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Contour & Strobing - What is this makeup trend and tips on how to do it!

  • By Jackie Fussell
  • 11 Feb, 2016

It has been hard to escape this trend and endless videos on social media.  This is actually a traditional makeup technique which has become very trendy in recent years. Contouring is slowly loosing trend being replaced with Strobing - a highlighting technique to bring a glow and enhance instead of shading to define the face.


An advanced makeup technique used to enhance facial features by adding light and shadow.  This is similar to tricks a photographer uses lighting - this can give the illusion of a altered the face shape or / and appear slimmer.  This can be done with powder, cream (including foundation) or pencil - use a darker shad to add definition / shading to under the cheekbones, neck, sides of nose or / and temples to  add shading, then use highlighter (or a lighter shade then your normal tone) to counterbalance the shade and illuminate areas of the face including brow bones, cheek bones and lip edges, making them stand out and giving the illusion of a more toned shape.  Use at least two shades lighter and darker than your normal tone, and make sure all colours are really blended in.  Be careful and experiment - contouring can look terrible if its too dark and not blended in, looking like you have dirty marks on your face, or in the wrong place can alter your face shape in a very unflattering way.

There are many contouring palettes on the market, at varying prices. I always recommend buying a more cost effective palette to start with to experiment in your own home (perhaps at the end of the day, so you don't feel bad washing it straight away while you are practicing).  Once you have mastered contouring move up to a cost and brand you are happy.

Tantouring / Body Contour Tan.

If you do not wear a lot of makeup try a Full Body Contour Spray Tan by me which lasts upto 10 days if maintained correctly.  This is a great way to achieve a all over flawless body contour, using sunless spray tanning products that will leave your face and whole body looking glowing, toned and sculpted and ready for the beach.   This can also be achieved by using at home sunless tanning products in various shades (again use a lighter shade shade to highlight to enhance areas and a darker shade to tone done or hide areas).


A highlighting face technique to achieve a dewy glow.  Strobing highlights and applies shimmer to parts of the face that the sun would normally hit - bridge of nose, top of cheekbones and forehead.  Helping to define and create a youthful appearance however unlike contouring only highlighter is used.

Again highlighters are available in loose or pressed powder, stick or liquid / cream.  Make sure your skin is hydrated and moisturised to ensure the dewy strobing finish, again make sure you blend thoroughly and also be careful using shimmer around areas of your face with creases as this can enhance lines.

Learn more about strobing and highlighting with a 1-2-1 makeup lesson with me.
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Why airbrushing?

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What about its staying power?

The silicone in the make-up makes Airbase incredibly long lasting and waterproof (and tear proof!). As silicone is heat resistant you don't get shine through as you can with water or oil based make-ups, and stands up to the intense heat of studio lighting and in bright sunshine... Airbase really does last all day.

You can build upon each layer to create the perfect  coverage .  Silicone foundation really does stand the test of time! It is this that helps give Airbase Make-Up its unrivalled durability. That means that your Airbase Make-Up application lasts all-day making Airbase perfect for bridal beauty - providing unrivalled durability

Luxurious feel and lightweight on the skin

It allows skin to breathe  Airbase Foundation does not clog pores and allows skin to breathe.  Last but not least, Airbase Silicone Foundation feels luxurious on the skin and is incredibly lightweight.

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Recently married couples who voted in The Wedding Industry Awards 2017 were asked to complete a survey about their wedding. 3,928 respondents completed the 51-question survey (Comprised of 86% Brides, 12% Groom, and 2% One of
Same Sex Married Couple)

I wanted to share some of the results with you:
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Shellac is a hybrid,  (meaning half nail polish and half gel)  The product is applied like a polish to the natural nail  (or over extensions)  and is cured via a UV  light. Because the product is cured, there is zero drying time.

When applied and removed correctly Shellac should not cause any damage to your nails - here are some for looking after your Shellac ...

By Jackie Fussell 12 Oct, 2016

No matter how many weddings I do, I am always really honoured to be a part of a brides special day.

I can honestly say I have really enjoyed meeting everyone I have shared their wedding day with, and I really hope my brides enjoyed their day as much as I enjoyed the morning.

After being a regional finalist in 2016, I was delighted to be nominated in 2017 and would like to thank each and every one who voted for me.  However unfortunately I didn't get through this year :-(

The best thing about being involved in the awards is getting to see my scores, and all the lovely comments from my brides.

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You've probably been planning your big day for at least a year, you've booked the venue, brought the dress etc - but have you thought about the wedding morning itself?

Your wedding day starts as soon as you wake up, so the main thing is for you to have a lovely and special morning, think about;
  • Where you want to spend it - Would you prefer to be at home, your parents house, hotel or the wedding venue? 
  • Who you want to spend it - your mum, dad, bridesmaids, pets, partner? A wedding morning can be quiet emotional so make sure you have people who will be there for you.
  • Logistically will your love ones be staying with you the evening before?  If so - remember to factor in some time during the evening before to socialise or have a pre-wedding pamper party so you all have your nails done ready for the big day.   If not - bear in mind where your wedding party lives or if they have children which may effect what time they can join you on the wedding morning. 
  • How far from the wedding venue are you staying? Research any local events taking place on your wedding date, which may effect traffic on the morning of your wedding. 
  • If you are having a photographer, Will they be able to take photos of both your and your partners wedding preparations easily? Will they be able to be present and capture the look on your parents or friends faces when they see you in your dress, before they have to leave to get to the venue? 
  • Is there parking for your wedding car, wedding party, forest, photographer and hair / makeup artist?
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