If you’ve picked up a magazine in the last few months, have been religiously following beauty YouTubers, or noticed the latest celebrity looks, then in one way or another, you’ve heard the word “strobing”. Don’t be intimidated! It’s just a fancy new word for extreme highlighting. Personally, I’m very excited for this beauty trend because it’s all about having dewy, fresh skin and it’s very easy to pull off. The best part is how simple the steps are!
Just apply your highlighter to the highest points of your face like your cheekbones, nose bridge, forehead and chin. Here’s a visual face map:
You can adjust the rules to what works for you. I apply liquid highlighter to just my cheekbones on an everyday basis. It makes my tired, sullen skin look alive and healthy. A quick tip for you oily skinned girls who are interested in trying out strobing: powder down your T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) and then apply highlighter. Contouring was a nightmare to learn and apply. There was too much room for error. If you’re too heavy handed with the contour powder, you could look dirty and muddy. If you don’t blend enough, it looks like you have streaks on your face. Let’s not even get into the hassle of finding the right colors for your skin! Strobing is also much more body positive because it puts emphasis on your facial shape instead of trying to reshape it. However, if you’re worried about looking like a disco ball or you have oily skin and are tired of glowing, that’s totally fine. The beauty of makeup is that it’s personal and all about what the individual wants.
There is a whole range of products that will help you radiate, especially for those of us lacking in the glow department due to stress, illness, or because we were born with dry, dull skin (like me). Don’t have the budget for high end highlighters? No problem! Listed below are highlighters available at your local drug store that are cheap, beautiful and just as good, if not better than high end ones. Powdered highlighters are recommended for people with oily to combination skin. Liquid highlighters are better for people with normal to dry skin (I only ever use liquid highlighters). You can also layer powder highlighters on top of liquid highlighters for longer staying power. Some of the products listed below have multiple color options. Remember that pink/white highlighters look amazing on cool skin undertones (pink and blue), rosy highlighters look lovely with most skin undertones (pink, blue, yellow or peachy) and golden highlighters enhance skin with peach or yellow undertones.
- Revlon “PhotoReady Skinlights” Face Illuminator (liquid)2. Nyx “Born to Glow” Liquid Illuminator (liquid)
3. L’Oreal “True Match” Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator (liquid)
4. Wet ‘n Wild “To Reflect” Shimmer Palette (powder)
5. Milani Illuminating Face Powder (powder)
6. Hard Candy “Moon Glow” Shimmering Translucent Powder (powder)
As beautiful as these highlighters are, don’t feel pressured to follow the strobing trend or any beauty trend. Makeup and beauty is a personal endeavor that is completely up to the individual. A trend serves as a basis. It’s never a requirement!