If you’ve been wondering about this whole “strobing” trend and whether it involves pulsating lights and high-octane house music, it doesn’t, so feel free to leave your glow sticks at home. 🙂
But what is does involve is highlighting, and LOTS of it. Basically, it’s good old-fashioned highlighting, only more intense and extreme, and it usually involves layering a number of products to accentuate specific areas and/or one or more of your features.
In strobing the skin looks dewy and glowing, but not in an icky or sweaty way, and the trick is to highlight specific areas while keeping the rest of your skin relatively matte or semi-matte.
Here’s how I like to do it…
Next, I stipple a foundation or tinted moisturizer on top on that, with the goal being to get the sheen to slightly appear through my face makeup, so my overall skin looks slightly dewy (but not full-on shiny).
Then, while my foundation is still wet, I pat a shimmery highlighting cream onto the tops of my cheekbones and down the bridge of my nose.
After that, for even MORE depth and dimension, I sweep a shimmery highlighter onto the tops of my cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose, on my Cupid’s bow, under and over the arches in my brows, and within the inner corners of my eyes.
Then I dust the remaining product on the brush in the middle of my forehead and the center of my chin.
Next, to amplify the shine in a couple places, I wet a synthetic brush with a makeup setting spray and dab it onto the tops of my cheekbones and down the bridge of my nose.
You can stop here if you want but…
…since I feel a little naked without color on my cheeks, I usually sweep a matte blush onto the apples of my cheeks at this point (the matte finish contrasts with the shimmer), then dust a shimmery bronzer onto my cheekbones and across my forehead to warm up my skin tone a little.
If you want to enhance the contrast between your highlighted areas and the rest of your face and make your highlights even more “highlighty” (?), you can powder down the sides of your nose, your forehead and the spaces just under your cheekbones with your favorite face powder.
That’s it! I hope you have fun strobing. 🙂
Products used (or mentioned) in this post…
- Bobbi Brown Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm
- MAC Strobe Cream
- Tom Ford Skin Illuminator in Fire Lust
- BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone
- BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal
- NARS Blush in Tribulation (from the fall 2015 collection)
- NARS 42 Eye Brush
- MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ in Yuzu
- Real Techniques Duo-Fiber Contour Brush
- Urban Decay Baked Bronzer For Face and Body in Baked
- MAC Sheertone Blush in Gingerly
- MAC 188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,