Monday, July 27, 2015

Strobing Makeup: In or Out?

When I first heard of strobing, I immediately thought of strobe lights and wondered how it was related to the latest "it" makeup trend. After a bit of googling, I realized that it is not related to the colorful flashing lights, but rather a technique that uses highlighter to contour. Unlike the huge contour trend, which used darker powders and often required a bit more time, strobing is supposedly a quicker way of adding dimension to your face.

Strobing makeup does not seem like a new phenomenon to me, particularly because it is essentially highlighting. It also does not seem very appealing for us oily-skin girls who tend to steer away from shimmery powders. There are many products though, from powders to creams, that can create a lifted look using light for all skin types. Strobing makeup is also perfect for those who want a faster method for a brighter and slightly defined look.

Here's a quick breakdown of strobing makeup:

What is strobing makeup?
Stobing makeup uses illuminating products to create both glow and definition.

Apply a cream or powder highlighter/illuminator to the tops of the cheekbones, bridge of the nose, above the eyebrows, and on the chin. A fan brush or highlighting brush can used for the technique. Often a heavy hand is used for applying the product.


Helpful Links/Looks
Bloomin Rouge (really pretty tutorial and helpful post)
Bella Pierre Chart
Cosmopolitan Strobing Makeup Tips

Although I think that over-highlighting is a bit over the top and reminds me of the makeup on the people of the Capital from The Hunger Games, using a very light hand when applying the product can create a more natural glow. I will personally skip the heavy strobing trend, however, it is a useful method for those who want a bright and radiant look.

What are your thoughts on strobing makeup? In or Out?
I would love to read it in a comment below!

Thank you for reading!

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