DIY Tassel Banner Tutorial

For the past few years, these DIY tissue paper tassle garlands have been floating around on Pinterest and I’ve been hooked on them ever since! They are so festive and easy to make. I make them for bridal + baby showers, birthday parties, and to string along my mantle for various occasions. I’ve had so many people ask me how to make them, and I thought it was about time that I showed you, so Amanda and I broke out the hot glue gun last week and got to work! Keep reading for a step-by-guide on how to make these adorable tassle banners!

 

Materials:

*hot glue gun

*twine

*scissors

*tissue paper (I usually use 3-4 colors; 1 piece of tissue paper will make 4 tassles)

 

DIY Banner

 

Now that you’ve got your supplies ready, it’s time to get this party started!

Step 1: Fold once length-wise.
DIY Banner

Step 2: Fold once width-wise.DIY Banner

DIY Banner

DIY Banner

DIY Banner

(you can fold again width-wise; I didn’t and my tassle so ends up a bit wider…either way works!)

Step 3: Start cutting 1 inch strips into the tissue paper– don’t stress about cutting them perfectly even or straight! Leave about 2 inches at the top uncut. DIY Banner

DIY Banner

Step 4: Unfold and cut in half. You will then cut each half in half again, leaving you with 4 pieces.DIY Banner

Step 5: Once you have everything unfolded, take one section at a time and twist the center, making sure the tassels don’t get twisted. Roll the entire section first before twisting it.

DIY Banner

DIY Banner

After you’ve rolled + twisted each section, put a drop or two of hot glue between the two pieces, leaving space for the twine to fit through. DIY Banner

I like to follow a pattern of colors and repeat until I get my banner the length I want it, which is usually 5-6 feet long.

DIY Banner

These colors are sooo Easter-y! After I made this one, I made another one the next day for my cousin’s bridal shower. I think they’re so fun and an expensive, DIY touch that adds a pop of color!

DIY Banner

Holiday Makeup Look | Allison Marie

Christmas and New Year’s are just days away! Whether you’re celebrating by throwing parties with coworkers, family members, or having a night out with friends, you definitely need a go-to holiday makeup look that would work with a scarf and booties or a fancy dress and heels. It is the busiest time of year and I’ve got a holiday makeup look that is perfect to add a little more glam to your look! 
 
These special occasions tend to be in the evening and more formal. So, you want your makeup to be more on the bold side.  When I hear “Holiday glam” I think smoky eyes, red lips, and even glitter…don’t you?!
First, I always start with the basics such as moisturizer and face primer. Then, I use my go-to foundation, the Tarte Amazon Clay liquid foundation, followed by under eye and blemish concealer.
 
Secondly, it’s time for contouring and highlighting. I like to use my Lorac Pro Palette and Pro Contour brush (see my post on Highlighting + Contouring HERE)
 
Blush is next. I really like “Dirty Plum” matte powder blush by MAC. It’s a berry color that pairs perfect with a red, berry, or mauve lip.
 
Then, we have the most important step: the smoky eye. Always begin with eyelid primer to prevent creasing. Also, it will keep your eyeshadows in place.
 
For this next part I will be using the Smashbox DoubleExposure Palette:
 
The colors above are perfect for a smoky eye. It comes with a dual ended brush. You can even wet the brush and dip it in the eyeshadows to make them more pigmented. Start with the light sand color all over from lid to brow. Then, apply the chocolate brown shade to the crease and dark brown to the far corner. Blending in with your brush. Please do not use your fingers…brushes work so much better! ; )
 
Eyeliner is a must! As I said, I wear black winged eyeliner every day. To smoke it out, apply black eyeshadow over top of the wing you just created and more to the far end. Tightline the bottom lashes with black liner. You can use white to tightline to make your eyes look brighter. 
 
Now it’s time to glitter it up! Take silver or gold glitter and apply it to the eyelid and inner corner. Follow with silver or gold eyeshadow over top, then touch up eyeliner as needed.
You are almost finished with the eye; all you have left is mascara. My favorite is TooFaced Better than Sex. Fake eyelashes are optional. I am a huge fan of the Vegas Nay Lashes from Ulta Beauty. I also really like Ardell’s “Wispies” lashes.
 
