What is Strobing?

what is strobing
what is strobing
{Image: M.A.C Mineralized Skinfinsh in Global Glow}

I bet you’ve already heard this term. But in case you’re still wondering what is strobing – simply put – strobing is a makeup technique used to layer highlights on the face to create an illuminated complexion. Strobing is different from contouring because instead of using a powder or cream that is one shade darker and another one that is a shade lighter, strobing uses highlighters to make your skin seem brighter. You still place the highlighters on areas of the face where the light naturally hits to create an illuminated complexion. Tops of the cheekbones, the temples, centre of the nose and on the cupid’s bow. For contouring think Kim Kardashian. For strobing, think of Jennifer Lopez.

Yanisha just about had a meltdown, as she’s just learned to contour. But honestly you guys, I’ve never contoured. I tried it once and frankly, I thought it made me look like a clown. I don’t want to say that I’ve been strobing all along – but I have. I prefer using bronzers and highlighters like M.A.C Mineralized Skinfinish in Global Glow. I also like using Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal or Rose Gold. To really amp up my complexion, I also use NARS Illuminator in Orgasm underneath my powder.

There you have it! Don’t be intimidated by this new term. If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably been strobing all along too.


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5 comments on What is Strobing?

  • Mercedes Marie

    Love a good glow for summer! I’ll have to try this technique out with the M.A,C skin finish.


    Mercedes Marie

  • Shireen

    I personally find strobing is just a fancy new word to describe highlighting but maybe it’s just me who doesn’t understand what’s the difference between the two. LOL!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Like, Wutever

      @disqus_Q4LCztEZOa:disqus if you’re anything like me, you’ve probably been “strobing” all along. As you said, it seems like just a fancy new term for something we’ve always been doing. LOL! What will they come up with next?

      • Shireen

        I know right? Dang beauty brands trying to brain wash us into thinking it’s something new. No idea what terms they’ll come up with next…stroking, probing, smacking? LOL! 😉

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