This Post is sponsored by Target and Mode Media, as always all opinions are my own.
Strobing is one of the latest trends to hit the beauty world, and one of my favorite trends for summer. When I first heard about strobing, I was so confused and a little scared. I had just figured out how to contour, and believe me—it took me a lot of trial and error to perfect my contour. After spending some serious time researching online, I realized that, like most new things, it just sounded scarier than it really is. It turned out to be a lot easier than contouring, and it looked a lot more natural. To be honest, strobing is basically an intense highlight, and the best way to intensify that highlight is to pack on the products but still make it look “natural.” In this post, I will be giving you a step-by-step guide on how to achieve that perfect glow using some inexpensive products from Target.
Step 1: Foundation
After moisturizing and prepping your skin with your routine skin-care products, I recommend that you use a luminous foundation to create a base. This foundation will give you a nice, luminous glow that will work well with the highlighting products that you will apply in the next few steps. I used the Sonia Kashuk Perfecting Luminous Foundation in the shade Bamboo.
Step 2: Liquid Illuminator or Highlighter Stick
This one is my favorite step because it is easy to apply and all you need for this is step is the NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator (I used the shade Gleam) and your fingers.
I dab three to four dots in a “C” form from my temples to a little past the corners of my eyes. You want to make sure you don’t bring it too much underneath your eyes or on areas where you might have large pores or imperfections. Doing so will only highlight those flaws, and we don’t want that. Once you have applied the dots, you will use your ring finger and middle finger to dab (not spread) it on.
You also want to apply some on the bridge of your nose, right underneath the arch of your eyebrows and the cupids bow right above your lip. One way to know where to apply highlighter is to stand underneath a light and see where the light reflects on your face. The idea behind strobing is to highlight the areas where the light naturally reflects on your skin and make them pop.
If the Liquid Illuminator seems a little intimidating, you can also use a highlighter stick. Apply it in the same area, from the temples to a little past the corners of your eyes, creating that letter “C.” If you are a beginner, you may find this one a lot easier to use because you will have more control while applying it. I used the Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Highlighter Stick in Persian Sunset.
Step 3: Intensify
Next, you are going to go over what you have applied from step 2 with a powder form highlighter. For this step, you will need the e.l.f. Illuminating Palette and the e.l.f. Blush Brush. I used the darker gold color on the bottom-right corner. You are going to apply the powder right on top of all the areas where you previously highlighted with the liquid or stick highlighter. This is going to set it all in place and intensify that glow.
Don’t forget that your blush and other face powders should be matte in order for the highlight to stand out and to avoid looking greasy. I hope you guys enjoyed this quick and easy pictorial.
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