistening Snow, Shimmering Pearl, Sparkling Sand, Rose Gold, Sparkling Rum, Golden Light, Sugared Chestnut and Sparkling Sable, along with 1g of the following shades: Swan, Seashell, Nude, Petal, Warm Rose, Maple, Cocoa and Truffle. This palette has an overall product rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars at Sephora.
Promising Review: “The only nude pallet you ever need! The absolute best nude pallets I own and yes, I have a lot. Opening it, it was so pretty I didn’t even want to use it. It is coordinated into complimentary quads, but it all works beautifully together. You can go from sweet and clean to smoky vamp. It’s pigmented, smooth and blendable. I’m a fan!” – NinjaWho
3. Hourglass Ambient® Lighting Powder in Dim Light
Complete your flattering fall look with a finishing powder that will filter out harsh light and give you a more radiant appearance. Check out the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, a paraben free, easy to use product that contains color correcting particles that refract light and give your skin a more refined glow. The powder is multipurpose and can also be used both as an accentuating highlight and as a blush. This product has an overall rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars at Sephora.
Promising Review: “Gives a perfect glow without too much sparkle. Perfect for day or evening.” – Oliviapdx
4. NARS Audacious Lipstick in Barbara in Tan Rose
If you would like to flaunt a bolder persona, this Audacious Lipstick from NARS is definitely the perfect choice. Each shade in this lipstick collection gives you a lush, high volume, ultra saturated color coverage for stronger effect. Product is made with Portulaca extract and Tamanu oil, making your lips appear fuller, firmer and smoother. Totally bodacious! This lipstick has an overall rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars at Sephora.
Promising Review: “My favorite lipstick formula, smooth, hydrating with lux packaging, love the entire experience. and barbara is the perfect pinky nude everyday color, have yet to find something that compares.” -Tamkeen
5. ILIA DayLite Highlighter Powder in Fame in Warm Copper
For an earthy, ethereal highlight, take a look at this DayLite Highlighter powder from ILIA. A talc- free, all- organic, finely milled highlighter powder that blends easily and is made with Jojoba Seed Oil and Silica beads, sure to nourish your skin while giving you a sheer focus and a striking natural depth. Perfect for Fall, the warm copper shade offers a healthy, golden glow for the holiday season. This product has an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars at Sephora.
Promising Review: “Look no more this is the best highlighter. The powder is a great texture, it is NOT drying and it goes on top of makeup beautifully.” -Bert11
Fall Makeup Essentials: Warm Golden Tones
1. Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Longwear Foundation
There is nothing better than hitting two birds with one stone. A hybrid skincare-cosmetic product, the Airbrush Flawless Longwear Foundation from Charlotte Tilbury is a long- lasting liquid type foundation made with a wide matrix of ingredients including Replexium to reduce wrinkles, MossCellTech for skin hydration and AirCool for a refreshing feeling upon application. Clinical results show increased skin moisturization after use. Its lightweight formula also makes the foundation sweatproof, waterproof and smudge resistant. This product has an overall rating of 3.9 out of 5 stars at Sephora.
Promising Review: “This foundation covers like a dream and makes my skin look flawless.” – Sandyanez18
2. HUDA BEAUTY Brown Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette in Caramel
Look smokin’ hot with layers of luscious caramel toned eyeshadow with the Huda Beauty Brown Obsessions Eye Shadow Palette-Caramel. Each palette will get you glittering with nine shimmering brown hues that have a rich, velvet smooth texture and a mix of metallic, shimmer and matte finish. The palette comes in a mini size, with animal style prints on the cover, measuring 3.1″ x 3.4″x 0.6″ making it stylish, portable and handy for spicing up your look for any occasion. This Fall essential has an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, with an 89% recommendation rating at Sephora.
Promising Review: “The colors are beautiful and go well with a variety of skin tones. I like how small the packaging is and how I can take it with me to travel or to school for touch ups. There is also a good variety of finishes so I am able to create a whole look with this single palette. Very versatile and easy to use!” -Kotake
3. Hourglass Ambient® Lighting Bronzer in Diffused Bronze Light
If you want to achieve a natural sun kissed glow, time to touch up with the Ambient Lighting Bronzer-Diffused Bronze Light. Ideal for light to medium complexions, this cosmetic product will transform your fall look by illuminating your best features with a perfectly balanced mix of bronze pigments. Formulated with optically transparent, light refracting particles, it blends easily and can also be used to add facial contour. This gorgeous bronzer has an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars at Sephora.
Promising Review: “Such a beautiful, natural, luminous bronzer. Easy application & a seamless blend!”- Jen101
4. lilah b. Glisten + Glow™ Highlighting Skin Illuminator in Captivating
Highlight and revitalize your skin with the Glisten + Glow™ Highlighting Skin Illuminator. This skin highlighter has the Clean at Sephora Seal and does not include any Parabens, Sulfates, Phtalates, Formaldehyde, Coal tar and other potentially harmful ingredients in its contents. It rejuvenates your skin, improving skin texture and tone for a fairer look. Each product contains 2.5 ml of the Highlighting Skin Illuminator cream and comes in a sleek, luxurious container. It is also long lasting and gluten free, so get ready to reinvent your energy and be more confident with Glisten + Glow. This head-turning illuminator has an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, with an 83% recommendation rating at Sephora.
