Master the Art of Strobing

BY Dermstore Editors · January 12, 2016

If you’ve struggled yet persevered with the contouring technique, we’re going to have to apologize but insist you to put down the contouring brush. We’ve come across a technique that promises to change your beauty routine and the way you accentuate your already gorgeous features.

Unlike the often daunting task of contouring with what seems like an unnecessary amount of darker and lighter shades, strobing relies solely on highlighting the areas exposed to natural sunlight to help define your face and radiate a youthful look. With far less margin for error and a guarantee of never seeing a caked-on finish again,  this easy-to-master technique is a must-try for anyone who wants to achieve a healthy, natural glow.

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According to professional makeup artist Noseph Trinh, the strobing technique begins by applying your favorite foundation per usual, then highlighting the highest planes of your face (bridge of nose, cheekbones, cupid’s bow and light dashes on the chin). “Of course, you can achieve the glow on a fresh, primed face or atop any type of foundation—liquid or powder,” Noseph explained. “Liquid foundations tend to offer more dewy payoff, but avoid the greasy look by powdering these essential areas: Under the eyes, sides of the nose, forehead and upper lip.” When choosing a highlight color, Noseph explains that we must first test it out on the back of our hands. “If it appears too icy in finish, the color is too light for you. Conversely, if it appears too orange or bronzy, it won’t effectively highlight,” he added. “If the color is a beautiful shimmer-cast of champagne or subtle golds/pinks/peaches, you’re in great shape and should try it out on your cheekbones!”




1. Highlighter

jane iredale In Touch Highlighter 

Why It’s Great: Lightweight and nourishing, the illuminating cream-to-powder face highlighter offers brilliant blendability to deliver a natural-looking radiance to your brow bones, cheeks and eyes.

2. Luminizer

RMS Beauty Living Luminizer

Why It’s Great: The skin-enhancing highlighter adds instant life to dull, dry skin as its creamy, non-greasy formula spreads easily and evenly over the facial contours.

3. Tinted Highlighter

butter LONDON Cheeky Tinted Highlighter 

Why It’s Great: Gliding on smooth, this cream highlighter is pigmented to lend cheeks a light flush that is long-wearing and transfer-resistant.

4. Luminizer Duo

bareMinerals READY Luminizer Duo

Why It’s Great: The complementary, universally flattering shades illuminate skin with soft pink and gold shades that add a natural, lit-from-within glow to any complexion.

5. Skin Enhancer

Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer 

Why You Need It:

The all-purpose product – it can be used as a spot foundation, concealer, all-over foundation, highlighter or mixed with your moisturizer for a tinted moisturizer effect.

6. Quick Fix

Dermablend Quick Fix Illuminator

Why You Need It: 

The multipurpose highlighter and concealer minimizes the appearance of fine lines, blemishes, scars and even hyperpigmentation while simultaneously accentuating features for a radiant, healthy complexion.

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