Guest Post by Makeup Artist Tricia Clarke: Easy Contouring and Highlighting

Well hi there, lovelies! I’m Tricia Clarke, and what a treat to be asked to join you here, in Style and in Sanity. By now, you probably love Alice, and her ability to translate trends into what’s wearable for your real life. I LOVE makeup and exploring makeup trends. I could easily spend an hour creating a picture-perfect face that requires 25 different brushes and 40 products and makes a great Instagram post. But here’s the thing. That’s not my real life. Like many of you, I am juggling a child, our first home, my business, and so many other things. I get excited if I get to take a shower in peace! So where does that leave a makeup lover? Well, since becoming a mom, I’ve learned how to streamline my approach to beauty. I still wear makeup almost every day–but I have created a 5-minute face, instead of a 45-minute face. And when it comes to makeup trends I like to play around with what’s current, but keep it in perspective.​That brings me to the whole point of this post. I am sure that by now you have heard about contouring. I get asked about it all the time! Most of the dramatic contouring that you see takes about an hour to apply, blend and set. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have that kinda time!  

​The whole point of contouring and highlighting is to enhance your natural features. Take a minute and close your eyes, then smooth your hands over your face like the models do in commercials for face wash. (You know what I’m talking about!) You will feel that some parts of your face stick out, and other areas recede. In contouring, a cream or powder a few shades darker than your natural skin tone is applied to areas that you want to recede further, most commonly under the cheekbones, the jaw line and the sides of the nose. In highlighting, you want to bring other areas forward–so a lighter shade of cream or powder, oftentimes with a slight shimmer is applied to the tops of the cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose, and on the brow bone.

Now that you have a quick overview , let’s talk about what works for every day! You can do a quick contour, a fast highlight, or a super easy combo–depending on how much time you have an what look you are going for. I ‘ll give you some scenarios, inspired by real life!

  • Scenario 1 – Quick Contour: You over-indulged while watching football and, you’re a little bit paler than you would prefer, because, you know, it’s February. You should go for a quick contour! After you’ve applied your foundation or BB Cream and dusted your face lightly with setting powder, you are ready to sculpt! Grab your bronzer (preferably one without a ton of shimmer, I like Benefit Cosmetic’s Hoola powder or Tarte’s Amazonian Clay bronzer) and a medium sized, natural bristle brush. You don’t want a massive brush for this! Envision a “3” on the side of your face. You are going to apply a light application of bronzer along your hairline (sweeping out from the center of your forehead) then swing the brush down to make a soft line from the front of your ear to right under where you apply your blush–so right along the bottom edge of your cheekbone(that was the top curve of the “3”) . Then, retrace your stroke back out towards your ear, then swing your brush around your jaw and blend just under the edge of your face, sweeping down to your chin.  
  • Scenario 2 – Fast Highlight: Thanks to your teething baby, you forget what it’s like to get a full night’s sleep, and the exhaustion is showing on your face. Highlighting to the rescue! After prepping your skin with moisturizer and eye cream, blend a cream blush onto the apples of your cheeks and blend back towards your ears. Then, apply a cream or stick highlighter (NYX Born to Glow comes in a range of shades to suit all skin tones and has some glow to it, if you want more subtle, Bobbi Brown’s Tinted Undereye Brightener is a fave) in the following areas: along the top of your cheekbone, your brow bone and on the inner corners of your eyes, blending VERY thoroughly. You will look radiant and well-rested.  
  • Scenario #3 – Super Easy Combo: You have a Girls’ Night Out or Date Night Planned, and you want to amp up your regular makeup look. Easy! Combine your new bronzing “3” technique with your strategic highlighter placement and boom! I would also suggest adding a pop of bright gloss to your lips and a few extra coats of mascara, or an eyeliner in a fun shade like teal or purple, or even gold! Colorful makeup is trendy this season, and new formulas keep you from looking like an 80s prom photo!  

