What is strobing?

Contouring hit us a few years ago, and it doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. With spring coming I’ve been contouring without the contour, in other words I’ve been strobing. Yes, strobing is just a fancy word for what it means when you’re using a highlighter without contouring.

When I first saw the strobing trend I didn’t like it. People were looking oily and greasy, nothing elegant about that. Now on the other hand, I’ve tried it a few times myself and must say I absolutely love it.

where to highlight guide

You simply apply the highlighter where the sun would normally hit to enhance and bring out your features: the cheekbones, chin, cupid’s bow, bridge of the nose, forehead, browbone as well as the inner corner of your eyes to make them appear brighter and wider.

On my picture above I’ve made a rough draft of where to apply the highlighter, as I for one prefer visualization when possible.

Mary-Lou manizer swatch

Mary-Lou manizer

Find a highlighter to suit your skintone to achieve the healthy glow! Don’t use a highlighter that’s heavy on the glitter though, as we want it to be a natural lit-from-within kind of look. I’ve been using the Mary-Lou Manizer, as it looks quite natural and make me achieve the look we’re going for.

Happy strobing girls!

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  • The Gossip Darling

    Love this!! I need a new highlighter. I’m obsessed with highlighting. lol.

    Mel | http://www.thegossipdarling.com

    • Same! Just got Benefit High Beam, so I can’t wait to see if it’s any good. 🙂 I have dry skin, so hopefully the liquid will be even better for me! xx

  • such an awesome guide! loved the photo demonstarting the actual points to strobe!
    mary lou is amazing, just wrote about it myself haha (:

    Life in Pastel

    • Thank you so much sweetie! I’ll make sure to check it out xx

  • A great guide 🙂 Strobing is basically a fancy word for highlighting but with a little added drama. I really want to get myself BECCA’s Champagne Pop as I’ve heard it’s a must have for this look.

    I use MAC strobe cream which works nicely.

    Lovely post and some fantastic tips here!

    Laura xx

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