All About STROBING

What is Strobing? Strobing is the opposite of contouring – this hot technique lets you have fun highlighting parts of your face with shimmery glam! Think sheer illumination, not chunky glitter.

When strobing, you apply your favorite highlighting product where light would naturally hit your face such as your cheekbones, brow bones, the center of your forehead, down the center of your nose, and on your chin. Each face is different, and after some practice you’ll know what suits you best. Key thing to remember during application is have a gently and light hand, slightly sweeping the product versus rubbing it in vigorously. This makeup trend is about healthy-looking skin so a  sweep of a complimentary highlighting shade should still allow your natural skin to remain visible. I also love this trend especially for the hot summer months because it allows you to wear less makeup. When you highlight your face first, the natural contours  automatically come forward. This means that you can forgo heavy contouring and pseudo chiseling and bring on the angelic glows.

Celebrity Strobing At It’s Best: Notice that in all celebrity examples below, strobing is done subtly and perfectly – no one looks like a disco ball!

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Jenna Dewan Strobing

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It is imperative to find and use the strobing shade based on your complexion that best complements your skin tone. According to Lijha Stewart who is the director of artistry and education for Makeup Forever, selecting the right shade “will ensure the skin looks bright and radiant, rather than too harsh or ashy and dull”. She suggests that individuals with fair skin tones should focus on white to pinky-beige highlights. Those with medium skin tones look best in bronzed beige to gold hues. Lastly, golds to peachy and orange shimmers stand out on dark skin tones.

How To: When strobing, per the experts at Cosmopolitan, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure you end up with a soft dewy finish versus an oily and shiny disco ball!

1. Prep your skin with a hydrating moisturizer. Here is my favorite one! 

2. Use a highlighter shade that best matches your skin tone.

3. Only use the highlighter in spots that catch light.

4. After you’ve applied the highlighter, blend it out with your finger tips, a brush, or a makeup sponge.

5. If you have oily skin, opt for matte bronzer, blush, or other facial products, and only use a shimmery highlighter.

Now that we know how to “strobe”, I wanted to share a few of my favorite highlighters!

Best Highlighters

1. Mary-Lou Manizer – This luminizer by The Balm is a honey-hued luminizer that catches everybody’s eye. This product can be used as a highlighter, shadow and shimmer. It diffuses light so your skin looks softer and younger while adding a subtle glow – put a little or a lot, whatever you’re comfortable with!

2. Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector® Pressed – CHAMPAGNE POP– This highlighter was a popular collaboration between Becca cosmetics and beauty blogger Jaclynn Hill. Its a creamy powder luminizer that absorbs and reflects light for a superb natural glow. It is a soft white gold w/ pinky peach undertones which is universally flattering. 

3. Benefit’s Watt’s Up -This cream-to-powder malleable formula is smooth and long-lasting, so it won’t wear away on a sweaty summer day or naturally oily complexions.

4. Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Skin Liquid Lighting – This super long lasting thick gel-cream was formulated specifically to make your skin appear as if it’s been bathed in candlelight- its a subtle champagne color.

5. Laura Geller Beauty Baked Highlighter Portofino – This mineral oil-free and  highlighter adds a gentle glow to skin, creating youthful luminosity allowing you to create dimension and brighten up your face with a lit-from-within glow.

 

Foolproof Quick Makeup Routine

Foolproof – Easy step by step directions to achieve a sultry look in no time!

Here are a few tips on how to achieve a simple yet sultry makeup look in minimum time. A good rule of thumb that I always try to follow is to choose one feature and use makeup to enhance it while keeping the rest of the face pretty minimal. In this example, I chose to play up my eyes – this doesn’t mean I neglected the rest of my face – rather I kept it natural.

Estee Lauder

Here are step by step directions on how I achieved this look:

First order of business- attend to your skin! If your skin is healthy, clean, and fresh- all your hard work with makeup application will pay off by not allowing your skin to look cakey and dull. Wash you face and neck with a good facial cleaner. Here’s my all time favorite: Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser

A good moisturizer comes next along with an eye cream to protect the delicate skin around our eyes. I’m a hardcore Estee Lauder fan, and have been using their skin care products for many years- Here’s my favorite go to face cream which perfectly moisturizes my combination skin and allows my makeup to go on smoothly – Estee Lauder Daywear Advanced Multi-protection Anti-oxidant Creme SPF 15 .

