Color Correcting          Color Correcting        Color correcting has resurfaced as a makeup trend this year, and numerous companies came out with color correcting palettes and products to make it easy for anyone to try color correcting for themselves.

To be honest, I'm not a fan of having too many layers on my face. I love letting my skin breathe as much as possible, especially since my skin tends to be dry and moody. ;) But every now and then I do love to go all out and do a full face, especially for a night out or a special occasion. Let's be real, having alone time to sit and listen to music or catch up on a favorite show (totally watching Once Upon a Time from the beginning right now!) and just spend way too much time doing my makeup is sometimes the "me time" I love and need! Anyone else with me?? :)

Today I'm going to break down the idea of color correcting and make it super easy for anyone who wants to give it a go! So who's color correcting for? Really, anyone! If you have some discoloration, spots you want to hide, dark circles under your eyes or uneven skin tone, using a color correction method under your makeup can seriously do wonders! 

Where I struggle with discoloration the most is having blue/purple in the inner corner of my eyes, darkness under my eyes and a lot of redness around my nose area. Not to mention a few acne scars from my teenage years (boo!) and a few breakout spots on my face. I'll walk you through my personal process for color correcting, and then leave you with some easy tips for doing it on your own at home!

Most of the time people get overwhelmed by the colors and don't really know where to start and what colors to use where. As an easy reference, I've included a picture of a color wheel below. We are going back to the basics of color theory! If you take a look at the wheel, you'll notice that orange is directly across from the color blue. Green is directly across from the pinks and reds. The color that is directly across from the problem color you are trying to correct is the color you'll want to use on that area. Pretty neat, huh? Let's jump into the step-by-steps.

Color Correcting           Step One: Prime your face before getting started. I like to use a light moisturizer to prime my face before applying makeup. I suggest using your favorite primer. 

Step Two: I'm first going to address the dark blue/purple area in the corners of my eyes. I'm using a cream product, so I'll dab my finger in it to help apply to the area and blend in lightly. The trick is to not apply too much and not too little, just enough to cover the area until you no longer see the problem color coming through. It's OK if it leaves the color on your face, don't worry, we'll get it covered up.

Pro Tip: I always suggest applying your creams before your powders. If you do it the opposite way, your makeup can tend to break up and look uneven. Since I have a cream foundation and concealer, I decided to use cream correctors instead of powdered ones. Most kits are creams, so you shouldn't have a problem finding one you like!

Step Three: Using the light peach (because my skin tone is very fair), I blended this out under my eyes to help the slight dark circles in that area.

Color Correcting Made EasyStep Three: The green shade is one of my favorites since it helps even out redness. I tend to have a lot of hormonal redness around my nose, chin and cheeks, so I used my fingers and a brush to lightly apply the green in those areas. 

Color Correcting  Since those are the main places I wanted to address, I went ahead and stopped there.

Here is an easy guide on what colors to use for your skin needs below:

Purple: Corrects yellow. Brightens and helps with dullness and sallowness. 
Pink: Corrects brown. Great for dark spots, age spots and sunspots. Ideal for fair skin.
Yellow: Corrects purple. Covers mild redness and purple/blue under eye areas. Brightening.
Green: Correct redness. Great for more intense redness, visible capillaries and breakouts. 
Red: Corrects green/blue. Especially great for covering dark circles on deep skin. 
Orange: Corrects blue. Covers dark circles, better for medium skin tones.
Peach: Corrects blue. Also covers dark circles and hyper-pigmentation, better for fair skin tones. 

Color Correcting            Step Four: Using a beauty blender, I applied my foundation over the color correcting. After this step, you shouldn't see the color correcting you've done, instead you should have a very even look to your skin. 

Color Correcting Made Easy Step Five: To add brightness, I applied my concealer over my foundation where my face naturally has the most light (under eyes, bridge of nose, forehead, chin etc.) and as a little extra to some of those pesky breakouts. ;) 

Pro tip: Since we used so many layers, I suggest using a setting powder to set your under eye area in order to prevent creasing.
Color Correcting Made Easy  And we are done! This will give you a very even but one dimensional look, so I highly suggest adding a little color back into those cheeks with some contouring, blush and highlight. Check out my highlighting and contouring post for some of my favorite tips on that method! 

