I'm not an authority on makeup application, and I'm definitely in no way a beauty guru, but I'll show you guys the way that I strobed (that doesn't even sound like a real word) because it worked and it was super easy. There are 5 basic steps to nailing strobing, & it can be done on any budget- I've made sure to include products from varying price ranges so you don't get ragey & frustrated- I feel you. STROBING. HUZZAH.
This part is essential. No makeup will look good if you neglect your base...not even if your foundation costs $600. I always keep an eye out for moisturisers that contain Vitamin C, because Vitamin C equals glow. Check out the new Glow Boosting Moisturiser from The Body Shop (my current go-to), Aspect Dr Active C Serum (pricey, but incredibly effective), or Garnier Illuminating Light Lotion (I saw this at the super today for $7- WOT?!).
Napoleon Perdis says that not to prime is a crime, & he's not wrong. Look, I don't always remember to prime, so it won't hurt TOO much if you skip this step, but try your best. It'll make your skin appear smoother, brighter & more even, as well as keeping your foundation in place. My favourite glowy primers are Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Skin Primer (long name, but a fantastic, magical product- & SO hydrating), L'Oreal Paris Lumi Magique Pure Light Primer (a VERY close dupe for Strobe Cream), & Benefit That Gal! (it makes me look wide awake, & smells divine).
This is the part of my "technique" that will probably have makeup experts screwing up their noses- but I really don't think it matters WHAT foundation you use when you strobe. Mainly because we've already, uh, laid a base- & because we'll be going over the top with highlighters anyway. If anyone tells you you MUST use a particular type of foundation to strobe I encourage you to first laugh at them scornfully, & then ignore them. Do you, kitty cat. My personal fave is a long-wearing, matte formula, because I want to strobe/highlight STRATEGICALLY- I don't want to glow all over my face, sorry. I'm dying over the new L'Oreal Paris Infallible 24-HR Matte Foundation (I'll be reviewing it in more detail this week, but it is really bloody great), & Australis Stay Put Longwear Foundation (it's cheap, & does exactly what it's meant to do).
When I say "fang", I mean carefully but joyfully highlight the following parts of your cute little face:
- the tops of your cheekbones
- the cupids bow (above your top lip, silly)
- the brow bone
- above your brow
- down the middle of your nose
- your chin
- top of your forehead (who else says "forrid" instead of "fore-head"? I know I'm not alone)
You get the idea- basically the highest parts of your face/anywhere you want to accentuate. Disclaimer- this is just the way I do it- you can do what you like, sister/brother. My strobe product of choice is Lush Feeling Younger Skin Tint, because it is quite simply magnificent.