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A Beginner’s Guide to Strobing/Highlighting Your Face

A Beginner’s Guide to Strobing/Highlighting Your Face

before / after

I may not aspire to Kardashian levels of contoured perfection, but lately I’ve been putting a little more effort into my skin. A little (little!) bronzer never hurt anyone, right? (Please factcheck me on that). For the past few months I’ve been very dedicated to swiping on some bronzer to trick people into thinking that I have sculpted cheekbones. Even more recently I started wearing foundation on a daily basis. Sure, I’m lucky that my skin is relatively clear, but it’s also nice to smooth out your complexion into a clean, blank canvas. Do what ya gotta do to obtain your desired level of #flawless, ok?

Anyway. When I first saw that strobing was regaining its popularity within the contouring craze, I was a bit taken back. Photos of models with cheekbones that were practically reflective made me hesitant to stray from my matte-loving makeup ways. But alas. Enough photos of shimmer and glitter and I was sold. I wanted to shine, dammit.

And so I decided to experiment with strobing—a technique that has officially won me over. It’s actually easier than it seems and is quite wearable as well. I’d recommend this makeup trick if you have particularly dark circles or if you just want to shine bright like a diamond, idk. What’s more, you can even try this trend if you’re ghostly pale like me, and the results don’t look like a makeup counter mishap. So try it out sometime. Here’s how I got my shimmer on:

A Beginner’s Guide to Strobing/Highlighting Your Face

products used: nyx born to glow liquid illuminator in sunbeam, too faced chocolate soleil matte bronzer in light/medium, hard candy glamoflague in ultra light, tarte amazonian clay full coverage foundation in ivory, benefit high beam liquid face highlighter, pixi by petra glow mist

A Beginner’s Guide to Strobing/Highlighting Your Face

“Wait, why two different types of highlighters?” (top swatch: Benefit; bottom swatch: NYX)

Honestly, I bought the NYX illuminator first and then I decided I like highlighting so I got the fancier Benefit one. You could honestly get by using just one type of highlighter. But you’ll see why I use both when we get started RIGHT NOW.

A Beginner’s Guide to Strobing/Highlighting Your Face

ONE: I did my eye makeup and brows before this tutorial, but feel free to do them after you complete your strobing magic. Start off with no foundation or concealer—you’ll notice that I have a couple blemishes and some unevenness, but all will be fixed in no time. Before you apply foundation, dab highlighter (NYX) along your cheekbones (just under your eyes) and above and below the end of your brows (for my brow shape, I applied highlighter starting where my brows arch). Blend. This makes your base already slightly illuminated.

A Beginner’s Guide to Strobing/Highlighting Your Face

TWO: Apply foundation all over, and conceal your problem areas. For me, that’s my t-zone and under my eyes. I also took this opportunity to apply some bronzer (using the Real Techniques stippling brush).

A Beginner’s Guide to Strobing/Highlighting Your Face

THREE: Blend it all! Blend blend blend. I use the Real Techniques buffing brush for a smooth finish.

A Beginner’s Guide to Strobing/Highlighting Your Face

FOUR: Apply another layer of highlighter (Benefit) to your brow bone and cheekbone. You can also add a little bit to the very tip of your nose and just above your cupid’s bow. Blend well, apply another layer of highlighter, and blend again. Finish off with a spitz of Glow Mist for a dewy look. It’s ur time 2 shine.

A Beginner’s Guide to Strobing/Highlighting Your Face

Enjoy your new glam glowy look, you glow worm, you.

A Beginner’s Guide to Strobing/Highlighting Your Face

Give those cheekbones the spotlight they deserve and WERK.

A Beginner’s Guide to Strobing/Highlighting Your Face

And no one has to know whether or now you work up like dis.

Are you sold on strobing yet?