Strike a Strobe

Make-up trends cyclical, and the looks which are in vogue now will no doubt appear ridiculous in years to come. Kim Kardashian inspired contouring is often copied but seldom mastered. I’ve have had a go at using pale, matt bronzer to add definition to my bone structure, with mixed success. I’ve just about got the hang of it now, but there are some images on my blog that make me cringe. The tell-tale streaks running under my cheek bones and around my temples look grubby, when I was aiming for sculpted. I’ve never attempted the full-on Kardashian, primarily because I don’t like to go that heavy with my base and I think it’s very tricky to get right. To do it properly, you need cream products that are two shades darker than your natural skin tone, and two shades lighter. I’ve seen a make-up artist do this with Nars Radaient Creamy Concealer, to miraculous effect. But it not only requires expert, patient blending, but the dark and light shades have to be a precise match for the skin. However, if done well it can look great, especially on camera. But in the everyday lives of most women, it’s way too much.

Perhaps as a rebellion against contouring, the new buzz word in the beauty industry is ‘Strobing’, which is a fancy term for highlighting. This is where the high-points of the face are lightly dusted or daubed with a light reflective product that adds pretty radiance to the skin. This is much easier to pull off and is more flattering and wearable. I’m a big fan of highlighter and don’t consider any look complete until I’ve added a little glow to my cheek and brow bones, the bridge of my nose and cupids bow. There are lots of great products available ranging from cheap and cheerful to super-luxe. I really like the Topshop cream highlighter, but then I’m also a fan of the ranges from Hourglass, Becca and Charlotte Tilbury.

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Clockwise from top left: Charlotte Tilbury Dreamy Glow Highlighter, Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powder, theBalm Mary Lou Manizer Luminizer, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter, Nars The Multiple, Topshop Glow Highlighter, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette, Burberry Fresh Glow Stick.


I’ve used a mix of Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter with the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette.