Mastering The Art Of Strobing || Face Definition 101

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Highlighting and contouring have been enough used and overly abused.. We couldn’t agree more! The enough-with-the-highlighting-more-towards-matte trend that has become one of the 2019 most prominent makeup breakthroughs, (yes, we are going to witness matte-glow-free-makeup), is tagging along a rather subtle form of highlighting; strobing.. 

Strobing is the term used for mastering face sculpting.. It resides under the highlighting umbrella as it is a tool for an illuminating complexion.. Let’s begin by forgetting everything you’ve learned about contouring (it was hard to master, anyway). As for highlighting, it delivers a dewy, shimmery, more youthful glow. However, a “strobed” face is achieved by applying highlighter where the sun would naturally hit your face — including the bridge of the nose, tip of the chin, center of the forehead, cupid’s bow, brow bones, and cheekbones. The process can even begin under your foundation with a radiance-boosting primer or a very emollient moisturizer…


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Mastering the art of strobing requires some groundwork that is fundamental for creating an appearance of a stronger bone structure. By using liquid or cream highlighters, make sure to tackle the steps below for a naturally strobed face.. 

*For each step we are including adjustments recommended for oily complexions..


1 || Prep Your Skin

Prep your skin with your favorite hydrating moisturizer. Strobing is all about getting the perfect glow, so you’ll need to replenish dull, dry skin with a good moisturizer first. *If you have naturally oily skin, use one that’s oil-free, like Kiehl’s Sodium PCA Oil-Free Moisturizer.


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2 || Choose Your Perfect Highlighter

The first step in strobing is finding the right highlighter for your skin. Choose a highlighter stick if you use a liquid foundation and go with a powder if you use a pressed or loose powder foundation; it is best to stick with the same consistency.

To avoid the frosted ’90s look, make sure the highlighter you’re using complements your skin tone for a subtle sheen.


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Start Strobing!

Take a moment and visualize the spots that catch the natural light on your face, the would be on your cheekbones, along your temples, down the bridge of your nose, below your brow bone, in the corners of your eyes, and above your cupid’s bow. Now that you’ve defined the strobing territory it’s time to enhance your natural features..


#1 The first step you need to take in strobing is to cover the bridge of your nose.. 

#2 Next, highlight below the lips and also above the lips in your cupid’s bow. Then, go over the cheeks with your highlighter. Try to find the highest point on your cheeks for the best result.  This should be above your cheekbone but under your eye, and then up to your temples. 

#3 Lastly, you need to blend. The best way to blend your highlighter is to use your

fingers for liquid or stick products and a fan brush for powders.


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* strobing is not suitable for oily skin. However, if you still want to give it a shot, make sure you apply a mattifying primer before doing your base makeup. Skip areas like your forehead or chin, which have a little shine already..

** Blending is an essential step so you don’t go out looking like a disco ball. If you don’t consider yourself a brush pro it’s easier to use your fingers..