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Make up has always been trending based on different techniques. Could be contouting, highlighting, strobing, etc. All confusing and keep making one wonder which would actually work on you. I haven’t tried any myself yet but am definitely curious to get that sculpted look where you have picture perfect features. There are many make up artist who swear by one technique but i think variety might be the key.  Plus who has time everyday to sculpt your looks before going to work. Don’t get me wrong as I am a strong advocate for looking good and presentable at all times,  but the idea of spending that much time getting ready is a little tiresome. So here’s  a little clarity on the techniques and how one should do them :

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1. Highlight:  highlighting is going a step above your make up technique. It involves using a highlighter or illuminator preferrably with gold undertones. Pearl and silver work better on pale and fairer skin but gold is great for yellow undertones. The highlighter needs to be applied with a foundation brush which is more flat.  Dab the highlighter on your nose rounding it off on the tip to illuminate features. Next step is to brush it on in heart shape motions from the temples to the apple of your cheeks, then at edges of your forehead, above the browline  and finally on  your chin. It creates a glowy dewy look and makes one look radiant. Finish it with a powder blush to get the rosy glow on your cheeks.

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2. Contour : the step above highlighting is contouring as it blends both techniques. In contouring one first uses a foundation a shade or 2 darker than your original foundation and apply it to the area right below your hairline, on the tip of your nose, the edge of your chin, underneath your jawline, on the right and left side of your nose, from the end of your ears to your chin and the hollow of your cheeks ( you can see that when you suck your face in) . Then use a blending brush or sponge to blend it into your skin. The dark foundation gives you a shadow giving you thinner features. The next step involves using a foundation 2 shades lighter than your actual foundation and it is used to highlight certain areas which are just above the dark foundation areas which create and make your features stand out.  Like the middle of your forehead, middle of your chin, apple of your cheeks and the tip of the nose till right above your upper lip. This helps in sharpening your features and giving you a sculpted look. One can use foundation sticks or you can even get contouring boxes with different make up brands which range from dark to light.

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3. Strobing : its similiar to highlighting and less tiresome than contouring.  Its more about the natural look.  We use a highlighter mostly shimmer based. Use the highlighter on your cheekbones, corner of your eye, above and below your brow, upper lqbridge of your nose . It is only using the highlighting aspect of contouring but in a more shimmery dewy look. Its easier and takes lesser time and thus, becoming the new make up trend.

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  The important thing all these techniques should be done on a well moistured face with your base foundation.  These are just enhancers of your natural beauty.

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  Brushes and sponges are as important as the products used. Strobing requires more matte products for yoyr base so the highlighter gives you a dewy effect, whereas highlighting and contouring prefer more liquid to cream based products so that it blends and doesn’t look like one is caked in make up.  The most important step for using the right technique is finding your face shape and then  mapping it correctly to contour,  highlight or strobe.
     Highlighting is enhancing your features to give a finished look, strobing is spotlighting your features in a more natural dewy fashion and contouring is sharpening your features to give you a sculpted look. So go on try and play with the make up just to enhance your beauty and not create someone else.

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The latest summer trend from retailers and New York fashion week is the off shoulder and cold shoulder. This flirty style is subtly sexy and apt for the warmer months. The recent trends can be seen in dresses , crop tops, jumpsuits, tops,etc. Lets look at the main difference between the two :

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1. Off shoulder : it has a sabrina neckline but inclusive of sleeves or straps. It focuses on your shoulders and makes one look slimmer. Personally i find this the sexiest neckline as its subtle as well.
Best way to wear it :

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1.)Strap off shoulders : found mostly in dresses which are more fitted or even in evening gowns of all styles. Has been an upcoming trend in jumpsuits and works best in one colour outfits use of accessories enhances the look.

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2.)Short sleeves : puff or straight give it a more peasant – summer look especially in linen shirts. More squarish so hides your shape but of worn with fitted bottoms gives one the right proportions.

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3.)Long sleeves : try it on a saree blouse, choli or even a salwar suit. The kurta or top needs to be more fitted above can be flowy on the edges. Try the dupatta with a belt to give the look more shape.
Thus, the off shoulder looks great on all body types but needs confidence to be carried off well. Ensure longer hemlines and covered bottoms if you feel its too much skin show. Even shorts or capris give the cool summer look if paired right with this style.

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2. Cold shoulder: this mostly has an ex neckline with sleeves attached to it leaving the shoulders bare or even like a strappy top with sleeves attached.  Mostly found in tops and blouses. Best way to wear  it :

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1.) Full or bell sleeves : with loose flowy tops or even maxi dresses. But since it can be quite flowy and shapeless the use of a belt helps in giving a more fitted look. Scarf or tie ups are the recent trends.

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2.) Short sleeves : mostly found in tops and tshirts which are boxy or u shaped at the hem. One can also opt this in saree blouses and salwar suits. Personally i think thicker straps help make it look better.
   Thus,  this actually gives one broader shoulders as it puts a shape around it. It also focuses on shoulder and upper arm so if you are not comfortable then this might be one trend to skip.
    This trend is catching on and the trend to ensure it compliments you is to keep the focus on the neckline and nit to over accessorize.  Mostly less fitted style so balancing it helps in giving it more shape. So go ahead experiment with prints and colours and get ready for spring -summer 2016.

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