Face Strobing – The season’s latest makeup trend
Remember the time when contouring was the hottest trend in the makeup world? Well, not anymore. The courtesy of makeup artists on Instagram has introduced the world to a new way of highlighting – a technique that is well known today as strobing.
WHAT IS STROBING?
Simply put, strobing is just a fancy terminology for highlighting. It’s a technique where an illuminator or highlighter is applied to those areas of the face where light naturally reflects the most. These would include the brow bones, inner corner of the eye, the center of the forehead, bridge of the nose, cheekbones and chin. Dabbing a little makeup product on these specific sites will enhance your features and give your face a radiant, dewy look. Apparently strobing is all about attaining a natural, youthful glow rather than a sculpted look that is achieved with contouring.
So if you’re looking for an ethereal and glamorous look stop spending fortunes on bronzers and contouring palettes. Instead, try digging the highlighting products that would pop out your features. The best part is the fact that you no longer have to apply tons of foundation or compact powder to look flawless, strobing alone is enough to give you a perfect look.
STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO STROBE YOUR FACE
Just like a clean canvas is essential for a masterpiece painting, a clean face is herald of a perfect look. Before setting up your makeup table, make sure your face is washed, towel dried and moisturized.
Primer is a magic ingredient of every makeup look that evens out the skin and helps the makeup stay on for a longer period of time. Dab a little primer on your face and neck and let it sit for around five minutes. A primer controls sebum production in the skin and prevents the makeup from penetrating the pores.
Make sure to use a highlighter that complements your skin tone. Apply a thin layer all over your face to give it a subtle sheen. Too much strobing cream may make your skin look greasy. A liquid illuminator is always the preferred choice for strobing compared to powder formulas.
Use a foundation brush to buff in the liquid foundation that matches your skin tone.
A corrector or concealer (usually a shade lighter than your skin tone) should be applied over dark circles and scar marks.
A matte blush should then be applied to the apples of your cheek.
Now is the perfect time to dab a little highlighter on the areas mentioned above to impart radiance and sheen to your skin. Spread it well with your fingers or a fan brush. Since
you’ve already done strobing, make sure you don’t use much highlighter. In fact skipping on this step would do you no harm.
Pressed powder helps diminish the hard lines on your face and gives the makeup a flawless finish.
COMPLETE THE LOOK
You may now want to work on your eye shade and lipstick to complete the perfect look.
BEST STROBING PRODUCTS IN THE MARKET
A number of highlighters and illuminators are available from drug store to high end brands but the art lies in choosing the right one for your skin tone. Fair individuals should opt for shades that are more towards white and pink. Those with medium skin tones look best when they opt for golden hues and bronzed shades. Dark skinned individuals should opt for gold and orange shimmers to enhance their features. Some of the best strobing products that are appreciated by makeup artists throughout the globe are the following:
- Too Faced Natural Face Palette
- MAC Strobing Cream
- Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Champagne Glow Palette
- Revlon Highlighting Palette in Rose Glow and Peach Glow
- Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit
- Physicians Formula Nude Wear Touch of Glow
- Smashbox Baked Fusion Soft Lights
- Stila All-over Shimmer Powder
- IT Cosmetics CC++ Radiance Palette
- Tom Ford Skin Illuminating Powder Duo
- E.l.f. Shimmer Palette
- L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Powder Glow Illuminators
FINAL WORD ON THE MATTER
Strobing is far easier than contouring and is the new beauty craze among the makeup aficionados. A little practice can help you master the art of brilliantly defining your features.