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Your 3-Step Guide to Strobing

Warmer weather and brighter days calls for a lighter touch in makeup — enter strobing. Whereas contouring was all about building up shadows to carve out your features, strobing focuses on illuminating the features of your face that light already hits. Think of it as contouring’s alter ego; more subtle, no striping, and less products – perfect for summer.

Here's your three-step guide to achieving this season's illuminated make-up trend:

Step 1: Prep the Skin

To give your skin a ballerina-like glow, start with a radiance boosting base like Bobbi Brown Illuminating Moisture Balm or M.A.C. Strobe Cream. Next, apply foundation and choose ones with a dewy finish such as Napoleon Perdis BBB Cream or Bobbi Brown Extra Tinted Moisturizer Balm SPF 25. Set the foundation with a light dusting of Tom Ford Illuminating Powder.

Pictured, from left to right: Strobe Cream by M.A.C., Tinted Moisturizer Balm by Bobbi Brown, Illuminating Powder by Tom Ford

Step 2: Highlight the Face and Cheeks 

The key to strobing is highlighting features on your face that light naturally hits, which are your cheekbones, bridge of nose, tip of chin, center of forehead, cupid’s bow and brow bone.  Brush a bronzer and highlighter in one, such as Bobbi Brown’s Brightening Brick, on your cheekbones, nose tip and brow bone. Follow with a luminizer to highlight under the eye; try Laura Mercier’s Candle Glow Luminizer Palette or Napoleon Perdis’ Light Switch Palette. With a highlighting pen, such as YSL's Touche Éclat, focus on smaller areas of highlighting such as the nose tip, cupid's bow and chin.

Pictured above, from left to right: Brightening Brick by Bobbi BrownTouche Éclat by Yves Saint Laurent, Candleglow Luminizing Palette by Laura Mercier

Step 3: Brighten Eyes

Use a cream based eye shadow like shu uemura's Cream Eye Shadow, and apply a shadow colour of choice on top to set the base. Using either a pearl finish eyeshadow or a creamy luminizer, try Napoleon Perdis' Light Switch Luminizer Palette, highlight the brow bone to lift the area. Finish with a white or nude eyeliner such as Clinique's Chubby Eye in Grandest Gold, dabbed into the corner of the eye area to give it a bright, illuminated sparkle.