Combination braids will forever be a favorite of mine. I recently did this style and posted a snap on instagram with enough requests for a tutorial that I thought I’d quickly throw one together for you. This combination of French braid and lace braid can be simple to recreate once you see how they’re broken down into steps. If you love tutorials like this one then be sure to let me know in the comment section!

Triple Braided Updo Supplies:

Triple Braided Updo Instructions:

  • Step 1 / Begin with a part on the right side. Then divide off a 1-2″ section of hair on the left side, near the hairline, and clip away the back hair.
  • Step 2 / Braid this section in a french braid by crossing the side strands over the middle strand and then bringing in new sections of hair.
  • Step 3 / Continue the french braid down the left side until it reaches the top of the ear. Then braid the section a little further down and criss-cross two bobby pins over the ends to keep the braid from unraveling.
  • Step 4 / Next create a second braid behind this first one but only add in new sections to the left side of the braid creating a lace braid.
  • Step 5 / Continue the braid keeping it close to the first one, braiding down towards the left ear and securing the end by criss-crossing two more bobby pins.
  • Step 6 / Now create a third braid on the right side of the head. I started it like a french braid and then switched to a lace braid after two cross-overs.
  • Step 7 / Next bring all the hair together at the nape of the neck.
  • Step 8 / Wrap a hair band once over all of the hair. Then twist the band once more over the right hand and use the left to spread the ponytail upwards around the hair band. Then pull the hair band over the hair, twist it with the left hand and wrap it a third time to create the base of the bun.
  • Step 9 / Combine the ends sticking out and tuck them back into the hair band to form another loop.
  • Step 10 / Set the style with a medium-hold hairspray and smooth down any flyaways.

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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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