It might sound like something you’re more likely to encounter on the dance floor than the beauty aisle but strobing is tipped to be your got-to look for the coming months.
So, what is it?
The exact opposite of contouring, this is a make-up trick that involves saturating the skin in light, not shade, to achieve a perfectly sculpted face that’s brimming with seasonal glow.
Otherwise known as reverse contouring, it uses light-reflective products on all the high points of the face to create skin that looks bright and instantly more chiselled.
Alas, it’s finally time to ditch your Kardashian contour obsession in favour of a look that’s not only easier to master but that manages to carve your cheekbones without looking too heavy.
At this time of year, a glowy complexion is the perfect way to indulge our hankering for warmer climes and thanks to the fervour of the fashion world’s elite, illuminated skin is officially in.
The spring/summer 2017 catwalks showed how to achieve it best and unsurprisingly, most of the best looks came from make-up maestro Pat McGrath.
Illamasqua, Beyond Powder in OMG, £34 illamasqua.com
Tom Ford, Illuminating Primer, £56 selfridges.com
Anastasia Beverly Hills, Glow Kit Ultimate Glow, £44 cultbeauty.co.uk
RMS Beauty, Magic Luminizer, £30 net-a-porter.com
Nars, Copacabana Illuminator, £23 narscosmetics.co.uk
Burberry Beauty, Fresh Glow Highlighter in Rose Gold, £45 net-a-porter.com
Bobbi Brown , Glow Stick in Beach Babe, £26 bobbibrown.co.uk
Becca, Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone, £34 cultbeauty.co.uk
Topshop, Glow Pot in Fascinate, £10 topshop.com
At Roberto Cavalli, she focused the highlight on the centre of the face taking it from the forehead, down the nose and above the cupids bow for an ethereal finish.
Meanwhile, for Valentino and Versace, the MUA lit the skin with glitzy cheekbones that naturally sculpted the model’s features.
The trend was approach in a similar vein at Marni too, where make-up artist Tom Pecheux gave the models a high-shine finish with dewy skin and a natural soft highlight on the high planes of the face.
Still struggling to get on board with the skill it takes to contour your entire face? Then why not try this simple face-sculpting hack instead.
To achieve this look IRL, it’s important to start with a smooth, hydrated canvas so prep your skin with plenty of moisturiser.
Next, the perfect ‘strobe’ look requires an illuminating primer before your foundation as this will saturate the skin with dewiness.
Finally, take a highlighter – any formula will do but creams tend to perform better – and apply along your brow bones, cheeks, down your nose and dotted in your cupid’s bow.Reuse content