So you’ve probably heard of strobing and you’ve perhaps watched some Youtube tutorials on it, but for those of you that think it’s a dance move from the 90s, here’s our how to and with what…
Strobing is basically the opposite of contouring, picking out all the bits you would leave a paler shade and dousing them in a shimmery highlighter. Cheekbones and browbones are a definite and then bridge of nose, forehead, chin and Cupid’s bow are optional.
It’s very on trend for summer as it’s much more wearable (and less time consuming!) than contouring. It’s a very fresh, dewy and youthful look, perfect for evenings on holiday. Plus, it’s one small product to pack on your make-up bag rather than a full kit with different brushes.
You can spend a lot on a premium brand but there are lots of cheap dupes out there too, so what should you spend your money on?
The Non-Glitter Highlighter/Primer Duo by Chaos, £14.30 (plus shipping for Europe) for 3g
I kept seeing this on my Instagram feed and just could not belive how amazing it looked (check out @chaosmakeupartist). I wanted a high pigment, powerful highlighter and so I bought this. All natural, vegan and cruelty free, this has 100% pigment with no fillers. The primer part comes in the cutest little clam shell pot and you can apply this with fingers as a base or as a subtle highlighter on it’s own. The powder pot (with sifter) can then be applied on top, I prefer with a brush and the colour is intense! I opted for neutral, but there a quite a few colour ways available which is great for different skin tones. This is exactly the type of thing I wanted, but be careful as it may be too “drag” and not delicate enough for some and application takes a bit of practice.
Watts Up by Benefit, £24.50 for 9.4g
This is a cream to powder highlighting stick that comes with an in-built spongey applicator. However, once you lose the cap to this (and you will) it will get filthy after a day in your make-up bag. It’s easy to apply with the stick and gives a champagne glow but it’s a little chunky for the smaller areas like bridge of the nose so you would need a brush for that. It lasts well on the skin and can work above or below your foundation for the glow you’re going for.
High Lights by Technic, £2.99 for 4g
This is the twin of Benefit’s High Beam and would even be my preference of the two, for the money. The application brush and overall look of the product is like that of a nail polish and a cheapy one at that. However, it’s super simple to apply and you don’t need a seperate brush. The pigment isn’t mega strong but it is buildable and this is a really great ‘starter’ highlighter if you’re not sure if it’s for you. There’s no smell, no sticky feeling and even after purchasing a more expensive one, I still use this for day time when I don’t want the strobing to be really obvious. Think it’s good value for money and will last me a good 6-12months.
Naked Flushed Palette by Urban Decay, £22.50 for 14g
As if we could buy something from the UD Naked range and NOT love it! This pressed powder palette is perfect for travel as it covers you for blusher, bronzer, highlighter and even eyeshadow at a push. If you use a fluffy brush to go over the whole palette it gives a gorgeous J Lo glow or you can use each individually if it suits your skin tone better. This is perfect if you don’t want to wholly commit to strobing but want a sun kissed shimmer and it comes in 4 colour combos so it works on pale skin as well as more olive tones.
Glow All Out by Soap & Glory, £11 for 9g
This pink-based highlighter from Soap & Glory performs like a high-end product with a drugstore price tag. When applied with a light hand and you will get a beautiful natural glow to the skin and you can build it up if it takes your fancy. This powder lasts all day over either cream or powder foundations and with it being pink toned it’s an excellent choice for pale skin as it doesn’t wash out or make the skin look too metallic, as some of the white/silver highlighters can do. You get a huge amount of product for the price and it’s normally on a “buy 1 get one half price” or a “3 for 2” offer in Boots.
Ambient Lighting Palette by Hourglass, £56 for 3 x 3.3g
This palette gives you 3 highlighting finishing powders. The powders capture, diffuse and soften the way light is reflected on skin, brighten the appearance, and conceal imperfections, pores and wrinkles. Dim Light is a natural peach beige, Incandescent Light is a brightening opalescent pearl, Radiant Light is a sun-kissed golden beige. I wear Dim Light to set my face, Incandescent Light as my highlighter and Radiant Light to warm up my complexion. This is a complexion game-changer, every time I wear it I get a compliment on how good my skin looks, I just wish I could afford to wear it all day every day!
We would love to hear about any other highlighters you would recommend, or warn us to avoid, plus let us know your strobing technique!