Now, that’s a lot of words to explain something that’s actually really simple! Wouldn’t a video make things easier? Well, lucky for you, I cover easy contouring and highlighting in my Naptime Waffle #2 video on YouTube! A “waffle” is just a meandering chit-chat, so if you want to skip right to the contour how-to part, start at (2:42)

I hope that helped make the idea of contouring and highlighting seem more doable. Let us know if you try it! Thanks for having me here, Alice!

Find me at www.triciaclarkemakeup.com and www.instagram.com/triciaclarkemakeup 

Put on that Party Dress for EVERY Party

The holidays are great… the decorations, the family time, the special events, PRESENTS. Ok, I know sometimes those are overwhelming and so is your task list. The idea of having to choose something different to wear to to each event can make you want to go all Grinch on the world.

Instead of going crazy and finding something new and exciting to wear for every event, consider restyling one dress for every party. I wrote an article with styling tips for the free online magazine The Perpetual You. See all the photos along with my tips for a little less stress in your style this holiday season right here. It’s on pages 22-23.The whole magazine is beautiful and gives some great insights on living life well. You should read the whole issue (after you read my part, of course).

Here’s my favorite look from the article and what I’ll be wearing to my next holiday shindig. It’s the most cozy and casual of the looks, but still cute, no? FullSizeRender(1)

Black Dress – fit n flare from Gap in black; Navy Cardigan – Old Navy; Plaid Blanket Scarf – eBay; Clutch and Bracelets – Stella & Dot; Leopard Kitten Heels – Bandolino (via Salvation Army)

Love the idea of restyling a dress for all your holiday parties? Or do you love to play dress up too much to wear the same thing twice? Let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear more about your holiday dressing philosophy!

in Style and in Sanity: A Website Is Born

Who builds a website and starts a blog during the holidays?! Yeah. That’s crazy and doesn’t promote that taking a step back during the holidays I’ve been reading so much about. Oops.

It would be super crazy if I had done it on a whim. Or if I wasn’t already doing it over on Instagram. But I’ve been contemplating this for MONTHS. I’ve been dragging my feet mostly due to self doubt (that’s where most of my procrastination comes from). All those thoughts that “I’m not good enough to have a blog.” “I have nothing new to say.” “I’m not a therapist and therefore have nothing to say about mental health.” “No one is going to read it anyway.” need to shut up. And if no one reads it, well, fine. I tried. And the trying and failing and getting up again – that’s often more valuable than success. So I’ll ask myself WWBBD? (What Would Brene Brown Do?… you can find out what she would do here), and JUST DO IT.

Here’s what I plan to share with you on in Style and in Sanity that I can’t quite do on Instagram.

  • Style tips with more than one photo at a time – yes, I know I can make a collage on Instagram. But you know what? Those look messy and people don’t engage as much on those posts. And tips are easier to understand when they are next to the photo they explain, right?
  • Links to my favorite products, services, wardrobe pieces. If you can get it online, I’ll share the link. Instagram isn’t link friendly. And I know you don’t want to type in some crazy URL when you want to buy something. Occasionally there will be Affilliate links, but not to worry, I’m not spending my time searching what I can promote that I don’t really care about. I’ll only recommend it if I love it (and I love that Brene Brown book I referenced, BTW).
  • Lots and lots of words… typing with my thumbs gets old quick. And when you have a lot of good things to say, the phone’s keyboard isn’t ideal.
  • Honesty. I promise not everything will be a stylized shoot done by a professional photographer. In fact, most of it won’t be. I promise to tell it like it is. I promise I don’t have it all together and I won’t pretend like I do. Life is good, but it’s messy… much like my kitchen most of the time.
  • More about mental health. Bottom line, that’s hard to photograph. Which brings me to my next and final point…
  • I reserve the right to post here without a photo. So often I leave important thoughts off of Instagram because I don’t have a good picture to share. And the last thing anyone needs to see is a stylized photo of coffee and coziness when you really want to talk about anxiety and stress.

I hope you’re cool with all of the above, want to hear more, and that you’ll follow along as I share my journey in Style and in Sanity.