Color Correcting
So what do you think of color correcting? Is it something you would try out for yourself? I like that it's an option for an extra special occasion and possibly for those times here and there when certain areas are really struggling and I just want to brighten everything up. :) There are a lot of good palettes out there too! I used the one by Tarte, but this one, this one and these have all had great reviews too. Enjoy, friends! Lots of love, Sav

Credits //Author and Photography: Savannah Wallace. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions.

Should I launch my blog with contentTime for another question in our Blogging Q&A series. If you missed the last few, check here. Today's question is again from a Blog Life student. I feel like I say that every time, but they have a lot of really good questions. :) She asks:

"This may be a silly question, but when I first launch my blog, do I launch it with posts in each category already posted prelaunch or just have a welcome post and a couple of posts on the day of launch? Just wondering what would interest readers more in your opinion. Thanks for all the awesome information!"

We actually hear this question pretty often from bloggers who are just starting out or who are in the middle of a rebrand and relaunch of their site. The number one rule is—don't over think it to the point that you don't press the go button! It's better to start than to be perfect. Because perfection is like a unicorn... we all understand the concept, but ultimately it's not a real thing. ;)

OK, here's a couple of considerations, even though we don't believe there's a black and white, right or wrong way to do this. So first, how many categories do you plan to write about? Some blogs are pretty focused while others have a few main topics and lots of mini topics from time to time. Here at ABM we fall under the "not super focused" category. Yes, we mainly write about home decor and food, but we also write about lots of other things that we are interested in or we've found our readers are interested in (like blogging tips, for example). If your site will focus on a bunch of different topics, it is a good idea to communicate this clearly out of the gate. This might mean having at least one post in each area, or it might be something you can communicate in your blog design or launch day post. But the main thing you are looking to avoid is if someone shows up the first week and it feels like your site is all about knitting, and then they show up the next week to a recipe post. They may feel confused, or if they don't like recipe posts, they may feel turned off. You don't want them wondering if it's the same site (since they are new, they may not have your logo, header, etc. committed to memory yet). And you also don't want them feeling like maybe you've already changed direction, so they shouldn't come back again. So think on those challenges before your launch. 

Second, if you already have an audience, like you are rebranding or you had a big audience on FB or IG and are just now starting a blog, then you also might want to consider finding ways to give them a taste of everything you will be focusing on. Again, this is just to help them understand what to expect and why they should keep reading. 

On the other hand, if you are launching and you are starting from ground zero (no audience to speak of, yet!), then you might be better off having 3-5 posts (or more) done in your drafts, but on launch day, just publish one post and save the others so you can spread them out and give yourself plenty of breathing room as you find your blogging zone. If you are new to blogging, finding any way to help take the pressure off and give yourself more time to create and make those posts the best they can be while you are still learning is SO helpful. 

But again, the most important thing is to START. Don't let small concerns, like how many posts to have ready before launch, slow you down. Choose something that fits your situation and get moving! We learn best if we are actually doing the thing rather than just thinking about doing the thing. :) 

Let us know if you have other blogging, business, or other questions that might pertain to this series as we love to know what your dealing with in your world! xo. Emma

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman. Photography: Elsie Larson. Image Design: Mara Dockery.

Ransom Note T-ShirtsHi there! Today I am really excited to work with our partner Canon USA to share a fun method for making t-shirts using iron-on transfer paper! In the past we've made t-shirts using a font, so today I wanted to try something a little different and create text using a photo! Watch the video for full DIY instructions! 

AR5A8857 (1)I used my Canon PIXMA iP8720 for this project. Using the Canon PRINT App, I was able to send the picture from my phone straight to the printer, making it so easy!  

Don't forget! You can use this method for lots of different things—human t-shirts (OMG! a baby tee would be so cute!), a backpack or even an apron. So many gift possibilities! 

And, since I can't resist, here's a few more photos of the pups modeling their new t-shirts!!!

DIY Ransom Note T-ShirtsDIY Ransom Note T-ShirtsDIY Ransom Note T-ShirtsAs you can see, Dolly and Suki love their new shirts. They used to hate dressing up, but lately they love it. Dolly practically jumped into her shirt. Ha! I guess it makes them feel fancy! 

