Lately everyone's been talking about this new "strobing" trend. Apparently strobing is skipping the contour and using only highlighter to define your features. This is something I've been doing for quite awhile (because I'm too pale/unskilled to properly contour), but I never knew there was an actual name for it - I thought I was just dousing myself in highlighter. I've been trying my hand at more intensely highlighted looks and I'm obsessed with how it looks. Yes, I may look a little greasy (see evidence here), but being a dry- and dull-skinned gal this is totally fine with me.
On this day, I just started out by playing around and piling the most glowy products I had onto my face. I started by smoothing on a layer of the MAC Strobe Cream all over my face - this really adds an instant luminosity to the skin and banishes any dullness. On top I applied my glowiest base, the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation. This brought a super dewy look to the skin, and I coudln't get enough of it combined with the Strobe Cream. To cover up any dark circles I used another glow-giver: the Estee Lauder Double Wear Brush-On Glow BB Highlighter. I blended this in a triangle shape under my eyes so I could also highlight my cheekbones with it.
I then used two different highlighters for maximum effect. I first streaked on the Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight - I like the pearlized look it gives to the skin, and the stick form makes it super easy to apply. I put this on the tops of my cheekbones, on my browbones, above my eyebrows, down my nose, on my cupid's bow, on the center of my chin, and in the center of my forehead - so basically all over my entire face. To intensify this, I patted the Colourpop Highlighter in Smoke N Whistles anywhere where I wanted a stronger highlight (my cheekbones, browbones, and cupid's bow) - the icy silver shimmer and pink-toned powder really makes a statement. On the rest of my face I used the Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown, Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow in Marie Antoinette, Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara, Stila Convertible Color in Lilium, and Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Mother.
I couldn't believe how confident this look made me feel. This is quite embarrassing to admit, but I just could NOT stop taking selfies, trying to document the magnificent glow I had managed to give myself. Even if this is a quickly-passing trend, it's something I'll continue to do because I think it really suits my skintype. We all want what we don't have - the grass is always greener on the other side and all that (and now I'm singing the As Told By Ginger theme song), so seeing this amount of radiance in my skin was incredible. I won't be using quite this much highlighter on work days or anything, but I'm definitely going to start adding more than I used to.
Have you tried strobing? What do you think about it?