If you’re interested in beauty you can’t fail to have noticed that strobing, contouring, baking and highlighting are the buzzwords of the moment.
Contouring and highlighting are methods of shaping your face, using cosmetics, to highlight or diminish facial features. We’ve already covered contouring on this blog HERE, and our post gives you the run down as well as some suggested products, so today we’re going to give you the low down on strobing and baking, along with helpful product suggestions to help you have a go at home.
Essentially, strobing is highlighting essentially. Throw out your contouring products, for a dewy, youthful glow, strobing is where it’s at. The aim is to use your highlighter product on areas that naturally catch the light, so on your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, below your brow bones on your cupids bow… anywhere you want to glow! It’s essential to prep your skin using a great moisturiser, then apply your base as usual before following on with your highlighter. The key is to blend thoroughly, using a sponge, fingers or a brush so there are no obvious blobs of product.
For maximum impact, make sure the rest of your make up is matte. If you have a fair complexion, look for champagne highlighters such as Gerard Cosmetics Grace Star powder (£19.95) If you have a Medium complexion, try a pink toned highlighter such as the Sigma Afterglow Liquid Highlighter (£9.50) If you are Olive toned, then try a gold highlighter, the Ben Nye Fireworks Wheel offers several shades to try out (£20.20) Finally if your skin is darker, look for terracotta shades, such as the Milani Hermosa Rose Illuminating Face Powder (£7.95)
Baking, also known as cooking, is the newest technique to hit the beauty world. Interestingly, it’ not actually a new technique at all and is one that has been used in the drag community for years before being picked up by Instagram and You Tubers. Baking is the technique of letting translucent powder sit on your face for five to ten minutes, setting your foundation and concealer with the heat from your skin, hence the name baking. When you dust it off, it leaves you with a creaseless, flawless finish. It also highlights areas of your face without adding any shimmer. As with Strobing, great prep is essential, so make sure you moisturise well before starting. Then apply your foundation. Under your eyes apply a good full coverage concealer and gently blend. Using a make up sponge pat on a thick layer of powder on the areas you wish to enhance, such as under eyes, down the centre of your nose or along your jawbone. Once it’s sat on your skin for five to ten minutes, sweep it away with a fluffy brush and you’re ready to go! For a great concealer, try the LA Girl USA Pro Concealer (£5.00) which comes in a great range of shades and offers great coverage.