We’re all familiar with face contouring, a makeup technique that accentuates your features with strategically applied products in various shades. Razor-sharp cheekbones were shaded to perfection, noses slimmed, and it worked like magic. Admittedly, coutouring is not for everyone, as it requires meticulous application – and a lot of time. Strobing, however – named after, you guessed it, strobe lights – is contouring’s fresher, friendlier, more time-efficient cousin; it simply adds highlights to give you a youthful, illuminated complexion. For 2016, beauty is all about healthy-looking skin that naturally brings out the best of your features. So here’s how to strobe…

1

Prep
You know the drill: cleanse, tone and moisturise regularly to ensure your skin is in optimum condition. If it’s not already part of your regime, use a weekly face exfoliator or include a face brush in your daily cleansing routine (there’s nothing worse than loose dead skin flaking about, ugh). For best results, pamper your skin with a hydrating face mask at least once every two weeks. Check out this hydrating skincare weapon.

2

Hydrate and moisturise
Massage a hydrating serum into your face to create a light, dewy canvas, leaving it on to absorb for 30 seconds. Add a drop of moisturiser to a foundation and mix together on the back of your hand before applying to your face with a finger. Buff well.

3

Highlight
Apply a light-reflecting concealer under your eyes and around your nose. Blend seamlessly in place by gently dabbing lightly with your fingers.

4

Shade
This next part is crucial, so take note. Apply concealer two shades lighter than your natural shade to the parts of your face that are naturally illuminated: along your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, your cupid’s bow, and your temples. Dot a liquid highlighter or illuminator in the same areas, and blend well.

5

Add some glow
Add a touch of soft, pink/peach blush to your cheeks for a flush of colour.

6

Finish it off
Finish with a dusting of luminous loose powder on a large brush, and there you are – perfectly, radiantly strobed, and ready to take on the world.

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