Monday, August 25, 2014

Messy Bun for Shoulder Length Hair

Messy Bun Tutorial for Shoulder Length Hair, Chic Messy Bun, Messy Bun for Short Hair

I recently posted a tutorial for a messy bun that is meant for longer hair but can be adapted for shorter hair. Within the video, I included written instructions for how to modify it for those with shorter hair styles. Sometimes seeing it written isn't quite as simple as seeing it being done, so today I'm showing you how I do the shorter-haired version.

This video is how I do my messy bun when it's anywhere from just below chin-length to just below my shoulders. Once it's long enough, I add back in the double bun featured in the other tutorial.

Basic Steps:
  1. Pull hair up into low, small bun
  2. Tug loose ends up and around ponytail holder, making the bun bigger and adding fun, messy spikes
  3. Twist & tuck shorter pieces that fall out of bun into hair tie
  4. Pull & tug crown to add volume
Is that a quick and easy messy bun or what? This is typically how I wear my hair to work during the week (because it's so fast and I get ready at the gym) and for a low-key style on the weekends. In fact, my hair is almost always up in one of these funky buns.

Style tip: This updo works best for me if my hair has some curl/wave/kink to it. Try curling your hair with this heat-free curling method or sleep in a French braid the night before—it makes a big difference and when you pull and tug to add volume, having either face-framing soft curls or waves really takes this style up a notch (as seen from a distance here—see the face-framing curls?)!

The little details: Eyes & Lips: Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes and Younique Lucrative Lip Gloss c/o my cousin & Younique Presenter Lindsay, Sterling Silver Wrap Ring: c/o The Vintage Pearl

Monday, August 4, 2014

Messy Bun Tutorial

messy bun tutorial for long or short hair, hair tutorial, low bun tutorial

I'd like to preface this post by saying that I filmed this tutorial last year—the day before I whacked off 12-inches and donated my hair to charity. Looking back, I don't regret my decision to opt for a shorter 'do one bit, though this does make me miss my longer hair.

This messy bun is my go-to look for 2nd (or 3rd or 4th!) day hair. Though my hair is currently shoulder-length, I can still do a bun like this—I just have to modify the steps a little. My favorite part about this look? That it's a messy bun—it doesn't have to be perfect and will look different each time you do it.

Here are the basic steps:
  1. Make a little bun
  2. Double the bun
  3. Twist and tuck loose ends into hair tie
  4. Pull & tug bun to add volume
  5. Secure loose & floppy bun pieces with bobby pins
  6. Pull & tug crown to add volume
If you're trying this look on shorter hair, that's no problem! When you make your bun, skip step 2. Instead, twist and tuck the loose ends into your hair tie above your bun, creating what looks like a mini bun on top. It will give that "double bun" effect. And then, just like in the tutorial, pull & tug to add volume and secure loose pieces in place. I used this same method to create this bun and this bun on my much shorter hair.


Monday, August 12, 2013

Basic Makeup Tutorial

Basic Makeup Tutorial

Today's post is a first... a video makeup tutorial! I've gotten quite a few requests to demonstrate how I do my makeup, including how I do my winged eyeliner and smoky eyeshadow, so today's tutorial takes all my basic makeup tricks and fits them into a 7-minute video... Enjoy!

Products used in this video (shop other items in my vanity here):

Brushes used in this video:

Basic Makeup Tutorial

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial! Here's a pinnable image if you'd like to add this to one of your Pinterest boards, and don't forget to subscribe to my channel on YouTube.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

What Are Bender Buckles?

Do you remember my killer chevron belt from Monday? Here's a visual reminder...

White belt and Converse
Outfit details here, Belt c/o Bender Buckles (use code AUNIESAUCEBB for 15% off)

I had a few people ask what Bender Buckles were, so today I'm going to show you. They're interchangeable magnetic belt buckles... and since that doesn't seem to click with a lot of people, I have a visual instruction guide. See below!

Bender Buckle Tutorial

Here are the steps for putting together a Bender Buckle belt:
  1. Order the 3 separate pieces needed to make your belt—the leather strap (comes in white, black and brown), the magnetic base buckle and the magnetic buckle face of your choice.
  2. Insert the base buckle into the leather strap.
  3. Snap on your interchangeable buckle face.
  4. Rock a Bender Buckle belt... and change them up with the different buckle faces to match your outfit!
My favorite part about this product is the versatility. I can choose different leather straps to match my outfits, and there are over 90 different buckle faces in their selection. In my photos, I'm wearing the wooden chevron face, and their white lizard and rhinestone rainbow flower buckles are on my wish list! (UPDATE: Just bought the rhinestone one. It goes with everything!)

Bender Buckles

Which one would you pick (see the selection here)? There are so many to choose from! If you go shopping, make sure to use code AUNIESAUCEBB for 15% off!

PS / / If you're in Boise, stop by Apricot Lane in the Boise Towne Square tonight from 6-8 pm. I will be there with Style Spy Girl for free styling sessions & refreshments, and the whole store is 20% off!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Goal Bracelet

Recently, I showed you the Trichotillomania Pull-Free Bracelet, but I think it's time for me to show you how to make one, and how it can fit into the bigger picture. The one I'm showing you today is the Goal Bracelet, and it can apply to anything you're working toward, whether it's days being pull-free like me, pounds lost, days without doing "insert your goal here," or counting all the achievements you've made—it's just so versatile and I am excited to share it with you!

Here are my 4-steps to the fool-proof Goal Bracelet. The supplies you'll need are: pony bead lacingconnectors, and craft beads.

Goal Bracelet

My 3 big tips:
  1. I prefer mini pony beads over the standard size because they're so much smaller! I like my Goal Bracelet to go with me anywhere (in the shower, in the pool, on my long runs)—I never take it off—so having something that's not only waterproof but small and streamlined is important to me.
  2. I have tried several methods for this, and the triple-wrap is the best that works for me. I find that wrapping the bracelet 3-times helps so it's easier to put on yourself each morning, since you can keep it snug while you're inserting the connector into the pony bead lacing. I always hold the side with the connector against my palm with my left hand, wrap it around my wrist 3-times, and then insert the other end with my right hand. I've tried using a single-strand bracelet for this, and I drop it every time.
  3. The knot at one end helps prevent beads from slipping off. Sometimes, my fingers slip while I'm putting my bracelet on and I drop it ... if there's no knot at one end, the beads usually scatter all over the ground. I haven't had a problem since I started using the knot.
    • The knot also helps if you're like me and want a specific bead pattern... this way I don't have to figure out where it stops or starts!
What goal are you looking to achieve? Would you use a Goal Bracelet to help? If you make one, tweet or instagram me with the hashtag #GoalBracelet and be sure to tag @auniesauce! I'd love to hear your feedback!

Friday, February 15, 2013

The Friar Tuck: Curl Your Hair Without Heat

curl your hair without heat, curl your hair with a headband

About a year ago, I made a post called Curl Your Hair Without Heat about how to curl your hair with a headband after watching a video on YouTube. It has since turned into my most-viewed post and has generated a ton of emails from readers who want to know exactly how to do it.

Today, I bring you my very own video tutorial for what I like to call the "Friar Tuck."

More details:
  • I have fine hair—and a lot of it. It holds curl well.
  • This curling method does not work if your hair is wet. It must be completely dry.
  • If your hair falls out of this easily, try wrapping your hair in a silk scarf before going to sleep.
  • If you have long hair, try using two headbands to reduce tangles & make it easier to tuck!
  • Dry shampoo used for 2nd day oil absorption & extra volume: Suave
  • Sea salt spray used: Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Spray
  • Songs in the video: (1) 1234 by Feist (2) New Soul by Yael Naim
  • The photos below show my hair after an entire day. Some days the curls don't last quite as long.

Products used in this video:

curl your hair without heat

/ / Like this video? Subscribe to my channel on YouTube! If you try the Friar Tuck, tweet or instagram me a photo with the hashtag #auniefriartuck. Love love love ♥

Monday, January 28, 2013

My Daily Hair Styling Routine

 Glasses: c/o Firmoo

Lately, I've gotten quite a few emails from ladies who want to know how I style my hair on a daily basis. Frequently asked questions include:
  • What do I do with it when I sleep?
  • What dry shampoo do I use?
  • Do I tease it?
  • Do I use hairspray?
  • How do I get natural-looking waves?
  • How do I style my bangs?

Today, I'm answering your questions. Here's a short video tutorial of exactly how I style my hair when I wear it down.

More details:
  • Fave overnight keep-it-out-of-your-face methods: ballerina bun, French braid, or Friar Tuck (video tutorial HERE)
  • Fave dry shampoo for 2nd day oil absorption & extra volume: Suave
  • Fave hairspray: Lamaur Sprayage (I used Big Sexy Hair in this video)
  • If I shower in the morning, I just let my hair air-dry naturally. It ends up with this same wavy texture. Once it's dry, I follow the same process.
  • To keep my hair healthy, I avoid heat styling tools and I haven't colored/highlighted my hair since May, 2011.
  • My bangs are longer here than usual--I'm growing them out!
  • Song in the video: White Sky by Vampire Weekend

Products used in this video:

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Wedding Hair Ideas

With our wedding just three days away (oh my—three days), I have been asked questions about my hair almost more than anything. "How are you going to wear your hair?" seems to come up every time the wedding does.

And guess what? I have no idea how I'm going to do my hair on the wedding day. NO IDEA*.

Recently, I had my hair curled for my bridal shower, and afterward, I went home to play around with some styles. I took some photos to help make a note about what I liked and didn't like. I have a little archive of wedding hair ideas on Bye Bye Beehive, so I adapted some of those styles to make new ones.

Here are a couple of my ideas for wedding hair styles.

THE TWISTED HALF-UP STYLE. This one is so easy. It's the base hairstyle for most of the other ones featured here. It's really similar to this style, but instead of just pinning it back, I twisted the hair as I pulled it back & before I pinned it, creating a pretty and soft design in the back. It would be great to add a little pearl or flower hair clip to hide the bobby pins or gap between the twists.

THE PINNED UPDO. I took the Twisted Half-Up pictured above and simply pinned my bottom half all up to make this easy updo. It took about 10-15 extra bobby pins. I would just grab a strand of hair, twist it and then pin it into place, creating a little "poof" (best word I could come up with) of hair with each pin. In the end, I had about 10 poofs that came together to create the definition in this updo. I pulled and tugged at each one to make this style look nice and full.

THE TWISTED PONYTAIL. You've seen this one before. This time, I didn't pin the last couple pieces up so high, so instead of creating a waterfall look, they simply cascaded down the ponytail. To create this look, all you do is just twist & pin (going under the curls to hide the pins). It's so simple and stays in place all day if you add a little hairspray.

THE TWISTED LOW CHIGNON. I started again with the Twisted Half-Up style, and instead of pinning smaller pieces of hair all over the place and higher up like the Pinned Updo, I took a couple large sections of hair, pinned them in a low bun, and then tugged on them to make the chignon just a bit bigger. I think this style would be really pretty with a couple loose curly strands falling down from the bun.

THE SIMPLE TWIST & PIN. As the name implies, this one is simple. You tease the hair at the crown of your head, twist back the front pieces & pin them under your hair, and you're set. This style is perfect for the easy-going-hair-all-down kind of bride.

And there are 5-easy wedding hair styles. Each of these took me less than 10-minutes, with some of them taking much, much less.

*FYI: in case you're wondering, I will not be wearing a veil, and my dress is not strapless.

Which is your favorite?

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Double Dutch Braid

After my entire last year of being conservative with my hair, it was no surprise to my impulsive self that I got bangs the moment my 365-day challenge finished. Now, while I love styling my new bangs and coming up with fun hairstyles, there are still days when I just want them out of my face.

Enter—braids. The double Dutch braid, to be exact. This one is really easy and holds my bangs back if I spritz it with a shot of hairspray.

  1. Create a deep side part for your hair.
  2. Section off two large pieces of hair to make your braids. Pin one section aside.
  3. Making a French braid that goes under instead of over (thus a Dutch braid), plait the hair to the side.
  4. I pulled in about 3 pieces of hair as I made the Dutch braid, before creating just a regular plait and not pulling any more hair in.
  5. Keep braiding until the plait reaches behind your ear and secure with a bobby pin. You can keep pin it over the hair for added texture if you want. I prefer to hide my pins under the hair.
  6. Plait back the second Dutch braid and pin next to the first.
Easy! My fine hair always stays right in place so I don't have to worry about tying off the braids with clear elastic bands. But if you have thicker hair, you may want to consider that.

