How to Contour and Highlight

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Once again, we’re delighted to share a basic makeup tutorial from Los Angeles based makeup artist, Amy Clarke. She has created this lovely tutorial along with one of our favorite photographers, Bryce Covey, to detail and demonstrate how to perfect the art of contouring and highlighting using makeup.

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Take these tips from Amy to add to your ever-growing arsenal of makeup techniques. We know how difficult it is to get straight information when you’re looking through hundreds of turorials on how to perfect a makeup skill (to use bronzer or not to use bronzer?!) but as always, Amy has made it easier than ever for you to learn how to use your natural bone structure and just a few key pieces of makeup to contour and highlight your best features. Use this basic makeup tip to kick your daily beauty routine up a notch!

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Contour & Highlight:

1.+ 2.  Apply one layer of foundation or tinted moisturizer all over face. I used Tarte’s BB Cream in “Medium Light”. Using a foundation brush and a cream concealer (2 to 3 times lighter than your skin tone), apply concealer (the highlight) to the under eyes, down the sides of the nose, and brushed back and upward toward the hairline.

3. Using the same concealer, highlight the center of the forehead and down the bridge of the nose, upper lip, center of the chin and on your brow bone. Lastly, apply the concealer to the jawline, just under your cheekbones.

4. Once you’ve finished with all the highlighting, it’s time to apply the contour. Pick a cool-toned cream concealer or foundation thats 2 to 3 shades darker than your skin tone. Taking a smaller, stiff brush or foundation brush, apply the contour cream to the hallows of your cheeks, just below your cheekbone, all the way to your hairline.

5.+ 6. +7. Apply the same color to your forehead near your hairline, temples, jawline, the sides of your neck and to the sides of your nose.

8. Using a wet Beauty Blender or Duo Fiber Blending Brush, blend all the contour and highlighter together until there is no more distinction between the two colors.

9. Lastly, Apply a light dusting of blush, and set all the highlight with a loose powder using a small natural bristled brush. I used Tarte’s 12 Hour Amazonian Clay Blush in “Tipsy” and Make Up For Ever’s Super Matte Loose Powder in “Translucent Natural”.

Pro Tip: You can use cream or powders to contour or highlight, creams are easier to blend and tend to look more natural. Avoid using bronzer to contour. You are creating a “shadow” so think of a color that’s similar to an actual shadow, which tends to be a cooler tone.  Use Bronzer to warm up your skin and make it look sun-kissed! 

Favorite Products: Make Up For Ever’s Foundation Brush “30N” & Senna Cosmetic Face Sculpting Cream “1.

Photography: Bryce Covey | Makeup: Amy Clarke | Hair: Heidi Marie Garrett | Creative Direction: Emily Newman for Once Wed

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09.05.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Outdoor Rustic Polish Wedding

I don’t think we’ve ever featured a Polish wedding before on Once Wed, so I was excited when Ozzy Garcia recently sent over the beautiful wedding of Martina & Lucas. And how gorgeous is this farm? Yama Farms Inn has actually been in the bride’s family for over hundred years.

Photography: Ozzy Garcia | Venue: Yama Farms Inn | Flowers & styling: Moth & Rose (mothandrose@gmail.com / 718 344 5475) | Cake: Maxine’s Catering / Bittersweet Bakers | Catering: Aroma Thyme Bistro

 

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09.04.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

DIY Sun Print Wedding Escort Cards

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Clary Pfeiffer recently sent over this gorgeous tutorial around sunprints. Remember the sunprint inspired cake Joy Thigpen designed a couple years back on Once Wed? Clary used sunprint paper to create the most delightful place cards. The full tutorial with instructions is below. Thanks, Clary!

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Supplies

Sun print paper
acrylic sheet
a tub full of water
object to print

1. Arrange transparency with names and queen anne’s lace, or object you want to print, out of the reach of sun on the sun paper.

2. Place the acrylic sheet over the object to help sharpen the edges between the blue and white of the final print.

3. Take the sun print out side and lay in direct sunlight for 2-5 minutes until the paper turns light blue.

4. Rinse the sun print in water and watch the white turn into Prussian blue.

5. Hang or lay the sup print to dry.

6. Cut and fold sun prints for display.

DIY kits – Sunprints

Photography and Styling: Clary Pfeiffer | Assistant Stylist: Sarah Carpenter | Flowers: Catherine Thoele

To see the lovely styled shoot inspired by this DIY, check out the post on Grey Likes Weddings!

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09.03.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

State Flower Wedding Favor Cookies

Maggie Austin is an absolute genius when it comes to transforming cookies and cakes into little works of art. We thought it’d be fun to have Maggie create cookies based on some of our favorite state flowers. We love the idea of including a package of cookies inspired by your state flower in a welcome bag or a delicious wedding favor for your guests.

Photography: Ali Harper | Cookies: Maggie Austin Cake |Calligraphy: Meagan Tidwell

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08.29.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured