Your ultimate guide to makeup and beauty jargon

Don't know your contouring from your strobing and your baking from your chroming? You will after reading this clever guide.

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The beauty world can be a bit of a minefield, especially as new beauty trends seem to pop up faster than you can say “mascara”.


But if you’re worried about embarrassing yourself at a dinner party discussing the benefits of strobing vs. contouring, fret no more.

The hair and beauty experts at Hairtrade.com have divised this nifty beauty jargon guide so you can become a true beauty pro.

1. Contouring
Many hadn’t heard of this technique until the Kardashian clan made it famous. Simply put, the aim is to use a contouring product, or darker foundation, to enhance your facial structure, e.g. your cheekbones.


2. Ombre
This simply involves colouring the bottom half of your hair a lighter shade than the top but ensuring the two colours blend together gradually.

3. CC cream
Many assume CC cream is a more advanced version of BB cream but it’s entirely different. CC stands for colour correcting and comes in a variety of hues to balance out redness.

4. Eau de toilette
Perfume comes in two forms, eau de toilette and eau de parfum, yet few people know the difference. Simply put, eau de toilette contains around 10% of the aroma whilst eau de parfum contains as much between 15-20% making it far more powerful.

5. Strobing
Whilst it sounds like something you would do in a nightclub, strobing means adding light reflecting make up, or highlighter, to parts of your face to create a dewy finish. Apply highlighter to the top of cheekbones, under eyebrows and along the bridge of your nose for the effect.


6. Cut crease
This skill involves accentuating the line where your eyelid and the fold of skin above it meet. By using eyeshadow to define the line it can make eyes look bigger and eye make up more dramatic.

7. Foiling
Foiling involves applying eyeshadow with a wet brush to create a shinier, and therefore foil-like, effect. Check beforehand that your eyeshadow is compatible and then simply dip your brush in water before applying.

8. Dupe
A dupe, short for duplicate, is a beauty product that is cheaper than a different, usually well-known, brand yet achieves the same results. Dupes are very hit and miss and are found by dedicated beauty bloggers who are willing to keep searching.


9. Tight lining
Tight lining is the art of applying eyeliner to your upper waterline, just underneath the root of your eyelashes, to give the appearance of both thicker lashes and bigger eyes. It does take practice and is best performed with waterproof eyeliner.

10. Lipstick feathering
Lipstick feathering isn’t so much a tool as something you want to avoid as it’s when your lipstick bleeds into your fine lines and wrinkles surrounding your lips. To avoid, simply blot and reapply throughout the day.

11. Micellar water
This new trend has actually been around for centuries but has only recently been adopted by beauty fans. Simply put, micellar water contains tiny balls, micelles, that attract make up and dirt with great ease.

12. Baking
Originally a trend started by drag queens, baking involves adding translucent powder to your face after make up and waiting ten minutes to encourage the heat from your face to set your foundation and concealer.

13. Multi masking
Multi masking does what it says on the tin. It involves using different forms of face masks on different parts of the skin, at the same time. For example a hydrating mask for your cheeks, a soothing one for under the eyes and a clay mask for your T-zone.


14. Chroming
If contouring and strobing sound too complicated for your liking then chroming is the next best option. By simply using a lipstick with the right hue for skin tone along with some shimmer it can work as a highlighter on your skin when you’re in a rush.