Strobing: 5 steps to a radiant new you

Move aside, contouring. Strobing is a more natural highlighting technique to give your face that dewy, youthful glow.

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In a world where clown contouring tutorials are going viral and celebrity lip kits are flying off the shelves, it can be hard to keep up with what’s worth an extra couple of minutes in your beauty routine. When our editors first heard of strobing—a highlighting technique with a heavier emphasis on creating a dewy glow—it seemed like a trend best left on the red carpet, but celebrity makeup artist Lavonne Anthony (whose clients include Betsey Johnson and Kerry Washington) was quick to point out the ease and advantages of strobing’s radiant, youthful result. Before getting started, though, it’s essential to find the right highlighter for your skin tone. So take a look at Lavonne’s favorite strobing powder recommendations in various shades. Once you have a great product in hand, give her simple step-by-step tutorial a try.

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Lavonne’s simple strobing tutorial

1. Begin by moisturizing your face with a mattifying lotion to reduce shine. Lavonne recommends Dr. Brandt Pores No More Anti-Aging Mattifying Lotion ($61, Sephora).

2. Once the moisturizer is set, take note of the areas of your face where light would naturally hit, including the tops of your cheeks, the bridge of your nose, the inner corners of your eyes, and the cupid’s bow of your top lip. This is where you’ll apply your strobing product.

3. If applying a liquid strobe product, use a damp blending sponge such as the beautyblender ($20 and up) to apply the product to the areas mentioned after your foundation. For extra intensity, Lavonne recommends blending a layer on before and after your foundation.

4. If using a powder strobe, use a fan brush to dust the product on the tops of your cheekbones and a fluffed blending brush to apply to the smaller areas. Lavonne recommends a light application for spring days when you’re surrounded by more natural light, and an extra layer of product for a polished nighttime look.

5. Use matte formulas for the rest of your routine (including any powders, blush, and bronzers you may usually apply) to ensure you’re not directing too much light to your face.

For fair skin: RMS Living Luminizer ($38, [link=][/link])
For light to medium skin: Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop ($38, [link=]Sephora[/link])
For medium to tan skin: Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base ($50, [link=]Macys[/link])
For olive skin: Makeup For Ever Pro Sculpting Duo in Golden ($39, [link=]Makeup For Ever[/link])
For tan to warm skin: Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer in Gold ($62, [link=,default,pd.html]Giorgio Armani Beauty[/link])
For warm to dark skin: Black Opal Mosaic Bronzer ($10.50, [link=]Black Opal Beauty[/link])
For dark to blue black: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Gold Deposit ($32, [link=]MAC Cosmetics[/link])

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