Strobing is akin to highlighting. It is like overdoing highlighting to make face look younger, dewy and illuminant.

Strobing involves highlighting intensely and severely that would highlight and accentuate your facial features leading to a chiseled look. This technique does not involve the use of contour or bronzer to define facial features, but relies solely on highlighters.

Just like highlighting, the whole idea behind strobing is to intensify highlight on the highest points of your face. The highest points are those areas where light would naturally hit.

Difference Between Strobing And Contouring

Strobing is a good option for people who would want to have a chiseled face with minimal products and would want to skip contouring which is rather heavy on the skin.

For contouring, multiple products are needed. Contouring requires use of darker and lighter shades to define facial features. As for strobing, it requires only highlighters. Additionally, moisturizers, primers and foundations might be needed before highlighting as well.

Strobing leads to a shiny and illuminant look, whereas contouring gives a rather matte effect.

Steps Involved In Strobing

Step 1. Moisturizing

Select an efficient and hydrating moisturizer that suits your skin type. People with oily skin should let go of oily moisturizers and should opt for an oil free moisturizer. The idea is to make your skin look fresh, radiant, hydrated and not oily. This can be achieved only with proper moisturizing.

Moisturing will also pave the way for smoother application of primer and foundation, which form the next steps of strobing.

 Step 2. Priming

Priming is important to ensure make-up stays longer and does not melt away or get absorbed into the skin.

For strobing, choose an illuminating or luminous primer. This will give that desired dewy look that strobing is about. This will make the skin look shiny even before application of highlighter.

Step 3. Foundation

After priming your face, apply a foundation. Since the idea is to create a dewy look, don’t choose an overtly matte foundation. Choose a foundation that is lightweight and illuminating. However, people with oily skin should opt for slightly matte foundations owing to their skin type.

Make sure you select a foundation as per your coverage requirements. You don’t want to have uneven complexion or pigmentation as it goes against the idea of a flawless and youthful skin that strobing aims for.

Step 4. Highlighting

The above three steps were the routine steps involved in make-up regimens. The final and the actual step is where you highlight.

How to apply highlighter?

Select a cream based highlighter. Apply it on the high points of your face. Follow this up with a soft highlighting powder that would set the cream highlighter and prevent it from smudging. Then, choose an extremely shiny and illuminant highlighter and apply it in the centre of each highlighted portion to make the highlight stand out and look intense.

Highlighters are to be applied and blended with make-up brushes (fan brush to be specific) or blending sponges. You may use your fingers in case you don’t have either of the products.

Blending the highlighter into the skin is really important so as to avoid abrupt lines. So make sure not to skip blending.

Where to highlight?

Highlighters are to be applied on the high points of face, where light would hit naturally. These areas include, cheekbones, inner corners of the eyes, above Cupid’s bow, on the forehead, chin, below brow bone, tip of bridge of the nose and on the temples.

Do not apply or blend the highlighter all over your face as that will make your face look oily or greasy and would steal away that natural glowing look that we’re intending to create.

How to choose a highlighter depending on complexion?

Make sure you select a highlighter that compliments your skin tone.

People with fair to medium skin tone should opt for light colors like pink or silver and should avoid dark colors that are used in contouring as that would give a contoured look.

People, who’re on the darker sides, should choose bronze or gold highlighters. They should skip light pinks and silvers as that will make them look like a disco ball.

How to choose highlighter depending on skin type – oily / dry skin?

People with oily skin should avoid highlighting areas that sweat like the forehead, T-zone, etc. Highlighting such areas will lead to a greasy effect.

Oily skinned people should use an oil free moisturizer and primer, and should opt for a matte foundation instead of oil based foundations. The highlighters also should be matte and not very creamy or glittery.

People with dry skin, however, should just ensure that they invest in a very good, hydrating moisturizer. They can go for slightly oily foundations.

Also, do not highlight areas where you have pimples, scars, blemishes, etc or the highlight would put them in the spotlight.

On and all, if you’re aiming for a younger, dewy, illuminating, radiant and youthful looking skin with chiseled features, and you do not want to go for heavy duty contouring either, then strobing is the technique for you!

Happy strobing!