From bold, perfectly concealed around brows to “gone with the wind lashes,” to dramatic eyeliner, to baking…it seems like the mainstream makeup world is always wrapping its hands around something new.
After Kim K’s picture/video surfaced with her face in pre-contour mode, everyone went crazy! There was no escaping the bright concealer under the eyes, on the chin, down the bridge of the nose, and right between the brows. The streaks of darker makeup on the temples, sides of the nose, and in the hollow cheeks were never missed. Chiseled features and cheekbones to slay the gawds were common place….forever….everywhere.
More recently however (especially since it’s the summer time), people have been opting for less of a defined, sculpted, time consuming method of defining the face for a more youthful and brightening technique…strobing.
Strobing basically helps you achieve what you can through contouring, except it sticks to using highlighting to achieve the desired effect. You are highlighting areas of your face you’d like to stand out, but on 10. It’s highlighting on crack. It’s as simple as that. It isn’t anything that people weren’t doing before, it just has a name now.
When strobing, you want to focus your highlighters on your standard areas as seen in the below graphic. This helps create more of a natural, glowing look. You want to be careful not to apply too much though, as you can come off looking like a glittery disco ball. Worst off, if you are someone with oily skin, you WILL look like an oil slick after a few hours. Be very cognizant of the products you use so that you strike just the right chord.
Here are some products to help you as you practice strobing! It’s much simpler and forgiving than contouring, so it’s worth a try 🙂