WTF Is Glitter Strobing & How Do You Do It?

First, back in the heydays of our youth and thanks to Paris Hilton’s poor judgement, there was body glitter. Then, in 2016, for some fucking reason, glitter was resurrected. People were putting glitter in their roots. Runway shows were painting glitter on their models’ ears, lips, and nipples (?). People went crazy for glitter. Now, there’s a glitter trend that’s actually not totally atrocious, if you do it the right way and/or wear it for the right event: glitter strobing.

By now you’ve probably heard of the strobing trend, but you’re also probably like NO. Strobing is more subtle than highlighting because highlighting is usually paired with a contour, and strobing is not. Glitter strobing follows this same premise, but it’s not subtle. Because it’s fucking glitter.

What It Is

Like highlighting, strobing involves accentuating all the highest points of your face. Thinkthe places where light actually catches. So, cheekbones, right above your brow, the bridge of your nose, your cupid’s bow, and chin. For glitter strobing you only choose one or two of these spots (usually the cheekbones) and go apeshit on just that area. See:

How You Do It

Here’s how it works: Put on a regular strobing cream or powder. Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizeror Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop are some cult favorites.

Then you need adhesion. Makeup artists swear by MAC Mixing Medium Eyeliner. Weirdly, it’s not an eyeliner. It’s a gel-based makeup glue. It works. Put it over top the strobe.

Then, put on some glitter (not the kind from the craft store, ACTUAL makeup glitter) with a brush. When it comes to said actual makeup glitter, MAC’s Glitter is what’s up. It’s $22, comes in every shade imaginable, and has been a go-to makeup artist staple for like, ever. If you’re looking to spend less money though, NYX has a glitter line as well. (Alternatively, you can mix the glitter and adhesion together to form a kind of glitter paste, and then put that on with a large eyeshadow brush.)

Lastly, set it all with a setting spray like Urban Decay’s All Nighter Spray.

If you’re lucky, you’ll look lit as fuck. Kind of like this (but maybe clothed) (homoeroticism optional):

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