The Secret Behind Strobing

Monday, July 27, 2015

So chances are you've heard of this new fangled trend called "strobing". Chances also are that you've already done it and didn't even know. I myself have done it numerous times before it became an actual thing but now that it is, I am loving it more for some reason....are you like that? Either way, strobing is basically just doing the highlighting part of the contouring process without any of the, well, contouring. It is super simple and my favorite way to do it is, of course, the quickest way with all my favorite MAC products, as per usual. (Ok, side note, I have gotten in countless conversations about how you should type "per ushe" ... I say it all the time, but it's so weird to type! Does anyone know?! Ushe? Uzh?) I digress. Here is a down and dirty little tutorial for strobing your fabulous face!

Step 1: Start with your usual foundation process. Whatever it is, you do it up and come back to me. I use MAC's Pro Longer Foundation in NW15, and apply with a beauty blender.

Step 2: Apply your blush as you normally would, moving from the apples of your cheeks to your hairline. I used MAC's Mineralize Blush in Petal Power and applied it with a MAC 168 brush.

Step 3: This is where the strobing begins. You're  drawing light and attention to specific areas of your face, while not contouring others. Basically it ends in a fresh, youthful, and bright appearance. Ok so, in no specific order, highlights across your cheek bones.....

...The center of your forehead...

...Down the ridge of your nose, through your cupid's bow, and onto the center of your chin.

You can also highlight under the arches of your eyebrows, and the inner corners and centers of your eyes, this isn't completely necessary, but it adds a finished touch. I highlighted with MAC's Mineralize Skinfinish in Perfect Topping (which was sadly seasonal and is also sadly my mom's) and a MAC 130 brush.

Step 4: Blend if necessary. Sometime it is, sometimes it isn' know best. I use the side of the same Beauty Blender to blend anything out.

And you're done! Finish with your makeup as usual (minus any contouring, of course) and you've officially strobed your face! If you're curious, I finished my face with Urban Decay's Naked eyeshadow to fill my brows and MAC's Eye Brows in Lingering to line them, Laura Mercier's Loose Setting Powder in Translucent applied with a MAC 187 brush, Too Faced's Better Than Sex Mascara, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Brunette to accentuate my mole, and Be A Bombshell Lip Gloss in Hot Mess.

I am definitely happy that this has become trendy because it's simpler than an entire contouring routine (see a super quick tutorial for one here), and I have always been a fan of bright and happy looks. Are you into the whole strobing thing? Let me know!

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