Thanks so much for reading! xxoo -Elsie 

Credits//Author and Photography: Elsie Larson, Video and Music: Jeremy Larson. 

At Home with Jacki Moseley                    Today we have an extra special At Home With feature for you guys—from our very own Jacki Moseley. All you avid ABM readers probably already know Jacki as she is our Community Engagement Manager, meaning she's the sweet gal behind the Instagram, support emails, and blog comments. Jacki does SO many things at ABM that I think the whole thing would stop working without her (I'm not joking—really, she keeps the machine moving). She also has a passion for vintage, as you can tell from her Etsy shop The Paisley Suitcase. Her house is insanely adorable with too many cute details to count. So we were so, so pleased when she agreed to share her space with our ABM community. 

At Home with Jacki Moseley        Coffee table/Amazon, Wooden legs (spray painted)/Home Depot., Yellow pillow and Starburst mirror/Pier 1.

"Totally blushing right now, Emma. I'm SO excited to share my home with you guys today. I'll start with a little background info. My uncle bought this amazing early 1920s home a few years ago, and I've been renting it from him ever since. I was pretty content in my 700 square ft. apartment, but I mean... hello! Instant upgrade. I love everything vintage and old architecture makes me super happy. So this place has been an absolute dream to live in and decorate.

At Home with Jacki Moseley   "I love decorating with a lot of color so everything really stands out against the white walls. The teal couch was Elsie's, and it's by far my favorite thing in this room. I had a yellow couch before this and had WAY too much gold and brown in here. I felt really inspired to add even more colorful decor and redecorate after I replaced the couch. Sometimes that's all it takes to get in the mood to redo things!

At Home with Jacki Moseley                      At Home with Jacki Moseley      Engineer print/Staples, Vase/Target, Table/Hobby Lobby.

"If you know me, then it's pretty obvious that I'm 100% in love with my dog, Kingston. And when people know that, you receive a lot of Boston terrier gifts. I love this old book, and it's the perfect centerpiece for my coffee table. Just a note on that. I'm not the craftiest person in the world, but a can of spray paint can do wonders. :) I painted the wooden legs yellow, and I love how it looks with the couch.

At Home with Jacki Moseley                           "A common theme in my home is having keepsakes from my family around. My grandma has given me a lot of hand-me-downs over the years, like the cool wicker chair in the living room. The engineer print is an old photo of my other grandma (bottom right) and her friends. It's by far my favorite photo, and I love seeing it on the wall everyday. My family has owned an office supply store in downtown Springfield for over 70 years. I have a lot of little memories from it, like my great-grandfather's business card and other items from the original location. 

At Home with Jacki Moseley via       At Home with Jacki Moseley                         Rug/Amazon.

At Home with Jacki Moseley via  At Home with Jacki Moseley                At Home with Jacki Moseley via      At Home with Jacki Moseley                     "I kept the decor pretty minimal in this room, but I love how the blue rug and bright white hutch are the main focus. It has an original flour sifter inside and it's perfect for storage. The printer's drawer was my grandma's. I used to play with the little trinkets when I was a kid! It's really fun to add to the collection when I come across them at the flea market.

At Home with Jacki Moseley    At Home with Jacki Moseley via    Tassel garland/Love Garlands on Etsy, Fireplace screen/Amazon (painted).

At Home with Jacki Moseley  At Home with Jacki Moseley           At Home with Jacki Moseley                              "I love that I can display my favorite glassware and knick knacks in the kitchen display cabinet. I found the bar cart at my favorite flea market. The colored aluminum shot glass and shaker set is the best!

At Home with Jacki Moseley                    At Home with Jacki Moseley                 Hand towels/Amazon.

At Home with Jacki Moseley              At Home with Jacki Moseley via     "The house is very close to its original form, but the bathroom has been renovated since I moved in. My uncle has amazing taste, and I couldn't be happier with how this room turned out. We removed the bathtub and put in a walk-in shower (showers are so necessary nowadays!), chose black and white subway tile all around, and penny tile for the floors. It really fits with the era of the home. The old medicine cabinet (found it on eBay) is great for bathroom storage and my old perfume bottle collection.  

At Home with Jacki Moseley                   Planter/Lowes.

