New Trend Alert: Strobing


If you’re anything like me, you’ll have spent hours watching and re-watching YouTube tutorials on how to contour like the Kardashians. My initial attempts sometimes left me looking less sculpted and more…dirty! I’ve tried and tested all the different contouring products out there from creams to powders and finally, I’ve gotten my contouring routine down to a T (I hope). Unfortunately for me and many others out there, a new beauty trend is now looking to replace contouring.

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Strobing concentrates on highlighting the skin to give a dewy, ‘au natural’ look. It is effectively the opposite of contouring – rather than shaping the face by shading, strobing highlights the high points of your face like your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose and forehead. This is something that many of us might already do as part of our beauty regimen by dousing ourselves with our highlight faves like Soft and Gentle (MAC) or Mary-Lou Manizer (The Balm), however, the new strobing trend takes this to a whole new, glowing level.


This is a look that has rocked the catwalk time and time again, with models sporting that super dewy, angelic complexion. But can we really recreate this ‘natural beauty’ look without giving people the illusion that we’ve just come back from a long run?


The best way to achieve the look is by applying a cream or liquid highlighter liberally to areas of the face, to amp up the dewiness of your skin. Here’s my step-by-step to strobing.


Step 1: Apply a small amount of your favourite liquid highlighter on the back of your hand (I used my ultimate must-have Botanics Radiance Balm).

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Step 2: Dab the highlighter on the high points of your face like your cheekbones, bridge of your nose, cupids bow and above your brows.

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Step 3: Blend, blend, blend! I used a Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge to gently press and blend the product into my skin. As you’re applying the liquid highlighter over your regular foundation, you don’t want to rub it in as this will move your foundation.

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And voila! Dewy, glowy goodness!


The verdict: I have oily skin and when I tested out the strobing effect, while it initially looked great, after an hour or so, I kinda just looked like a hot, shiny mess. Perhaps a nice look for sitting by the pool, sipping cocktails, but for going about your daily business, I’m not convinced this one is going to take off. For me, dabbing a small amount of cream highlight on your cheekbones works nicely but we want to hear from you.

Have any of you tried strobing? What are your thoughts on this trend? We’d love to see your pictures if you’ve tried it out.

Sara x


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