You may have seen the word “strobing” trending all over social media, but we wouldn’t blame you for not knowing what this hot ticket in the beauty world is and how it will change your world. Here’s the lowdown on this makeup trick, including how you can achieve the look yourself and whether it really is worth the hype.
So, what exactly is strobing?
Like the name suggests, strobing uses light to accentuate your facial features. Whereas contouring is all about adding shadows and definition to your face by using a bronzer that’s a shade or two darker than your natural skin tone, strobing focuses on creating a fresh, dewy glow.
Why is it so great?
By emphasising certain facial features you’ll be able to achieve healthy, youthful looking skin. This trick is especially great for those days when you’re feeling drab, because this style of makeup will make your skin look more radiant. And who doesn’t want more of that?
How to master strobing
It may sound complicated, but it’s actually quite simple. A “strobed” face is achieved by using a lightweight foundation or tinted moisturiser to create an even complexion. Then start applying highlighter where the sun would naturally hit your face, including the bridge of the nose, tip of the chin, inner corners of your eyes, center of the forehead, cupid’s bow, brow bones and cheekbones.
Liquid and cream highlighters are the most popular formulas for strobing since they create a more natural effect, however, powders work just as well, especially for those who have oil skin. For a dramatic effect, layer multiple products. Just remember, you want your skin to glisten, not sparkle.
Shop our favourite strobing products:
Shop → Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight $42.00
Master strobing with this easy-to-use cream highlight stick, which comes in two shades tones to suit different skin tones. Pop it in your handbag for on the go touch-ups.
Shop → Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed $48.00
Ultra-fine luminescent pearls give this pressed powder unparalleled shine making it a perfect product for strobing.
Shop → TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer $29.95
This honey-hued illuminator diffuses light so your skin looks softer and younger whilst still adding a subtle glow.
Tip: Be sure to keep your skin tone in mind when choosing a strobing shade. For fair skin, we recommend using a highlighter with light champagne undertones. For medium to deep/olive skin, gold-based products are the way to go.