Contouring and highlighting has become an everyday makeup essential. While a great contour enhances your natural face shape, highlighting makes it more luminous and glowy, both a necessary step to making your makeup look more youthful and flawless.

For a more subtle contour I like to skip bronzer and use a taupe colored powder. For blush, I love using a rose o berry shade for a more natural looking flush. For this tutorial, I’ve already applied my foundation, concealer, powder, and eye makeup.

How to Soft Contour and Highlight Products Used:

How to Soft Contour and Highlight Instructions:
Step 1 / Using an angled brush, begin by applying the soft contour shade from this palette directly under the cheekbones, from the ear to about 2″ from the edges of the lips.

Step 2 / Next add the contour shade under the jawline, tracing downwards along the sides of the neck. I love to put the color here instead of along the jawline because this can easily transfer upwards creating a shadow on the chin.

Step 3 / Next trace the color on the temples, across the top of the forehead along the hairline, blending the color gently downwards. 

Step 4 / Using a blending brush, add the contour shade along the sides of the nose and under the tip. Be sure to keep the ridge of the nose clear of any of the contour color since keeping this area light is what helps slim the nose.

Step 5 / Next trace the color down underneath the bottom lip. I make sure to keep this very light but feel it’s a necessary step to keeping the color even throughout the face.

Step 6 / Use a powder brush to go back over the contour shade to blend it into the skin. It’s important not to skip this step so there aren’t any harsh lines and the color merely enhances the natural shadows of the face.

Step 7 / Once the contour shade is applied and blended, dust your favorite blush shade onto the cheeks using an angled blush brush. I am applying this blush in ‘natural beauty’ to the apples of the cheeks blending upwards, toward the tops of the ears.

Step 8 / Apply your favorite highlighter to the tops of the cheekbones, blending outwards towards the hairline. I am using this highlighter and brush and am also applying a tiny bit under my brows, on the tip of my nose, along the cupids bow, on my chin and the center of my forehead.

Step 9 / Lastly, apply your favorite lipstick, lip balm, or lip gloss to finish off the look. My favorites at the moment are this lip pencil in ‘Dervish’ and this lipstick in ‘Modesty.’

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The pull-through braid is about to be your new favorite braid. It’s so easy because get this, it’s not actually a braid. I know, it completely changes the braiding game because you can master it faster than any “braid” you’ve ever seen. If you love this style then you won’t want to miss the French braid version and the Half Up version or even the 3 Strand version! Happy January, anybody else ready to hibernate until Spring? xo, Missy

Pull Through Side Braid Supplies:

Pull Through Side Braid Instructions:

  • Step 1 / Brush through the hair and then bring all over the left shoulder. Then split it into two equal halves tying a hair elastic over the top half.
  • Step 2 / Take a small section of hair from the top ponytail and wrap it around the elastic band, securing it with another elastic. Then wrap the bottom ponytail with a second elastic band.
  • Step 3 / Take the top ponytail and split it in half.
  • Step 4 / Bring the bottom ponytail between the top ponytail, combining the two separated sections together underneath.
  • Step 5 / Wrap a hair elastic band over the divided section that’s now underneath.
  • Step 6 / Take the top ponytail and split it in half again.
    Step 7 / Wrap the two sections around the bottom ponytail, combining them back together again.
  • Step 8 / Tie the two sections back together with another hair elastic.
  • Step 9 / Split the top ponytail again into two equal halves.
  • Step 10 / Bring the bottom ponytail up in between the split top ponytail.
  • Step 11 / Tie the two split sections together again with another elastic band.
  • Step 12 / Go back over the braid and pull on the sides to make the braid bigger and more full.

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One of my favorite hair tutorials is the Double Braided Ponytail. It looks like such an intricate braid but is actually two braids in one. It got me thinking though, what if it was just one braid? That’s where this braid came from. It looks like a four strand braid but I did both of them side by side and they are definitely not the same. This one has a more woven look and needless to say, I am really excited about it.

Hair is just my jam and when a bout of creativity sneaks in and I can create a braid that feels a little different from other things I’ve done then it just reminds me how much I really enjoy doing this. I love doing hair, making tutorials, creating fun and unique styles that other people can recreate on their own.

A small part of me keeps whispering that this has probably been done before and I wouldn’t be surprised if it has because that’s often the case. For now though I’ll just be over here, grinning from ear to ear, hoping you really love this tutorial as much as I do. Thanks so much reading. xo, Missy


Woven Headband Braid Supplies:

Woven Headband Braid Instructions:

  • Step 1 / Begin by creating a deep side part on the right side.
  • Step 2 / Pick up a section on the heavy side of the part and split this into three sections. Add some braid paste to the section to help control flyaways.
  • Step 3 / Start a regular braid by crossing the right strand over the middle and then the left strand.
  • Step 4 / Take the right strand and clip this out of the way.
  • Step 5 / Pick up a new section and cross it over the middle in the place of the strand that was clipped away.
  • Step 6 / Cross the left strand over the middle and bring in a new section. This side of the braid is done like a regular french braid.
  • Step 7 / Bring down the strand that was clipped away and switch it with the new right strand, bringing the top strand under the bottom one.
  • Step 8 / Clipping the second strand (now above the other strand) up and out of the way.
  • Step 9 / Cross the new right strand over the middle and pick up a new section of hair crossing it over the middle as well, just like a french braid.
  • Step 10 / Now with the left side, cross the side strand over the middle and bring in a new section of hair.

