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Strobing: The New Makeup Trend That’s Replacing Contouring

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Makeup’s new biggest trend, strobing is a huge time saver compared to a full contoured face and achieves similar results with less room for error. Strobing is basically intense highlighting and it is all about light. You apply highlighter where the sun would naturally hit your face to give your face a fresh, bright and healthy-glow all while defining your best facial features.

So what’s the difference between contouring and strobing? Contouring is adding shadows and lowlights to your face by using a shades darker than your natural skin tone, whereas strobing is focusing on the light. Yes, if you’re contouring, you typically highlight as well but strobing uses just the highlight to define your features. Less steps, less blending and less products leaves less margin for errors and a more seamless, natural makeup application.

Emphasize the areas that you want to be more prominent; bridge of the nose, tip of the chin, cupid’s bow, brow bones, center of your forehead and of course your cheekbones to bring more attention to them. Liquid and cream highlighters create a super dewy effect, making them popular formulas for strobing.  Just apply them with your finger, then blend them out with a fluffy brush. However, if you tend to have oily skin, opt for a powder highlight.

Stila beauty balmStrobing can start before you even apply your foundation by using a radiance-boosting primer or moisturizer such as Stila Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Illuminating Beauty Balm, approx $38 CAD, Sephora.

Here’s what tone of highlight to use depending on your skin tone:

  • Fair Skin – Champagne Tones
  • Light to Medium Skin – Pink Champagne Tones
  • Olive Skin – Golden Tones
  • Dark Skin – Teracotta Tones

strobing-1NYX Wonder Stick, $13.99 CAD at London Drugs
NYX Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator, $10.99 CAD at London Drugs
Estée Lauder Iridescent Ball Highlighter, $26 CAD, Sephora

strobing-2Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Champagne Pop, $38 CAD, Sephora
The Balm Cosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer, $21.60 CAD, Amazon

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