Carla GS has been strobing – or, in normal terms, using tons of highlighter. Source: Supplied.
Move over, complicated contouring – it’s time to start strobing. What’s strobing? No, you don’t need to go to a high-energy rave to achieve this look, although that would be fun.
Strobing is the newer, fresher and easier version of contouring, using highlighters – shimmering creams and powders which reflect light – to create the impression of intense luminosity.
The difference between strobing and regular ol’ highlighting is the amount of product used. With highlighting, only a dab is used – a dot in the cupid’s bow, a hint on a cheekbone.
Have I lost you? Why don’t I walk you through how I achieved the look on myself.
How to: Strobing.
Look, I'll be real with you. Definitely read through my tutorial, but strobing is also a very forgiving technique. Basically, just put on lots and lots of highlighter, especially on your cheekbones and temples, and you'll be good to go.
But, for those of you who love instructions - and we can all use a little help! - here's a step-by-step guide to strobing. (Post continues after gallery.)
Step 1. Moisturise.
Begin your journey into strobing by applying a moisturiser all over your face, as this look is all about dewy, hydrated skin. Then, apply concealer – I’ve got it under my eyes and over blemishes.
When strobing, it’s best to keep foundation to a minimum, as you don’t want the highlighter to get muddied. I’m not wearing any foundation or blush in these photos. Then, the main event: highlighter!
Step 2. Apply generous amounts of golden-toned highlighter.
First, I applied Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight in Super Starlight on the areas of my face that I've shaded yellow in the above diagram, and blended it with my fingers. This product is a solid cream stick, and it’s a golden tone. My application here was rather casual, and I just smeared it around until my face had a golden glow.