5 Contouring & Highlighting Tips For The Makeup Newbie

Thanks to the Kardashians, contouring has become a huge trend in the makeup world. It always looks so simple and easy when you watch the Insta videos, but it another story when you have to start shading and strobing all by yourself.

Uh-oh.

LOL!

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you’re first starting out, but don’t worry. With a little patience, practice and a loooot of blending, I promise that you’ll be able to do it like a pro soon enough. In the meantime, check out some of the highlighting & contouring tricks that I’ve learned along the way. These little tricks really made my makeup life a lot easier!

Tip #1: Cream Formulas Are Best For Contouring Newbies.
This is because they’re easy to blend and you can always use your sponge to erase any mistakes. When shopping, go for a color that’s one to two shades darker than your regular foundation. This will help the shadows look more natural and wearable if you’re at work or on a date.

Been using the Sleek Cream Contour Kit in Medium lately and I love how easy it is to blend!

Been using the Sleek MakeUP Cream Contour Kit in Medium lately and I love how easy it is to blend!

The different shades allowed me to play around with stronger contours for events. I was also able to use the lighter shades as a concealer—yay for multi-tasking products!

The different shades allowed me to play around with stronger contours for events. I was also able to use the lighter shades as a concealer—yay for multi-tasking products!

Tip #2: Have Oily Skin? Opt For Powder Formulas.
This is especially true when it comes to your highlighter since the goal is to look dewy—not greasy. Because powders can absorb excess oil, this formula will last longer on your skin and it can even help control excess shine. The only challenge? Powders are harder to blend, but you can make life easier for you by investing in the right brushes (I prefer an angled brush for contouring and a mini fan brush for highlighting).  Continue reading

How I Get My #Strobing Game On

I am loving the latest makeup trend that’s trending on IG because it is so e-a-s-y!

The beauty world is gaga over strobing right now—and I likey!

The beauty world is gaga over strobing right now—and I likey! Now gals have a reason to ease up on harsh (and complicated!) contouring techniques.

To score this look, all you have to do is use a skin illuminator to highlight the areas where the sun would naturally hit your face. The hot spots: your cheekbones, the center of your forehead, nose bridge, and maybe a teensy bit over the arch of your brows and chin.

It's an ethereal glow you're after!

It’s a warm, ethereal glow you’re after. Be careful, though! Using the wrong strobing techniques can leave your skin looking chalky or oily.

As gorgeous as the major strobing photos are on IG, I feel like it can look a bit OTT in real life. What you want to do is add a subtle, natural glow to your skin by using strategic highlighting (and powdering!) techniques. Here’s a look at how I like to do it:

Here's how I like to do it! Just a natural-looking, luminous glow that makes my skin dewy and fresh. Didn't use any special lights here either. I'm lounging on the couch in my living room.

Just a natural-looking, luminous glow that makes my skin appear dewy and fresh. Didn’t use any special lights here either. I’m just lounging on the couch in my living room. Haha!

If you want to get your #strobing game on too, you have to use the right products. No, wait. I’ll tell you a better secret: You have to prep your skin properly first! My tips and the products I used after the jump! Continue reading