Sorry, Kim Kardashian, it seems like the days of chiseled jawlines and carved cheekbones are over. Contouring is reportedly now passé, and strobing is the new “it” beauty move.
Unlike contouring, strobing seeks to bring out features using light and light alone. The technique aims to give you dewy skin and a natural lit-from-within glow. According to Alex Box, creative director of Illamsqua, “It's about using reflection on high planes and points of the face that catch the light to create spotlit areas. It's a much more forgiving way to bring focus and shape to the face.”
The key to this trend is having the perfect base. This means that you have to be disciplined when it comes to your skincare—cleanse, tone, and moisturize daily. Invest in brightening masks and creams to get even better skin. (Read: Goodbye, Matte! Sheer Is The Way To Go This Year)
For your makeup, use a tinted moisturizer to give your skin some coverage and a dewy finish, then set everything in place with luminescent powder. Next, get a powder or cream highlighter and apply it on the high points of your face—your temples, the bridge of your nose, your cupid’s bow, and blend until you get that beautiful glow.
You can also try celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilburry’s take on this trend. At the Donna Karan fashion show, she mixed together light moisturizer and concealer and buffed it all over the model’s face. She then applied some moisturizing cream onto the cheeks for more shine.
Interested in trying out strobing? Here are some products that you can use:
NYX Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator, Revlon Photoready Skinlights, MAC Strobe Cream, ELF Baked Blush in Pinktastic, Benefit Watt's Up.
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