tutorial: simple strobing/non-touring look

tutorial: simple strobing/non-touring look


today i’m going to be showing you guys a really simple, stripped down look for lazy days, using 80% drugstore products. it features the hot trend of strobing or non-touring which is basically the opposite of the contouring trend. instead of defining your features directly with a bronzer, you just strobe the high points of your face, so that your features are more defined indirectly. it is a lot less harsh than contouring and much more luminous. the other nice part of this look is that it uses only 5 makeup products, so it’s perfect for a lazy sunday or for any day when you feel like wearing a light makeup look.

skin prep (not counted towards 5 products)

1. remove makeup/cleanse w/ Neutrogena make-up removing wipes 

(i skipped the cleanser & toner out of laziness)

2. moisturize w/ three drops of Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate, focusing on flaky areas (edges of nose & cheeks, for me), then apply one pump of La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Legere 24hr Rehydrating Fill-In Care all over face

(i skipped the primer b/c i didn’t want to mattify my face at all)

lips (i did this first b/c i wanted to have it on before i applied the highlighter)

1. apply several coats of Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick “710 First Class Nude” all over lips (this formula is super moisturizing, creamy, and dewy)


1. strobe/highlight the high points of your face w/ Maybelline Master Strobing Liquid by FaceStudio Illuminating Highlighter “100 Light/Iridescent” using your fingers (concentrating on the edges of the forehead, especially on the cheekbones, down the centre of the nose, in the cupid’s bow, and a little bit on the centre of the chin)

2. set the highlighting liquid with a Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder “Ethereal Light” using Sephora Multitasker complexion Brush “45” (brush not included in the 5 products–you could easily just use your fingers, as well)


1. apply Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal by EyeStudio 24hr Eyeshadow “Barely Branded” all over lids as a 2-in-1 primer and eyeshadow

2. apply 2-3 coats of Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Full Fan Effect Mascara 

  • great dupe for: Benefit’s They’re Real!

as you can see, i skipped a lot of my usual products, including: cleanser, toner, sunscreen (i didn’t leave the house), primer, foundation, concealer, setting powder, brow pencil, brow gel, eyeshadow, bronzer, and blush, because i was feeling pretty lazy.

also, 4 out of 5 of the makeup products used are from the drugstore, and the higher-end highlighting powder could easily be switched out for a cheaper product from e.l.f., for example, which has several powder highlighters and some baked blushes, both of which have received positive reviews online.

there you have it! a super simple, dewy look. i paired it with some messy, undone, day-3 bedhead.






how to: construct a basic skincare routine

how to: construct a basic skincare routine


in terms of daily skincare, there are three main components, which (ideally) should be done once in the morning and once at night:

  1. cleansing
  2. toning
  3. moisturizing

step 1: cleanse

you want to find a cleanser that suits your skin-type, whether that be dry, dry-combination, combination (normal), oily-combination, or oily (you can break those down into even further categories, but i’ll use those as a basis). you also need to factor in whether or not your skin is sensitive: if so, you need to pick products that are made specifically for sensitive skin to avoid irritation and reactions.

the easiest way to figure out which cleanser is right for you is to do some research, either online, in magazines, or in-person by asking a cosmetician/beauty advisor (although, keep in mind, many salespersons have implicit biases towards certain brands & products due to factors such as store inventory and commission). there are so many products out there at so many different price points: your perfect cleanser is out there, somewhere.

step 2: tone

using a toner is an often-missed step, but it is important: a toner balances your skin’s pH levels so that it is ready for the next step (moisturizer). again, you want to choose a toner that is specific to your skin type, and to do some research.

step 3: moisturizer

lastly, you want to make sure that you’re using a moisturizer. this helps replenish your skin’s lipids and oils. again, choose one that is specific to your skin type, and do your homework.

extra steps

  • sun protection: many moisturizers include sun protection, so this may not need to be an extra step. otherwise, find a sunscreen that is specific to your skin type and do your homework. many people think this is only a step for the summers; however, it is crucial to wear sun protection every single day–cold or warm, cloudy or sunny. UV damage happens through clouds, as well. use an SPF of at least 30. (you can skin this step at night-time.)
  • exfoliating: using an exfoliating product 1-2 times per week is advisable, as it helps to remove dead skin cells. this is typically in the form of some type of scrub. choose one that is specific to your skin type and do your homework.
  • serums/oils: serums and oils are basically extra moisturizing steps–not necessary, but certainly useful. you’ll want to apply them after your toner and before your moisturizer, as they’re more concentrated than regular moisturizers and therefore should be absorbed first. choose one that is specific to your skin type and do your homework.
  • masks: similar to exfoliators, masks are typically used 1-2 times per week. pick one that addresses a specific skincare need of yours (i.e. moisture, oil-control, pore-minimizing).
  • night cream: i don’t personally use night creams, but if you have anti-ageing concerns, night creams are fantastic. they are basically just moisturizers that are specifically designed for night-time, when our skin is regenerating the most. use them in place of your moisturizer before bed. choose one that is specific to your skin type and do your homework.
  • primer: part-makeup, part-skincare, makeup primers are used to prime the skin for makeup. many people choose to wear primers alone, though: they can help smooth over the skin very well. certain primers do certain things, such as minimizing pores, reducing shine, or adding luminosity. choose one that is specific to your skin type and do your homework.

stay tuned for a post with my winter skincare routine!