4 Steps To Perfect Strobing – The New Contouring


Let’s talk about strobing! If you are a makeup geek like me you might have heard of contouring, which is a makeup technique you use to sculpt areas in your face, like nose, cheekbones, chin to help define and soften the profile of your face. If you haven’t mastered the contour technique yet you will love this article, it is time to ditch the contouring and become a strober instead!

Highlighting, or strobing which is another term for it are one of the makeup trends atm you need to know about. Highlighting/Strobing will give you a shimmery,dewy and more youthful glow that will bring your matte makeup to a whole nother level. So, how do you achieve the perfect strobing look?

It all comes down to using the right products and tools. Not every highlighter is meant for all skin tones and skin types. If you have fair skin like me you will get better results using a highlighter in champagne tones, than using a highlighter in golden tones which is meant for darker skin. Not everyone are doing it right and I have seen so many examples where people use the highlighter like they apply concealer, no no no!

I’ve only recently started with strobing myself and I absolutely love the makeup trend. I thought that I could show you how you can achieve the strobing effect and do it like the professionals.



Model and style icon Gigi Hadid is not only known for her modelling career for top brands like Balmain, Kurt Geiger and Dior. She is also known for her beautiful and natural face and we have been asking us the same question over and over again “How does she get the youthful glow”? One word. Strobing. 

How can you achieve the strobing effect? The secret is to apply highlighter on spots in your face that catch light, this way you get a more dewy and radiant result. If you have very oily skin avoid areas like forehead and chin, which have a little shine already. Be careful so you don’t spread the product all over the face, this way your glow won’t turn into a greasy mess. Only apply along your temples, on your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, below your brow bone, and in the corner of your eyes.

TORONTO, ON - JUNE 03: Model Gigi Hadid attends Maybelline New York 100th Anniversary Party at One Eighty Restaurant on June 3, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
Basic steps in strobing, apply to cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, under the brow bones and over your pout.

I have chosen the best products to use for strobing below, that I use myself and are best sellers on the market.

[show_boutique_widget id=”396652″]

Click on the items to shop

What makeup brushes should you use for strobing? I recommend applying highlighter with fingers or a concealer brush, you dab it carefully on areas you want highights and blend it out with your fingers. If you have a shimmery powder I recommend applying it with a fan brush, you can buy cheap ones at ebay if you don’t have one.

I hope you liked my strobing guide and that it inspired you to give strobing a try!

Are you fan of the strobing look?

Image and video hosting by TinyPic


Cecilia K


Celia, 23-year-old fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger. For any inquiries contact@brandobeauty.uk

  • I love High Beam! A good highlighter can make all the difference to your make-up 🙂

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

  • I just can’t get the hang of strobing – but I do love a good cheek highlight!

  • francesca

    I LOVE the dewy look!! Strobing is something I do sometimes and I do love it! Great for spring and summer 😀 http://www.mylifeinrosetintedglasses.wordpress.com

  • I love strobing! Especially during the warmer months 🙂

    xo, Liz


  • KGR

    Thank you for these tips, I am awful at make up! So these are great for a novice like me!

  • Hannah Latoya Bond

    I love strobing, much prefer it to contouring x

  • Catherine Gregory

    Never heard of strobing but I have just about mastered contouring and now a new trend haha!! Love the idea though! Thanks for the advice x

    Cat (comping foodie) x

  • fashion-mommy

    I love this effect and have been wearing high beam for years now to try and get the look.

  • I haven’t tried strobing yet but do think I prefer contouring!


  • Interesting, I hadn’t heard of this before but it sounds fun!

  • Nikki Hamilton

    I have never heard of strobbing before. I cant even get countouring right never mind trying another technique lol 🙂

  • Jaklien van Melick

    Loving this strobing look which is the first time I heard of this. It looks great though.