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Strobing: One more new makeup technique to confuse you

Taylor Swift in all her dewey glory.


Taylor Swift in all her dewey glory.



Just as we finally begin to understand what contouring is and how to do it without looking like a strange creature from a Guillermo del Toro movie, there's something else to learn.


My first thought when I saw this word was that it had something to do with a club I went to in 2001, and some bad platform shoes, and I don't want to talk about it. But further investigation reveals it's basically the kid sister of contouring (using the shadows of your face to create definition and structure). Strobing involves using highlighter to make yourself look all round and dewy. A natural glow, if you will.

Strobing is easier than contouring, which can take hours off your life, because it's basically contouring without the long and scary shading steps. And it's a nice answer to the flat, pressed powder look of the past. Beyonce rocks the highlighter, as well as those omnipresent Kardashians. Taylor Swift, whose every move we've been tracking over at SoundCheck for 10 Days of Taylor leading up to her Tampa concert on Halloween, is a fan of the fresh, dewy glow thing (of course she is!). You'll notice in almost every picture, her nose is always just a little bit shiny. My theory is it triggers some  dopamine reaction in the brain to see someone looking like they have a gentle lamp shone on their face at all times, and I suspect there are secret diagrams about this on the back of the Declaration of Independence.

Self Magazine has three things to know about strobing if you'd like to take a gander. But they left out the most important one. None of these makeup trends are easy to master the first time. How do I fix it when I inevitably end up looking like:

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 4:14pm]


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