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You finally mastered the art of contouring for chiseled-looking cheekbones, only to have a new trend called strobing come along. What is strobing, you ask? Much like contouring, it’s a technique used to help give shape to your face—only for this method, you can set aside your bronzer and rely solely on highlighter. Named after strobe lights, strobing is all about creating the illusion of a camera flash going off in your face to highlight all your high points and bring focus to your best features. When it comes to what highlighter to use, let your skin tone be your guide. Here, we show you how to strobe based on your skin tone, as well as tips for getting the look.
Look for highlighters with pearl and champagne tones. The pale gold, rose gold, and light pink tones will complement your skin tones beautifully for a natural look. Another tip: Look for a semi-matte highlighter, as too much shimmer can make you look a bit like an ice princess. But hey, if you’re into that, go all out with a pearlescent sheen!
Beige and peach highlighters will be your best friends! The trick is to steer clear from too many pink undertones because they can look a bit unnatural with your skin tone.
Get comfy with coral! This pinkish-orange hue will flatter the yellow undertones in your skin for a charming finish to your look.
Go for gold! The shimmering precious metal-inspired color will enhance your dark complexion for an otherworldly appeal that will turn heads left and right.
Now that you know the color highlighter that will flatter your skin tone the most, it’s time to bring this look to life. Follow along!
Step 1: Moisturize. Before diving into your soon-to-be favorite makeup trend, go through your skin care routine, finishing up with a water-based moisturizer, like the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin, L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin, or L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin.
Step 2: Prime. Create a smooth base for makeup application by applying a primer, like the L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets™ Professional Magic Perfecting Base all over your face or to targeted areas like under your eyes, your nose and cheeks, and your T-zone.
Step 3: Color correct. Dealing with redness or dark circles? Use one of the pastel color correcting concealers from the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Color Correcting Kit. Green can help neutralize redness, while peach can help disguise dark circles.
Step 4: Apply foundation. Since you’ll be layering on quite a bit of highlighter, use a buildable foundation, like the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Cushion Foundation.
Step 5: Conceal any imperfections. Since strobing will bring a lot of attention to your complexion, you want to make sure that any imperfections are expertly covered. Use a skin-matching concealer, like the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Concealer, which is available in nine shades.
Step 6: Strobe! Now that you’re creating your base, it’s time to define your features. Remember to pick a highlighter that is complementary to your skin tone. The L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator comes in three shades: gold to enhance peach and yellow tones in warm skin tones; rose to enhance yellow, peachy, pink, or blue tones in neutral skin tones; and ice to enhance pink or blue tones in cool skin tones. Apply your highlight of choice to your cheekbones, brow bone, the inner corners of your eyes, the tip of your nose, your cupid’s bow, and a dot in the center of your chin. Blend it all in and voila!
And just like that, you’ll be in the spotlight all day long!