How to Strobe Like a Pro

Here we reveal how to master the Strobing effect and get that enviable glow!

Highlighters have never been more in the spotlight than now and without sounding like too much of an obvious pun by saying that, its true! One of the biggest makeup trends of 2016 is all about getting that glow that only a decent highlighter, applied in a professional way can truly achieve.

But its not just ‘highlighting’ we’re talking about here, its Strobing to be exact. What is strobing, you ask? Well, if you haven’t already tried it and haven’t seen the Kardashian sisters sporting this beauty look all over their instagrams then where have you been?

Strobing is the hot new beauty trend that has replaced the contouring obsession of the last few years- hurrah, It was too tricky to master anyway! It was always going to take something pretty stand-out to replace the contouring trend and here we have it, all hail the highlighter!

Strobing is achieved by applying your highlighter on the areas of the face where the light naturally hits including the tops of the cheekbones, centre of the nose and on the cupid’s bow to create an illuminated and rather gorgeous-looking complexion.

The makeup technique originates from the catwalk, much like many of the major beauty trends do and is very much about healthy, glowing skin rather than looking like your face has been sculpted to an inch of its life.

Here we reveal how to master the Strobing effect and get that enviable glow!

PREP your skin with moisturiser- this is vital as strobbing is very much about achieving that standout glow, so your skin needs a hydrated base to start with. We love to use Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream as it leaves skin lovely and hydrated thanks to the hyaluronic acid and acts as a great skin-blurring primer ready for your foundation application.

COLOUR MATCH your chosen highlighter so it compliments your skin tone instead of making it look too white and frosty. Think less is more here, a subtle warming glow is better than an ice cold white highlighter.

Nars have a great selection of highlighters here

FOUNDATION is best in liquid form and applied as flawlessly as possible. Why not true the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge to buff it into your skin for an air-brushed finish.

MAP out your face and apply a concealer in two shades lighter than your skin tone to the areas of your face where the light naturally hits. This will be your strobing guide, so you will know where to apply your highlighter.

Try the Estēe Lauder Double Wear Concealer, the wand applicator works wonders for this technique.

STROBBING now commences! Apply your highlighter using your fingers or a slightly damp makeup sponge in the same areas that you used your concealer and remember you can build your highlighter. Subtle is key here so be sure to blend your highlighter properly so there are no harsh edges where your highlighter meets your foundation. Ta-dah! you have officially mastered the Strobbing trend!

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