The New Strobing Trend - What It Is And How To Achieve It

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A new trend has been travelling throughout the beauty community recently, known as strobing. Although it sounds complex and advanced, all it really means is using a larger amount of highlighter on the high points of your face, without using any bronzer or contour. This new technique, used by celebrities such as Beyonce and the Kardashians, is easy to do, saves you time in your makeup routine and looks gorgeous, so I thought I'd talk some more about it.

I suspect that you've heard of contouring, since it was a huge trend last year and many people used it to achieve a more chiseled and defined look. If you don't know what it is, it is using a product a few shades darker than your skin colour in the low points of your face, such as the hollows of your cheeks and your jawline, and applying a lighter product to the high points of your face. Strobing is really similar to this, except it only requires the highlighting part of this makeup duo.

Strobing focuses on highlighter being applied to the places where the light would naturally hit your face, being your cheekbones, brow bones, forehead, down your nose, cupids bow and chin. By applying soft, shimmery shades in these areas, you can easily create a gorgeous, glowing look that many people are opting for lately. You're probably confused, as you've might never have heard of strobing before but have used this technique in the past. Well that is exactly the case, as it's simply an old idea with a new name for it.

Although this new makeup technique sounds easy, it can definitely be taken to an extreme and requires a lot more attention and time to create a really bold look. As strobing requires a healthy looking base, many people have been opting for a disciplined skincare routine that features a heavier moisturiser, an antioxidant-rich diet and drinking a lot more water. These can all help to maximise the look, but aren't required to create a gorgeous, glowing face.

This technique works best when you have the rest of your makeup subtle, as you want these shimmering parts of your face to be the focal point. I'd recommend sticking to quite a natural makeup look with everything matte, or at least keeping the base free from shimmer so that your strobing can really be impactful and stand out.

To start with, I'd suggest going in with your highlighting products lightly, building them up as you want a more intense look. Dabbing on these shimmery shades can easily make your face look more radiant and fresh, but going overboard can be disastrous. For this reason, I'd also suggest using highlighters that have a fine amount of shimmer, rather than a thick layer of metallic glitter. If you suffer from quite bad blemishes, I wouldn't recommend applying highlighter to these areas, as it can draw attention to them and sometimes make it look worse.

Strobing is great for those minimalists amongst us, as you don't need as much experience or precision as you do with contouring, yet you are left with an equally lovely look. It's also easy to erase any mistakes, as you can blend it into the skin if you feel like you've gone a bit overboard. Your skin won't feel suffocated by heavy amounts of makeup, as you're only using one extra product, and it creates a much lighter, fresher effect.

I hope you liked this post and hopefully I informed you on what this new beauty technique is. Thanks for reading and I'll see you soon with my next post. Until then, I hope you have a nice day.

Love from Daisy x


  1. I really like the sound and look of strobing - it's so fresh and great for summer - I just think I'd end up looking like a glitterball haha. Great post lovely :)

    Beth | Bethany Georgina x

    1. I agree, it's a great concept and perfect for this season, but you definitely have to be careful not to overdo it! And thank you very much! x