What is Strobing? Strobing is the opposite of contouring – this hot technique lets you have fun highlighting parts of your face with shimmery glam! Think sheer illumination, not chunky glitter.

When strobing, you apply your favorite highlighting product where light would naturally hit your face such as your cheekbones, brow bones, the center of your forehead, down the center of your nose, and on your chin. Each face is different, and after some practice you’ll know what suits you best. Key thing to remember during application is have a gently and light hand, slightly sweeping the product versus rubbing it in vigorously. This makeup trend is about healthy-looking skin so a  sweep of a complimentary highlighting shade should still allow your natural skin to remain visible. I also love this trend especially for the hot summer months because it allows you to wear less makeup. When you highlight your face first, the natural contours  automatically come forward. This means that you can forgo heavy contouring and pseudo chiseling and bring on the angelic glows.

Celebrity Strobing At It’s Best: Notice that in all celebrity examples below, strobing is done subtly and perfectly – no one looks like a disco ball!

celebrity strobing

Jenna Dewan Strobing










It is imperative to find and use the strobing shade based on your complexion that best complements your skin tone. According to Lijha Stewart who is the director of artistry and education for Makeup Forever, selecting the right shade “will ensure the skin looks bright and radiant, rather than too harsh or ashy and dull”. She suggests that individuals with fair skin tones should focus on white to pinky-beige highlights. Those with medium skin tones look best in bronzed beige to gold hues. Lastly, golds to peachy and orange shimmers stand out on dark skin tones.

How To: When strobing, per the experts at Cosmopolitan, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure you end up with a soft dewy finish versus an oily and shiny disco ball!

1. Prep your skin with a hydrating moisturizer. Here is my favorite one! 

2. Use a highlighter shade that best matches your skin tone.

3. Only use the highlighter in spots that catch light.

4. After you’ve applied the highlighter, blend it out with your finger tips, a brush, or a makeup sponge.

5. If you have oily skin, opt for matte bronzer, blush, or other facial products, and only use a shimmery highlighter.

Now that we know how to “strobe”, I wanted to share a few of my favorite highlighters!

Best Highlighters

1. Mary-Lou Manizer – This luminizer by The Balm is a honey-hued luminizer that catches everybody’s eye. This product can be used as a highlighter, shadow and shimmer. It diffuses light so your skin looks softer and younger while adding a subtle glow – put a little or a lot, whatever you’re comfortable with!

2. Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector® Pressed – CHAMPAGNE POP– This highlighter was a popular collaboration between Becca cosmetics and beauty blogger Jaclynn Hill. Its a creamy powder luminizer that absorbs and reflects light for a superb natural glow. It is a soft white gold w/ pinky peach undertones which is universally flattering. 

3. Benefit’s Watt’s Up -This cream-to-powder malleable formula is smooth and long-lasting, so it won’t wear away on a sweaty summer day or naturally oily complexions.

4. Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Skin Liquid Lighting – This super long lasting thick gel-cream was formulated specifically to make your skin appear as if it’s been bathed in candlelight- its a subtle champagne color.

5. Laura Geller Beauty Baked Highlighter Portofino – This mineral oil-free and  highlighter adds a gentle glow to skin, creating youthful luminosity allowing you to create dimension and brighten up your face with a lit-from-within glow.