What is contouring make-up? Your beauty questions answered

What is contouring make-up? Your beauty questions answered
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What is contouring make-up? Should you be using a CC cream? Is ombre hair something you should try? We answer your beauty questions by clearing up these modern terms

  • Contouring

This is a new technique that's been popular with celebrities thanks to its slimming effect - although it's quite a lot of effort! Simply put, the aim is to use a contouring product, or darker foundation, to enhance your facial structure, making your cheekbones more prominent, nose slimmer and jawline more pronounced.

  • Ombre

This  involves colouring the bottom half of your hair a lighter shade than the top but ensuring the two colours blend together gradually, giving the ends a sun-kissed look.

  • CC cream

Many assume CC cream is a more advanced version of BB cream but it’s entirely different. CC stands for colour correcting and comes in a variety of hues to balance out redness. Try this Max Factor CC Cream, £9.99, from Boots.

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  • Eau de toilette

Perfume comes in two forms, eau de toilette and eau de parfum, yet few people know the difference. Simply put, eau de toilette contains around 10 per cent of the aroma whilst eau de parfum contains as much between 15-20 per cent making it far more powerful (and pricey).

  • Strobing

Whilst it sounds like something you would do in a nightclub, strobing means adding light reflecting make up, or highlighter, to parts of your face to create a dewy finish. Apply highlighter to the top of cheekbones, under eyebrows and along the bridge of your nose to give it a try - just make sure to blend well. One of our favourite highlighters is High Beam by Benefit, £19.50, at Boots. It's pricey but it will last you ages.

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  • Dupe

A dupe, short for duplicate, is a beauty product that is cheaper than a well-known brand, yet achieves the same results. As you can imagine, they are hit and miss - but there's nothing quite as satisfying as finding a cheap alternative to your favourite products.

  • Micellar water

This new trend has actually been around for centuries but has only recently been adopted by beauty fans. Simply put, micellar water contains tiny balls, micelles, that attract make up and dirt with great ease. Try Garnier's Micellar Cleansing Water, £1.99/125ml, from Boots.

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  • Baking

Baking involves adding translucent powder to your face after make up and waiting ten minutes to encourage the heat from your face to set your foundation and concealer.

  • Multi masking

Multi masking does what it says on the tin. It involves using different forms of face masks on different parts of the skin, at the same time. For example, a hydrating mask for your cheeks, a soothing one for under the eyes and a clay mask for your T-zone.

  • Chroming

If contouring and strobing sound too complicated for your liking then chroming is the next best option. By simply using a lipstick with the right hue for skin tone along with some shimmer it can work as a highlighter on your skin when you’re in a rush.