Important Life Lesson
Before I get into today’s topic I want to share a quick beauty tip that I just learned yesterday. If you’re striving for that perfectly polished, sophisticated look do not, in the name of safety, attempt to put away hand weights.
To give you a little background, in an effort to keep my two-year old grandson out of harm’s way, I put my hand weights on the top shelf of my hallway closet. The plan worked and I declared it perfect, that is until while I was in the process of returning a 5 pounder it to its proper place. Yes, it immediately fell on my big toe.
I won’t go into details about the excruciating pain but the important thing I learned is that it’s virtually impossible to seamlessly use my white cane in a smooth sweeping motion while simultaneously, pathetically hobbling about. Oh sure, I could have stayed home, took some Advil, and iced my swollen toe but where’s the fun in that? Besides, I promised to help my cousin with an open house on a piece of real estate her client is selling.
So I soldiered onward and aside from my awkward form when walking I think I looked practically pulled together. I even managed to fool a potential buyer who thought I also was a real estate agent – go figure. Maybe it was the black and white striped, short-sleeved maxi dress with embellished sandals that sold it? I don’t know but in the photos I’m wearing the same dress only with yellow fringe beaded earrings and red chunky heels (details provided in the captions and Alt-text).
Knowledge is Power
Being constantly online I try to keep up with current terminology but some of the made up words or new words used to describe something already in existence crack me up.
Because I care about you and I want to ensure you’re “in the loop,” I’ve provided five words along with short definitions that you need to add to your vocabulary list today so that you can be “in the know.”
- bae – before anyone else
- ghosting – disappearing act, as in dating
- basic – solely interested in things mainstream, popular, and trending
- strobing – highlighting
- on fleek – on point, perfect
The word of the day we are going to focus on is “strobing” but before I get to that here’s my takeaway on the above list of words. I’m thinking my bae ghosted me because my basic strobing wasn’t on fleek. There I did it!!
When I first heard the word strobing I thought to myself “am I crazy or is that just another word for highlighting?” So I took to Google and upon entering the word strobing, there were 858,000 results returned. Granted not all of these results pertain to this particular version of the word but the hype around it is, gee, I guess it’s basic?
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.) ~Popsugar
The effects of strobing are especially striking when being photographed, video recorded or televised. Also, in my opinion the process of applying highlighter is considerably easier than contouring.
Back in the days when I wore more makeup I honestly couldn’t be bothered with contouring. I understood the principles behind it but for me was just another step that I didn’t feel was necessary. Plus there was always the risk of using too much and the end result is far from pretty. Don’t believe me? Just Google “contouring fails” for celebrity photos.
Highlighting on the other hand, especially for us vision impaired ladies is doable. I use Sephora Bronzing Powder (comes in a trio of shades). Following is my process after I have cleansed, exfoliated, and moisturized my face:
- I apply concealer with my fingers under my eyes to just above the cheekbone to camouflage puffiness. Using my fingers allows me to confirm that I’ve applied the appropriate amount of coverage.
- I then apply liquid foundation with my fingers.
- Using a fluffy brush in an out and upward motion I apply a little of the medium shade bronzing powder on the apples of my cheeks
- Using an angled brush I apply the highlighter (lightest shade) to cheekbones in an out and upward motion
- Next I apply the highlighter on my nose from forehead to tip
- Finally I apply the highlighter above my brow bone
As I’ve said on different occasions since I’ve gotten older I use less cosmetics and even with the ones I use I tend to be conservative. Especially on hot and humid days I cannot stand to wear even foundation on my skin – it’s just too much. I’ll do my eyes, brows and lips but that’s it unless I’m going to a special event.
“Perfection isn’t necessarily found only in publicly accepted trends. Perfection is found in self.” ~Nike Thaddeus
So, what new words have you come upon lately?