A face primer comes next especially if you are planning to keep the makeup on for the entire day. After leaving the primer on for a few minutes to set, the foundation can be applied. There are many techniques to applying a foundation – some use their fingers, some a kabuki brush, and some prefer application through sponges such as the beauty blender. Do what works for your skin- key thing to keep in mind is to blend out the foundation so your skin can still breathe and show through. Here is my favorite foundation that I’ve been using religiously for about 5 years – Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup . I love this product! Estee Lauder Double wear foundation stays on all day and gives you a flawless finish while allowing you to look fresh and looks natural. This foundation feels lightweight and comfortable and doesn’t smudge or rub off even in hot and humid weather. A little bit of concealer to brighten up the under eye, and you are ready to work with colors.

Now we are ready to play with makeup!

EyeBrows: To play up our eyes, we need to shape and define our eyebrows well. Here’s my go to product for grooming and filling in my eyebrows – ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS – Dipbrow Pomade – Dark Brown.

Eyes: Feel free to apply your favorite darker shade color on the lids and then smoke it out towards the outer corners of your eye. I chose purple hues as I find that to be a universally flattering and easy to work with shade. This the product I used: Sugarpill Cosmetics Pressed Eyeshadow, in Poison Plum. After shadow application, be sure to line your waterline with a black waterproof eyeliner and draw a winged line on top of your eyelid. I also lined my water line using a waterproof black eyeliner by Estee Lauder. Mascara and falsies (if time permits) are a must for this look as it’s all about the eyes! One of my recent favorite lashes are House of Lashes Falsies in Iconic.

Milani Baked Blushes

Cheeks:I used Milani Baked Blush in the color Luminoso for my blush. It is a flushed peach color with an understated gold tone with a slight hint of shimmer. I’ve found this blush to be universally flattering on all skin tones and it has great staying power. When applied with a brush, it blends beautifully very quickly and buildable from sheer to vibrant. Hint: If you’ve always wanted to buy Nars Orgasm blush but don’t want to spend $28+ on a blush, this option is pretty close- slightly pinky peach with gold undertones!

Lips: I applied a liquid lipstick from Anastasia Beverly Hills first in a light pink shade since they have amazing staying power. Then i topped off my lips with a quick coat of chapstick to prevent dryness. This step wraps up this make-up looks and I guarantee anyone can follow these steps and successfully complete this look under 15 minutes! Since most products I mentioned are universally appealing, women of all shades and colors should feel comfortable trying them out!

 

Classic Easy Smokey Eye Look

A Minimal Easy and Sultry Smokey Eye Look

A classic smoky eye look works both during day and night time – and looks great with all different types of lip colors. Pair this makeup look with soft or baby pink lips for daytime, bright red for a power meeting, bright orange for a shopping day with the girls, and sultry mauves and berries for date night.

A sultry smokey eye makeup look, often worn with a sheer lip gloss or a nude gloss such as Nars Orgasm tend to be celebrity favorites which look good on people of all ages and skin tones – Universally flattering! Notice in all celebrity images below, the shadow is muted and well blended while the eye liner is deep and smoked out for intensity.

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Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow by Stila Cosmetics

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Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadows by Stila cosmetics are dazzling creamy eye shadows with a multidimensional metallic finish and unique texture. They are packed with textured sparkle to help you achieve a variety of effects, from a light shimmer to an opaque metallic finish. They can be purchased alone, or with a mini Stay All Day® Liquid Eye Primer and a mixing tray. The standard price for the shadow with primer combo is usually $32.00. Find them on sale here.

Though they come in numerous shades, after testing them and reading reviews from many others, I compiled a list of the most preferred and highly rated shades. I’ve also included a simple explanation describing each of the shades for those of you who may not have access to testers before making your purchase.