Promising Review: “I am obsessed with this highlighter, from the heavy and stunning packaging through to the subtle shimmer that is perfect for my everyday needs. The glimmering finish is perfect and the powdery texture is a breeze to apply and stays on all day! “-JSR1991
5. Yves Saint Laurent Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain in 39 Outlandish Nude
For a comfortable yet high impact lip color, check out this Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain from Yves Saint Laurent. Winner of the Allure 2020 Best of Beauty Award, this lightweight matte lip stain comes in 12 fabulous shades, most recommended for a medium glam vampy lip look would be the Outlandish Nude-beige nude color. Long lasting yet dries instantly upon application, it stays fresh up to 8 hours without making your lips feel sticky and uncomfortable. Each container also comes with an exclusive applicator for even application and precise lip contour. This liquid matte lip stain has an overall rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars, with an 84% recommendation rating at Sephora.
Promising Review: “Absolutely love this lip stain formula!! Only thing I’ve found in forever that truly has all day staying power without drying my lips and it’s the first time I’ve had a go-to signature lip color in my entire life! Honestly can’t recommend it enough.” -Hotgirlnell
Fall Makeup Essentials: Shimmers for the Holiday
1. tarte Tartelette™ Toasted Eyeshadow Palette
Get ready to make heads turn at your fall inspired party with a stunning tartelette eyeshadow blend you can achieve with the Tartelette™ Toasted Eyeshadow Palette from tarte. A palette containing twelve warm, terracotta themed shades you can mix and match. Dermatologist tested and safe for use, it is gluten free, made without mineral oils, parabens and phthalates. Inside each palette is 1.5g eyeshadow powders in the following shades: S’more, Sunrise , Sunset, Crackle, Cashmere , Warmth , Flame , Cozy Candle , Latte, Simmer and Fireside. The powder formula is also infused with tarte’s signature Amazonian clay, giving it a unique and exquisite rich but smooth texture. This essential eyeshadow palette has an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars and has a recommendation rating of 89% at Sephora.
Promising Review: “Love this palette! Perfect for fall. Beautiful blendable colours with minimal fall out. Great for day to day use as well as more amped up looks.” -MDerksen
2. Melt Cosmetics Digital Dust Highlight in Nova in Luxurious Bronze
For a cool, light, Instagramable bronze look, don’t hesitate to take a look at this Digital Dust Highlight-Nova Luxurious Bronze from Melt Cosmetics. It’s light coverage and radiant finish makes it an ideal and handy fix for dullness, uneven texture and even slightly caked up foundation. It illuminates your skin in a way that beats the filters. The product is lustrous, can last up to twelve hours and won’t fade easily. Can also be used as a substitute for a bronzer without giving you an overglittered look. Other available shades are: Stargazer, Gold Ore, Pink Moon, Phoenix, Morning Star and Genesis. This holiday-appropriate highlight has an overall rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars and a recommendation rating of 93% at Sephora.
Promising Review: “The absolute BEST! Don’t sleep on these. I have every shade and they are by far my favourite formula. There is no fallout, they blend seamlessly into the skin and give an amazingly intense glow. I can’t say enough good things about these highlighters and Melt cosmetics in general. Hands down my favourite brand!” -Aleslie85
3. tarte Park Ave Princess™ Waterproof Face & Body Bronzer
Looking for a solid, all organic, silky face and body bronzer? Look no more! Here is tarte’s Park Ave Princess™ Waterproof Face & Body Bronzer, a lightweight gluten free and vegan bronzer that can easily even out your skin tone and cover up any unwanted marks, to smooth out your skin and give it a mellow sunlit fall afterglow. Product also has the Clean at Sephora seal and does not use any potentially environmentally toxic materials. It also does not melt off from your sweat! What are you waiting for? This bronzer has an overall rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars and an 88% recommendation rating at Sephora.
Promising Review: “This is my most favorite bronzer ever. Gives you that sunkissed glow! I cannot tell you the amount of compliments I get. Will snatch your cheekbones! Sparkly keep that in mind.” -Mblast
4. PAT McGRATH LABS BlitzTrance™ Lipstick in Flesh Fatale
Fall is for Femme Fatale! Plump up those lips and put some shine on them with the BlitzTrance™ Lipstick from PAT McGRATH LABS. A cream lipstick with a sparkly glitter finish, made with the rich extracts of Brazil nut oil. Highly recommended color is Flesh Fatale, a glitter bronzed terracotta nude with rose gold sparkle. Shop at Sephora.
Promising Review: “Stunning on the lips; great color, a lot of shimmer and fancy packaging. Overall beautiful!” -Jsambuceti
5. Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eye Shadow in Burnish
Shimmer in sophistication with a vivacious fall inspired eyeshadow makeup with the help of this Scattered Light Glitter Eye Shadow from Hourglass. A smooth, refined eyeshadow made with micro glitter that will accentuate your eyes with charming specks of crystal like sparkle and elevate your top notch look even further. It’s light formula allows easy application and comfortable wear. This product is available in 9 different shades, all with a glitter finish. These shades are: Reflect , Burnish ,Blaze, Foil, Aura, Smoke, Rapture, Ray and Vivid. Definitely a must have with an overall product rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars and a recommendation rate of 89%. Get this at Sephora.
Promising Review: ”I absolutely LOVE these! I have 3 shades and still want more! They’re so pigmented and glittery. They last all day, have no fallout. They have such a great consistency, more like a cream. I wish they’d do like a gunmetal color, but other than that, the shades they do have are wonderful!“ – MichelleLyTa
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