Hi, I'm Gabrielle, but you can call me Gabbi. I work with women who love to feel glamorous but struggle to recreate that fabulous feeling at home. I help take the confusion out of makeup and give helpful tips to bring more beauty into their lives.


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September 15, 2015

How To Strobe for $1

Hey, y'all!

I've come to deliver a gorgeous tip for you, just in time for the fall. Lets be honest here, nobody is really ready to let go of that intense glow that we have been seeing all summer long. I'm here to tell you, though-- strobing can definitely up your cold-weather makeup game.

Don't sleep on the strobe.

"Gabbi," you may find yourself saying, "what in the name of the makeup gods is strobing?!"

Well, I'm glad you asked. Strobing is nothing more than highlighting.

Bam, it's something you already do. The only thing I'll say is that I see strobing as a more intense highlight in all your normal places Think of Jennifer Lopez red carpet look, where her skin looks naturally perfect, but she turns to the side and blinds you with the light reflecting from her cheekbone, Yeah, that's what I'm talking about.

It's all over Youtube and companies are even starting to come out with strobing kits. But you don't need them. You really don't. I started thinking "how can I recreate this look on a budget?"

I'm in the bathroom digging through my stash and I find the secret sauce.

This stuff right here will give you the most amazing glow and it will only cost you $1.

One buck. Think about it. Highlighting and contouring have been all the rage for a while now. Chances are you have something you can work with. But if you are slightly late to the party (or don't care to look like a Kardashian,) this is what you need. Who wants to go spend $15-40 on a liquid highlighter/illuminator/ whatever you wanna call it? If you're like me, and you often have no idea what you want to do makeup-wise until right before making an appearance, spending a dollar while I'm out picking up my contribution to dinner the night beforehand, isn't a stretch.

So here's what you do with it:

1. Depending on how you like to start your makeup routine, add a couple of dabs of the ELF highlighter to your primer or moisturizer. In the winter, my skin gets kind of dry, so I make a cocktail mixture of primer, moisturizer and illuminator. Apply and let it settle on the skin for a few minutes.

2. Apply your favorite foundation over top and continue on with your regular routine.

3. The ELF creams work great on top of makeup as well. They're not very wet, more of a whipped consistency so they don't move your makeup if you choose to use it as a cheekbone, nose or above the brow highlight. Here, I've applied small dots in the places where I want the highlight to really stand out-- center of the forehead, above the arch of my brow, down the center of my nose and on the cheekbone. Blend it out well with a damp sponge or your fingers.

4. (Optional) If you are feeling extra ambitious about your glow,  pat one of your favorite shimmery beige or golden eyeshadows or powder highlights on top. I really like the NYX baked eyeshadows for this step. Easy Rider is my go-to. Urban Decay Virgin, Sin or Half Baked are good if you own a Naked palette. See that extra shine on the cheekbone and top of the brow bone? That's what you're looking for.

5.Go be gorgeous!

 I went for a minimal look added mascara and a dark lip in honor of the changing season.

I hope this helped you take your makeup routine up a notch for the cooler weather. Let's chat. Come find me at the links below!

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