Not only can this style help keep your bangs out of your face (if you have them), but it adds a pop to any simple outfit. My favorite accessory is always a creative hairstyle. See more here!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Beauty Week Twisted Pony

If you guys follow me on Twitter, you know that I've been talking a lot about
Beauty Week
all week!

Today, I get to share with you a lovely hair tutorial for a twisted pony.
It's really similar to this twisted side pony that I did.

Ready for the steps?
  1. I was going on second-day hair that day, so I bobby pinned my front pieces up into a bump.
  2. Just like in the twisted side pony, I gathered a small section of hair at the nape of my neck and secured it in a low ponytail with a clear elastic band.
  3. Working from the bottom to the top with the loose hair, I gathered small sections and began twisting them backwards and pinning them around the clear elastic band.
  4. I would twist and pin a small section from the right, and then switch it and twist and pin a section from the left.
  5. You don't have to twist the pieces back, but as you can see in the top right photo, it gives the hair some cool definition.
  6. Try to hide the bobby pins. If you can't, it's OK!
  7. Once it was all pinned, I separated and tugged on a couple pieces to give my hair a bit more volume and texture.
  8. Finish with a light veil of hairspray!
I'd love to see you try this look! If you do, make sure to tweet or instagram me a photo with the hashtag #twistedpony!

Want to know more about beauty week and all the fun that took place? 

Here was our schedule for who posted:

Friday: Me!

And now, per my usual Friday link-up, don't miss out on the fun!
PS> the first 5 links were the ladies who participated in Beauty Week.
Make sure to say hello!

Just Because Friday

(Note: this is a "no rules" link-up )

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Topsy Tail Twist

Glasses: c/o

To my saucy longer-haired readers, this is for you!
For the shorter-haired ladies... try variations of this, this or this

Last week, The Beauty Department posted an amazing tutorial for a funky topsy tail bun
First, let me just say, I'm a huge fan of the topsy tail.
Second, this style is so easy.
  1. Gather hair in a ponytail at the nape of your neck.
  2. Secure with an elastic band.
  3. Pull the elastic band to the bottom of your ponytail, leaving about 1-2 inches of hair at the end of the ponytail (or until your shorter layers don't start falling out).
  4. Separate the hair in the gap of the ponytail right down the middle into two pieces.
  5. Bring the ponytail up and through the gap, creating an upside-down topsy tail.
  6. Repeat, repeat, repeat... the hair will begin to twist into coils! 
  7. Once it's all coiled into a bun, secure the end of the ponytail underneath the bun with bobby pins.
  8. If your shorter layers fall out (like mine did), let them hang loose or pin them back. I gently twisted mine back and pinned them underneath one of the bigger twists (top right photo).
  9. You can tug on some of the pieces to give it some body and hide the part in the back.
  10. You can also tug on the coils to make them look a little bigger and more full. I had to do this because my bun was so small at first!
  11. A visual learner? Want to see how it is done? Visit TBD!
The Beauty Department recommended wearing this style slicked back and straight,
but I actually prefer it a little more loose and casual-looking.
I think it's perfect for a day at the office or a nice wedding updo.

I'd love to see your version of it. Tweet me or Instagram a photo with the hashtag #topsytailtwist!

Friday, August 10, 2012

5-Minute Eyes

I. Love. Makeup.

Which is funny, because this is definitely my first makeup tutorial EVER on Aunie Sauce. Now, if you really know me, you also know that I have 29 eye makeup how-to tutorials on my other blog LastLash, but that's neither here nor there. All I want to say is that makeup is kind of my thing, and I really enjoy doing it.

That being said, let's get into today's 5-minute eyes. This is my go-to look. I use one powder, an eyebrow shadow, 1 palette, 1 eyeliner and 1 mascara. If you get good at it, you can have it down in 5-minutes without a problem. And... if you don't get it in 5-minutes the first time, don't be discouraged! The liner takes lots of practice.

