Fashion

Why strobing is the new contouring

Strobing is a term used to describe highlighting your skin, and with the likes of Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid and Jennifer Lopez showing off the trademark dewy-look, it’s certainly a trend we can get behind. 
 
This dewy-look can look ‘sweaty’ when not applied properly, so here are a few tips to prevent it from being a hot mess and turning it into a hot look. 
 
Prep your skin with a hydrating moisturiser
Strobing is all about getting the perfect glow, so you’ll need to replenish with a good moisturiser first. 
 
If you have oily skin, use an oil-free moisturiser. Nivea have a good range of moisturisers suitable for a large range of skin types for a reasonable price.
 
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Use a highlighter shade that best matches your skin tone
The last thing you want is to pale your skin with a highlighter and look like you just finished a heavy night on the town! 
 
To avoid this, make sure the highlighter you are using complements your skin tone for a subtle sheen. For light skin tones, use a pink-based highlighter. For medium skins tones, a yellow or apricot highlighter works well and for dark skin tones, use a tanned highlighter.
 
Benefit seems the way-to-go with their amazing range of highlighters for different skin tones. 
 
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MAC Cosmetics also do a strobing cream, and while this sets you back €30.25, it lasts a long time and delivers an effortless natural look. 
 
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Only use where needed
You should aim to highlight areas that naturally catch the light. This is 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 (lip).  
 
If you have oily skin, skip areas like your forehead or chin, which have a little shine already. If you are prone to acne avoid applying highlighter to areas where this tends to flare up as highlighter puts focus on the acne. 
 
After you’ve applied the highlighter, blend it out with a damp makeup sponge
Blending cannot be emphasised enough. You could have the best products in the world, but without blending the makeup out it will end up looking like a hot mess. Real techniques do an amazing range of makeup sponges, which can be used for applying foundation as well.