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One of the most common complaint we’ve heard from you is about how challenging contouring and highlighting is. These two techniques are important to creating definition and even altering the appearance and shape of your features using makeup.

Now, probably a piece of good news to those of us who struggle with contouring, the latest beauty trend that is all the rage is “strobing”. You probably know what a “strobe” is (a device that produces regular flashes of light and is often used as a photography equipment). The strobing technique is inspired by the radiance on your skin when a photography strobe shines on it, which gives you that model-esque edge.

In case you haven’t heard of strobing, you really need to get yourself up to speed. Here are some guides:

Close up from today’s photo shoot: fresh “strobing” glowing look ?? Products used: Face: @lauramercier “radiance” primer, @maccosmetics “strobe” cream, @nyxcosmetics “green” HD concealer, @sephora spray foundation and concealer “Meringue”, @anastasiabeverlyhills cream contour kit, @makeupforeverofficial HD powder for “baking” and setting, @thebalm_cosmetics “Mary Lou Manizer”, @maccosmetics Fix plus for extra glow Eyes: @ardell_lashes pro brow powder kit, @makeupgeekcosmetics “Frappe”, “Creme Brûlée”, @maccosmetics “Nylon”, @dior white glitter on a lid, @benefitcosmetics “Roller lash” mascara, @thebalm_cosmetics eye pencil Lips: @bitebeauty lip gloss #mua #photoshoot #model #brows #browsonfleek #highlighter #baking #eyes #glow #strobing #wet #макияж #визажист #модель #newyork #brooklyn

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The difference between regular contouring and strobing is that strobing focuses very much on applying highlighter on the right areas: typically, on the highest points of the cheeks, along the nose bridge, across the forehead and chin, and a dab at the cupid’s bow. These are the areas that light will hit and be reflected from your face. If you find even this too complex, you can simply apply highlighter onto the highest points of your cheeks, and you’ll immediately gain a glamorous glow that’s also super on-trend.

If you’re ready to embrace strobing, read on and check out some of our favourite products that will make strobing a total breeze.

1. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Rose Gold

In Rose Gold

This sheer, luminous highlighting powder from Becca gives a pearlised, velvet finish that offers high shine. Free of parabens, the skin-loving powder is available in four beautiful shades, but our favourite has to be Rose Gold, because of how it brings out a pinkish glow that makes our complexion look healthier. The Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed retails at SGD58 at Sephora.

2. YSL Touche Eclat Slogan

ysl touche eclat slogan

Think YSL and you’ll definitely think of its iconic Touche Eclat, a concealer-highlighter pen that many makeup artists and celebrities swear by. Now, this brightening pen is relaunched with a new formula and packaging – both of which we love. How can anyone not find the name of the shades (or slogans, if you will) on the packaging cute!

ysl touche eclat i am not a morning person

Containing pigments that offer soft focus by dispersing light, this gives you an air-brushed look. We also love that its soft brush gives you precision, and is especially useful if you want to highlight your cupid’s bow. This will retail at SGD59 from April.

3. Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder

In Brilliant Strobe Light

In Brilliant Strobe Light

Hourglass is already famous for its Ambient Lighting range of products, but the latest to join the family, the Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder, is created specifically for the “strobed” look. Compared to the usual Ambient Lighting Powders, this has a sheerer base and twice the amount of micro pearl particles. Because the pearl particles are of different sizes and refraction levels, it also means that it is able to give a very multi-dimensional glow, instead of just straight-on glittery, which look less sophisticated. If you like an intense highlight, use this with a damp brush or sponge. It is available in four shades, and our favourite is the Brilliant Strobe Light, a gold shimmering shade that looks very glamorous. This retails at SGD59 and is available at Sephora.

4. Etude House Play 101 Stick Multi Color

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In #10

The latest Play 101 Sticks by Etude House are super fun for any makeup enthusiast. These sticks come in six different shades that you can use as eyeshadows, blushers, and even lipsticks. We are recommending #10 as a highlighting shade. These sticks have creamy texture that you can blend out easily. It retails at SGD24 and is available at all Etude House boutiques.

5. Benefit Cosmetics High Beam

benefit high beam

Unlike the other products we’ve recommended, this isn’t new. It’s definitely old, but infinitely gold. The Benefit Cosmetics High Beam has been touted “supermodel in a bottle” because of the natural runway-worthy glow it offers. With an applicator that reminds us of a nail polish brush, this liquid highlighter delivers a subtle satin finish that you can easily blend out to achieve the intensity that you desire. High Beam retails at SGD46 and is available at all Benefit counters and the its boutique at Westgate.

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