Introducing January and February How-To Posts!

If you’ve been following along for a while now, you may recall that last spring the APW staff took a field trip to my house (a.k.a. The Pony Farm) to execute a series of easy, no-nonsense hair and makeup tutorials. Of course, almost immediately after that wrapped, we were given an incredible opportunity to work with Procter & Gamble Beauty & Grooming on a series of complete hair and makeup looks, and spent the summer bringing you things like braided updos, smoky eyes, and makeup for freckles. But now, finally, we get to show you guys the long-awaited pony farm hair and makeup series that we worked so hard on last spring. And we’re excited.

If the P&G hair and makeup tutorials were all about showcasing rad ways to put together full wedding looks, this series is more about getting back to the basics. Think: easy cat-eye makeup, foundation basics, and some of the laziest (and hottest) wedding hairstyles you could hope for. (Seriously. The skill level required on these is about a two. The result is a ten.)

So starting tomorrow, we’ll be going back to our lazy roots and starting at square one. Which, let’s be serious. As much as the staff loves playing dress up and getting pampered by a team of stylists (more to come on them in a minute), most of us are pretty novice when it comes to anything more than your basic sheer foundation and lip gloss combo. That said, we also don’t want to sell ourselves short. There was definitely some of this happening:

And this (surprise, surprise.)

And because the universe loves us and wants us to have nice things, some of this.

Of course, we owe a huge debt of gratitude to our amazing stylists who trekked all the way out to the pony farm (it’s a hike) and made us feel like a million bucks. These ladies are amazing and their talent is on a whole other level. (Psst…if you’re in the bay area check out Nichole, Shana, Nikol and Yesenia for yourself. They might just be the best hair and makeup team on the planet.)

In short, we’re really excited for this.

And we promise it’s going to be good.

So stay tuned! Our first tutorial goes up tomorrow (a messy side bun, perhaps?). In the meantime, we’re still collecting submissions for our next #APWHowTo series over on Pinterest. So if hair and makeup isn’t your bag, head on over there and tell us what is! You can join our group board by emailing team (at) apracticalwedding (dot) com with #APWHowTo in the subject line.



Photos by: Emily Takes Photos (APW Sponsor)

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  • Laura

    Yessss, given the shot of Meg, it looks like you’re going to do a tutorial on the sideways hair thing!!! Like, in which the hair is sort of sideways half-down in a non-80s fashion. YES.

    • meg

      That’s really halfway through something else, so sorta :)

  • Laura

    That picture with the puppy just made my day. I can’t wait to see the series!

    • Yeah can we get a puppy herding tutorial also? I think that applies more to my daily life. =:^D

      • Paranoid Libra

        I personally want to see Maddie’s mastiff playing with that little dog, but knowing mastiffs, most aren’t big on moving.

  • Love the sneak peeks! These photos make me long for warm sunshine :-) Thanks for making such great things happen!

  • Can’t wait! Thank you for the lovely and sweet intro!
    Fox & Doll

  • Denzi

    CANNOT. WAIT. Loved the P&G tutorials, but waaaay more excited about the pony farm and basics for people like me (spoiler alert: I chopped all my hair because I hate dealing with it). :D :D :D

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