Beauty trend how to: strobing

Beauty trend how to: strobing

Forget heavy contouring and painting stripes on your face in order to give cheekbones structure; strobing is the new trend and its contouring but better!

By Jessica Schmidt | 16th September 2015

What is strobing?

Forget complicated, heavy contouring and painting dark stripes on your face in order to give those cheekbones of yours some structure; strobing is essentially contouring, but better.  The technique adds light to the highest points of your face with an illuminator/highlighter. The great part of strobing is that it looks completely natural in all variations of light and from every different angle because light already bounces off your skin where you place the highlighter.

What do you need?

Strobing can be as basic as a one product job and some blending with your fingers. Although if you really want to take strobing to the next level, there are a few options.

1. Liquid Highlighters (MAC Strobe Cream, Benefit High Beam or Stila All Over Shimmer)
2. Powder Highlighters (Nars Albatross, Too Faced Candlelight Powder or Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder)
3. Cream or Stick Highlighters (RMS Beauty Living Luminiser, Smashbox L.A Lights Blendable Lip and Cheek Colour or Nars The Multiple)

makeup highlighters

There are many other options when it comes to hightlighters

If you’re opting for a liquid or cream highlighter, while you can apply and blend the product out with your fingers, you’re best off blending with a damp sponge. If power highlighter is your choice, apply with a small, fan brush or small, fluffy, tapered brush for precise application.

Take your skin tone into consideration

If you have light- or fair-toned skin, choose a highlighter with a silver, soft pink or beige undertone. If you have a light to medium complexion, choose slighter warmer colours such as champagne tones. If your skin tone is medium to deep, gold tones and deep peach highlighters work best for you.

Strobing is the last step when it comes to your makeup routine. As it adds shimmer and light into your skin, you want to avoid looking too shinny, so ensure all areas you won’t be highlighting are kept matte.

How to strobe

Step 1: Apply your highlighter of choice to the areas where light naturally hits your face. Areas such as across the top of your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, on your cupids bow and on your brow bone. You can add your highlighter to as little or as many of these places as you wish.
Step 2: Blend the highlighter out so there are no harsh edges and you can’t see where the end of the product starts and finishes.

Voila! Now your skin looks dewy and fresh, without looking like you've used much makeup at all!


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Article by Jessica Schmidt

This story has been written by a Guest Styler for Style