Take Years Off Your Face With These Strobing Techniques

Heard of contouring? This face-sculpting technique using light and shade has been everywhere lately. While there’s no denying its impact if done properly, chiseling our cheeks like a diamond is just a bit too much work for everyday, and if it’s not done properly the consequences can be nothing short of frightening. 

So we say, welcome strobing! 

Strobing is a lighter, simpler take on the trend which is generating a whole lot of buzz at the moment. Using only highlights, strobing gently brings out your best bits without the need to go near a murky-looking matte powder.  You can use a liquid, which is great for a really dewy finish and best for dry skin or an iridescent powder, which generally stays put for longer. Sounds good? Have a go at strobing in just two simple steps.

1. Start with the dewiest base possible by moisturising well, mixing your foundation with a little drop of your favourite facial oil and only powdering your T-Zone. 

2. Pick your strobing product then sweep, or dab with your fingers over the higher planes of your face that naturally catch the light – your cheekbones, Cupid’s bow, the bridge of your nose and temples.

And you’re done! Here are some of our favourite formulas for strobing:

Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder, £34, is a bit pricey but gives the most beautiful candlelit glow.


The Estée Edit Flash Illuminator, £22 is the newest of the bunch and a beam of light for cheekbones, brow bones, bridge of nose and collarbone.


MAC Strobe Cream, £24.50. This is a pearly, slippery formula so there’s plenty of time to play and blend – it’s also a make-up artist favourite!


Rimmel Good To Glow Highlighter, £4.99. This product is a total steal with light-reflecting particles and 3 shades to choose from.


Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow, £38. This beautiful iridescent cream is perfect for mixing in with foundation and dotting on top. 


No7 Instant Radiance Highlighter, £9.95. This chunky crayon is easy to control – a great one for rookie strobers. 


 Benefit High Beam, £19.50. A true classic with rosy tones that stay put all day.