Is it worth the hype? Strobing

Strobing is a word that is getting thrown around lately – from fashion magazines to my best friends – but I just couldn’t quite wrap my head around it. “Is it the same as highlighting?” I kept asking myself if there was anything new about it at all.

Now, I still don’t even know how to explain exactly what strobing is, but it turns out I’ve been doing it for a while! The trick is to give yourself a really healthy looking glow that you might get after a week long beach holiday.

If you follow me on Instagram, then you may have seen this photo, and in real life, my skin was glowing to the max. It’s super easy to achieve this look and I’ll talk you through all the products you’re going to need!

This is a great look to keep the summer alive, even as the colder days are rolling in. You can also tone this look down for a very wearable daytime look, or up the ante for a special occasion.

Basically, it’s like contouring and highlighting, but also about warming up your face. Now you do need to be careful not to make your face look like a disco ball, but we’ll get into that later!

Firstly, we’ll talk about the base of any makeup look, and that’s the skin. This is probably the most important part. I would start off with using an illuminating primer such as the Smashbox Photo Finish Luminizing Primer. I find the the Body Shop Vitamin C Skin Reviver works well too, especially for everyday. These give a healthy glow from underneath your foundation.

Next, you will want to use a liquid foundation that gives a dewy or satin finish, as this also adds luminosity to the skin. I find the best ones for this are the Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid and the Rimmel Wake Me Up (this has little shimmers inside the formula).

Conceal and fill in brows as normal, but you should only powder where needed – the T-zone and undereye area – and avoid the cheeks. For eyeshadow, stick with warm toned shadows. I generally use Benefit’s Hoola* bronzer (review) in the crease of the lid and the Pop Beauty eyeshadow trio in Peach Parfait.

Continuing with the rest of the face, blush and contour products that are used work best if they are cream based. For the look above, I didn’t use a cream blush, but a natural shade (Rosey Glow by Natural Collection). Peach and coral toned blushes would also work with this look.
For the contour, I used the Bourjois Bronzing Primer in the hollows of my cheeks. I then used Hoola on top and around my face, on the temples and jawline. I then took a shimmer bronzer by Natural Collection (Suntint in Golden Glow) and gently dusted all over my cheeks and blended up to the temple slightly. I find that this step of a shimmer bronzer is the integral part of strobing, and sets it aside from just your normal contour and highlighting.
I would also recommend to use cream highlighter, but I find that these don’t always give as strong a look as you would like. You can avoid this by highlighting before your foundation with your cream highlighter, and then using powder afterwards. Cream highlighters that I find are prefect for this are the No.7 Instant Radiance Highlighter stick and the Benefit High Beam*.
My favourite powder highlighters to use are the Elf baked blush in Pinktastic and MAC’s Soft and Gentle as they both give natural but intense effects.

I like to finish off with a setting spray, my favourite being MAC’s Fix+ as it finishes off your makeup perfectly and settling all the powders and giving a dewy look.

So the question still lingers – is it worth the hype? And I would say yes, however, it’s not much different to what people are already doing, it’s just been given a name. With brands such as Colorpop, Bobbi Brown and YSL listing products on their websites as strobing essentials, it’s soon becoming a big thing.

Nicole ♥
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