The best strobing makeup tips
Strobing was the biggest beauty buzzword of 2015, but the mega highlighting trend isn’t going anywhere. Perfect for summer parties and seriously popping in photos, expertly applied highlighter is the gift that keeps on giving when it comes to lit-from-within glow.
We take a refresher course on the gloriously flattering technique, explain how to apply and clarify the differences between it and highlighting and contouring.
What is strobing?
It focuses on highlighter and shine make-up formulas applied where light would naturally hit your face - to strobe is to “pop” the facial features by making the skin glow and reflect light. J Lo is a good example of a mega star who has been rocking the strobing trend since the early 2000’s
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Where should we apply it?
Above the brow, under the brows, middle of the nose, top of the lip (Cupids Bow) and along the top of the cheek under the eye area are the best highlight zones. Once we hit summer though, break out the strobing trend across the top of the shoulders, breast bone and legs. Just remember to blend well!
How is it different to highlighting?
So although they’re applied in the same way to the same high points of the face –the difference between the two is that highlighting is paired with contouring, while strobing is all about the light and luminosity. No dark sculpting required.
How is it different to contouring?
Strobing is more about achieving healthy and glowing skin rather than the sculpting effect you get with contouring looks. Where contour is more about applying matt powders to define the outer bone structure of the face, strobing is the opposite, where the shine lifts the facial features generally in the centre of the face.
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Who can rock the look?
Any age can wear the strobing technique. The only area to watch out for if you have a more mature face is the eyelid area - as this can make fine lines and wrinkles more obvious. Try playing up your cheeks instead. Strobing looks great on any face though when you apply champagne coloured highlighters on top of the cheeks, middle of the nose and middle of the forehead, just remember to blend well and keep and the look minimal by day and play it up by night.
People with fair skintones should focus on white to pinky-beige highlights. Those with medium skin tones look best in bronzed beige to gold hues. Meanwhile, golds to peachy and orange shimmers stand out on dark skin tones.
What kinds of highlighters are available?
Highlighters are always a big trend for summer coming and you will see them in many formats – creams, sticks, iridescent powders and body moisturisers. The easiest to use are sticks that you can ‘draw’ into the face, do a quick blend and pop your best features forward in two minutes flat.
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Do you like to use highlighter? Which one?