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What is ‘strobing’, and why should you care?

Think of it as contouring’s au natural ‘French cousin’. It’s the look that chic French girls rock come summertime, when minimal makeup is a must. Sure, our Northern Hemisphere counterparts might still be sipping sangria in the sunshine, while we’re ensconced in onesies, but Spring is coming - and soon we’ll be swapping Winter’s bronzers for glowing, dewy highlighters and shimmering powders.

How to get the French-girl glow?


After cleansing, moisturise with an illuminating day cream. We love MAC Strobe Cream (R410, MAC counters) for its iridescent glow, but if you’re on a budget try L’Orèal Magic Lumi Light Illuminating Primer (R170, Dis-Chem).

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Because strobing is all about defining your features using light - and light alone - you steer clear of masking the natural contours of your face with a heavy foundation. Rather opt for subtle coverage; your favourite radiance-boosting BB cream should do the trick. We recommend budget-friendly Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream (R90, Dis-Chem), or Stila 10-in-1 HD Illuminating Beauty Balm SPF30 (R380, Woolworths).

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Add shimmer to the high points of your face (cheekbones, bridge of the nose, cupid’s bow, brow bone and chin) using a liquid or powder shimmer, by gradually building up layers of product. For a dewy finish, try Benefit Sun Beam (R325, Edgars and Red Square) or NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator (R000, Clicks). Intensify your liquid glow with a shimmery powder. Try The Balm’s Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter, Shadow & Shimmer (R399, Retail Box online), or Revlon’s Highlighting Palette (R185 Clicks and Dis-Chem).

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BB’s, will you be strobing come springtime? Let us know below…

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