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Beauty: Basic BB Contour

I’ll be frank: I’m not a make-up artist. I’m not even halfway there at all, but I adore my newfound love and interest of it that I discovered so late in life. In the process, I’ve kinda figured out what works for me and what doesn’t.

I’ve been experimenting with different contouring than usual lately. Sometimes it turns out weird, but other times it turns out awesome. For the most part, this Dr. Jart+ BB Kit has been so on point, because it contours without leaving my face looking like it’s covered in Carolina mud.

Step 1: Highlight. Left pic is rubbed in, right pic is how it all starts.Step 2: Shade. Left pic is a profile of how I normally shade both side of my face, but this can change depending on the occasion, right pic is blended into the skin (with slight edging into the highlight).Step 3: Neutralize. This is something I always did, but never knew what to call before Dr.J labeled it for me. It’s perfect for all the spots you need to fill in, as well as for areas where you need to blend a bit. Left picture is before, right is after of course.Step 4: Blend ERRYTHANG. Now, this particular set of photos captures how dehydrated my skin was that day after a long, loooooong night before, so this isn’t optimal quality at all. However, it at least shows how the contour can be toned down using whatever you want. I should have gone with a BB cream, but went with my BareMinerals. After I set it all and added the rest of the makeup (not pictured) it looked slightly more normal.Makeup is kinda my jam these days. And no, I’m not perfect, but damn if it isn’t fun using my face as an experimental canvas for all these awesome products we have at our disposal. Hope this helps any of you beginners out there like me! A basic contour can change YO’ LIFE.

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Style + Beauty: Wedding Season

Pump the breaks, y’all. This little lady is no where close to getting married. However, as a style and beauty obsessed human from, like, BIRTH (baby Dior is a thing), I often obsess over the perfect pairing for that day, even if that day is 50 years from now. I’m not in any rush 😉 Besides, I get to look over the gorgeous wedding dresses at Loverly for longer, so I’m sure I’ll find the perfect one when I need it!

Since wedding season is basically here (or right around the corner depending on your locale), I thought I’d throw out some style + beauty looks for any brides-to-be who may need some inspiration.

Look 1 // Open Back Blues:

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My favorite type of ANY dress is one with an awesome back design, cutout, or no back at all. You won’t be surprised, then, to see that my first pick is an open-backed dress by Lea-Ann Belter. Go to her site to see the delish open back! I thought this lovely dress would be so, so complimented by shades of blue.

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Open Back Blues by ranoel featuring a maybelline mascara
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Look 2 // Trendy:

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As a woman who will probably only get married in white if EVERYONE is wearing white (yeah, I wanna white-out my wedding, WHAT OF IT?!), this more trendy and updated dress is more in my zone. There were {literally} one, two, three, four, … FIVE others I wanted to pick, but the Temperley London gown won due to its fierceness factor. Due to the sheer force of this dress, I went way, way down with the beauty to the basics.

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Trendy by ranoel featuring an eyebrow kit
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Look 3 // Classic Beaut:

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This Monique Lhullier dress is simple and chic from top to bottom, and there would be no other way than to pair it with the classics beauty-wise!

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Classic Beaut by ranoel featuring nars cosmetics
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Thanks to my partner, Loverly, for inspiring this post. For someone who does this for a living on Pinterest all day long, you gave a girl an outlet. All thoughts and opinions on fashion, as usual, are my own… and always will be 😉