How To Pumpkin Spice Your Face With Makeup

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OK, let’s get this out of the way: I love cardigans, booties, scarves, and pumpkin spice lattes/frappuccinos. But if loving fall and PSLs makes me basic, then I don’t want to be right. xoVain managing editor April noticed my love of pumpkin spice via my Instagram and challenged me to bring the fall beverage to life--on my face.

Challenge accepted.     

starbucks pumpkin spice latte

My color palette: a Starbucks PSL, whipped cream, pumpkin spice syrup, and an actual pumpkin.

As per usual, I started with fully done foundation, eyelid primer, and brows. 

PUMPKIN: The Real Stuff & The Bux Stuff

To get the kind of burnt orange of the pumpkin spice syrup, I applied Milani Bella Eyes Shadow in Bella Copper to my mobile lid. 

applying eye shadow

Bella Copper works surprisingly well as a burnt orange.

To give this a little more dimension and some of that true pumpkin orange, I used my finger to add some Colour Pop Pressed Pigment in the shade Sunnies to just the center of that mobile eyelid area. 

blending eye shadow

This shadow applies best with a finger rather than a brush.

CINNAMON: Just A Touch In The Crease 

To add a little ground cinnamon to the mix, I took the Milani Bella Eyes Shadow in Bella Bronze to the crease with a small eye contour brush. 

blending bronze eye shadow

Don’t worry about it being super blended yet, we’ll get to that!

WHIPPED CREAM: For Highlighting, Naturally

To give that yummy whipped cream a little representation, I took the Milani Bella Eyes Shadow in Bella white and highlighted the brow bone and inner tear duct area. I felt like this look needed a little more cinnamon so (drawing inspiration from my cinnamon sticks) I added a little bit of the Sable shadow from my Lorac Pro Palette from the crease to just below the brow bone to blend everything out. 

highlighting brow bone

If you haven’t figured out by now, this fluffy blending brush is my favorite!

ESPRESSO: Shot Along The Upper & Lower Lash Lines

We can’t have a latte without some espresso, so I lined my upper and lower lash line with a creamy brown pencil liner and smudged it out with the shade Espresso from my Lorac Pro Palette. I finished the eyes by adding a couple coats of mascara to both the top and lower lashes for a more lush effect. 

bronze eye shadow

Here’s a closer look at my lids.

pumpkin spice inspired  eye makeup

Are you thirsty yet?

To complete the look you can go bold on the lips and bring a little fall leaf inspiration into play by mixing some coral, red, and gold lipstick together (I used Glo Minerals Lipstick in Siren, NYX Round Lipstick in Electra, and Shea Moisture Lipstick Crayon in Christine. 

pumpkin spice inspired makeup

It’s like fall on my face!

Or you can keep it classic by sticking to a neutral shade on the lips like Maybelline Matte Lipstick in Touch of Spice. 

fall bronze makeup look

I’m reflecting on my love for Starbucks.

  • How do you guys feel about beverages as inspiration for makeup? 
  • What’s your favorite fall beverage? 
  • Are you team #basic like me (own it if you feel it, girl!)?