What is strobing? I touched on it briefly during The Edit a few weeks ago. It’s the new form of contouring, or rather the new way to accentuate and beautify your face. Contouring isn’t easy and even though I created a giftorial to help teach the basics (because I’m no pro) it still isn’t an easy task to accomplish each morning. The bonus of strobing is that your skin won’t feel suffocated by layers of color and products. You just need a good illuminator/highlighter and the rest is achieved by your basic makeup routine. And that dewy, kissed by the sunlight look never goes out of style. Britney gave us the dewy skin in the late 90’s and J.Lo‘s been rocking the glow for decades. What’s old is new again and that’s basically why strobing, aka dewy skin is back.
It’s easy to recreate and I put together some gifs to help explain the process. My technique varies from using sticks to powders. Either way, the process is the same. Hit the high points of your face such as the cheekbones, bridge of the nose, forehead, and brow bone. Blend, buff, or smudge your way to a strobed-out face. Follow along and share your strobing results on Instagram to show us your creations using the hashtag #beautybasics
Step 1 – apply the highlighter. On a recent trip to Sephora, the young gal convinced me to try the Benefit Cosmetics Watts Up! Highlighter. It has a creamy consistency and glides onto the skin. The color is the perfect champagne tone that compliments many skin tones. Apply to the apples of your checks and up to your temples.
Step 2 – Blend with your fingers or a beauty sponge. Using your index or ring finger will really allow you to control the blending and get the fine, airbrushed precision you’re aiming for.
Finish off with a bit on the bridge of your nose and under your brow bone. This stuff lasts all day. I posted on snapchat (@theladybuchanan) last week a post-workout snap and how my strobing lasted through some intense sweating.
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