Have you heard of the newest trend in beauty world? Strobing! Perfect for a light makeup look during these hot summer days. I’m sharing my personal favorite products.
Here in the Netherlands we have experienced extreme heat the past week, with temperatures rising above 40 degrees Celcius (104 Fahrenheit). Being busy with my internship (still) I have to look representative despite the heat (ohh, those long hot jeans..). There’s not much I can do to save my hair since it curls up (not those nice looking curls, nope) and gets all frizzy and messy when I’m sweaty.. But at least I can do something to my face! I have been trying out this new beauty trend called strobing.
What is strobing?
strobe [strəʊb] – verbgerund or present participle: strobing
- flash intermittently.
“the light of the fireworks strobed around the room”
- exhibit or give rise to strobing.
“he explained that the stripes I was wearing would strobe”Source: Google Dictionary
So generally speaking strobing has something to do with lightning and having something stand out. In beauty world, the meaning is very similar. Strobing is a new way of contouring in which you, instead of adding shadows, make use of highlighters only. So there’s no bronzers or darker powders involved.
Strobing is a faster way of contouring since you don’t have to take your time to blend the dark and light shades together. However (!!), don’t rush it – when the edges of the highlight are not blended properly, you will look funny! It’s perfect for hot summer days, because you won’t be feeling like your face is covered in product and sweating won’t be an issue (well, it will always be.. but it’ll be less problematic, right?).
Make sure to not use any shimmery highlighters. You don’t want no party going on on your face! Instead of adding shimmer, use dewy highlighters to enhance your natural features. Add highlighter to the parts of your face that are hit by natural lightning, like the apples of your cheeks, cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, brow bones and chin. I personally wouldn’t apply too much on the center of your forehead, because that can create an oily look. Using this technique you will notice a very luminizing effect as if you’re glowing from the inside. A healthy glow, that is. :)
My strobing products
You can basically use any highlighter (just not the super shimmery ones!) so be creative with this! I’m sharing my favorite strobing products that I have been using the past week and which have been really good in my opinion. I had all of them lying around and it turns out they work together perfectly! I don’t neccessarily use all of them at the same time, but I’m just giving you an idea which products I have been switching up.
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer
Mentioned before, this one I’m using on a daily basis to conceal my under eye area and any redness around the nose. Thank god I bought it in the lightest shade, so it’s a good base for a strobing ritual!
Benefit High Beam
This was the first highlighter I had every used in my life, years ago! After a tip from a YouTuber I bought it from a webshop in Korea because I couldn’t find it anywhere else back in the day. I have noticed that a lot of people are using it nowadays so I think it’s easier to get your hands on it now. It’s a very thin liquid that creates the most beautiful highlights! If you’re interested in a full review, let me know in the comments below!
Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette
I use the middle color from the UD Naked Flushed Palette to set the Benefit High Beam. It’s a highlighter powder that does it’s job well.
White eye pencil
Last but not least, I like to use any white eye pencil to lighten up the inner cornes of my eyes. Not a neccessary part of strobing, but I just like doing it and it’s not a lot of work.
Urban Decay Naked Palette 2 – Verve
To make the white pencil last a little longer, I tend to add a bit of the color Verve from the UD Naked Palette 2 on top. This champagne shade does have a slight shimmer to it, but I think that’s totally okay for my inner eye corners!
Always make sure your face is hydrated before applying any product! Use your favorite hydrating cream or serum and also don’t forget to tend to your lips! They dry out fast in the sun. I still use my Baby Lips every day to keep my lips soft!
Did you hear about strobing before?