You’ve imagined this day your whole life. You’ve mentally designed dresses, saved pictures and colour schemes just for the biggest day of your life. Now you’re here you want nothing but the best. You’ve spared no expense just to make this day perfect, a day to remember. The dress. The cake. The flowers. The venue. The cars. Brides maids. Flower girls. The lighting. The photographer. You’ve even personally hand made the little favours for each and every one of your guests. But what about your makeup?! And hair?
So What is Makeup Strobing?
Just as we get our head around the Kardashian contouring. Along comes another makeup craze: Strobing. Sounds a bit kinky right? Hardly. It’s not exactly a new phenomenon either. It’s actually an old technique that makeup artists and photographers alike have been doing without even realising. It’s pretty much a standard technique in makeup that has just been given a new name.
Bold Red Lipstick. Coveted by women all over the world, it can take the heartbeat of the opposite sex from 0 to 60 in just a couple of beats. This little dab of colour has influenced our class, gender, status, wealth and even health, for thousands of years. Pretty scary I’d say. But there’s more to the little red lipstick than meets the eye.
The first recorded use was back in 3500 BC in ancient Egypt. Historically, it has been worn by women and men for thousands of years. Yes, you read right. I did say MEN. But it was worn more as a status symbol rather than to attract the opposite sex. The colour was made from crushed stones, poisonous plants and even the blood of insects. Obviously this was harmful. Causing serious illness, mutilation and even resulted in death. But did they care? No. Their standing in society was more important. It was a status symbol for the rich and royal. The rest of the population reduced to living like peasants. Ok, maybe it wasn’t that simple but there was a clear divide between the rich and poor. And the red lipstick played a big role. Luckily makeup has come a long way since then.
Our skin is always on the forefront of our minds, after all it shows our ageing and health sooner. Especially for us mums. All that hormonal change does take its toll on the body and as a result will show up on the skins and surface. After the third consecutive pregnancy, my skin was needing some desperate help. Lack of sleep and unplanned meals was starting to show through my skin. With random spots here and there purely from eating fast foods my skin was looking quite distressed.
So the latest trend in makeup is “baking” or “cooking”. Just as you would bake something in the oven and wait for it to cook. Baking in makeup is virtually the same thing. It’s using the natural oils and body heat to cook the powder into the skin alongside the foundation and concealer.
As we know, contouring adds depth and highlighting adds prominence. Baking emphasises those highlighted areas even more. So the effect is quite dramatic depending on the length of time you cook for, or rather: leave the powder on your face.