So what is all this fuss about strobing? We’d hardly mastered the art of contouring and when strobing broke into the spotlight (excuse the pun!) early 2015 and is still one of the most searched for make-up terms online. Clearly it’s not a one hit wonder and is here to stay. When you get to know a little bit more about it, it’s easy to see why it is so popular. What girl is going to turn down a simple way to look like ‘I just had a facial’?
Strobing is basically the little sister to contouring. The two techniques are complete opposites.
Contouring involves a fairly complicated process of using light and dark tones to create definition and shadows on the face. Even though it seems relatively new, it has been used by makeup artists for many years and was popularised by the Kardashian sisters (particularly Kim).
It’s inclined to be a fairly heavily made up and sculpted look on the face, and in all truth it is probably better suited to glam nights out on the town and not for every day wear. And it can also be super difficult to achieve without looking like a clown. I’m sure you’ve seen all those Instagram and Pinterest pics with dark and light lines all over the face - hectic!
Also a well-known technique of makeup artists, strobing is the art of strategically highlighting and adding shimmer to create a radiant, fresh and dewy look on the skin. It eliminates contouring entirely.
It’s a much more natural look and can easily be used to enhance your daytime look as well as zhoosh up a night out on the town glam face. The big bonus for those of you who have barely mastered the art of choosing the right foundation or applying your mascara - it’s a much simpler process. And it is an even bigger bonus for dark skins because contouring can sometimes look a bit hectic whereas strobing naturally enhances and highlights the face. Just perfect for all of us who barely have time to slap a face on in the mornings!
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