New Makeup Trend – Strobing

by pinksoda

While contouring has been a hot trend on makeup for quite a while now, many still find it tedious and hard to master (raising my hands!). I seriously think contouring is a bit challenging. So if like me, you are looking for a less intense and less-intensive way to highlight your face, STROBING is for you!

What is Strobing?

It’s basically good old-fashioned highlighting. According to makeup artist Susan Giordano, this technique has been around in like forever but it’s just been given a new name. Strobing is to accentuate your features without heavy shadows. The only product you’ll need for strobing is an illuminating highlighter—and lots of it. It focuses exclusively on highlighter, applied where light would naturally hit your face (so, your cheekbones, brow bones, the center of your forehead, down your nose, and on your chin.)

This is a sample work of my awesome friend and super talented MUA Inyaki Yuson. Looking forward to his step by step tutorial for this so I can share it with you guys. This is actually mix of contouring and strobing he did, I just love how fabulous it turned out.


Some Tips:

  • Glow-y and Glaring – there’s a huge difference between the two! Strobing aims for glow-y. Avoid anything sparkly—you want products that glisten rather than flat out shimmer
  • If you have an oily type of skin, a light highlighting powder on the points of the face that light hits or eye shadow would be great to rock some glow.

Have you done it yourself? If so, leave us tips on how to do it and how to achieve an amazing result.


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Cassie November 2, 2015 - 1:51 pm

I’ve actually been strobing for awhile now. I like to use Benefit’s High Beam as my liquid highlighter when I do it.

Alli November 2, 2015 - 6:35 pm

My daughter (makeup artist) has contoured and baked me, but she hasn’t strobed me yet. She’ll be impressed when I casually mention that I know what strobing is. Thanks!

pinksoda November 4, 2015 - 10:01 am

hahahaha! that’s so cute Alli! You should tell her to do some contouring and strobing on you.

Tiffany @ Daily Leisure November 2, 2015 - 6:40 pm

Wow! Makeup truly is an art. I wish I could do more than just eyeliner and mascara! 🙂

Angelic Sinova November 2, 2015 - 6:57 pm

I always love the result people get from contouring but in all honestly I don’t have the time, skill or patience for it. I LOVE the idea of strobing. I can’t wait to try it out <3

Jaime Nicole November 2, 2015 - 11:02 pm

This sounds really interesting and like something I should have known about for sure. Thank you for the information as I am sure it will come up at some point in the near future!

Mar November 3, 2015 - 1:42 am

I love how strobing looks in pictures…not so much in person. I find on me and many other people it just looks like we’re super shiney :/

Heather November 3, 2015 - 2:47 am

I’ve heard of highlighting but not the new name of strobing. Very interesting and I think I would go to the extra effort to do my make up to exentuate the right areas of my face.

alexandria waning November 3, 2015 - 2:53 am

all these techniques look the same to me. lol. idk, im no makeup expert. they all look great though.

Mistee Dawn November 3, 2015 - 3:29 am

Wow. I have never heard of this trend before, but it looks fun and gorgeous! Will have to try it!

Tammilee Tips November 3, 2015 - 4:08 am

I have not heard of this new make up trend called strobing! The look is super cute.

Polarbelle November 3, 2015 - 5:01 am

You look so pretty!! Your makeup is perfectly done.

Franc Ramon November 3, 2015 - 5:10 am

Strobing does give you just the right amount of glow to highlight your features. It’s simple but it’s does look elegant.

Stephen & Jess November 3, 2015 - 10:31 am

Never heard of this style before, thanks for bringing it to my attention. Will have to test it out first thing tomorrow 🙂

Eileen November 3, 2015 - 10:53 am

Wow. That is great make up! I only use make up when attending weddings or formal gatherings, so I guess I am not really up to date with trends. Thanks for letting me know about strobing.

Rosey November 3, 2015 - 12:40 pm

I didn’t know that was the new trend in makeup. Bet my daughter knows though. 🙂 I like sparkle. 🙂

Chantal November 3, 2015 - 10:42 pm

I am not a big makeup wearer so I have never heard of strobing before but I love the way it looks on you!

dawn November 5, 2015 - 7:24 am

my friend just completed a post on strobing. you did an amazing job your makeup looks great.

DignaD November 10, 2015 - 6:57 pm

I have never tried this before but I see how it rally highlights the face. Love it on the cheekbones!


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