“Strobing” is a makeup buzzword these days, although the technique has been around for years. As a more forgiving alternative to contouring/highlighting, strobing accentuates bone structure by highlighting only the high points of the face – where light would naturally hit. Contouring focuses on shadows and can often look heavy, although your clients may not realize that. They may show you an Instagram photo of beautiful makeup and you know inside, it won’t translate well. Try this technique to achieve the same effect of a beautiful bone structure without the weight. Apply base and foundation as you normally would and use a highlighting powder or cream on all high points of the face. I recommend applying to tops of Cheekbones , inner corner of the eyes, cupids bow, brow bone and I like to apply just on the tip of the nose. Avoid applying anywhere in the T-zone as it may appear oily. If your client is on the oily side, I recommend using a matte base, and powder highlight. Steer clear of cream products to avoid too much greasiness. Experiment with illuminating foundations as a base and highlighting on top of that for a dewy summer look.
Where to find it: NARS Illuminating Multiple in Copacabana
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2. High Gloss Lips
Matte lips are not dead, just sharing the spotlight for a while. In the interest of making lips look fuller, (which is all the rage right now thanks to big pouts like Kylie Jenner,) it's all about the gloss. Try a super high gloss on top of bare lips or lip color to give them an all over fullness. Not only does the gloss reflect light, it also puts moisture into the lips, two necessary components to fuller looking lips. To achieve the look without the wetness (if you’ve got a client looking for longer wear), combine this technique with “strobing” by using your highlighting powder in the center of the lower lip and in the cupids bow.
Where to find it: Armour Beauty Lip Gloss in Marilyn
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3. Softer Brows
We are, after all, living in the age of the brow. From the days of a simple brow pencil to now having a cocktail of different products to achieve the perfect brows. But it’s not so much about perfection anymore. The sharper sculpted brows are slowly phasing out in favor of fuller, bushier, 90’s super model inspired brows. The goal is for them to look groomed, full and clean, but not drawn on. This can be achieved by a multitude of products; powder being the easiest, pencil and gel products being the most difficult. I prefer a combination of a gel and powder. Start by using a fine angled brush and use the gel to draw in individual strokes of hair, rather than filling in the spaces entirely. For the front half of the brow use your powder in the same way using less product as you get toward the bridge of the nose. Use a spooly to brush all of the hair upwards, this will also help to soften and blend the product slightly.
Where to find it: Smashbox Brow Tech To Go
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Another 90’s inspired trend, metallics are showing up on lids and lips alike. Metallic colors on the lips have been making their way back into the mainstream and there are a few ways to play with this. I like to top lip color with a metallic eyeshadow all over, or have some fun and apply this only to the corners of the lips and blend toward the center. Its really about giving them dimension. For the eyes create a smoky eye using only one color and a lot of blending. Use any bronzy or metallic shadow and blend upward into the crease, and leave it a little messy. Carry it below the lower lashes for a nod to grunge.
Where to find it: Bobbi Brown Metallic Shadows
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A professional Makeup Artist for over 7 years, Doria Tremante’s work has been featured in international publications, TV/Film, and countless weddings . Her wide range of experience in the beauty industry really allows her to meet all her client’s needs. In 2014-2015, Doria furthered her education and became a Cosmetologist. She has always had an innate passion for making her clients look and feel beautiful.
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