Contouring has been popular for a long time now and has become a stagnant routine for those who want that defined bone carved look. It does require the right tools and products, not to mention a lot of practice to make it almost seem like you were born with perfectly chiseled features. Contouring can also be pretty time consuming so it’s either you hate it or love it.
For those who like wearing makeup but don’t like spending more than 15 minutes to get ready there’s a replacement for contouring and it’s called strobing.
Strobing is the opposite of contouring, the perks of strobing being less time consuming and minimal products are required to achieve this younger radiant healthy glow.
Contouring consists of using a mixture of darker shades resulting in giving the face a more chiseled look. For strobing all you need to do is simply highlight the parts of your face where the natural light hits directly, like the forehead, bridge of the nose, cheekbones, cupid’s bow and the chin.
For a flawless base, apply foundation or your preferred BB Cream. Then with your ring finger or a small clean buffing brush apply some sheer highlighter on your most attractive features. No contouring required. To make the look more prominent and alluring, apply highlighter to the brow bone, the inner corner of your eyes and the tip of the nose too.
Strobing not only looks great in person but it photographs beautifully as well. If done properly strobing can really brighten up the face and give a natural dewy look. When it comes to makeup and a flawless base i think Matte = Flat so even if i go for a matte base i always go over my key points with a highlighter to bring radiance and make lighting shine on my face in all the right places.
Depending on the texture of you skin you can either go for a powder highlight which can be applied with a brush. A stick formula for easy application, or my most preferred and loved; the liquid Illuminator. There are a lot of high end highlighters and affordable ones all depending on the end result your after. My favorite drug store highlighter is Makeup Revolution’s Vivid Baked Highlighter in Golden Lights. It’s a baked powder formula and the exact dupe of NARS Albatross. The only difference is that you get 2x the amount of Albatross for only a faction of the price! NARS albatross costs a pretty dime of $41 AUD and Makeup Revolution’s Golden lights only costs $6 AUD
I recently purchased an Argan illuminator by Josie Moran and it is heaven in a bottle. It cost me $35 AUD which is affordable in my opinion and will last me for a long time since it’s in a 30ml pump bottle and you only need half a pump to brighten up your your face. I can do a separate post on these products if you wish, just comment below and i’ll get around to it.
The beauty of strobing is that it’s suited for all skin types so don’t hesitate to give it a try to look refreshed, young and naturally radiant!