Now that summer is coming to an end, I can admit I tried to capture a bit of the sun on my face. I mean I took the bait and jumped on the strobing bandwagon for a second. It’s not that I regret it, per se. Just that I’m not one for trend hopping. I thought it could serve as a step up from the basic tinted moisturiser, mascara and lip balm routine. And to be honest, it was nice to have a little play with the contours – ;D – of my face.
There’s something indulgent about loving yourself enough to develop a great skin care routine. The small joy you feel about taking time out to take care of yourself is maximised into an ego-inflating focus on the self through make-up. Think about it: by using these little tricks with colour, light and shade, you are literally creating (what you think is) a better version of yourself. From my efforts to learn more about makeup this summer, I now understand why it could become addictive.
But here’s the thing about being a chocolate girl: ‘strobing’ ain’t for us. Okay, I’ll speak for myself. At 8.30am, the highlighter is applied atop base makeup. The lips are contoured with the nude pencil + nude lipstick, finished by a smidge of gloss on the centre of the lips. At 9am you step out glowing in all the right places, but by 12.30pm you’re glowing all over. Dark skin tones are naturally oilier than others.
Because of this, what may start off as subtle highlights of the chin, nose, cheek and brow bones ends up becoming a bit… melty. Not the end of the world if this happens (it just takes a greater dedication to learning the tricks of the cosmetics trade), but kind of a monumental waste of time and a bit of a fail considering the number of selfies you took that morning with glee. So all I’ve got to figure out is whether strobing is unsuitable for me during the summer only — or year-round. There’s only one way to find out.