Contouring is Dead, Long Live Strobing: A Beginner’s Tutorial

Blogged by: Melbourne Central 06 Dec 2015 View comments

Step 1: Skin Prep



I probably sound like an annoying mum on repeat, but adequately prepping your skin is very important. The strobed look is all about glow, so having hydrated, happy skin as a base is essential. These face masks come with a higher A rating than the Australian economy, are super affordable, cater to a tonne of skincare needs and are great for scaring unsuspecting housemates. 
We used: Sephora Ultra Moisturizing & Brightening Masque Rose, $6.

Step 2: All About The Base



As previously stated here on Living Melbourne, multi-purpose beauty items reign supreme IMO, and this serum and primer from IT Cosmetics is easily one of the best out there. Combined with a lightweight foundation, you’ll get a perfect base for your imminent radiance.
We used: IT Cosmetics Feel the Moment Serum & Primer, $38; Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Oil-Free Foundation, $69.

Step 3: Shine Bright Like A Diamond



For an all-out Bella Hadid level of strobe, apply highlighter above the cheekbones, below the hollows of your cheek, on the tip of your nose, in the middle of your chin and forehead, on the highest point of your eyebrows (up top and inside the arch), and in the inner corners of your eyes.



If you’re after a more casual, less “red carpet” look, you can just leave out the chin and forehead points. If, at this point, you feel that you’re looking a bit too ‘glow-worm in a late-‘90s rave cave’, worry not; the next step will balance things out.



Either powder or liquid works great for strobing, but this BECCA Cosmetics highlighter is a perfect, in-the-middle cream and feels like a dream on skin! 
We used: BECCA Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl, $60.



Step 4: The Grand Finale 


Add a soft pink blush to the apples of your cheeks and check back into the mirror; somehow, strobing has transformed you from looking like cheap tinsel after the office Christmas party into the radiant, festive babe that you are. (If you’re still feeling too shiny, just lightly dust some powder foundation on the areas that are too glary. This will tone things down.) Add some mascara, fill in your eyebrows and you’re good to go into the world and shine, shine, shine. 
We used: Tarte Cosmetics Blush in Blushing Bride, $36; Sephora Lash Plumper Mascara, $16; Nudestix Eyebrow Stylus in Dirty Blonde, $34.
 

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