By now we’ve all heard about the new trend that has trumped contouring- “strobing”: excessive highlighting on the face. As the sunny summer season draws to a close and we all head back to school and work, it’s quite melancholic that the summer glows we’ve been rocking this season are fading. But who says we can’t recreate them to suit fall? I present to you: Subtle Strobing, the way to rock this new trend in a more natural looking, fall-appropriate way.
I started off by priming my skin with my moisturizer and the Rimmel Lasting Finish Primer. It will help any foundation look glowy without looking crazy dewy or oily. I then applied my Maybelline Fit Me! Dewy + Smooth foundation with a makeup sponge, since it will sheer it out and will blend it in a way that makes in look more like your natural skin. This foundation is also quite buildable, but with one layer, your foundation finish will look dewy and very natural. I also used my Fit Me! Concealer where appropriate, illuminating under my eyes especially, blending it up as well as down in a triangular fashion to brighten my under-eyes. I’ve heard that the Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer would also suit this technique. I did need to set my t-zone and concealer, and for that I used the Rimmel Stay Matte translucent pressed powder. However, the gleam of my foundation can still be seen, but the powder helps to keep oil-induced shine at bay.
I used my Snow Bunny Bronzer from Too Faced to bronze up my cheeks since it has a highlight strip, matte bronze strip, a shimmery bronze strip, and a blush strip. This makes this bronzer uber illuminating. I used Sun Bunny to bronze up the rest of my face and create a slight contour, since this look focuses on illuminating and lifting the face using reflective products, and Sun Bunny has a very soft sheen. I then took the cream blush in Boho Chic by NYX and lightly patted it along the apples of my cheek. This color is super natural and sheer, not to mention that it gives off a gorgeous sheen when it catches the light (a very subtle blush that suits any occasion if you ask me), and this won’t draw attention away from the glowy look we’re aiming for because it adds sheen. I then filled in my brows how I usually do, and made sure to make the arch a bit more defined since we’ll highlight them later.
Now for the fun part: I’m Dim Light from my Hourglass Ambient Lighting palette (*cue choir of angels*) and lighting dusting a thin layer of it on my cheeks and cheekbones. I then take Incandescent Light and with the same large fluffy brush, dust it under my eyes and down a bit to increase the brightness. Then I highlight in all of the areas one would regularly highlight. For my eyes I used my Maybelline The Nudes palette and lightly dusted a shimmery champagne shade all over my lid, concentrating more of it on the center of my lids. I took a shimmery light brown shade (the bottom left one) and using a fluffy blending brush, dusted into the crease to provide some subtle definition. I used the most illuminating shade (the top right shade in the palette) and dabbed it into my inner corners. I took the same shade and highlighted underneath my brow bone to lift it. I then applied one coat of the Smashbox Full Exposure mascara since it’s meant to lengthen rather than thicken or volumize (suuuuper natural looking), and for the final touch I applied the L’Oreal Color Riche Lipstick in Julianne’s Nude which is a perfect nudey-pink shade for my lip color. It too has a lovely sheen, which completes the overall look.
And there you have it dear readers: a subtly-strobbed natural look that’s perfect for everyday wear that makes you look lit from within.
What do you think of “strobing”?
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