HOW-TO: A GUIDE TO STROBING
If you want your skin to look dewy and bright — with a dash of J.Lo and a sprinkling of Beyoncé thrown in — then you’re going to love strobing. As we told you before, strobing, also known as highlighting, is a long-standing beauty technique that involves adding shimmer and strategically highlighting your face to create a fresh, healthy, bathed-in-a-halo-of-light-esque look. But the best part? Unlike the heavily made-up look of contouring, which, with all its bronzing and sculpting that can quickly go awry, strobing is fairly goof proof.
Step 1: Prep your skin.
Lather on a primer and rich emollient cream to ensure your skin is super moisturized and looks fresh.
Step 2: Apply your makeup as usual.
Layer on a light foundation, BB cream or colour-correcting concealer to even out the skin. If you generally wear a luminous foundation and are good with max luminosity – keep on blending. If you want a look that is a bit more subtle, swap it out for one with a matte or velvet finish. The contrast of the shimmer set against a more matte base will enhance the whole effect. Remember, strobing is a finishing touch.
Step 3: Brighten under your eyes.
Dab a bit of highlighter or concealer that is 2-3 shades lighter than your skin tone to conceal any dark circles and make your under eye area pop.
Step 4: Highlight your heart out.
Consider your skin tone when choosing a colour; those with fair complexions should opt for pinkish tones, while gold tones are the go-to for darker skin tones. The key to strobing is to focus on the high points of your face that the light naturally catches, using your bone structure as a guide. That means dabbing highlighter across the tops of your cheekbones, under your brow line, the centre of your forehead and chin, down the bridge of your nose, and finish with a tiny bit on the cupid’s bow.