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Easy Everyday Contouring and Highlighting

Contouring and highlighting has been a huge makeup trend in recent years, and with good reason - you can use concealer to achieve more defined cheek bones, to make your lips look bigger, and my personal favorite - to hide a double chin. And despite all of the intricate tutorials out there, I want to show you that it can actually be quick an easy!

The first trick is to start with the right concealer shades. First, let’s get one thing straight: when I say highlighter, I do not mean the super light and shimmery highlighter that should only be reserved for above the cheekbones. I’ve seen all too many makeup vloggers apply that all over, from the forehead to the tip of the nose, to the cupid’s bow and the chin. Those however, are rather places for a creamy skin-tone concealer.


How to Pick the Right Shade of Concealer

For the highlights, you want a concealer that is one to two shades lighter than your foundation. If you just go one shade lighter, as I have, pick one with a yellow tone, so y…

It Had to Be Red


Upon becoming officially engaged and thus being able to start planning the wedding last year, I knew one thing for sure when it came to the look we wanted - there had to be red. We do both like blue a lot...a blue and silver wedding no doubt would have been equally beautiful. But I really wanted to incorporate red roses into the wedding, because Ken brought me two dozen on our second date, and it has become a symbol of love between us. In fact, I dried and saved the petals from that bouquet and plan to put them inside clear ornaments this week to hang on our Christmas tree.:)


With the wedding quickly approaching (just over a month away!), I find myself thinking more and more about the details, like exactly where will the sign in book be and exactly what do we want on the buffet table. I'm also narrowing down exactly which other kinds of flowers I want to include in the bouquets and centerpieces. I do love the idea of some greenery, as our wedding venue will already be decorated for Christmas. We like evergreen and red berries, and I'm considering mixing in some white, at least into the bride's and bridesmaid's bouquets. For the centerpieces, I definitely like the idea of a lot of greenery mixed in with the roses, and I like red alstroemeria as a filler.

Alstroemeria, also known as the Peruvian Lily, has been one of my favorites for a long time. In fact I used it for a romantic holiday centerpiece shoot last year. (It was part of a bouquet that Ken gave me.) It's the perfect size and shade for a filler flower in a red arrangement. And if you're planning on doing DIY flowers, I couldn't recommend it enough. It's tends to be widely available in grocery stores, so there is no need to order online or pay more at a florist shop. And with the amount of greenery that comes on each stem, we really don't need to get extra greenery for the bouquets.

The Bouqs is a great site for inspiration, because they show what different combinations look like in small, large, and extra large arrangements. (The bride's bouquet typically matches the bridesmaid's but is larger, so it really helps to see that comparison.)

Pictured: The Bouqs Very Merry- red roses, alstroemeria, and hypericum


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