Definitely fill in those brows, girl! I only use Anastasia Beverly Hills brow products. I use the Brow Wiz first followed by her DIPBROW Pomade. 
 
I save the lip color for last; I went with a berry lip for this look. I know they say if the eye is overdone to downplay the lip, but this is not always the case! For the holidays, you want to glam it up. And don’t forget lip liner since bright colors tend to bleed out. Sometimes I put lip liner all over my lips then the lip color on top. You can also set it with some powder when you are finished and apply another layer of red lip color over top. 
 
Set makeup with a spritz or two of Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water or Urban Decay AllNighter makeup setting spray. Setting spray will help your makeup last all night.
 
Finish with red, silver, or gold nail polish, a cute outfit, heels or boots, jewelry, and a cute hairstyle. Now, your look is complete and you are ready to party the night away!

Highlighting + Contouring Basics | Allison Marie

Highlighting and contouring is the new black. (That’s how that goes, right?) You see and
hear about it everywhere, and I don’t think it’s going out of style any time
soon. Now is the perfect time to learn! In this tutorial, I will cover the basics: must-have products, where & how to apply, as well as my before & after photos… so let’s get started:
 
 “Highlighting” means to accentuate or
brighten up your best features, while the definition of “contouring” is to
darken, minimize, or diminish the less flattering ones. If you have a small
nose, you can highlight it to make it look bigger or by contouring the sides and
tip of the nose, you can make it appear smaller. It’s a play on lighting. You
are creating depth and shadows where there aren’t any (for example, making cheekbones). With this technique, you can change the shape of someone’s face.
 
In my profession, I personally contour and highlight my face
every single day. But for others, it may be saved for
photos or special events. That’s not to say you can’t add a little highlight or
bronzer here and there whenever you want. It just takes more time, that’s all.
 
Now, let’s talk about products. Highlighting and contour
kits come in two forms: cream and powder. I recommend cream for dry skin and
powder for oily skin. Anastasia Beverly Hills has both kinds of contour kits. Plus,
they each come with six different shades: three light + three dark. Also, NYX has an awesome cream stick called the Wonder Stick. One end has a highlighter and the other has a darker
color for contouring, which is less confusing for the beginner.
 
The next thing you will absolutely need to have is a contour
brush. This is a must. I think when you see women with that dark streak across
their cheek, it’s because they didn’t use or have the right brushes to properly
blend it in. I recently purchased the Lorac Pro Contour Palette which came with
their Pro Contour Brush. It’s a great palette and you are getting a pretty good deal
by getting the brush to go with it. It even comes with instructions! Once you have your kit and brush, it’s time to get down to
business…
First, apply your moisturizer and primer, followed by foundation and
setting powder. I always start with contouring first and save the highlighting
for last. Either way is okay. I begin by applying the medium shade to the
hollow of my cheeks from the corner of my nose to the top of my ear. Then, I go
down the sides of my nose, blending as I go. This placement works for almost all
face shapes.
 
Next, I take the light shade and go from the temple, across
the forehead, and down the other side. Blending up into the hairline. For a
longer forehead, blend down towards the browbone.
Lastly, I dust the dark shade along the jawline, under the
chin, and down the center of the neck. Blend upward from the jawline to the
cheekbone for square shape faces. If you are wearing a low cut blouse, you can
add a contour to the base of your neck and chest. And that’s it for contouring! It’s that simple.
 
Before I use the highlight or shimmery shade, I like to
conceal with the banana or yellow powder (shown above). It is my absolute favorite and I always seem to run out of it! But the good thing about the Anastasia Kit is that they sell
individual refills for each color. I use the banana powder under my eye, and I also
mix it with the light pink or fawn shade and dust it between my cheekbone and
jawline contour. I like to make three straight lines in the middle of my
forehead and blend. It is also great for around the nose to cover redness and
between the cupids bow on your lip. It’s even good to apply around you lips to
keep your lipstick from bleeding. 
 
As for the highlight, I apply it under the eye
and brush across the cheekbones. If your skin is oily– you may want to stick
with the matte contour and skip the shimmer to avoid less shine throughout the
day.
 
