Strobing vs highlighting vs contouring

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A new term is being used recently in cosmetics, “Strobing.”  Also being referred to as the “Anti-Contour.”

Common Questions:

What is strobing?  It is using cosmetics to enhance the light on your face.

How is strobing different than highlighting?  The difference in strobing vs. highlighting can be compared to the difference of contouring vs bronzing.

Some people are walking away from contouring and using just light to help sculpt the face.  I am still in love with contour personally but strobing gives your skin a glowing fresh version.

Steps to Strobe:

  1. Exfoliate
  2. Apply a good mositurizer-Strobing is all about the glow.  You can’t really glow if your face is dry and dull.
  3.  If you want to look more dewy, apply a liquid highlighter before foundation or mixed into foundation.
  4. Choose a liquid or a powder highlighter for highlighting.   Use a highlighter shade that compliments your skin tone.  A fair person could go  very light.  Someone who is darker might need more golden.  A dark toned person should try a terracotta shade.
  5. Highlight on places the sun would naturally reflect light.  You want to use a very small amount.  Start with the cheekbone, center of the temple, bridge of nose, below brow bone, corners of eye, cupid’s bow.

Strobing doesn’t have to stop at your face!  You can keep the highlight going.

  • Collarbone
  • Shoulders
  • Cleavage
  • Legs

Here is a video that might help you learn:


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