It’s really quite funny when you look at trends in the beauty industry, especially ones that get insanely hyped up. It’s all down to celebrity and when Kim Kardashian’s make up artist Mario Dedivanovic showcased a YouTube video in 2011 of how he sculpted and set Kimmy’s killer cheekbones, the world went mad for contouring. Although I like to contour slightly, it’s not high on my list of makeup priorities and I only really tend to fully contour if I know that I’m going to be photographed or for a night out. My makeup technique tends to work around the light, rather than the shade and rather than chiselled features, my little old balloon head prefers a pop of highlight and fresh, youthful skin. When I heard the baking and strobing were the new ‘in’ thing, I couldn’t believe it, as not only are they techniques that I can do, but ones that I have been using for years. God, I’m so ahead of the game sometimes. Making things even easier, Sigma Beauty have designed and created the most perfect brushes for all your baking and strobing needs.
The technique baking, or cooking as it is also known, has been around for years. Most commonly practised in the world of drag, Queens would set their makeup using translucent powder and leave it to bake so foundation would stay in place under the warm stage lights, without the need for reapplying. In day to day makeup wear, it’s probably not a step that’s needed but, for nights out, it’s definitely a step that I don’t miss. Using the RCMA No-Colour Powder, which is probably the best setting powder I’ve ever used, and the Sigma F89 Bake Kabuki Brush, it literally takes seconds to apply. The F89 Bake Kabuki is a deep angled brush with a flat edge at the top which makes it easy to press the powder under the eye contour. I prefer to use MAC Fix Plus on my brush before I start to pick up the powder as it allows for extra control and the product to hold onto the brush. Leaving the setting powder on my face for a minimum of ten minutes, up to 30 minutes gives the best finish. It’s best to ensure all under eye concealing is done properly before you start the baking process as it really does give a firm hold. Once the powder has set, brush off the excess and you’ll find that you’ll be left with a poreless, flawless finish that makes under eyes look bright and fresh.
Highlighting has been given a new fun name of strobing, as the technique is set to mimic that of strobe lights on your face, with cleverly placed light reflecting particles. I personally have no preference between a cream or a powder highlight, but I do prefer is to use a fan brush to apply it. I’ve been using the Sigma F42 Strobing Fan brush to apply my Iconic London Original Strobing Stick, and the finished look is that of a gorgeous, natural and dewy glow. After baking your face and leaving skin looking flawless, a small amount of highlight across the cheekbones, down the centre of nose, cupids bow and anywhere else where the light would naturally hit gives the illusion of fresh, young skin.
With brushes like these from Sigma, they really do help with perfect make up application and a flawless finish. As I’m still quite new to Sigma Beauty, I’m really looking forward to adding more brushes to my collection, especially for contouring and eye makeup application.
Have you tried baking and strobing? What do you think?
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