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With all the talk about loving yourself and your body it has always been surprising to me how obsessed some women can get with contouring. I mean it was getting a little out of control there for a while. People are shading their legs, arms and I even know a guy who has been known to contour his abs:
As a makeup artist, I have always been very careful about contouring. I have never been a huge fan of it, mainly because of the insane amount of product you have to put on your skin to achieve Kim Kardashian levels of contouring. No thanks. Am I totally against it? Heck no! A little bit of bronzer and light highlighting really can help a girl out when especially when you are going to be photographed. I am not above shading my cheeks, cleavage or collarbone when I am invited to be in yet another wedding. It’s definitely not in my regular everyday routine because honestly, I don’t need it to be. And you probably don’t need it either.
In the last few months I have been seeing so many articles and comments about a “new technique” called “strobing.” I immediately was like, “Oh wait you mean this “new” thing that every makeup artist has been using for 15 years called “highlighting?”” Strobing is just the new term, but let’s get real, Jenny from the block has been rocking this look on her perfect face for years!
I have to admit that I sort of never stopped doing my makeup this way even when the contour pressure was strong. I personally think its a much softer, natural look, but you have to be careful or you will end up like you just have been sweating or have crazy oily skin. This look is so easy to achieve! All you need is a good natural looking base foundation (if you need foundation, which I sure as hell do) and one or more products I am sharing today.
If you dig this look there is a TON of “how to’s” on pinterest and youtube and literally every beauty website. Most of them include handy little maps on where to place products like this:
But since I’ve been rocking this look for almost a decade here are some of my favorite products to achieve this look:
Why I love it: Mix it into your foundation for an all over glow or use it to build a strobing look on places you’d normally highlight. I used to use this all the time when I worked for MAC- the smell is super nostalgic to me. Use this for a light strobed look, or use it under one of the products below for a stronger highlight.
Why I love it: It can be used it to highlight/ strobe, as an eyeshadow or to just add shimmer, SUPER pigmented and blend-able.
Why I love it: Here is a secret: I am not a huge MAC fan. I really don’t like their foundation and powder products. I think there is much better quality stuff out there ,but the one thing MAC does really well is this product. This line of products are my #1 most recommended makeup product (other than Estee Lauder’s doublewear light foundation; no foundation comes close to touching it). MSF is a baked, pressed mineral powder, with color choices for every color skin type that will give you a natural glow. I use the product in the color soft & gentle.
Extra tip: If you are in need of a finishing/ foundation power MACs Mineralize Skinfinish Natural is the best! It makes your skin look like satin and can be used dry or wet for added coverage.
Why I love it: It is affordable and gets the job done. NYX products are almost always the best bang for not so much bucks.
Have you tried “strobing” yet? Need more tips? Comment below and tweet me some of your best strobing selfies!