Strobing is quite possibly my favourite makeup trend these past few years. I love luminous skin and I do everything I can to achieve it (if you have a drier skin type as I do, you’ll know what I mean by “doing everything”, a radiant glow isn’t achieved easily). If you are one of those who haven’t heard about this trend; if that’s even possible; let me explain: strobing is a new way of (better: term for) highlighting, where you don’t need any additional contouring – you are applying a highlighter in parts of your face that catch the light. By doing that, you will get a dewy, shimmery, more youthful glow, skin will look luminous, your features will be enhances and defined. Enough rambling, I’ve prepared for you some tips that may come handy:
1. Prep your skin with a hydrating moisturizer or serum.
The first thing you need to know is that strobing works best with a light and dewy base. I love using the Afrodita Pearl Prestige elixir of beauty (29,90€) with a light formula enriched with extract of white pearls and active peptides. It’s a perfect pick for tired, dehydrated skin and provides an excellent base for all additional beauty products to achieve the perfect glow. Another great pick is Vichy Idealia Life serum (38€), which is enriched with a unique combination of molecules that helps transform the appearance of skin – it looks instantly radiant, fresh and has a beautiful pearlescent finish. It not only works great as a base, you can also dab some of it with fingertips on areas where you normally highlight or mix it into your foundation.
2. Use a primer, if necessary.
One of the best I’ve found so far is rather budget choice – P2 Perfect Face Make up base (6,28€ BUY HERE). It helps your makeup stay in place longer, it gives a subtle glow and smooths your skin. It comes in a tube with a pump, it’s easy to use and looks lovely on my skin.
3. Find a highlighter that matches your skin tone.
Make sure that the highlighter you’re using complements your skin tone and gives you a natural subtle glow. Those with fair skin should go for champagne tones; with a light to medium skin tone for pinky-champage; olive skin matches lovely with golden shades; while darker skin toned are suggested to use terracotta. However, there is no strict rule of shade matching, find the one that suits you and makes you feel comfortable. I would highly suggest blending any harsh edges with your fingertips, wet makeup sponge or a high quality brush. If you are looking for some advice on budget highlighters, I can not recommend enough the Essence So Glow! cream to powder highlighter in 20 bright up your life (2,79€), while the lightest shade out of four in ELF Studio Golden Bronzer (3$) is a great pick if you are looking for a bit more goldeny-bronzy look.
4.Where to apply the highlighter?
It can be applied anywhere where the light would naturally hit your face. Sweep it over your cheekbones and apply slightly up in a C shape to your temples. You can also apply it to your cupids bow, underneath your brow bone, on the center of your lips and even on the bridge of your nose. Don’t overdo it, however don’t be scared to step out of your comfort zone – you’ll be nicely surprised with the result.