Strobing the new contouring? My top 3 summer makeup products review

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Summer 'is upon us' ..apparently. (Patiently waiting for the sun to shine over here in Cumbria!) I am being expectant and have been playing around with a few summer make up looks in anticipation of the  few summer days we might be blessed with.

You have probably heard of the new 'contouring' replacement.. 'Strobing' which is almost the opposite of contouring, essentially, instead of caking on layers of highlighter, foundation and different shades of concealers, powders and bronzers, we can now drastically reduce the steps and go for a more natural dewy glow with some well applied highlighter and luminiser. Yay for my morning makeup regime, that's a good 5mins extra in bed!

In 'light' (haha..) of this new trend I thought I would dedicate this post to my most recent favourites, which are perfect for using together to create a subtle glow without an 'overly made-up' appearance. 

Firstly, this powerful tiny pot of primer from l'oreal Paris. It may look small, but a little goes a long way and I must say this really is a fantastic primer as a base to apply your foundation to, or even used on its own. It has a lovely smooth texture, and doesn't feel cakey or cloggy when applied, it's very light yet still manages to do a good job of evening out the skin tone, and minimising pores. 
You can pick up the L'Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Smoothing Resurfacing Primer for £14.29 from boots, it does seem steep for a small pot but trust me it really does last! 

Once the skin is looking perfectly primed, rather than going down the contouring route, I have been adding a small amount of bronzer in the form of a cream to the cheekbones, down the sides of the nose and underneath the bottom lip (giving the illusion of a more beautiful full pout). The tool for the job in hand is Tarte Parkave Princess Bronze & Glow which I can't find anywhere in the UK at the moment but let me know if you see any! it's $32 from the Tarte website. I love Tarte products because they are made with all kinds of lovely ingredients, and always feel amazing on your skin. This product is no different, it has a lovely colour which isn't too dark so it's lovely and subtle on my skin tone, and the added cheek tint is just a fantastic bonus, two birds with one stone!

Finally, the last step on my 'Strobing' journey is of course highlights! I have fallen in love with the Stila All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer in Pink Shimmer (available from their U.S. Site for $20 I'm sure you will be able to find it in any department store though) it is a good balance, and isn't too shimmery, so you won't look sweaty or like you are about to attend a 90s school disco covered in liquid glitter. I have used it both for day and night makeup looks as it's subtle, giving a lovely dewy healthy look to the skin. I apply it to the cheeks and down the centre of my nose to slenderise, and pop a bit on the Cupid's bow on the top lip, working with the bronzer under the bottom lip, it all helps with the illusion of a great pout! 

What is your summer makeup look, will you be giving strobing a go?



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