Gone are the days of looking anything but ‘on fleek’. With the host of beauty products out there, it’s hard to decide which ones to try – and stick to. Case in point, strobing VS contouring. The truth is, most of us definitely don’t ‘wake up like this’; we spend hours watching YouTube tutorials in a bid to perfect MUA (make-up artists, according to the internet) techniques and experiment with an array of products to look perfectly primped – and sometimes even iridescent.
While Kim K definitely paved the way for contouring and had us trying to contour our face into oblivion, the not-so-new to Celebville trend to try is strobing. It seems it’s out with the old and in with the effortless glow.
So what’s the difference between the two?
Contouring is defined as the art of skillfully sculpting bone structure and creating a more refined, defined look – A.K.A drawing an entirely new face – using make-up a shade closer to your skin colour, and contrasting with a shade darker.
Strobing involves a more effortless approach to highlighting our features and will save you at least 20 minutes. Score? This technique emphasises the high points on your face that light catches, and aims to give you a more dewy, radiant look.
Both approaches certainly have their place, but strobing seems lighter on the skin and gives that youthful glow we all search for.
So do we finally toss that trusted bronzer and contouring kit? We say, let’s be strong and give it a go. Judging by the runway at Fashion Week, there’s a marked trend of a more relaxed approach to beauty and make-up, and it’s quite refreshing that minimalism is the way forward (apart from the contrasting 90’s-inspired blue eye shadow and glitter lips, that is).
While the name is inspired by strobe lights, it’s important not to get too carried away. We’re all about the lazy girl’s guide to beauty- because who really has time to construct a new face every morning? So here goes. Simply moisturise and prime your skin, apply your foundation and then get strobing! Apply your strobing powder or highlighter to the middle of your forehead, cheekbones and brow bone, as well as the tip of the nose, the Cupid’s bow and the centre of your chin.
For an awesome cheat, mix your strobe highlighter with your moisturiser for an even easier way to get glowing, and get going on your way.
We tried it and absolutely love it! Strobing effortlessly highlights dimensions, sculpts the nose and enhances your pout. We love how easy it is to create the look with a few dabs of powder and a quick blend.
Product to try: L.A Girl STROBELite Strobing Powder. Available in 12 shades, the new L.A Girl STROBELite Strobing Powder is priced at R149, exclusive to Dis-Chem Pharmacies.
Check out the fun new shades and a quick tutorial to help you achieve the look: