For starters, there’s going to be a lot of “and/or” in this post, so I apologize in advance.
Buuut, the next time you don your war paint, try this: if you do any highlighting and/or contouring and/or bronzing (see?) try doing your highlighting before your contouring and/or bronzing, because the order matters! It make a difference.
This is probably a good time to mention that I don’t go gaga over contouring, but I will do it every once in a great while. Bronzing, on the other hand, is an everyday thing for me. I am completely non-functional without a little bit of bronzer, LOL!
Anywho, for the longest time, I did my bronzing before my highlighting. I’m not sure why though… I guess it was just force of habit.
But I went to another one of those awesome Sephora makeup classes last weekend, the one called Contour & Highlight, the instructor suggested doing your highlighting first, before bronzer or contouring, because when you do it the other way around, it’s easier to go overboard with your bronzer or contouring without realizing it.
It’s like when you wear a bright lip and do your blush. It helps to do your lipstick before applying your blush, because that way you can use your finished lip look as a reference for how much blush you should use.
When you do your contouring and bronzing before you highlight, it’s harder to gauge whether you’ve used the right amount. For instance, if you contour first and you think you’re at, like, a level five, and then you do your highlights, you can suddenly realize, WHOA! — that’s actually contour level 10! I didn’t realize I did *that* much contouring.
So try doing your highlighting before your contouring (or bronzing) one of these days. You just might like the results. I know I do. It’s a whole new bronzing world! 🙂
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Completely unrelated to highlighting, but how do you feel about banana bread?
Right now I’m all about banana bread, and baking in general, but especially banana bread. I made some last weekend for the first time in forever, and it brought a big smile to my face (and a lot of banana into my tum). I followed this recipe from skinnytaste.com for Low Fat Banana Nut Bread.
This recipe results in uber-dense, flavorful banana loaf, so it’s not light and fluffy, but it is hella filling and delicious. One slice makes a tasty breakfast.
If you’re a banana bread goddess, hook a girl up! What’s your recipe? Unless it’s a secret…and if it’s a secret, can you just bake it for me, and send it overnight by FedEx, so I can have it for breakfast tomorrow, haha!
Totally kidding. Sort of.
(PLEASE!) Let them eat cake
OK, the other reason I’ve been into baking lately is this show I’ve been watching on Hulu called The Great British Baking Show.
Babe. Seriously. This show will make you want to eat an entire three-tiered lemon cake, and by “you” I mean “me,” haha! It’s really fun.
The contestants are all just a bunch of everyday people from the United Kingdom — none of them are professional bakers — and they have to bake different dishes in categories like savory, sweet, biscuits, breads, pies and traditional English, and then their creations are judged by a panel of judges that includes Mary Berry.
To be honest…I have no idea who the other judges are, because it’s all about Mary Berry. She’s a very stylish older lady whom I guess is a big deal in the British baking world, and I love her because she always has her hair did, her makeup on point, and she’s always dressed to the nines.
The competition takes place under a huge white tent in the middle of the English countryside, which seems kind of weird, but it’s very entertaining and rekindled my appreciation for baking and how difficult it can be, ’cause if you leave that cake in that oven for a minute too long, it’s game over, babe. Thank you for playing.
Interestingly, maybe it’s because it’s on PBS and not network TV or Bravo, the judges are always very respectful and polite, and they don’t rip into people the way they do sometimes on American cooking shows, where the contestants are viciously pitted against each other for the sake of drama. It’s a kinder, gentler reality competition…but with lots and lots of yummy-looking cake.
Off to grab a third slice of banana bread… 🙂