My sister was sweet enough to let me capture this tutorial while I did her eye makeup for a wedding back in July. This tutorial comes at the perfect time because I just did this to my eyes this morning for a wedding that I'll be attending this evening! Oh, and don't miss tonight's wedding hair here!

As a preface: the palette I use is a special-edition Sephora Beauty Insider 500-point palette from Lancôme. I was really bummed when I found out that this palette wasn't for resale. I want to give this palette as a gift for all my friends who are brides because the colors are so lovely. There's a frosty pink, a matte mauve, a matte white and a matte gray. It's so flattering on everyone. It would probably compare closest to this palette (in Innocence Couture) from Lancôme that Sephora sells now.

Ready for it? I'll take you through it step by step.

1. Begin with bare, clean eyes.
2. Apply a primer to your eyelids (I also apply to my eyebrows). The primer I use is Make Up For Ever HD Microperfecting Primer in 7 (it's pink!). It's actually a face primer, but I find it works on my eyes better than anything! Be careful though, if you sweat (I do everyday at the gym), it does come off. Not waterproof at all. Think: pink sweat... interesting.
3. Fill in your brows with brow powder. This will really help define the eyes. I use Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Ash Blonde.

4. Even if you've never filled in your brows before, give it a chance! It doesn't have to be dark. Look at what a difference it makes!
5. Shadow in the entire lid with the frosty pink shadow (or lighter frost color in your palette). I'm not a frost fan, so that's why I only use it as a base.
6. Use the white matte shadow (or a light matte color) to highlight the inner corner of your eyes. This will really make the makeup pop and brighten your inside corners of your eyes.

7. Use the matte mauve (or a matte medium color) to shadow in the outer-V of your eye. If you want to add the dark gray matte (or a darker matte) to the crease to make it even smokier, that is OK, too. I kept it pretty natural for us this time. I use the dark shadow in the crease if I'm going out on the town (which is rare). You can also highlight your brow bone with a white frosty shadow as well. I used Sephora's Colorful Mono No. 23 in Aspen Summit.
8. Line the eye! I use Physician's Formula Eyebooster Felt Liner. This is the best stuff. It's so easy to make a cat-eye with this.
9. To learn a cat-eye winged look, click this link. I had no "eye-dea" how to do this until I learned from the pro, Miss Lauren Conrad. You basically draw a simple line at the base of your lashes, draw a small line, like a check mark, toward the edge of your eyebrow. Then, you go back and fill in the "V" part of the check mark. Is that confusing? Click that link above and see it for yourself!

10. Isn't that finished cat-eye awesome? I don't like to do it too extreme, because then all you see is the liner... and let's be honest, there is such a thing as too much.
11. To finish, apply 2 (or 3) coats of mascara. For my sister, we used Covergirl LashBlast Volume. It's our favorite mascara.

So... 5-minute eyes. Will you give them a try? And does my sister have the most beautiful eyes or what? She's going to rock this look on her own wedding day (22 days, Marn!).

The final look:

PS> to see this look featured in more places, check out this post, this post and this post!

Just Because Friday

Link up and meet some Saucy Ladies!! 
(Note: you DO NOT have to be a part of "Just Because Fridays" to link up... link up "just because!")

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Twisted Side Pony

It's been almost three months since I have done a hair tutorial.
What. the. hay.

And for some of you, you're probably like,
"Um, Aunie, you do NOT do hairstyles on this blog,"
and you are totally right.
I usually only post hair tutorials on my hair blog.
But, considering that Bye Bye Beehive has a little over 2 months (2 months!)
until its completion date on October 11,
I figured I may as well begin making the transition to showcasing my random hair tutorials on this blog.
For a complete listing of my prior hairstyles, as well as a breakdown by style, just go visit Bye Bye Beehive.

 Today, I'm showing you the twisted side pony.

Dress: Francesca's // Earrings: Francesca's // Necklace: c/o Lisa Leonard  // Bracelets: c/o Payton Woodcraft

As you remember on Monday,
I mentioned that this weekend I did a promo event for Francesca's.
What I really did was go to their store for an hour or so and style their customers.
I had so. much. fun.
I also met lots of new friends! A special shout-out to Rhylee, Adrianna and Ashley!

Like usual,
I was running late to get there.
I had taken my time that morning to sleep in, get to the gym,
sweat my booty off,
and by the time I got home, I realized I had to be out the door in about 35 minutes.

