What’s the Deal with Strobing?

“Strobing” seems to be a buzzword these days in the makeup world, with many beauty sites proclaiming that it’s the “new contouring.”


Contouring, a makeup technique previously only used by runway models and for photo shoots, became a popular makeup regimen thanks in part to beauty bloggers who have shared their expert makeup tutorials online. Contouring involves a lot of shading and highlighting to subtly enhance facial structures through makeup. However, it involves a lot of work and you end up with layers of makeup on your face.

Strobing is a makeup technique that uses shimmery creams on a moisturized face to achieve a healthy glow. It’s basically highlighting to achieve a more luminous look, making it a great option for girls who don’t have a lot of time to apply makeup. Here are some strobing basics if you want to try it out for yourself.

Keep your skin moisturized

While strobing sounds a lot less high-maintenance than contouring, it requires that you have healthy, naturally-glowing skin as a base. This means having a more disciplined skincare regimen, which you can achieve by cleansing and moisturizing your face daily as well as an antioxidant-rich diet.

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Focus on key areas of the face

Strobing focuses exclusively on highlighter, so you need to add shine to the areas of your face that catch light naturally. Focus illuminating makeup products on your cheekbones, brow bones, the center of your forehead, down your nose, and on your chin. Applying soft, shimmery shades will make your complexion look radiant, fresh, and healthy while giving you an luminous glow.

Choose cream or gel-based makeup

To keep your skin looking natural and radiantly glowing, opt for subtler, creamy or gel formulas rather than high-beam metallic highlighters. Avoid anything too sparkly or glaring and instead go for those that glisten lightly. Fuse your skincare and makeup together to achieve a dewy, wet-shine finish. For example, if you’re going to use concealer, add moisturizer to it. Shop around and choose from the best illuminators in the market.