Makeup Techniques – Strobing

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There are a lot of beauty trends, and they don’t all last. And some for good reason. But I feel like strobing is one that is going to sticky around for a while. You may be wondering what strobing is… in short it is a technique that’s opposite of contouring. You focus on the high points of the face rather than the shadows. This can be accomplished using highlighting products on your cheekbones, brow bones, bridge of the nose, middle of the forehead, middle of chin, and cupid’s bow. Leaving you with a dewy glow and no harsh shadows.

There are many different types of highlighters on the market and they all get applied differently.

Liquid Highlighter

Liquid Highlighter or illuminators, like NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator, can be worn either under foundation or on top. This helps give your skin a healthy glow. To apply, add a few dots to the area you’d like to highlight and blend with your fingertips. Using your fingertips gives you more control and helps ensure that you get even coverage. Just make sure you clean your little paws before touching your face. If your skin is oily or you’re going to be doing something where you sweat make sure to top the liquid highlighter with either a powder highlighter or finishing powder so it stays in place.

Cream Stick Highlighter

These are some of the easiest highlighters to apply as you have the most control on where they go. These stay creamy all day so you are left with a dewy finish all day long. Just like the liquid highlighter, apply this to desired area and use either your fingers or a slightly damp beauty blender to soften the highlight.

Powder Highlighter

This is my preferred way to do strobing as I find them to be very fool-proof. Plus I find this helps get that dewy look without looking overly dewy as powders create a softer, diffused glow. The main powder highlighters I use are: Hourglass Ambient Palette or Urban Decay After Hour Glow in Sin or Aura. The easiest way to apply this is with a small, fluffy powder brush to gently dust the product over the parts of the face you like to highlight. For the cheekbones, I like to use a fan brush to get that area more pronounce.

How do you do the strobing trend? Or which makeup technique is your favorite to use?

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