Strobing seems to be taking over contouring as we hear beauty bloggers and vloggers rave about it so much. We see celebrities like Kendal Jenner and Gigi Hadid flaunt this stunning technique! People hype about strobing as a whole new complicated technique that’s totally in now, although it seems to me like just another fun term for highlighting.
Strobing is nothing but extensive highlighting with absolutely no contouring.. Now that’s kind of something to unlearn, for us being so used to contouring and sculpting. Contouring as we know adds shape, structure and definition to the face, where as strobing adds luminocity, glow and a healthy dewy shine to the skin.
The technique of strobing basically involves layering liquid, cream and powder highlighters to make you look as natural and intense as possible, without going overboard and looking too mettalic or plastic.
To start off with,Strobing is all about getting that natural dewy glow on your skin, for which the key step is to ensure your skin is well moisturised and supple. You could use few drops of Jojoba oil to moisturise and balance out your natural oils to give a healthy glow.
Once you’re done moisturising, I like to use a luminous primer or the Mac’s strobe cream as a base for your makeup to go on it. Then I mix some liquid illuminator along with the foundation and work it over the primer. Make sure you choose the right shade of illuminator that is close to your skin tone. If you’re light skinned with cooler undertones you may want to choose a champagne illuminator with a silver sheen, where as if you are medium or warm skin toned, a gorgeous golden liquid will bring out the subtle sheen- Like the one Rihanna pulled off at her fragrance launch at Macy’s,New York.
Some of my favourite liquid highlighters are:
- Mac Lustre drops
- Inglot AMC face and body illuminator
- Benefit’s sun beam/High beam and moon beam
- Cover FX custom enhancer drops
- Jelly pong pong all over glow luminizer gel
- Loreal Lumi glow liquid illuminator
Today, I’ve used the Inglot AMC face and body illuminator in 67 mixed with the Mac studio sculpt foundation in NC 42.Since we are not going to contour while strobing,the studio sculpt foundation is a smart choice as it almost sculpts the face, firms and lifts the skin to a certain extent, making the features more prominent and defined. I gently stipple this mixture using the real techniques buffing brush and blend this into the skin with a damp beauty blender.
I then go ahead and highlight the under eyes, bridge of my nose and forhead with the Nars radiant creamy concealer.You could use any concealer with a radiant formula like the Becca radiant skin creamy concealer, YSL Touche eclat concealer from the high end brands or Chambor radiant touch up concealer and Mabelline dream lumi touch radiant concealer from the drugstore are good alternatives. Once your done with concealing, you can set it with a translucent powder to ensure the liquid and cream products stay in place.
For my eyelids, I used Mac’s cream highlight in “Improper Copper” as an all over my lid shade. This is such a pretty copper based gold that blends so beautifully on medium skin tones. I like to dab some of this on the highest point of my cheek bones and brow bones and I used the Stila eyeshadow in “Kitten” at the inner corners of the eye. This is such a gorgeous colour that instantly brightens up your face.
My little secret in achieving that wet and dewy luminous shine on the cheek bone is the Loreal Glam bronze GG cream. I dab it with my fingers on the high points of the cheeks and the forehead and pat it with a damp beauty blender. It makes the skin appear dewy and glowy.The Chanel lift and firm range is a best high end alternative for this. It makes your skin look more “wet” and dewy rather than shimmery, which is great!
Now you can go ahead and do your brows, line your eyes with a liquid or gel eyeliner and kajal on the waterline or even skip that and only go with alot of mascara to look even more natural. I like to add some shimmer blush on the apples of my cheek. For this look I have used the NYX blush in “Pinched”, which is a great dupe for the famous Nars blush in “Orgasm”.
Once you’re done with the rest of your face,You could layer up again with a generous amount of powder highlight. Some of my favourites are:
- The balm Mary Lou Manizer
- Becca Champagne pop
- Mac Mineral skin Finish in “Global glow”
Today I’ve used the Global glow mineralize skin finish from Mac. I have been loving this highlight ever since I’ve gotten my hands on it, you could read my detailed review on that as well. Gently dab the highlighter with a fan brush on the high points of your cheek with a light hand, on the tip of your nose, forhead, browbone, Cupid’s bow and on the chin. This is so, when the sun hits your face, it will naturally reflect and glow on these high points. Just ensure you do not move the product around to the rest of your face, that might end up making you look either greasy and sweaty or too glittery like a disco ball rather than the natural glow that you are looking for.
For the lips, I went ahead with the same sheen by using Mac’s lipstick in ” Bronze shimmer” and topped it off with a subtle plumping pink lipgloss. For some extra luminocity and dimension to make your lips appears a little bigger, you can dab some of the powder highlight on the center of your lips. Lastly, set your makeup with some fix + to transform to a glowing perfection…And BAAAM!! You’re ready to glow like a moon in the night sky.