Strobing and baking the newest trends in makeup! What is strobing and baking you ask? These are the two well-kept techniques in makeup that are making its way to mainstream. Like contouring these are the make up trends you need to learn to amp up your makeup game. Learn how to do each technique below!

What Is Strobing

Strobing is the art of contouring without the actual contouring. How is that possible? Highlighting off course! Leave everything you learned about contouring out the door, for now. Strobing is a great way to add definition to the face without looking too harsh or made up. This trend mainly consists of highlighting the features you want to enhance and keeping the rest elegant and simple. This makeup technique can give you a shimmery dewy and more youthful glow. Though, since the makeup can look dewy; it can turn oily if left alone too long. Below are some tips and instruction in strobing.

  • Start by cleansing the skin thoroughly and removing any leftover makeup. Like most makeup we want to start with a clean base. Once this is done, apply a good amount of hydrating moisturizer and leave it on so the skin can absorb it properly. This is an important part of strobing, since we want to achieve the dewy look; having dry and flaky skin is not an option. If you have naturally oily skin go for non-oil based moisturizers.
  • Start by applying your make up base: primer, foundation and concealer. Once this is use a highlighter that is just a shade or two lighter than your skin tone. Anything higher will give you a frosted look.
  • Look in the mirror and apply to areas that catch light such as the temples, cheekbones, bridge of the nose, corner of the eyes, cupid bow and brow bone. Blend it in these areas alone. Spreading it all over your face will give you that greasy and sweaty look. If you have naturally oil skin, avoid putting highlights in areas that tend to have shine like the forehead and chin.
  • If you have oily skin, finish the look with matte blush, bronzers and other products to avoid looking too oily. Let the highlight act as the shimmer. You don’t want to look like a walking disco ball. Avoid placing highlights on blemishes. This will only accentuate it more.
  • Your makeup is done. Set everything with a translucent powder and do this through the day when you feel like you’re sweaty or oily.

What Is Baking?

Baking is a well-kept makeup secret used by drag queens for decades. This is a new technique that allows the foundation to set better and making it last longer on the skin, without the need to constantly apply powder to keep everything in place. Sounds too good to be true? Well, this makeup technique has been used for ages and has proven its worth. If you’re a little skeptical why not give it a try.

  • Start by doing your skin care routine and apply eye cream. Next, apply foundation all over the face.
  • Apply a thick amount of concealer on the under eye area and blend it upward near the tail of the eyebrow.
  • Take a sponge and slightly damp it. Use this to pat the concealer on the skin.
  • Now, take the same sponge and dip it in a pot of loose powder and apply it all over the under eye area. Create a thick coat.
  • Repeat this process on the high point area of the face such as the forehead, chin, bridge of the nose and cheekbones.
  • Leave the makeup to bake for 30 minutes. This will let your natural body heat set the makeup.
  • Once the makeup is baked, take your fluff brush and dust the excess powder away and check if there is any harsh lines.

What do you think about these new makeup trends? Do you think it will catch on and take the world by storm, as much as highlighting and contouring did? Baking is a great technique when it comes to pictures or videos, but it can be a tad bit overwhelming in person. Strobing is the opposite, this type of makeup gives you the definition without using too much color. Share with us your opinion about strobing and baking below. 

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