Strobing, contouring, caking – we know, we know – whatever next. Never fear, we’re here to guide you through all of these terrifying (sounding) trends and help you to become an expert in no time. We’ve decided to start with strobing as it’s a big trend for AW15 and is also super easy and a quick route to radiant, healthy skin. This look showcases the natural beauty of the skin, so it’s important to start with a really clean base. Look out for our reviews of cleansing mud masks later in the week as they’re a great way to prep the skin.
What is strobing?
Strobing is a technique that’s been around for years but has recently regained popularity. It’s a lot simpler than contouring, requires far fewer products and will leave your skin looking fresh and illuminated while highlighting your natural features. You may find that if you have an oily skin type, it’s not for you as it may just slip off (as it did on me) but it’s particularly great for dry and mature skins that crave a little moisture.
Step 1 : Begin by applying a lightweight moisturiser such as Rodial Dragon’s blood sculpting gel.
Step 2: Next apply a lightweight foundation and a cream illuminator – I’m using an illuminator and foundation from Mac as creates a gorgeous glow and sits beautifully on the skin, creating a no-makeup look – remember, we want to concentrate on perfect skin and LIGHT! Apply the foundation using a duo fibre brush as it picks up minimal product and will buff into the skin. My favourite is by Real Technique.
Step 3: Next, I mix some of Mac’s cream colour base in pearl with a small amount of Mac’s face and body foundation. Starting with the foundation and strobe mix, dip a small amount on to your brush. Starting from the centre of the face, apply the product across the side of the face, then forwards working downwards. I do it this way as I want the most coverage in the centre of the face and blend the product out to nothing. Less is always more, but if you feel you need a little more coverage on certain areas, grab a good coverage concealer. I like to use Mac Studio Finish. Use the concealer in the targeted areas you feel needed, and add a little under the eyes using a small duo fibre brush to pick up minimal product.
Step 4: Next we want to draw the light to your face. Using the same cream colour base and small duo fibre brush, we going to concentrate on the highest point of the face and area we want to bring forward: the cheekbones. Brow-bones, cupids bow and centre of the nose. Your skin should now look fresh, glowing and radiant.
Step 5: Finally fill in the brows, apply a couple of coats of mascara and a touch of blush.
Steps and makeup: Fab