What is Strobing?


If you follow beauty trends on social media, you’d know that “strobing” is the buzzword these days. Strobing is pretty simple – just another fancy term for highlighting. It simply means focussing the light on the high points of the face i.e the cheekbones, the brow bone, the cupid’s bow and down the bridge of the nose. To achieve this, a light reflective product is used which could be in the form of a liquid, cream or powder and is applied along the aforementioned areas of the face. To create a healthy, dewy glow with an intense highlight, the products are built up in layers and blended well to achieve the desired look.


Strobing Tips, Techniques
Strobing Tips, Techniques


Here are 2 ways you can achieve this –


Tip #1 – Liquid + Powder Technique

Use a liquid highlighter like the Chambor Light and Sheer Highlighter, MAC Strobe Cream or Revlon Photoready Skinlights for the first step. Using your fingers, blend the product along the high points of the face. Make sure the product is well blended on the skin. Next, use a powder highlighter and gently sweep it with a fan brush along your cheekbones. Depending on your skin tone, you can use a champagne, pale gold or soft bronze highlighter. I quite like the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks and the Revlon Colorstay Highlighting Palette. This method works best for people with normal to dry skin.


Tip #2 – Powder + Damp Sponge Technique

Use a damp sponge or Beauty Blender and use that to stipple a powder highlighter along the high points of the face. The damp sponge ensures that the product is evenly blended and you can do 2 layers to build up the intensity to get a strong highlight. This is the method I used in the image above and I used theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer to get this look! Since I have oily skin, I prefer powder highlighters to liquids and creams especially in the warmer seasons.


theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter Review
theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter


 What are your thoughts on this latest trend? Share your comments below!



  1. Nice post as always!! I wrote a post on Strobing a few weeks ago my blog too cause I love highlighting so much!!! Aaah! nothing replaces a good highlighter!!

  2. that's a very helpful post.so many new words come on social media its very interesting to learn abt them.even ur neck piece looms Strobing…..

  3. I love strobing and it’s much easier than contouring (which is so last year anyway) My favorite product for this is the MAC strobing cream

  4. out of all ur highlighting products i like Chambor light & sheer highlighter , The Balm Mary luo Manizer… can u recommend a dupe of The Balm maryluo manizer

  5. Read about this few days back…i think this is much better than entire contouring process which is very time consuming require lot of finesse.

  6. Good compilation. Was looking for some tips on strobing.. I've been loving the Colorbar Spotlight Illuminating Lotion for the subtle sheen it gives.

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