Strobing is the new "makeup trend" making the rounds on social media, and I have been getting a few questions about what it entails so I thought I would do a post on it. Strobing is an alternative to contouring, it requires no bronzing or contour powder just a wet-looking, dewy, shiny highlight. The reason strobing seems to be gaining popularity as of late is because contouring can be quite harsh and ageing, not to mention time-consuming with all the blending, choosing the right shade and brush and then figuring out which areas of the face you want to contour (which will depend on your face shape). Strobing is comparatively very easy, all you need is a metallic, shiny highlight.
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When strobing, you want to apply it to the highest points of the face, mainly the tops of the cheekbones, but also the forehead, tip of the nose and the chin, possibly to the brow bone as well to accentuate the arch. Basically, all the places you already highlight, I have oily skin so if I was using this technique I would highlight normally with concealer in all of those places and then add the extra shine to the tops of my cheekbones. Another way you can achieve this dewy youthful look is by mixing certain skincare products with your makeup, you definitely don't want a heavy looking base so mixing a serum or radiance-boosting face cream with your Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation would be a good step, because when you think of youth and beauty you definitely don't think cake face. You can also mix eye cream with concealer for a healthy looking, naturally radiant base to your makeup.
Below is a short tutorial by NikkieTutorials who shows you how to strobe. She uses Champagne Pop by Becca Cosmetics ($38 - not yet available) and Mary Loumanizer by The Balm Cosmetics (£15) as her highlight "strobing" products. These are both pressed powders, to achieve the strobing look I would suggest a cream highlighter, or using a powder highlighter slightly damp to get that metallic, dewiness.
Finally, I just want to recommend some other products that will help you get your strobing game on point. First and foremost, MAC's Strobe Cream (£24.50), this is a moisturiser that refreshes and awakens the skin, providing a radiant, glowing base which is important for any look that involves strobing. It is all about promoting youth and vitality, you want to eradicate any dullness, or signs of fatigue.
As mentioned, you are adding shine to your face deliberately (so if you have oily skin you might not want to jump on the strobing bandwagon) so a cream metallic highlighter will be your best friend. The Sleek Precious Metals Kit (£10) is one to invest in, don't be shy and really load the sucker up so you can see that glow from the solar system. Remember to ignore the contour shades as they are not necessary when strobing.
Benefit have some great cream highlighting products, my two personal favourites (you all know how much of a Benefit girl I am) are Watt's Up and Ooh La La. Watt's Up (£24.50) is a gorgeous champagne gold soft-focus highlighter that looks stunning on any skintones darker than fair. A less expensive alternative is the No 7 Instant Radiance Highlighter (£10), although much cheaper it is slightly pinker in colour so it would definitely be a good option for the fairer skinned, but don't worry I discuss more champagne gold drugstore highlighters for those of you looking for a better deal.
|Top: Benefit Watt's Up. Bottom: No 7 Radiance Highlighter.|
If you have pale skin I would choose a pinkish beige colour, for instance the Ooh La La Lift (£17.50), or the aforementioned Radiance Highlighter by No 7, which is supposed to be used under concealer to perk up the under-eye area (an eye-brightener), but if I have had no sleep I happily slather this on the tops of my cheekbones, brow bone, inner corners as well as the under the eye and it truly lifts the face. If you have pale skin, I imagine you could use it on top of your foundation no trouble, if you have medium-deep skin use it under your foundation/concealer or mix it in. I always get a lot of compliments when I use this product, it is one of my favourites.
Last but not least, are the Glow Pots by TopShop, these are such under-rated highlighters, they come in two colours: Polished and Gleam (£9 each). Polished is suitable for the fairer-skinned as it is a "white" highlighter, it looks gorgeous on the inner corners no matter your skin colour so still worth checking out. Gleam is a gold cream highlight, perfect for anyone with medium or darker skin and also great for the inner corners or just as an all over wash of colour for the lids. Gold lids are always pretty.
I hope you enjoyed this post and you learnt something, or at least found it interesting. All the highlighters are brilliant in their own right, they are not just "strobing" products, even if you have no interest in strobing and just want a good highlighter I swear by all of these. Furthermore, just a disclaimer that strobing is not a new technique it's just gained popularity like contouring has gained popularity, you will very rarely hear of genuine new makeup techniques. They all existed before it's just they seem to be getting more hype. Thank you so much for reading, don't forget to follow and leave a comment with your future suggestions for posts and thoughts on Strobing vs Contouring. I am still pro-contouring.