Beauty Expert helps demystify some makeup trends

With the craze of makeup bloggers now pervading the internet, you may find yourself trying to mimic their looks, but somehow just end up dazed and confused.

Kirsten Brusse joined The Rhode Show Monday, to help us demystify some makeup trends that have been flooding the internet.


1) Contouring

Contouring, a technique previously reserved for runway models and fancy photo shoots, is now becoming part of many women’s daily routines.

Contouring is giving shape to an area of the face and enhancing the facial structure through makeup.  It’s not supposed to be noticeable—just a subtle definition.

Great products for this are:

BECCA Lowlight/Highlight Perfecting Palette Pressed  ($42, Sephora)

Shading and highlighting can help us chisel and define a puffy face. Lowlight Sculpting Perfector Pressed mimics the color of a natural shadow to create depth and definition in a highly-pigmented, blendable powder. Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed™

Opal brings light and lift to the face with a creamy luminizing powder that veils the skin in a soft, pearlized glow. Perfect for all skin types, this palette gives you everything you need for perfectly defined features.

 Tata Harper Luminous Definition Contour & Highlight Kit  $77.00 / exclusively available at

A cream, as opposed to a powder, creates a more natural and settled finish. Used correctly, a cream can deliver the bendability needed to create an HD photo-finish look; plus, it hydrates to plump and diminish the look of fine lines.
2) Strobing

Strobing focuses exclusively on highlighter, applied where light would naturally hit your face (so, your cheekbones, brow bones, the center of your forehead, down your nose, and on your chin.)

Dabbing on these soft, shimmery shades will make your complexion look radiant, fresh, and healthy while giving you an ethereal oomph that is sure to turn heads.

Benefit Girl meets Pearl Highlighter ($30.00 Sephora)

For a delectable glow, fancy up with this golden-pink liquid pearl luminizer. Its sheer, light-reflecting formula in a fresh, raspberry scent glides on smoothly for a breathtakingly radiant complexion.

Wear it alone for a youthful dewy glow, or over makeup for lustrous “pearl essence.”

Wander Beauty On-The-Glow Blush and Illuminator $42
Available in two universally flattering shades, Soft Pink/Nude Glow and Coral Rose/Nude Glow, Wander Beauty’s On-the-Glow Blush and Illuminator may be worn alone on bare skin, or over existing makeup. It’s suitable for all complexions.

Jouer Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer (Nordstrom $40.00)

This lightweight moisturizing tint contains SPF 20 which protects from UVA and UVB rays while Ginseng and Gingko Biloba Leaf Extract deliver antioxidants to skin, promoting a healthy complexion.

Evens out imperfections and fades the appearance of fine lines with its light-diffusing multi-mineral formula.

Laura Mercier Mineral Illuminating Powder (Nordstrom $35.00)

Designed to provide sheer coverage and a radiant soft-focus effect that perfects any look. By imparting a natural, healthy glow with the help of pure pearl powder and a rich Gem Stone complex of diamonds, emeralds and other precious and semiprecious stones, skin tone is enhanced with its weightless texture for a brighter, luminous look.

Containing the Gem Stone complex that captures and reflects light, Mineral Illuminating Powder is the perfect complement to eyes, cheeks or face.

3) Baking

If you thought popular beauty trends such as contouring and strobing were enough hard work, then baking may seem like trying to master the Rubix cube.The technique, also known as cooking, is not exactly a new trend having been adopted by make-up artists  for many years but beauty bloggers are now jumping on the bandwagon to achieve their flawless looks.   baking consists of applying your base or foundation as normal and then coating a very heavy layer of concealer in somewhat of a triangle shape below your eyes.  Once the concealer is applied, gently smooth out the edges of the triangle to blend naturally with your foundation.

Next, layer the concealer with a dusting of loose translucent powder.  Here is where the baking comes in – leave the powder and concealer to set for approximately 10 minutes while continuing to apply the rest of your make-up. In extreme cases, some leave their face to bake for up to 30 minutes.  Once the cooking is done, lightly brush away the excess powder to reveal an even complexion.

Benefit Fakeup Concealer ( Sephora $24.00)

Cover-up goes incognito. This moisturizing crease-control concealer with vitamin E and apple seed extract hides dark circles and diffuses fine lines for a silky smooth, ultranatural look.

Available in three shades, it’s proven to keep skin hydrated for six hours and won’t cake, crease, or settle.

Elf Translucent Powder ( $6.00)

The e.l.f. High Definition Powder is a translucent, versatile loose powder that creates a flawless, “soft focus” effect to the skin. Masks fine lines and imperfections for a glowing, radiant complexion. This incredibly soft and invisible powder is ideal for everyday wear, either alone or over your favorite e.l.f. foundation. Our HD Powder is a makeup artist and e.l.f. customer favorite.

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