Strobing for Beginners

There is nothing I love more in the world than a dewy fresh skin finish, cheekbones highlighted to no end so the moment contouring was thrown out the window and strobing was everywhere, I was ecstatic. (Mainly because when I attempted to contour, it looked like a hot mess.)

But anyways. Strobing is something I can do. For those who are blinking at there screen thinking "What the heck is strobing?", it's where you highlight certain areas of your face to achieve the ultimate glow. This highlighting action subsequently contours your face.

There are several steps to how I get my highlight perfect and it starts from the base. As strobing is such a dewy, fresh, lit look, I love using a base that is also quite fresh. Before I even contemplate which foundation I use, I reach for a strobe cream. My current favourite is the ultimate product for getting the most natural glow, MAC Strobe Cream. I just pat this onto the parts of my face where I want that glow - my cheekbones, my brow bone, the tip of my nose, my cupids bow, my chin and above the arch of my eyebrow. If you're on a tight budget, I would recommend L'Oreal Lumi Magique Base which is essentially the same as the strobe cream but has a runnier complexion. But it's half the price so worth it if you can't stretch for the MAC. Then I reach for a foundation.

On a daily basis, I either reach for my bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Gel or a slightly heavier Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation which is my new go to for foundation. But regardless, they're both very luminous and leave my skin ready for the next step. Whilst they are still glowy, it's amazing how much the strobe cream really intensifies this to a stage where if I was simply heading to university, I wouldn't need any highlight. 

But I'm not about that highlight free life so I've been buying anything that claims to be luminous to find the ultimate highlight. One of my favourite drugstore highlights has to be the Rimmel BB Good to Glow in Soho which is gorgeous. I sometimes mix this with my foundation if I'm rushing out the door and it's stunning. It's very bronzey and would definitely be perfect if you were on holiday but is brilliant for achieving that perfect sunkissed Golden Goddess look. I'm also obsessed with The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer which is a very intense highlight shade - my go to for the evening.

And for highend, I have a couple of favourites. My ultimate ultimate highlight is Illamasqua Gleam in Aurora which is a cream highlight but perfect for everyday. I pat it on with my fingers but it lasts all day and gives the most wonderful glow. But if I was permanently tanned, my ultimate would be Laura Mercier Highlight in Indiscretion. Unfortunately it was limited edition but oh my goodness, this is so pigmented, only a sweep across is enough. On a skin tone slightly darker than my own, it would look unbelievable but I can just about pull it off with a tan. It's shimmer without the chunky glitter and consequently gives you the ultimate glow.

What are some of your favourite highlighters and what do you think of the whole strobing trend?
Ellie Dickinsonbeauty, makeup