When it comes to makeup trends of the day, there’s no doubt that strobing has caught the attention of the beauty world en masse. It was even featured on Good Morning America recently! If you’re not quite sure what strobing really is, I’m here to help with a Strobing 101 makeup tutorial which will have you glowing like a pro in no time.
Strobing is another name for a technique we’re all familiar with – highlighting. While contouring uses darker shadows and creams to make areas of our face recede, strobing ditches this concept entirely and relies on light creams and powders to enhance the high planes of our face that are lit up when hit by light.
For this demonstration I’m going to use Palladio The Definer ($12) dual-ended pencil, which is a nifty tool to have. This pencil is universal and can be used on a variety of skin tones.
One end has a medium brown matte cream that you can use to contour the sides of your nose, cheekbones, and jawline, and the other end has a shimmery cream that is perfect for strobing.
Personally, I believe in a healthy mix of both contouring and strobing, so I did use the darker end of the pencil to contour the sides of my nose. Sorry strobing purists, my nose contour is going nowhere!
My one warning with cream products? They can enhance pores real quick. If you are of the large pored variety, you know what I’m talking about. In that case, I recommend sticking to shimmer free creams, especially down the center of your nose. You don’t always have to use a shimmery highlighter to make strobing happen – a concealer 2-3 shades lighter than your typical choice works, and so does a lighter colored pressed or loose powder.
Here’s my recipe for strobing your face to perfection:
1. Apply your primer, foundation, concealer, and setting powder.
2. Apply highlighter on the high planes of your face: your forehead, cheekbones, down the center of your nose, inner eyes, on top of your cupid’s bow, and in the middle of your chin.
You can blend with a beautyblender.
Or, a brush.
Or, tap the product in with the pads of your fingers.
3. Set with a translucent powder.
Now, go get your strobe on!