Is Strobing the New Contouring? |

Is Strobing the New Contouring?

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If you’ve struggled with contouring, favourite trend of the beauty set, meet strobing: the sculpting technique’s fresher, more achievable alternative.

Rather than layering on multiple shades of heavy foundation and concealer to define your features, strobing simply enhances your look with the clever use of highlighting products to put your best assets right in the spotlight. By playing with light to emphasise certain points on your face, including your cheekbones and brow line, strobing leaves you with a modern, fresh glow. The look couldn’t be hotter for SS15 after it was showcased by the likes of Marni and Prabal Gurung.

Perfect for enhancing your summer complexion, check out our expert Beauty Panel’s top tips on how to achieve the look at home and browse our pick of the best products you’ll need to get started.

Where should I apply the product?
"Begin with well-moisturised skin and keep your base light and fresh as this look is all about luminosity. Apply to the areas of your face which naturally catch the light; the cheekbones and around the temples, the brow bone and the bridge of the nose. A sweep of over the eyelids looks great too." – Isobel Kennedy, Make-Up Artist

How do I blend the look together?
"Make sure to blend properly with your finger or a sponge so it looks natural. Those with oily skin should opt for a powder highlighter, applied with a fluffy brush for an even finish." – Jenny Coombs, Make-Up Artist 

How do you stop the look looking to greasy?
Finish with the lightest touch of powder if you feel a little oily in areas like the forehead and around the nose. You can also add a hint of cheek colour using a cream-based blush." – Isobel Kennedy, Make-Up Artist

Which highlighters work best for which skin tones? 
"Pinker tones work better on very pale skin, while more bronze-toned shades suit tanned complexions." – Antonia Rudebeck, Make-Up Artist

Halo Highlighting Wand, £25 | Smashbox

This precision pen delivers a creamy, shimmery formula which changes the way light reflects from your face for a dewy glow, designed to imitate the way you look in a well-lit photograph.

Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light, £38 | Hourglass

Use this flattering finishing powder to create a soft, candlelit glow, night and day. Infused with advanced soft-focus particles, it changes the way light is reflected on your skin to brighten and conceal imperfections.

Strobe Cream, £24.50 | Mac

Designed to brighten and clarify your skin thanks to iridescent particles and powerful antioxidants, Strobe Cream is the ultimate quick-fix, working in all lighting conditions to brighten your complexion.


Illuminator, £23 | Nars

This light-reflecting liquid can be applied to bare skin or mixed with foundation for skin that appears lit from within.


Fresh Glow BB Cream, £30 | Burberry

Burberry’s light and hydrating formula can be used as a primer under foundation to enhance your glow or dabbed onto cheekbones, the bridge of the nose and Cupid’s bow for a highlighted complexion.

Cellularose Brightening CC Lumi-Serum - Immaculate Light, £60 | By Terry

Using light-reflective technology, this brightening serum works to smooth the surface of your skin and reduce the appearance of both imperfections and fine lines, while antioxidant Vitamin E helps protect you from ageing free radicals.


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