"I kept my bedroom pretty simple, focusing on white and airy elements. I chose mint and peach as the main colors for this room based on a photo I took of the Loveless Cafe sign in Nashville. This cart was an estate sale find, and I couldn't imagine a better spot for my mom's old Dr. Seuss books. 

At Home with Jacki MoseleyMirror set/Urban Outfitters, Comforter and Rug/Amazon, Throw/Overstock (similar), Mint pillowcases/Grey and peach pillow/Target.

At Home with Jacki Moseley                  Paper lanterns, crystal drawer pulls/Amazon.

At Home with Jacki Moseley At Home with Jacki Moseley                                "Little details like this make my heart so happy. I'm still pinching myself over this home tour, so thanks so much for reading! And a special thanks to Janae Hardy for making me fall in love with this home all over again."

You can follow Jacki on Instagram and visit her Etsy shop here. xo!

Credits//Author: Jacki Moseley. Photography: Janae Hardy. 

Laura's backyard tour! Before + After (click through for more)If you are anything like me, you are all about the backyard living. Weekend hangs in lawn chairs with magazines or cocktails on the porch on a summer night are what summers are made of around here. Unfortunately, when we moved in last summer, the back porch was, well, not quite a cozy spot. It felt bare and sterile and really needed some thoughtful touches to make it feel homey and cared for. One year (and a few DIY projects later), and we finally have a back porch that we are happy to hang out on, and I wanted to share it with you today!

Laura's backyard tour! Before + After (click through for more)                   As you can see in the before photo, we also had the house painted in the last year, which made a huge difference in the overall vibe of the house. The backyard just didn't have any personality before, although it did have a Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe type lamp at the corner of the cement deck. Since I wasn't planning on meeting Mr. Tumnus there anytime soon, I was pretty happy to have that finally removed! Instead I created some outdoor patio lighting that runs off a movable pole to create more of a party feel at night.

Laura's backyard tour! Before + After (click through for more)   I love these vintage wire recliners that add to the mid-century feel. It can be hard sometimes to find outdoor vintage items in good shape, so I was happy to steal these from a friend who couldn't use them anymore (pillows are from Target).

Laura's backyard tour! Before + After (click through for more)                I wanted to create a bit of separation between the carport and the deck, so I built this trellis from a design I saw in a 60s magazine ad to keep the spaces separate while not blocking out the view of the woods. Check out the DIY post to see how much that cactus in the middle has grown just this summer—it's crazy!

Laura's backyard tour! Before + After (click through for more)Laura's backyard tour! Before + After (click through for more)      Laura's backyard tour! Before + After (click through for more)I love having these mid-century inspired outdoor planters to flank the sides of the back door steps. Those monstera plants inside are probably my favorite kind of greenery at the moment.

Laura's backyard tour! Before + After (click through for more)Laura's backyard tour! Before + After (click through for more)                  I try to do a lot of cactus and succulents outside because they always seem to thrive in the sunlight whereas their indoor counterparts usually don't last as long. Sometimes I put certain ones outside each summer just to get that growth spurt before bringing them back in each winter.

Laura's backyard tour! Before + After (click through for more)While the fan palms planted in the rock planter should be able to last the winter outside, all the other plants will have to come in until springtime. So the house is extra full of plants in the colder months (which is fine by me as it makes the indoors feel more tropical).

Laura's backyard tour! Before + After (click through for more)I've had that simple round patio table around for a few years (just a thrifting find), and while it's nothing special, I think it works well with the white metal dining chairs and pretty patio umbrella.

Laura's backyard tour! Before + After (click through for more)To create a more custom space, I painted this black and white tile pattern on the floor, and it really gives the space a pop of pattern and personality. For someone who also changes their mind a lot, a painted deck means I can repaint a new pattern whenever I get tired of the old one!

Laura's backyard tour! Before + After (click through for more)           Laura's backyard tour! Before + After (click through for more)Thanks for joining us to view a bit of our backyard setup! Lately the cooler fall nights have been perfect for stargazing and cuddling up with a drink of some sort. Hopefully we'll have a few more months of outdoor living before the Nashville winter hits! xo. Laura

Credits // Author: Laura Gummerman, Photography: Laura Gummerman and Todd Gummerman


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