Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about strobing-the latest trend to hit the make-up world. Originating in South Korea, strobing is a make-up technique used to layer highlights on the face to create an illuminated complexion. Where contouring is all about shadows, strobing is all about bring light to the high points of the face. The result is a dewy, fresh youthful glow.
As with any make –up trend, customize it to fit your complexion and skin issues. For example, if you have large pores, focus the highlight on the parts of your face that you want to stand out. Also, keep your skin tone in mind; those with paler skin tones should use a highlighter with light pink undertones, gold based products for medium to deep tones and dark/deep skin tones suit highlighters with burnt orange and burgundy undertones to them.
There are so many types of highlighters and illuminators on the market; you really are spoilt for choice. To make it a little easier, use your skin type as a guide to choosing the best one for you. Liquid and cream products are great for drier skin types; if you’re oily (like me) powder and gels are your best bet and for the lucky ones with normal skin, you can pick what you like.
Tips and tricks
- Since the focus is on the skin, make sure yours is on point. Moisturise, then mix a sheer foundation with an illuminator to create a dewy canvas.
- Focus on areas where the light naturally hits: top of cheekbones, above/under the eyebrow arch, tip of the nose, inner corners of the eye and the cupid’s bow.
- Think glow-y, not sparkling. Resist the temptation to mimic like a disco ball and look for luminous and shimmery products.