  • Step 11 / With the right side, bring down the top clipped piece, cross it underneath the bottom piece and wrap the bottom piece up, clipping it away. Essentially you are switching these two side strands but the top one always needs to go under the bottom one.
  • Step 12 / Cross the new side strand over the middle and cross a new section into the braid.
  • Step 13 / Continue the braid working down towards the left ear and stop adding in hair once it’s about an inch above the ear.
  • Step 14 / Braid the section a little further down and tie it off with an elastic band.
  • Step 15 / Go back through the braid, carefully pulling on the edges to make it fuller. I love doing this so the braid looks bigger and is easier to see.
  • Step 16 / Wrap the braid around the head, and pick up a small section of hair underneath the hair at the crown.
  • Step 17 / Tie this little section to the braid to secure it against the head. The hair on top will hide the elastic band and will hold better than using bobby pins.
  • Step 18 / Remove the elastic band from the end of the braid and unravel it.
  • Step 19 / Grab a flat iron and smooth down the hair if desired.
  • Step 20 / Set the style with a medium-hold hairspray.
For the Ponytail:

  • Step 1 / With the braid done and tied off, bring all of the hair together right above the nape of the neck.
  • Step 2 / Add the braid into the ponytail last so it doesn’t get buried underneath other hair.
  • Step 3 / Tie the hair together into a ponytail with a hair band.
  • Step 4 / Remove the elastic band from the end of the braid.
  • Step 5 / Wrap a piece of hair from the ponytail around the hair band to hide it and tie another elastic band over the ponytail to keep the wrapped section from coming undone.
  • Step 6 / Straighten the ponytail with a flat iron and set the style with hairspray.
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Recently I updated my nighttime skincare and was sharing on snapchat (missysueblog) about how my skin had started flaring up around Thanksgiving and was desperate to find something that would get my skin back on track. I was suffering from cystic acne on my chin and blemishes around my cheekbones. I didn’t know what was going on! Embarrassingly enough though, I think it was dirty makeup brushes, gross!

Many of you asked for a review of the new products I’d started using so hopefully this is helpful to some of you. I have been doing this routine every night to make sure my skin is nice and clean before hitting the pillow. If you have any great products please share them in the comments below, let’s all help each other out!

First things first, I always start by washing my face. When I have an active blemish or can feel one under the skin I always wash my face with this soap bar. I am obsessed with the way it smells and use a wash cloth to gently massage the soap into my skin to remove any makeup.

After drying off my face, I use this makeup remover to remove any leftover eyeliner and mascara under my eyes. I really love this and have been using it for years!

On nights when I am super tired and don’t want to wash my face in the sink, I will reach for some makeup removing wipes. I try not to use them very often but I currently have these ones and usually always repurchase these ones. I always follow with this cleansing water and am literally obsessed with it. I need to purchase some more; sometimes I will use this in place of the toners below.

Once I’ve washed my face and removed any eye makeup then I like to go back over my skin with a toner. I really love this one for breakouts and received it as a free gift with other items I purchased. Otherwise I use this toner (for dry skin!) and have already gone through two other bottles.

This probably seems like an extra step but you’d be so surprised at how much extra makeup ends up on that little cotton round. I usually alway miss makeup around my hairline and near my ears.


These two little guys come in after all the washing and I purchased these in this little kit that is so convenient because it includes a few other products that I use in the morning too. I first apply the tabula rasa on any blemishes, wait a few seconds and then swipe on the blemish lotion.

Following the above treatments I love to first apply this repair cream and let it set for a few minutes before applying a moisturizer. I recently invested in this moisturizing cream and can’t tell you how much I love it. I was able to get it together with the eye cream and only wish I’d made the leap sooner.

Whenever I am traveling I love to take a travel size bottle of soap and use my Mia Fit to wash my face. This always gives me a nice scrub and saves on packing additional wash cloths and products since I use this soap for Cohen too.

 

Lastly, I love to use this face oil on my neck. I slather on three drops after applying my moisturizing cream. I have read so many skincare articles that say to never forget about the neck and decollete. I feel like this oil is both an added bit of moisture and hopefully makes up for all the years I neglected that area.

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It’s officially 2017 so I wanted to do a quick roundup of the most popular posts from 2016! I always love to see which hairstyles end up being the favorites. It helps me plan new tutorials but it also makes all the work and effort worthwhile knowing you are enjoying the tutorials and posts on this blog. It’ll forever be my little corner of the internet and I love it just as much as the first day I decided to hit publish on my very first post. Here’s to another great year of hairstyles and fun adventures! Happy New Year!

Top 16 Posts from 2016:

  1. 3 Messy Buns
  2. Two Dutch Braids
  3. Half Up Pull Through Braid
  4. Sideswept Dutch Braid
  5. Half Up French Braid Crown
  6. Double Lace Braid High Bun
  7. Half Up Mini Dutch Fishtail Braid
  8. Double Lace Braids Updo
  9. 3 Sporty Hairstyles
  10. French Milkmaid Braids
  11. 12 Steps to Basic Makeup
  12. Twisted Knot Low Bun
  13. Four Strand Dutch Braid
  14. Mermaid Side Braid
  15. Fishtail Braid Low Bun
  16. How to Clip in Extensions for Different Hairstyles
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