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What is Strobing?

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What is strobing?

Apparently, there is a new term for the makeup technique I've always called highlighting or luminizing.
It's called strobing now. It's a trademark look for Jennifer Lopez. Josie Maran showcases luminizers in her makeup line. There was even a segment about it on GMA this morning. The technique creates a glowing dewy look that makes us look fresher and younger.

The technique is not new. It has been one of my favorite instant brighten, anti aging makeup techniques for years. Highlighting is often combined with contouring. 

Highlighting adds light. Contouring adds shading. I know contouring is all the rage but, I have to say, I have never been a big fan of contouring. It can look muddy to me and I feel a lot of people need to bring out sunken features on their faces instead of making them shaded so they recede more.
I like to use a creamy highlighting product, but you can also use a shimmery eye shadow in a champagne shade. A creamy highlighting product that has a pearly metallic look will look more natural than a shimmery eye shadow. To do strobing, add the brighten product of your choice to places on your face where sunlight hits: the center of your forehead, the tops of the cheeks, the bridge of the nose, the cupids bow, center of your bottom lip and center of your chin. It also looks beautiful under the brow bone and at the inner corner of the eyes, too. 

Click here to see a list of highlighting products.

Those with oily skin already have a lot of shine to their skin and should go lightly on the strobing. Oily people can use a powder to matte down the nose, the sides of the nose and the forehead to control their oily shine. Highlight the cheekbones, cupids bows, brow bone and inner corners of the eyes to get the strobing look without looking like an oil slick.

Have a Beautiful Day!
Licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Makeup Artist

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