While strobing may not be an entirely new technique, it still makes us happy with its minimal approach. The highlighting method, which has been dubbed the “anti-contouring” technique, re-emerged recently and its rebirth is a timely one since summer is the best season to lighten up on the heavy makeup. Unlike contouring, which is a shading method used to hollow the cheeks, sculpt the jaw, and define facial features, strobing is a light-reflecting method in which a shimmery cream or a powder highlighter is applied to facial points where light is most likely to hit; creating definition and a natural, glowing complexion with a youthful finish.
Strobing in five, simple steps:
1. Use the Peaches & Cream powder from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit (US $40; AED/SAR 147) to color correct any blemishes or dark spots for a perfect base.
2. Mix your foundation with an illuminating cream, such as the Nars Illuminator in Orgasm (US $30; AED/SAR 110), to create a dewy complexion.
3. Using your concealer, highlight underneath your eyes. Don’t apply concealer to the bridge of your nose or the center of your forehead—that is where strobing comes into play.
4. Bake your concealer for a few minutes before setting it with a loose powder.
5. Now for the strobing: apply the MAC Cosmetics Pigment in Melon (US $21; AED/SAR 77) on the highest points of your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, the center of your forehead, and on your Cupid’s bow.