16 November 2018Last updated

How can I do strobing?

Expert judge Tala Samman gives her top-three tips for using the newest and dewiest face-sculpting technique, strobing

6 Oct 2015 | 12:00 am
  • Strobing is the less heavy way to define and sculpt your face.


1. If you want to achieve a fresh, daytime look, opt for a creamy illuminator (like Dior’s Glow Maximizer Primer), and use your fingertips to apply and blend. You can use it alone, mix it with your foundation, or apply it on top of your base for added radiance.

2. For night-time, I like to use a highly pigmented powder instead, blending it with a brush. The key thing to remember when using a highlighting powder is to make sure you are blending really well, otherwise it can look chalky.

3. When you’re highlighting, the areas to focus on illuminating are those that would naturally catch the light: so your nose, your cheekbones, your brow bones and your cupid’s bow. My favourite highlighters include Smashbox’s illuminating.

What is strobing?

Contouring’s fresher, younger sister, strobing is the less heavy way to define and sculpt your face. Using only illuminating products and highlighters rather than shading products, the idea is that you apply them where light would hit your face naturally, for a dewy radiance.