The Kardashians could easily be considered the reigning queens of contouring, but these beauties are now mastering the less time-consuming technique of 'Strobing'. Here's all you need to know about how to get the lazy girl's gorgeous glow!
Follow the latest beauty trend in Hollywood and achieve an A-list glow.
What is Strobing?
The Strobing makeup technique borrows its name from the effect strobe lights give to the skin; that of an overall flattering luminosity.
Who is Strobing?
Who isn’t? Karlie Kloss, Rachel McAdams, Miranda Kerr and Kendall Jenner are all in on the trend. As well as many an Instagram beauty star!
The effect is "dream skin" says makeup artist, Nicole Thompson – who created a halo-like strobe look at this years MBFWA Gail Sorronda show. But even though it’s mastered backstage, it’s also being touted as the lazy girl's go-to look as it only takes a few strategically placed ‘presses’ of strobe product on areas light would usually hit. This means minimal effort, minimal product, minimal feel on the skin and maximum radiance.
The benefits of Strobe
Strobing is all about light catching light, so it is flattering on all ethnicities at any angle. It’s also perfect all seasons, as in winter it creates a translucent effect on paler complexions, whereas in summer it’s a great minimal option for those days you don’t want to wear any coverage at all.
How to Strobe
- Cleanse skin thoroughly
- Apply moisturiser or facial oil and allow to set over a few minutes
- Apply cream or liquid coverage if and where needed
- With a five-cent piece size amount of luminiser or strobe cream on the middle finger, pat a small amount under the eye on the cheekbone directly below the pupil, feathering lightly outward and upward along the cheekbone towards the top outer temple
- You can then apply any residue under the brow bone, down the bridge of the nose and in the cupids bow of the lip
- For extra effect, apply half the sized amount with a cotton bud in the inner corner of the eyes to make them really pop!
The #1 Strobe rule
Like with foundation, you must colour match your strobe shade, so if you are darker be sure to match a warmer strobe colour, and only go for an icy shade if you are very pale.
- MAC Strobe Liquid, $55 combines soft-focus diffusers and in-built moisturiser
- Synergie Minerals Luminiser, $49, offers a botanical pressed-powder option for oilier skins
- Too Faced Candlelight Glow Highlighting Powder Duo, $39, can be applied to the decolletage to extend a sexy shimmer
- RMS Beauty Living Luminiser, $50, offers a satin-pearl finish without any greasy residue
- Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, $48, comes in a variety of pearlised shades to suit any skin-tone
- Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow, $97, allows stealth placement to create a slimming and sculpting effect on features