The key is to blend, blend, blend! The other day, I started to walk out the door and my husband noticed that I hadn’t blended my contour well enough and I had to go back and finish blending! It was so funny! I guess he has learned a few things over the years ; )
 
You can finish up this look with blush, eye makeup, filled-in brows, and lip color. By doing that, you will be able to have a put-together look. Definitely try it out and make it your
own. If you have questions about this tutorial, please e-mail me at allisonmarie87.beauty@gmail.com
or visit me at Ulta in the Meadowbrook Mall. We want your feedback– so let us
know what you think or what you would like to see in future posts.
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**Stay tuned to the blog this week for announcements on a holiday contest which includes a makeup giveaway!

Everyday Makeup Look | Allison Marie

 

Ladies, I know makeup can be intimidating. I get a lot of
women walking into Ulta and they are just so overwhelmed by it all. I believe
it is a combination of the endless aisles of makeup, the perfectly contoured
employees, and all of the different brands to choose from. Their heads are
spinning and they don’t know where to start or what to buy. I was there once.
It has taken me several years, lots of wasted dollars, and trial and error to
figure out what works for me. And I’m still learning. So, I am going to give
you the basics that I tell each one of these clients and what I wish someone
would have told me from the very beginning. ; )
 
Necessary items to have in your makeup bag are: foundation,
concealer, powder, eyeshadow, bronzer, blush, eyeliner, mascara, brow product,
lipstick, and at least 3 brushes (for foundation, powder, and blush)
Step 1: Prep skin with moisturizer. Apply foundation with
brush, sponge, or beauty blender. Try to avoid using fingertips because it will
not go on evenly and you don’t want to transfer any germs from your hands onto
your face. My favorite foundation is Tarte Amazon Clay. Just make sure it has
an SPF in it, because you do get sun exposure all year round, even in the
winter!
 
Step 2: This is where you can add concealer under the eye and/or
to cover any blemishes. I recommend using it overtop of foundation instead of
under. Then, you always set everything with powder. I prefer loose powder. I
love Smashbox Halo to Go Hydrating Perfecting Powder. (Tip: There are different
types of concealer. One for the face doesn’t necessarily work for under the
eye. Also, a green concealer is great for covering up redness.)
 
Step 3: Bronzer is perfect for every day. But it’s different
than contouring. The definition of bronzer is giving the appearance of a
suntan. The proper way to apply bronzer is to make two “c’s” — one on each
side of the face from your forehead to your cheeks and then from your cheeks to
your jawline. You want to give the appearance that the sun is shining down on
you from above almost like a halo effect.
 
Step 4: Blush would have to be the number one makeup mishap
I see on a daily basis. Usually it’s applied too high up on the cheekbones and
in a straight line. The key to applying blush is from the corner of the mouth
to the top of the ear in a slight upward curve. For those with a longer face,
like me, I recommend applying from the corner of the nose in a curve like
motion to the top of the ear. Urban Decay has some of the best blushes. Rapture is a very pretty one that looks great on everybody.
 
Step 5:  You can never
go wrong with a gold eyeshadow. It is my go-to. It goes with every outfit and
looks good on everyone!
 
Step 6: I never leave home without black eyeliner. I love
Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner in Trooper. Felt tips are quick and precise for the
lid. If I have extra time, I will use a gel liner. The trick to perfect winged
liner is to work from the outside in. I like pencils for tight-lining, which
means to go along the upper and lower lashes with eyeliner. If you don’t like to wear
eyeliner or don’t have a steady hand, skip ahead to the next step.
 
Step 7: Black mascara makes your eyes look bigger and
brighter. My favorite mascaras are: Too Faced’s Better Than Sex Mascara and
Urban Decay’s Perversion. And if you really want to splurge, you can get
eyelash extensions or tint your eyelashes.
 
Step 8: Eyebrows are what’s in right now. So, I always fill
them in or apply a brow gel. All of my brow products are by Anastasia BeverlyHills. She is the queen of brows.
 
Step 9: Lastly, don’t forget to put on lipstick or a
lipgloss
.
 
Here a few photos of my everyday, simple, makeup look:
 
 
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I love this palette!
 
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The completed look!
 
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Everyday Makeup
I hope you liked this makeup look! And don’t forget that makeup should be fun! And you do have to practice. Always feel free to contact me at allisonmarie87.beauty@gmail.com with any questions. You can also visit me at Ulta Beauty in the Meadowbrook Mall. I do makeup applications and lessons!

 

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