Strobing 101: Tips for mastering the make-up trend
When it comes to beauty routines, strobing and contouring are our favorite magic tricks.
The makeup strategy can change the shape of your face — creating a more defined jawline, stronger cheekbones and even lend you a flawless glow that looks like it was airbrushed.
Celebs have long been fans of contouring and strobing (also known as highlighting). It’s most notably a Kardashian favorite, but actresses Kerry Washington and Emma Watson have also dished that it’s a beauty trick they employ as well. But even if you don’t have a Hollywood make-up artist in your squad, some easy-to-use kits and beauty products can help you perfect the look.
An all-in-one kit:
Ready to go all-in on the trend? This Sephora-exclusive contour book contains everything you need to strobe like a pro. The make-up palette contains easy-to-follow instructions to do everything from slim your face and make your cheekbones appear stronger. The “Sculpting Powder” in the kit allows you to contour, without looking “overly done.” And, “celestial powders” in candlelight and starlight complete the look with highlighting powers. The kit also includes eyeshadows and a step-by-step contouring instruction book. Kevyn Aucoin The Contour Book The Art of Sculpting + Defining, $59 (plus Cash Back), Sephora.com
A dual-ended highlighting and strobing stick is super-easy to use and will add depth and definition to your facial features. This multi-functioning Wonder Stick has a creamy finish and it conceals, highlights and contours with ease. It comes in four different shade combos to fit varying skin tones — including one universal shade. NYX Cosmetics Wonder Stick, $11.99 (plus Cash Back), Ulta.com
When you’re applying strobing, employ a makeup brush that is angled or has a strong tip to help you blend correctly. Moving the brush in circular motions — rather than linear strokes — will help you blend like a true beauty queen and avoid harsh lines. This all-in-one blush collection has just what you need to evenly apply foundation, blend and strobe and perfect your eye make-up routine. Iman Makeup Brush Collection, $35 (plus Cash Back), Walgreens.com
Conceal under your eyes:
For a youthful, highlighted look, your under-eye concealer should be a shade or two lighter than your skin tone. This will help illuminate your eyes. This concealer will brighten up your eyes by hiding dark circles and fine lines. It also contains Camu Camu, which is an Amazonian superfruit that has 30 times the vitamin C of an average orange. Vitamin C helps support natural collagen and will lend you brighter and firmer skin. Peter Thomas Roth CC Eye Correcting Concealer, on sale $19 (plus Cash Back), Sephora.com