What is strobing?

From contouring to bronzing, there are a host of techniques aimed at achieving a beautiful, perfected base. This season’s new make-up technique, strobing, will subtly define the face, similar to contouring, but with a dewy, radiant glow that is great for summer. Find out more about the popular strobing trend below and discover a range of products that will help you create this look for your client.

Preparing the skin for strobing

An illuminating highlighter is the star of the show when it comes to strobing however, to make this technique work, a flawless base is essential. Before attempting the strobing technique on your client, ensure that their skin is fully prepped. Ideally, they should be practicing a thorough skincare regime to ensure you can provide the best finish possible. This should include cleansing, toning and of course moisturising. You could also recommend a facial prior to their make-up appointment to ensure their skin is in the best condition possible. We love Kaeso’s hydrating range, a collection that includes hydrating cotton and natural antioxidant balm mint. This range is sure to nourish and moisturise the skin and create a beautiful base for strobing.

Clients can also maintain their hydrated complexion with a face mask. BeautyPro’s brightening collagen sheet mask will help boost and clarify your client’s complexion and, with vitamin C and anti-ageing properties, this mask works to keep skin fresh and youthful. The brand’s nourishing collagen sheet mask is also a great choice and a must for thirsty, dehydrated skin. Alongside diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, this mask will help to add essential moisture into the skin. Retail a selection of face masks within your salon to ensure clients can achieve a perfected base with ease.

The perfect base product

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It is essential that you choose a light, natural base product to enable the strobing technique to be the main factor of your client’s look. Sleek MakeUP’s CC cream is a great choice. With a lightweight consistency, the moisturising formula corrects and conceals imperfections whilst also nourishing the skin, ensuring a natural, even skin finish. For clients who shudder at the thought of a light coverage foundation, this CC cream is buildable, meaning it can be catered to every client’s needs. However, we recommend as light a coverage as possible to allow this natural, laidback make-up look to work.

Good to glow

Once you’ve nailed your client’s base look, you can start strobing. To ensure you achieve sophisticated radiance rather than a glow that resembles a disco ball, focus on the areas of the face that naturally catch the light, such as the cheekbones, the bridge of the nose and the temples. Start by lighting sweeping product over these areas. It’s vital that you’re not too heavy handed as, unlike contouring, strobing should be delicate rather than strongly defined.

Sleek MakeUP offer a variety of illuminating products, from their barekissed illuminators, a lightweight liquid formula that blends seamlessly into the skin, to their selection of highlighting palettes. The solstice palette is a great choice due to its varied selection of shades.

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