Strobing is the hot new trend going around all summer, and it basically means ignoring contouring, and instead focusing on highlighting.
Which… is what French girls have been doing all this time! Violette, French makeup artist told Vogue last year, French girls “never contour”. And that to get the look of French girl makeup, one of the rules is to bring light (not shadow) to the face.
“For French women,” Violette explains, “contouring is very scary, because it changes the sculpture of the face. It’s much more about adding highlights.”
Yeah, sounds exactly like strobing. (Even though strobing is just another trendy word for highlighting, which is nothing new.) That being said – it is gorgeous, and one of the things that’s a must-do when you want to look extra glowy and pretty.
To do strobing, it just basically means doing what I talked about here, minus the deep colors of bronzer and instead go for something much lighter to brighten the face, like neutrals, peaches and corals.
Here’s where to apply the highlighter to get the full ‘strobing effect’:
- bottom center of your forehead (so above the space between your eyebrows)
- top of cheekbones
- brow bones
- cupid’s bow
- down the bridge of your nose
- middle of your chin, at the tip
When buying a great ‘storbing’, highlighting product, I’d recommend cream and/or liquid. They tend to look the most natural. Some to try: MAC Strob Cream (as an all over highlighting moisturizer), then choose Benefit Watt’s Up! or Benefit High Beam to highlight the areas I listed above. Remember to be light handed with this, because highlighting can look too much/super shiny/”greasy” very fast.