I did NOT have time to wash my hair,
and I was not about to go to Franny's with wet hair.
I can't use a hair dryer, remember?
So I quickly rolled it up in a friar tuck and hopped in the shower.
When I got out, I dabbed on some blush, shaded my brows, and put on a couple coats of mascara.
I had about 5 minutes before I had to leave,
so I quickly unrolled my hair from the "friar yuck."
To my immense surprise, I had curls almost as pretty as if I had slept in the headband overnight.
And I'd only had it in for 30 minutes!
I was expecing a slight curl to the tips, but not full-on waves.
Score. Humidity, thank you (this time) for creasing my fine, lifeless hair into a curl.

OK ok ok. Are you ready for how I did it yet?
This style was kind of inspired by this style.
Anyway, here's the how-to:
  1. I gathered a small section of hair at the nape of my neck and secured it in a low right-side pony with a clear elastic band.
  2. I took a couple of face-framing pieces from the left side and twirled them into a little twist. I stuck a bobby pin at the bottom of that to hold it in place and just let it hang down for the time being.
  3. Then, I gathered small sections of hair and began twisting them back (loosly) and secured them around the clear elastic ponytail holder.
  4. I kept it messy. I didn't want it to look like a "ponytail," but instead a side updo-of-sorts.
  5. As I twisted the sections back and pinned them, I made sure to only pin a small piece of the twist. I didn't want huge bobby pins showing everywhere. Plus, once the hair is twisted back like that, it won't move too much, so the whole thing doesn't need to be pinned.
  6. After all my sections were pinned, I grabbed the little extra twist and tucked it back behind the ponytail.
  7. I then pulled and tugged on a couple pieces to give my hair a bit more volume and to make it look a bit messier.
  8. If I were you, I would definitely finish this with a bit of hairspray, but mine didn't seem to move too much without it.
The little added twist would look really cool if you had highlights or colored dimensions in your hair.
It didn't show up so well in my au natural ombrè hair, but that's OK.
It's the thought that counts.
If you need help, refer back to that other tutorial.
Mine was clearly modified and doesn't look as nice, but I liked it a lot.
I even wore the same style the next day...
...with the same gross, dirty hair.
Because that's how I roll.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Curl Your Hair Without Heat

As you may, or may not know,
I have another blog called Bye Bye Beehive
where I post tons of hairstyles and basically just
talk about...

Last week, I posted a style about how to curl your hair without heat.
It got such a great response that I wanted to share it with you...

As a disclaimer, my hair is fine and has normal texture.
It's naturally very straight.
It tends to do what I want it to do and holds curl very well...
with that being said—


curl your hair without heat

Last week, I saw a post on my friend Kristen's blog
(Confessions of a Graphic Design Student).
She mentioned how she vintage-style curled her hair with a headband...
with NO heat.
Needless to say, I had to try it.

I began by putting a fairly tight elastic headband over my slightly damp hair.
I grabbed pieces of my hair and tucked them around the headband,
continuing until I reached the back of my head.
It's really similar to the Holiday Updo that I did in December.
When I reached the back, I simply twisted that hair around and around 
the headband until it was all tucked in.

no heat curls

Daniel said I looked like Friar Tuck.
So this is the "Friar Tuck Method" now and forever in my eyes.

I should also add that in order to prevent the headband from slipping
and my hair falling out,
I also wrapped a silk scarf over my head, 
like I did in this post.
I slept in my headband overnight.

In the morning, I pulled the headband out of my hair and was 
SHOCKED at the curls I got.
Wowza, baby!

curl your hair without heat

They stayed like that almost all day.
Of course they fell out a bit... but I didn't mind.

UPDATE // And just in case you'd like to see how to do this,
I included my very own video tutorial (the original inspiration tutorial can be found here).

Products used in this video:

Oh... and just last night after my shower,
I mentioned to Daniel that I was going to "Friar Tuck" my hair again.
His reaction was so adorable, and clearly showed that he found
that sleep-in style NOT attractive.
I opted for two French braids instead.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Create an Animated GIF in Photoshop

Boy, oh boy do I have a treat for you today.
I've been getting a heck-of-a-lot of emails from you wondering how I create those cool animated photos that I love so much.

