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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…

Wedding Planner – Making Dreams Come True One Wedding at a Time


A wedding planner is often seen as a perfect job: to bring to reality the dreams of a bride who’s been visualizing her wedding since she was a teenager or even younger. With the big day fast approaching, it’s up to the wedding planner to take impractical ideas and turn them into the realm of the possible, bigger than life and highly memorable for everyone who attends, including the bride and groom.
Let’s look at what it takes to be a wedding planner.

Can You Study Academically to Be a Wedding Planner?

The role of a wedding planner is not something that you study for academically. There are no direct academic qualifications that you study for – there’s no Wedding Planning degree course. You can find several certification bodies for wedding planners though and some do offer short courses. However, it’s not difficult to appreciate the qualities of a person who becomes a wedding planner and will perform well in the role. Because there’s no degree to study and not necessarily an employer either, as many planners are self-employed, getting some experience is key.

How to Get First-hand Experience?

The best way to get first-hand experience is to work as an assistant to a wedding planner. The larger the wedding, the more exacting the details, and the more work is involved. First, making the arrangements, and second, managing the logistics in the lead up to and including the big day.

There’s no better learning curve than being someone a professional wedding planner can rely on to carry out certain tasks. This role can then expand as they find they can trust you with more responsibility. Certainly, double-checking orders and details to make sure everything is done right, and ensuring no step is missed goes a long way to towards getting a foothold and slowly building a career.

Is There Another Way to Be a Wedding Planner?

The other way to learn how to be a wedding planner is to plan your own wedding. Then having impressed your engaged friends with how well your wedding was executed, you can discuss with them about planning their wedding too. If they say yes, this will provide you with good practical experience dealing with wedding budgets, booking a venue, ordering flowers, organizing the guest list, and so on.

If you approach it professionally by discussing with them, as a wedding client, what their needs are and writing up a detailed plan with all the details and suggestions, you can submit it to them. This should give them the confidence that their wedding is in good hands.

What Can a Wedding Planner Earn?

Wedding planners are usually independent. A certified wedding planner salary is not fixed because payment is per wedding, not per year. It partly depends how many weddings are managed per year as to the income potential. Certainly, the larger and more lavish weddings are likely to pay more than a smaller wedding on a limited budget. Simply put, there must be the budget for a wedding planner in the first place and a sufficiently complex wedding to arrange that a planner is needed.
Earning a six-figure income is possible, but the earnings will be lumpy over time, so a planner should have a good amount of emergency cash savings to protect themselves from quiet periods.

Being a wedding planner is a rewarding job. You get to create a special day for people looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Seeing a wedding go off without a hitch is very satisfying and the better planners once well-established can earn six-figure incomes at the upper level.

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