That Time I Found Out I Was Strobing + What I Used

Another day, another new term is born into the beauty world. Ah, the joys of learning that something you’ve been doing since forever is now a “thing”.

Strobing, which in real life means highlighting, is the new go-to makeup trend buzzing around the beauty world. For many women, the biggest trend of chiseling and structuring their face has been contouring. Some chose more invasive procedures such as dermal filler to achieve more long lasting results. From the massive amounts of contouring kits to the endless tutorials on how to accomplish the makeup trick at home, the amount of information was endless.

You can thank the smart beauty brand powerhouses for introducing professional makeup artist tricks and tips via consolidated packaging that allowed us “normal” gals a peek into the beauty secrets of the industry.

While the buzz is still growing, strobing is not taking the forefront as an easier way to sculpt and shape your face the way you want to.

But, what exactly is strobing?

The shorter version: strobing is a semi- lazy way to contour your face in the easiest way possible. Seriously. It’s taking a highlighter of a shimmery pink, silver, gold or bronze hue and applying dabs of it above the cheekbones, forehead, temples nose and chin. Round up all of your illiminous products, and get to work, ladies!

What strobing really does is add a highlighted effect to your face, giving you a luxurious glow in a matter of minutes.

Well, is it better than contouring?

Not necessarily, they’re pretty different. Contouring is the technique of taking makeup (usually concealer and foundation) that is two shades darker and lighter than your skin tone, and sculpting your face to perfection. Highlighting, in my opinion is a bit more “natural”. I mean that to say, while you may look “sculpted”, you also may not need to use as much makeup as you would for contouring.

Well, how do I know what shade of a highlighter I should use?

The first step is to understand your undertone.

If you have a medium to dark, warm, yellow or golden undertone, you want to use a highlighter that has a peachy, bronze or even golden tone to it. In the image, I used the NARS Illuminator in Adelaide (which was a limited edition color). But, I must let you know that most women with dark, warm undertones don’t always look good with pink highlighters. Some of this is trial and error. But, I can also vouch for the NARS Illuminator in Laguna or even the MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter in Peach Lustre for women with darker complexions with warm undertones. Pale gold highlighters also have a good effect on dark, deep complexions.


If you have a cooler undertone, you can probably pull off silver highlighters, too.

How do I apply the highlight, again?

The easiest way is to use your fingertips and apply the highlighter after you’ve applied your makeup. I particularly did so after I finished my entire makeup routine. But, if anyone has a different suggestion, feel free to leave a comment!

I used my middle finger to gently dab the highlighter on my forehead, above my cheekbones, on the bridge and tip of my nose, and on my chin. The lighting in the hotel bathroom I was in gives an intense lighting effect, but you can see exactly where I applied on my forehead (in the middle), my cheekbones (directly under my eyes) and on my chin.

Alright, that’s all I have for now. Happy strobing BB Gals. I’ll follow up with any new details I can soon.