Well, guess what?
My lovely friend Kristen, over @ Confessions of a Graphic Design Student
is here today to show you just how to make those very awesome photos come to life.

Oh, and she's pretty cool herself.
If you don't go visit, it'll give me a frowny face.
And trust me, my frowny face is an ugly one... so you do NOT want that.

Hey friends of Aunie! 
I'm Kristen and I blog over at Confessions of a Graphic Design Student.
Like my animated GIF? :)
Is it just me or do these GIF's seem to be all the rage lately?!
I can see why. They are cute, fun, and capture attention without being obnoxious. And since Aunie is the queen of animated GIF's, I thought I would put together a nice little Photoshop tutorial for her readers that are currently in a state of GIF envy! 
Intimidated? Don't be! 
It's actually, quite possibly, one of the most simple tutorials ever. F'reals. 
I'm going to walk you through it using Photoshop CS5. Now, I know there are many websites out there that will make one for you ( and if you want to take the easy way out, by all means, go ahead. But, if you are awesome and want to know the tricks behind the trade, open up that beautiful blue PS icon and let's get started!
So first and foremost (this may be obvious) is to have some photos of yourself ready to go. I would suggest keeping the background the same in each photo, so it's not just a slideshow of pictures but more of an animation. Use as many photos as you want. I spent a good hour making silly faces with Photobooth and narrowed it down to five images. Make sure to save them in their own folder. 

  1. Create a new document in Photoshop and make sure the dimensions match your photos (if you want it to be displayed on your blog make sure the sizing will fit the dimensions of your post section- more details on that later). 
  2. Have both your PS document and the photo file open so they are both visible on your screen. Select all of the photos you want to use and drag them onto your document. If you sized the document dimensions to match your photos they should all fit and line up perfectly. 
  3. You will notice the photos have an X across it. Place the photos by hitting Enter so each one will have their own layer. Keep hitting enter until all of your photos are on separate layers.
  4. Next, you want to open your Animation palette 
    • (Window>Animation)
  5. Go to the drop down menu on the top right hand side of the palette.  
    • Choose "Make Frames from Layers"
  6. You should see small thumbnails of all of your photos appear. You can easily rearrange them by clicking and dragging the thumbnails to the desired frame order. 
  7. Now you want to set up the time delay and loop settings. Go to the palette drop down menu again and click on "Select All Frames"
  8. You will notice there are default time delay settings at the bottom of each thumbnail. Since all of your photos are selected, click the arrow next to the time delay setting and choose the desired duration (I chose 0.5 seconds for mine). The new duration should now show up under all of your frames.  
  9. You will also notice there is a small drop down menu on the lower left hand side below the thumbnails with the loop setting. Choose "Forever."
  10. Now you just need to save it! Go to File>Save for Web and Devices...
  11. Make sure the format is set to GIF, click on Save, And you're done!
Now you can sit back and watch your pretty pictures come to life!
NOTE: When I uploaded my GIF to Blogger for publishing it did not animate unless it was clicked on. I guess this is a common glitch for Blogger users, so the way to get around it is by uploading to a free hosting site like Photobucket. Once uploaded it should start animating (if it's not then you did something wrong during saving). Grab the HTML image code and copy it into your post's HTML tab (This is why you want to have the dimensions match your posting area so it will fit- Photobucket did not offer any resizing options!).
Also, if you want to be extra cool you can edit each photo first by doing color splashes like Aunie does. I will be highlighting that technique in my next tutorial along with many others, so if this was helpful for you please stop by my blog and follow! :)
xo, Kristen


Whoa-- amazing, right?
See, I do all mine over at and hers is so much nicer.
Mine always have a terrible, grainy texture to them... and Kristen's is absolutely perfect.

She's cool because:
  1. She's super cute.
  2. Her haircut is awesome. And you know I love hair.
  3. She and I ALWAYS comment on each other's posts and email back and forth.
  4. She featured little 'ol me last week on her Confess to a GDS series. 
  5. She used the word F'reals. Yes she did. Right up there. Find it. She's awesome.
I hope you enjoyed Kristen's wonderful tutorial! 
Head on over to her page and say "hiya, new buddy!"