Sure, there was highlighting and contouring and we were all just so fascinated by it that we couldn’t, and still cannot stop doing it. The chiseled cheek bones and jawline with a fluff of highlighter is still a sure-shot winner for a glam night look, however it becomes a bit impractical for a day time look. But STROBING has changed the makeup game, hands down! So, if you’re looking for a more natural and daytime glamorous look, let’s ”strobe” for making those cheekbones stand out.
WHAT IS STROBING?
Strobing is essentially the application of highlighting the high points of your face where light will naturally bounce off. Contouring and bronzing may make your face look picture perfect, however strobing works wonders in real-life because light is always springing back and forth off our skin, whereas the highlighter brightens the reflective glow.
HOW TO STROBE
Strobing is basically the final step in your makeup, so it goes on top of all the products that you’ve applied (foundation, blush-on, etc). Since the idea is to highlight the high points of your face, so mattify the rest of the areas such as the forehead and chin to avoid looking greasy! Then use your highlighter (whichever you prefer to use, either in liquid or powder form) on your cheekbones, brow bones, the bridge of your nose and the cupid’s bow, and blend it with your fingers, a brush or even a beauty blender – whichever product you’re comfortable using.
CHOOSE THE PERFECT STROBING PRODUCT
There are 3 rules to picking the right product for strobing.
The whole point is to create subtle shimmer, so you need a product that would superbly be mistaken for a naturally luminous skin. You can get that shimmer from NARS Cosmetics, Orgasm – Peachy Pink Shimmer or Massart Misbah’s, Stay On Blusher – Ballet Glow.
CHOOSE A PRODUCT FOR YOUR SKIN TYPE
Creamy and stick formulas, even though, are easy to apply, they are best used if you have a normal to dry skin. However, powder highlighters will last longer for people with combination or oily skin. So choose a product that is right for your skin.
HIGHLIGHTER FOR YOUR SKIN TONE
You need to know what your skin undertone is before choosing a highlighter because you don’t want a no-makeup makeup look and that would essentially defeat the purpose of using a highlighter all together.
And if you don’t know your skin undertone then click here: Find Out Your Skin Undertone
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CONTOUR + HIGHLIGHT + STROBE
Contouring uses a mix of dark shades and tones to chisel the features.
Highlighting and Contouring go hand-in-hand. Certain areas of the face such as forehead, cupid’s bow, cheek bones, and chin are highlighted with makeup to create a subtle glow.
Strobing bascially uses natural light to enhance the face.
BEAUTY HOOKED APPROVED STROBING PRODUCTS
Maybelline Newyork, Master Strobing Stick
NYX Cosmetics, Born To Glow, Liquid Illuminator
MAC Cosmetics, Strobe Cream
Rs. 4000/- (approximately)
Artdeco Strobing Cream
So whether you want to contour, highlight or strobe – just get the technique right, because you don’t want to end up looking like a hot mess. Each of these techniques are intertwined, but if perfected, will up your makeup game in no time. Do you have a favorite strobing product? Comment below and let us know.