Back to (Beauty) School: 15 Beauty Terms Explained
Every day there’s a new beauty trend popping up on the Internet, and we know how hard it can be to keep up — especially when they’re named something as silly as “strobing.” (Although, we must admit, we do love it!) Though some words may come in and out of the spotlight, and others are impossible to pronounce, it’s important for us beauty addicts to at least try to make sense of it all. Let us help!
While chocolate chip cookies may come to mind (we don’t blame you!), this is actually the process of setting your translucent powder by allowing it to sit or “cook” on your face for upwards of 10 minutes. This allows the heat of your skin to set your foundation and concealer. You then dust off the powder for a flawless and crease-free finish.
A freehand technique in which color is applied in painting or sweeping motions,without the use of foil, in order to achieve sun-kissed, natural highlights.
A technique used to enhance or create the illusion of shape to one’s facial structure through the use of dark (bronzer, foundation) and light (highlighter) makeup. For example, creating the appearance of higher cheekbones, a smaller forehead or a slimmer nose and chin.
We know that contouring ain’t easy to master, so we’ve gathered our best tips!
A technique in which the crease above your eyelid is “cut” sharply with a contrasting shadow in order to add depth to the look and enhance the eye shape. Sounds cool, right? And we know just how to do it!
The beauty phenomena of applying different facial masks to certain areas of the face (based on specific concerns) versus using one all over. For example, using a deep pore-cleansing mask on the T-zone, a moisturizing mask on your chin and an oil-absorbing mask on your forehead — all at once!
A French-termed hairstyle featuring darker hues at the roots and gradual lightening toward the ends. An ideal hairstyle for someone who doesn’t want to make a trip to the salon every 8–12 weeks for touch-ups!
The act of using lip liner to draw the outline of one’s lips slightly outside the natural lip border in order to easily create the appearance of a fuller pout.
Applying liquid foundation to your face in a dotting motion. This technique disguises discoloration, bumps and scars,and leaves skin looking airbrushed. Just be sure to grab your stippling brush — you know, that blunt-topped, two-toned one! Here’s how to do it!
Dig out all of your illuminating products because strobing focuses on highlighting areas where light would naturally hit your face — like your cheekbones, brown bone, down your nose and the center of your forehead.
The lower part of your inner eyelid that is “wet” and leads to the tear duct. To add definition to any makeup look, this area is commonly lined withdark eyeliner. To make eyes appear bigger and more awake, use a white or flesh-toned eyeliner on your waterline!
About the Author: Diana creates on-trend beauty content for Makeup.com readers. She stays up-to-date on the latest beauty news and product launches and tests every makeup item that comes through the door. As an employee of L’Oréal, Diana writes stories about beauty products across the entire brand portfolio.