Out with Contouring, In with Strobing

It’s a debate that beauty bloggers and beauty fanatics everywhere are arguing: strobing versus contouring. Strobing focuses on highlighting the areas of the face that light naturally hits, rather than on facial angles to create a chiseled “Kardashian” look by contouring.

My mom would always tell me, “Makeup is meant to enhance your natural features.” This idea fits perfectly with the concept of strobing.

I know what some of you are thinking.

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It’s apparent that this “new” trend isn’t new at all. Whether it’s new or just renamed- The Art Formerly Known as Highlighting, is a definite hot topic right now.

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The great thing about highlighting is that it only adds an extra five minutes tops to your makeup routine, it’s hard to mess up and there’s a 99% chance you’ve already got these tools in your makeup bag.

Accentuating these naturally lit areas of the face gives the skin a bright, dewey glow that is perfect for summer.

Great Highlighting Tools (Right from My Makeup Bag) 

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For a look that is not as shiny or translucent, I recommend using a relatively matte highlighter that is two shades lighter than your skin tone. I like to use my Glamoflauge concealer in the light shade.

Use your ring finger to gently dab product onto upper cheekbones, the center of your nose to the bottom, temples, cupid’s bow and center of chin. Some prefer the technique of highlighting the center of the forehead, I like to keep it simple by doing just the temples. Blend product in with a beauty blender, brush or your fingers. Afterwards, apply some bronzer or blush to cheekbones and you’re ready to go!

And of course, don’t forget to highlight the upper brow bones. I usually like to do this with a matte white shadow.

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For a more shimmery application, I use the Clinique chubby stick in 01 Hefty Highlight. This highlighter chubby stick makes for extra easy application and the smooth product is easily blendible.When first applied the color has a bit of a frosty tint. Once blended, it’s a soft pearly shimmer. I love that the moisturizing formula results in an extra dewey glow!

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I know, I talk about this palette ALL the time. But, I recently discovered that the Too Faced Chocolate Bar has yet another trick up its sleeve. The Champagne Truffle eyeshadow is a perfect pale pink, shimmery highlighter! This color is slightly more pink than the Clinique highlighter and has a bit more shimmer when blended.

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on the strobing or highlighting look, and that it comes in handy for your summer days and nights.

TL;DR (Too Long; Didn’t Read): 

“New” trend takes us back to basics with the rediscovered highlighting technique. Enjoy!

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Bye for now, XO- Ashley (@ashleysita)

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