Forget Contouring : Strobing Is Where It’s At

Contouring is all the rage right now. Yes, it can make you look like you are ready to walk the red carpet, but the extensive process can be hard if you don’t know what you are doing.

So what is easier than countering? Strobing. It is not only lighter, not nearly as many layers of makeup as countering, it is much much easier.

Here is the rundown on strobing.

What is it?

Strobing is the lazy girls method of face-sculpting. Instead of painting your face with layers of bronzer and blush, this new method focuses on highlighters.

So how is it done?

After you apply your foundation or tinted moisturizer, apply the highlighter to your cheekbones, below your brow bones, down the bridge of your nose, above your cupid’s bow (the spot between your lips and nose) and in the corners of your eyes. Then blend the highlighter with your fingers, a fan brush or a damp makeup sponge.

Anything to watch out for?

Unlike contouring the margin of error is pretty low. However, don’t spread the highlighter on your forehead or chin! A “dewy glow” can sometimes be perceived as sweaty.

Do I have to use a certain product?

To avoid looking like you just stepped out of a ‘90s music video, make sure your highlighter complements your skin tone. Women with fair skin should use champagne tones, olive skin should use gold, and darker skin looks best with terracotta.

How do I know if I did it right?

Walk outside in the natural light and wait for the compliments to roll. The light should accentuate the places you highlighted.

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