Contouring is a widely used and fantastic way to get the defined, elegant, radiant look you want by carefully accenting specific areas of the face to draw attention to the features you’re proud of, hide or alter the features you’d prefer the world didn’t see, and just create an overall sharper and fiercer look.
However, the one big problem with contouring is that it’s difficult and time-consuming. Contouring is an art, and a tricky one to learn, easy to mess up, and can take a frustratingly long time to finish with.
So, what’s a girl to do if you don’t want to or can’t afford to put the requisite time and effort into learning how to contour, or if you don’t want to be stuck in front of the mirror for ages longer than you already spend before every night out? Vine Vera introduces the new makeup trend – strobing – as one of the top solutions.
While the name of this trending makeup technique may sound a bit odd and call to mind images of disco balls or flashing lights at raves, strobing is simply a shortened version of contouring which allows you to achieve a look of natural radiance. It’s called strobing because of the way light plays off your skin when you’re all done, and because the set of techniques involved in strobing aims to accomplish more or less the same thing as contouring—elegant, defined features—using light alone, thanks to careful, specific placement of highlighting products that play with light in different ways.
Start with Good, Clean Skin
For strobing to work its wonders in the most effective way, you need to start with clean, moisturized skin. Make sure you’re using a good cleanser, and really massage it in when you wash your face before makeup application. Don’t be too rough, but carefully massage all over your face while you wash it to plump up the skin.
Advanced Layering Techniques
The essence of strobing is carefully layering specifically chosen products in a specifically chosen order. There are a few ways you can go about this, but Vine Vera will outline the basic strategy below.
- If we have said it once, we will say it a million times: great looks start with great skin. So to start your strobing technique we recommend combining your skincare with your makeup. Mix your moisturizer with your foundation, or use a product that combines the two, this gives you a base layer of healthy looking skin to work with.
- When selecting a foundation, look for one with a dewy or luminous finish like Yves Saint Laurent’s LE TEINT TOUCHE ÉCLAT Illuminating Foundation. Since strobing is all about illumination, starting with a luminous foundation is the perfect first step for this look.
- Apply some type of highlighter to the high points of the face – think brow bone, tops of cheekbones, cupid’s bow, down the bridge of the nose, or any other place you want to enhance. You can use different types of products for this, whether they are made specifically as highlighters or a opalescent eye shadow appropriated for this use or even some lip gloss, as long as you choose a color that is right for your skin tone. We recommend using a product with cream or liquid consistency for best results. Try a Nars The Multiple stick in a lighter shade or Stila All Over Shimmer Liquid Illuminzer. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Radiant Touch and Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder are also very popular options. Don’t worry overmuch about it being too shiny, as you’ll be putting a bit of matte powder in the next step to even things out and create the perfect combination of matte and shine.
- Finish with a finely milled, luminescent setting powder, this type of powder won’t ruin all the hard work you have put into illumination your skin but rather will enhance it while also helping give your look staying power. Lightly dust over the top, and enjoy your new simple but radiant look.