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Sunday, June 28, 2015

What is Strobing?

What is Strobing?

A new beauty buzz word is taking both beauty publications and social media by storm - "Strobing". Before you panic and worry that much like contouring it is something that you will never fully get the hang of rest assure that it is not all that tricky and probably a technique you have used in the past. You see essentially Strobing is essentially just a fancy way of describing highlighting the skin; rather than relying on both highlighting and contouring to add dimension to the face, Strobing solely uses highlighting. The end result? A fairly defined and glowy complexion.

What is Strobing?

Some of us are just blessed with wizard like paint skills, don't hate the playa' hate the game.

I'm not entirely sure where the term Strobing was coined but it does not not refer to any form of technique, so no need to brush up on any new fancy application skills (yeah I too let out a breath of relief). The idea is that you apply your chosen highlighter to the areas of the face in which light naturally hits i.e the top of the cheekbones, centre of the nose, cupid bow, brow bone and should you wish the centre of the forehead. Above I have quickly outlined the typical places to highlight/strobe but I would say in general it is a pretty forgiving beauty movement - there is no real right or wrong way to embrace the concept.The end result should be illuminated, healthy lit from within skin that is defined rather than intense, overly shimmery or worse glittery skin (guilty as charged on more than one occasion). As someone with blemish prone skin I do not recommend applying highlighter on an affected area as it tends to draw more attention to the problem, and on occasion it has given me the appearance of a more angry blemish. The opposite of what I was hoping to achieve.

What is Strobing?

What I have found when it comes to what I'd deem intense highlighting - "Strobing" if your fancy, is that it best works when you keep the rest of your make-up matte or at least the base. Otherwise it can appear a little on the shiny and dare I say it greasy side but then again to each their own. My other piece of advice would be to invest in not only a natural toned and finish highlighter (think finely milled shimmer or metallic over chunky glitter) and if using powder a tapered brush. Trust me with the right tools and product for that matter, highlighting is a breeze and unlike contouring you can really blend into the skin should you fear that you have went a little over board.

For those looking for a great, subtle, glow inducing but effective highlighter options may I recommend the following :
- Benefit High Beam for light complexions
- Benefit Sun Beam for deeper skin tones.
- Any light tone of the Kiko Water Eyeshadows
- Lush Feeling Younger Skin Tint
- Revlon Skin Lights Face Illuminators
- No7 Instant Radiance Highlighter

So is it a yay to "Strobing" or are you a little over beauty terminology?




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24 comments:

  1. I think I can get on board with this, not that I ever really needed an excuse to pile on the highlighter!

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  2. I think it looks stunning in photography, but sometimes these kinds of trends just don't have the same appeal in person! It's definitely something I want to experiment with though! x

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  3. I like the idea of this, I really like to look a bit dewy in the summer!

    Philippa - ByPhilippa

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  4. Everyone seems to love a good highlight and I cannot wait to give this a try x

    Blushhx

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  5. Will definitely be giving this a try!

    Drea xo
    Drea's Junkyard

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  6. I like the idea of 'strobing' especially for the summer. However, knowing me it is not going to go right. Still I will give it ago and experiment with it.

    Beth x
    www.hellobeth.co.uk

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  7. I think it's great for those with paler skintones who struggle with contour or finding contour shades that suit, lovely softer effect on the skin

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

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  8. Strobing seems to be on everyone's blogs this week, it looks so pretty. I can only really use powder products otherwise my skin gets too oily x
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

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  9. Strobing looks so pretty, and has the coolest name, but alas I'm fairly sure I'll still never get the hang of it, much like contouring

    Beth || babbleswithbeth.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. "Strobing" I will stick to calling it highlighting for now!

    I just did a post on my latest favourite highlighter from mac, I swear its beautiful and worth checking out:

    http://www.makeerinover.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/mac-my-latest-edition.html

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  11. I will still call it highlighting, but I love that it gives me an excuse to use a lot of highlighter!

    Emily // Beauty and Lifestyle Blog xx

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  12. I've got really into my highlighters this last year, so this all sounds good to me!

    Claire | Stylingo.co.uk | xx

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  13. Definitely over the terminology! Highlighting is just that...

    www.mrsdloves.com

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  14. I am looking forward to see how this trend will pan out. It sounds so much easier than contouring and is a lot more apt for summer when you want to wear less makeup. I'm currently loving theBalm's Mary Lou Manizer for highlighting :) x

    Charlotte's Road // Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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  15. I'm loving the strobing technique right now! It's much easier than highlighting and contouring and looks so much lighter for summer. MAC's strobe cream is my current fave.

    xo, Liz
    http://lipstickandconfetti.com

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  16. Loving strobing, so much quicker than contouring!

    Lauren x | https://laurenselwood.blogspot.co.uk

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  17. Would love to learn strobing more! :)

    www.glendacandedeir.com

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  18. I LOVE TO GLOW, so I'm all over this makeup trend. But I also love to be a brozy goddess so I'm doing all of the makeup!!!

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  19. Love the name of this - strobing - so fun! RMS Living Luminizer would be perfect for strobing.

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

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  20. Looks so cool!

    http://lxdia.blogspot.co.uk/

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  22. Not really given highlighter too much thought before this whole 'strobing' trend, it's nice to see more highlighters being mentioned and reviewed - helps me understand what I should be looking for in a highlighter! good post x

    http://lucycynthia.blogspot.co.uk

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  23. This one really isn't for me I don't think. I'm a matte base person and while I don't mind a little highlighting most of the images I've been seeing on Pinterest look to me as if the person is a little sweaty! I think it's because I had really oily skin as a teenager and it's completely put me off any kind of shine x

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  24. Strobbing is defiantly nothing new. I love a bit of highlighter especially this time of year.

    www.britishbeautyaddict.com

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