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Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow in “kitten”

Popular Magnificent Metals Shades:

  • Metallic Jade – golden emerald green
  • Metallic Violet – glistening violet shimmer
  • Metallic Lilac – soft lilac luster
  • Metallic Golden Pink – pink with golden shimmer
  • Metallic Rose Quartz – soft pink with silver sheen
  • Metallic Gilded Gold – golden bronze luster
  • Metallic Pixie Dust – irredescent white gold
  • Metallic Peach – soft peach shimmer

Stila and all beauty gurus suggest to always use the primer first before application to ensure long lasting staying power. The primer vial is tiny, so a little goes a long way. I found the correct “suggested usage” from Stila’s website for reference:

  • Add two drops of eye primer to mixing tray.
  • Add a small dab of Magnificent Metals shadows to the mixing tray.
  • Swirl primer and shadow together.
  • Use the tip of your finger to gently press mixture onto center of lid.
  • For a bold, high-metallic finish, build intensity with additional layers.

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After applying these metallic shadows both with the primer and without, I realized that primer makes them a bit more shiny and metallic, therefore more appropriate for a night-time look. If a softer and subtle sheen is desired, then there is no need for the primer to be used. Be sure to close the lid of your shadow tightly after use to prevent them from drying out. Overall, I love these eye shadows due to their versatility, unique texture, vibrant colours, and long lasting power.

 

Anastasia Beverly Hills – Liquid Lipsticks

Liquid lipsticks are gaining popularity rapidly – they contain the pigment of a lipstick, and the glide of a gloss. Most popular and trusted makeup brands are coming out with a new and fabulous line of “liquid lipstick” claiming to be the best. Kat Von D has her line of “Everlasting Liquid Lipstick“, Lime Crime has the infamous “Velvetines“, Stila offers the “Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick” and the queen of brows Anastasia Soare has now created the “Liquid Lipsticks by Anastasia Beverly Hills“.

Here is the description for this product directly taken from Anastasia Beverly Hills website: This ultra-saturated liquid formula delivers an intense shot of matte pigment in one easy swipe. A single application gives you smear-resistant coverage that stays put for hours.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick Swatches

They continue to add new shades and currently have over 30 different hues available varying from natural nudes, to subtle pinks, to vampy rich colors. They offer full matte coverage with just a single swipe. These liquid lipsticks are intensely pigmented so generally one coat is sufficient to get the rich color on your pout- however, they are buildable if a bold look is desired. On the contrary, if the liquid lipstick is too bold for your liking, then you can make them look more like a stain if you blot the color with a tissue a few seconds after application. Keep this in mind, these liquid lipsticks are meant to stay on for hours and hours, so they can be drying. To keep your pout from becoming dehydrated and cracked, try prepping your lips with a wax-based lip balm to keep them moist.

I came across a tip about liquid lipsticks while browsing through my Cosmopolitan magazine for gals who may be getting ready for a date and expecting some action from their partners. The article actually promoted the Liquid Lipsticks by Anastasia Beverly Hills and mentioned that this type of formula is great for making out because the lip color won’t transfer onto your partner’s lips. “Whether it’s your first date or your wedding day, and you want to go a little bolder with your lip color, liquid lipsticks are the way to go. They’re meant to be long-wearing, so the color will not only not transfer onto your cocktail glass, it won’t kiss off on your man’s lips either”. Cosmopolitan US, July 2015.

Liquid Lipstick Packaging

The key to a million dollar smile starts with soft, sexy and healthy lips. These are a few things to keep mind to keep your lips healthy and youthful:

1. Get good hydration: Water is the key to great skin, and dry lips are typically caused by dehydration. Steer clear of caffeine and alcohol and opt for water instead to make lips healthy from inside out.

2. Try light exfoliation: Shed a bit of dry skin with a light exfoliation. All you need is an extra toothbrush and a rich balm or petroleum jelly. Gently move the brush in circles to remove any excess dryness to make lips their very softest. There are also several inexpensive lip exfoliators in the market which work wonders in keeping the dead skin off and giving your lips a luminous, and youthful appearance.

3. Use a lip balm: Try getting in a habit of putting on a natural lip balm after your nightly cleansing routine which will help to lock in moisture. Neosporin makes one called “Overnight Renewal Therapy” which retails for under $10 and claims to repair and nourish your lips during your sleep. A product like this maybe of great help to individuals who tend to wear lipstick on a daily basis.