All about Strobing!

Oct 12 2015. views 604

Strobing is the new contouring! 
This makeup technique is easier to master, needs fewer products, and is much better suited to our local weather! 
Move over contouring, there’s a new makeup technique in town to make your cheekbones look like that of a sculpted goddess. Strobing focuses on using highlighter to brighten the higher features of your face to achieve a youthful, dewy look with all year around summer glow. And, what’s great about this technique is you don’t have to layer your skin with products which only leaves your face feeling a melting pot in this hot weather. 
Strobing is different from contouring because rather than using dark shades to chisel your features, you use bright highlights on areas of the face where the light naturally hits, such as the tops of the cheekbones, the temples, centre of the nose and the cupid’s bow, to create a radiant complexion. 
How to get your strobe on 
1. Start with a facial moisturiser or primer to hydrate your skin 
This look is all about creating a natural, dewy effect so it’s a must to start with replenishing dull, dry skin. 
2. Choose a highlighter 
Select a highlighter shade that complements your skin tone and generates a subtle sheen. Champagne and pink colors work well on fairer skin while gold, peachy and coral tones look great on dark complexions. If you have oily skin, make sure you use a powdered highlighter, if not you can go with a cream based product. 
3. Apply the highlighter in spots where light naturally hits 
There are seven facial features you ultimately want to be highlighting: down the bridge of your nose, the center of your forehead, your brow bones, the inner corners of your eyes, your cheekbones, the tip of your chin, and your cupid’s bow (above your upper lip). 
If you are using a cream based highlighter, you can simply use your fingers to apply, preferably with your ring finger as it is the weakest finger so picks up the least amount of product. 
Remember, less is more with highlighter. To avoid looking like a greasy, shiny disco ball, apply a little bit at a time, gradually leading up to your desired highlight. 
4. Blend, blend, blend 
After you've applied the highlighter, blend it out with your fingers, a makeup brush, or a damp makeup sponge. Get rid of any highlighter splotches and obvious make up lines, by blending the highlighter so that it fades into the rest of your skin. 
Well now that you know how to get the look, you can get rid of all the bronzer and contouring creams and powders in your makeup bag, and start stocking up on highlighters (if you think we mean the stationery item, you may need to read this article again!). 
Text by Shazana Shahjahan


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