The strobing technique uses highlighting to pop your cheekbones without all the effort of contouring.
When it comes to looking great in holiday-party photos, strobing is our favorite new magic trick.
The makeup technique uses highlighting to pop your cheekbones without all the effort of contouring. It also creates the appearance of a youthful, dewy glow.
You can see it all over Instagram, on the Kardashians and actresses such as Kerry Washington and Emma Watson. And it’s easy to add a bit of the strobe effect to your own makeup routine, leading to holiday selfies that really pop. Here are some products that help get you glowing.
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Kevyn Aucoin’s The Contour Book The Art of Sculpting + Defining Volume II ($65 at Sephora) contains everything you need to strobe like a pro. The makeup palette contains easy-to-follow instructions to slim your face and make your cheekbones appear stronger. Two powders and one cream can be mixed to add highlights for the strobing effect.
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The dual-ended NYX Cosmetics Wonder Stick ($12 at Ulta) is a favorite among strobers, as it conceals, highlights and contours with a creamy finish. It’s easy to use, and comes in four different shade combinations.
When you’re applying highlighter, use a makeup brush that is angled or has a strong tip to help you blend completely. The new Artis Oval 7 ($55 at artisbrush.com) is perfect for the task, at just the right size to apply and blend quickly and accurately. All Artis brushes are made with engineered fibers that are both soft and long lasting.
For a youthful, highlighted look, your under-eye concealer should be a shade or two lighter than your skin tone. Peter Thomas Roth’s CC Eye Correcting Concealer ($42 at peterthomasroth.com) brightens and conceals dark circles and fine lines. It also contains Vitamin C to support natural collagen production for brighter and firmer skin long-term.
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Highlights really pop in pictures when they have some shine. Julep’s Glow Highlighting Powder ($28 at julep.com) contains diamond powder that adds shimmer while hiding pores and fine lines. The local company’s powder also has skin-care benefits with vitamin B6 and other age-defying, moisturizing ingredients.
The edgiest way to strobe is the ulta-wet look, where makeup looks downright slick. It’s not an easy look to rock in reality, but for a bit more shine, try Benefit’s High Beam Liquid Face Highlighter ($26 at Ulta), which dabs on with the company’s nail-polish-like applicator. Use it under makeup for a subtle glow, or layer it on more thickly at the end of your process for high shine.
ShopNW staff contributed to this story.