Everyday Makeup Tutorial

If you're like me, my morning routine doesn't always involve makeup. But when it does, I want to look amazing! Younique sent me some fantastic products that I've been able to easily incorporate into my everyday makeup look. I can't wait to share my tips and these products with you!

I started with Younique's Moonstruck Addiction Shadow Palette 1. Because I have brown hair and blue eyes, I gravitated to the warm neutrals. Palette 2 is cooler with grays and silver while Palette 3 uses shades of pink and purple. You can use any of these to create your own look based on your favorite color combinations.

Once you've chosen your palette, it's time to work on your canvas. Applying makeup is a lot like creating art using highlights, shadows, and gradients. Follow the same rules as you would creating dimension in a painting. Use lighter colors on the parts of your face that are prominent — the brow bone, center of the nose, and chin.  Use darker colors to contour and create depth — the crease of your eye, under the cheekbones, and in the crease above your chin.

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My final tip has to do with lips and cheeks. To get more bang for your buck, consider using Younique's Stiff Upper Lip Stain on your cheeks. Since I'm so pale, I used the color Shy, but if you're tanner, consider other colors. Just make sure you use it sparingly and blend like crazy into the apples of your cheeks. It creates a natural, flushed glow that lasts all day.

To see me apply the entire makeup look, watch this YouTube video of the process!

What does your makeup routine look like? Could it be amped up with a new product from Younique?

This post was sponsored by Younique. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my viewers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission guidelines concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising.

My Love of Alt Summit (and a contest!)

I'm thrilled that Hayneedle asked to sponsor this post! I adore them just as much as I adore Altitude Summit.

In January of 2012, I was online looking at the Flickr album of photos from Alt Summit, a blog conference held in Salt Lake City. It wasn't the first time I had ogled the beautiful backdrop of The Grand America, the well-orchestrated outfits, the cocktail parties. Not to mention the caliber of bloggers and businesses in attendance. It was organized by one of my blogging idols, Gabrielle Blair, and her sister, Sara Urquhart.

I turned to my husband and said, "I want to go there. I want my blog to be worth going there." He told me I should get to work. So I did. I started reviewing my haphazard blog, streamlining its purpose, cleaning up design, and ended up rebranding completely from stylemom.blogspot.com to Being Spiffy.

I attended my first Alt Summit in January of 2014. I was scared out of my gourd. Even though I'd worked hard on my brand, and knew other bloggers that would be in attendance, and had gone shopping for just the right ensembles, I still felt unprepared and uncool. What I soon learned is, I wasn't alone. So many where there for the first time. So many were just starting their blog (I had been blogging since 2005). Some people wore amazing day dresses and high heels. Others jeans and Converse. All the things I had worried about were inconsequential. We were all there to support each other, collaborate, and have a good time.

Some of the fab people I was able to meet…Girls with Glasses, Dooce, Christy Turlington Burns, and someone who became a dear friend, Troy Williams

I wasn't sure when I would be able to attend Alt again, but I was lucky enough to be donated a ticket to their first Summer Alt Summit in June 2014. I was definitely more open, since it wasn't my first rodeo. I chatted it up, hip hop danced in a park, sat 10 feet away from the hilarious Martha Stewart during her keynote, and met one of my scrapbooking mentors Ali Edwards.

Through a random set of circumstances, I was able to score a ticket at the last minute to Alt in January 2015. Since it was my third time, I knew I couldn't attend "just for the experience." So I went with a goal in mind — to discover the WHY behind my blog, discover my mission statement, and establish myself as a brand. And you know what? I did all that! (Plus I got to see my friend Brit and had some really rockin' headshots taken by my girl Bax Miller.)

Finally in June 2015, after applying multiple times, my dream was achieved. I taught at Alt Summit.

My roundtable was entitled "How to Create a Type-A Editorial Calendar with a Type-B Personality." We had just moved three days before and I felt overworked and underprepared. But I knew I would get the support I needed from the Alt community and they didn't disappoint. My 10 years of blogging had truly paid off and it's an experience I will always treasure.

My husband was super jealous that I met Guy Kawasaki but I was just jealous of Melissa Esplin's hand-lettered photo backdrop. Melissa also did the lettering on my sweet arm art from Fanciful Face Painting. Hayneedle threw a magical party to end an equally magical conference.

Now that I've convinced you that attending Alt Summit will change your life, the good news continues. Hayneedle.com is sending one lucky home design blogger to Alt in January 2016! Here's how…

Visit Hayneedle's website and click on the Alt Summit banner on their homepage. Nominate your blog to be eligible then get your community to vote for you! The blog with the most nominations wins an all-expense-paid trip, complete with conference ticket, airfare, and hotel. Guys, that's a $3000 value! Hurry, because the contest ends October 15, 2015.

I hope one of my freaking fabulous readers wins! And if you do…can I be your roommate? :D