ALLY (Pt. 10): ALL EYES ON YOU, UP YOUR STROBE GAME (ZAO MAKEUP)
Strobing is a pretty baller way to take an average look and make it va-va-voom, cha-cha-cha! I'm a little addicted to natural highlighters right now.
My wallet had strong words with me after a SKOON Glow Drops binge, and things took a turn for the worse when I hit up the Beverley Hills Detox Market for a particularly gorgeous Lily Lolo Mineral Shimmer. Thankfully, I was saved from the clutches of too many popcorn dinners by Zao makeup, who sent me the latest edition to my little highlighter family - the Shine Up - free of charge. So shiny! More on Zao:
Zao makeup is plumped with antioxidants (and therefore, natural preservatives) like organic pomegranate seed oil, gingko biloba leaf extract, organic babassu oil, red algae extract, organic wheat germ oil, and yerba mate extract. They also contain skin-nourishing carrier oils like coconut oil, macadamia oil, almond oil, and shea butter, as well as natural replacements for the silica and preservatives found in regular cosmetics - organic bamboo silica, and micronoised silver. (This might be a good time to look at my mission statement for more information on natural versus synthetic ingredients, as there's a fair bit of debate on how bad synthetic preservatives and silicas can be.)
Give Zao's range a look, but when it comes to actually buying the products, things get difficult. It looks like, locally, you can only get the from The Green Directory (who's currently having a sale). I haven't bought anything from them myself, but they look decent, and they have some useful information on local organic resources. No harm in looking, right?
Back to the matter at hand, here's TOOFUFU's guide to upping your strobe game:
1. CHOOSE THE RIGHT SHADE FOR YOUR SKIN
Before you get your shine on, you'll need to make sure that you buy a highlighter that's best-suited to your skin. Darker skin tones are going to rock terracotta shades, medium skin tones are capital letter 'S' Superb in pink shades, and paler skin is best in a bright white sheen like the one on the far right below. The Zao Shine Up only comes in a light pink, so it might not work so well for skin tones on the ends of this spectrum. Also note, a lot of mica is mined in informal work sectors in India, where children are kept in slave-labour-like conditions. Major beauty companies have made efforts to detangle themselves from dependence on mica extracted in these conditions, but with the way that thorough inspection is difficult, these labels can't guarantee their mica is fair trade. Check to see if your favourite brand is ethical through Rank a Brand, and take a look at Zao's listing here.
2. GET THE RIGHT BRUSH
I used to think that I could use a foundation brush for everything. Turns out, your makeup really does look better when you choose the right brush for a given product. I used a rounded multi-purpose kabuki brush like the one in the rectangle over there. You can get this set from Pure Skincare here.
3. GET YOUR STROBE ON
Do your makeup as usual, then take your brush of choice and cover its surface with highlighter, applying it on either side of your forehead (a finger above your eyebrow, and three finger spaces from where your temples meet your hairline), along the line of your nose, along the height of your cheekbones, on your cupid's bow (above your upper lip), and on your chin. Check yourself with the photo below.
Highlighters on your nose and chin lengthen your face, while highlighter on your cheekbones and lips accentuates these hot-to-trot features. Strobing your forehead is your face's not-so-subtle way of saying 'Look at ME, ya'll!' It's a must-do every time you really want your pop, like, in a good way.
You can wear this day and night, but ease up on product when you're going for a daytime look.
Thanks, kids. See you next post!
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