Strobing has caused a bit of an online stir, with many makeup fanatics wanting to try out this new trend. On the other hand, many makeup artists are agreeing that strobing actually isn’t a new trend- it’s essentially highlighting, but with a slight twist.
To clarify the whole Strobing Vs Contouring debate, we have decided to clear up the issues and lay down the difference so we’re all on the same page. Sound like a good plan? Great, let’s battle them both out!
- How you want to wear your highlight defines whether or not you’re “highlighting” or “strobing.”
- Both techniques utilize highlighting basically everywhere — the tops of your cheekbones, the brow bone and above the eyebrow, the bridge of your nose, your cupid’s bow, and your chin.
- The main difference is that highlighting is usually paired with contouring, whilst strobing is highlighting purely alone and typically has a very dewy finish thanks to illuminating creams, moisturizers, or serums mixed into the foundation to add more depth.
- The simple way to differentiate is to remember this: highlighting goes hand in hand with contouring, whilst strobing sits solo.
Highlighting goes hand in hand with contouring, whilst strobing sits solo
Now let’s look at some facts about the newest of the two make-up techniques:
- Strobing means ‘extreme glow’ and is the new ‘hottest’ technique
- The technique uses shimmery shades of highlighter to accentuate features, creating the illusion that the face is contoured without actually defining the features. Instead, it brings all of your features forward and leaves a dewy, glowing finish.
- Strobing is a technique that only uses light to enhance your face; no bronzer or dark powders involved here.
- This approach to makeup is supposed to mimic what it’s like to be under bright, flattering lights, hence using dedicated illuminating products
- The result should be dewy and fresh like you’re being lit up from within. Avoid harsh shimmer or chunky glitter because this is all about creating a soft radiant glow, catching the light, and creating radiance
The below products are brilliant for trying your hand at this new technique: