How to strobe and not look like a disco ball

It’s official, strobing is in, contouring is out. We could never master the sculpting look anyway, and who has time in the morning to shade in a smaller nose? Enter strobing. The new (and much quicker) way to define your features, using light and light only. 

Strobing is just a fancier word for highlighting, and lots of it. But that desired dewy look can soon turn into a sweaty mess, so here are a few steps to take to make sure you keep that glow all day long. Leave your content kit at home.


The key to strobing is a good base. Start by replenishing dull, dry skin with good moisturiser, ideally one that’s oil free to avoid a melting situation later on in the day.

strobing makeup

Find the right shade 

To avoid the whole silvery frosted look, find a highlighter which compliments your skin tone for a subtle sheen. Fairer skin needs a champagne tone highlighter. For light-medium skin tone, choose pink champagne colours. Go gold for olive skin and terracotta shades for darker skin tones.

skin strobing


To really nail the strobing look, only use highlighter in spots that catch the light. Focus on your cheekbones, along your temples, down the bridge of your nose, below your brows, corner of your eyes and just above your top lip. This will enhance your natural features, so whatever you do, don’t spread highlighter all over your face because you will end up resembling a disco ball, and nobody needs that in their life.

strobing tutorial

Shop the look:

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