How to strobe

facial contouring. Woman with a different shades of foundation on her face


It’s the latest make-up trend, and we show you how to create the look. So, let your face shine with beauty and look as though it has a spotlight on it at all times.


You’ll need:

  1. Benefit High Beam*, £19.50
  2. Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge*, £5.99
  3. No7 Instant Radiance Bronzing Highlighter*, £9.95
  4. bareMinerals Well-Rested® Face and Eye Brightener*, £22.


strobe step 1


Although you’re going to be using your strobing technique to cheat flawless skin, it’s good to start with a smooth and even a canvas as possible – it’ll make the strobing that much more powerful. So make sure your skin is well hydrated and then apply your foundation evenly using a brush. Next buff concealer around your nose and under your eyes.



strobe step 2


Once your base is complete, it’s time to get strobing. Focus first on the centre of your face. Use a light-reflecting tinted highligher like the bareMinerals product above (4) to draw a triangle on your forehead, two dots on your inner eyes, a stripe down your nose, along your upper lipline, in the centre of your bottom lip and a small triangle on your chin.



strobe step 3


Next, use the same product in an arch above and below your brows and along the tops of your cheekbones. Blend it all using a make-up sponge (2) in a dabbing and stippling motion. Then use a liquid highlighter (1) sparingly on the same areas you’d applied product 4, i.e. forehead, nose, above and below brows etc and then blend again with sponge.



strobe step 4


As this look is more about creating glowing, vibrant skin than razer sharp cheekbones, your contour should be delicate. Use a stick contour (3) to add some depth under your cheekbones and along the edges of your hairline on your forehead. Blend this and you’re done!



Celebrity strobing fans include Jennifer Lopez (pictured below), now you can get the J-Lo glow that looks like you are in the spotlight!

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 27: Singer/actress Jennifer Lopez arrives at Hyde Bellagio at the Bellagio to celebrate the launch of her new single, "Goin' In" May 27, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Hyde Bellagio)


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Laura Coventry