Saturday 1 October 2016

How to master strobing

Strobing: make-up's most flattering and simplest technique

Published 29/11/2015 | 02:30

Luminous: Miranda Kerr
The Balm's May-Lou Manizer
Blank Canvas brush

The beauty world is engulfed in an obsession with all things strobing.

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For the uninitiated, it's essentially the opposite to contouring, in that it draws light to the face and highlights certain features. Luckily for us, it requires a lot less time, less expertise, less product and works universally across all age groups.

To strobe effectively, all you need is a good brush and a highlighter. Whether that be cream or powder in texture is entirely up to you. I find powder lasts better.

To bolster the effect of your strobe, it's advised to devote a little bit of extra time to your skincare regime. Opt for an illuminating moisturiser or primer. As for your base, something with a dewy finish lends itself to the overall look. I then like to apply a light-reflecting concealer to my under-eye area and on the centre of my nose, blending well. Now to the good part. You want to apply the highlighter to the high planes of the face and areas that the light would naturally hit, so, the highest point of your cheekbones, your brow bones, the centre of your nose, cupid's bow and centre of the chin. Some people also like to apply it to the inner corners of the eye and on the clavicles of the chest for an overall look that screams youth and good health.

Luminous: Miranda Kerr
Luminous: Miranda Kerr

My favourite highlighter is The Balm's Mary Lou-Manizer, €20.50, which is available from cloud10beauty.com. It's highly pigmented but not too glittery and works so well on Irish skin tones. I use Blank Canvas's fan brush, €10.99, available from blankcanvascosmetics.com, to apply it, as the very nature of the brush dictates a light, precise application.

Blank Canvas brush
Blank Canvas brush
The Balm's May-Lou Manizer
The Balm's May-Lou Manizer

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