Strobing – How to do it and What to use?


If you have opened a magazine or read a beauty blog in the last few weeks then you already know that contouring is OUT, this summer its all about STROBING!!! Put to one side your contouring palettes, all you need for this technique is an illuminator – my favourite is the Shimmering Skin Perfector from Becca.


I reviewed the Becca Illuminator some months ago here but little did I know then, that this would be the most important product in my stash this summer. If the Becca product is a little pricey for your budget though, don’t worry, the Revlon Photoready Skinlights are around half the price of the Becca and would also be perfect for this technique.

So how exactly do you use it?

1. First make sure your skin is clean and well moisturised. This is a fresh natural look so you want your skin to be plump and dewy. 

2. Next take your Illuminator and dot it everywhere the sun would hit – 
Along your cheekbones,
Above and below the arch of your eyebrows
On your cupid’s bow
Down the middle of your nose
In the centre of your chin

3. Pat to lightly blend.

4. Apply your foundation with a stippling brush to avoid any movement of the illuminator.

5. Apply concealer to under eye area and any blemishes.

6. Finally powder only those areas which have not been illuminated – the centre of the forehead, bridge of the nose, sides of the nose and around the jawline.

And there you have it – a beautiful, modern glowing complexion.
You have been strobed!


  1. All That's Glamorous 2nd July 2015 / 2:40 pm

    This technique is just gorgeous. I can’t wait to use it in summer. Thanks for sharing!

    • Jules 3rd July 2015 / 7:28 am

      And it’s so easy which is good, I always struggle with contouring

  2. Lucy Valdez 5th July 2015 / 2:19 pm

    I am so glad that the crazy contouring look is out! This is such a beautiful way to accentuate our skin and face shape:)

    • Jules 5th July 2015 / 4:52 pm

      I agree – it looks fantastic in photographs but much less so in ‘real life’

  3. Lucy Valdez 5th July 2015 / 2:21 pm

    And they are #crueltyfree <3

    • Jules 5th July 2015 / 4:51 pm

      Makes me happy x

  4. Zeynab 5th July 2015 / 2:26 pm

    I love dewy and blowy skin, I am really into this strobing technique. The Becca highlighters are AMAZING!!. Strobing is kinda similar to highlighting ?

    Zeynab x
    The Beauty Load

    • Jules 5th July 2015 / 4:51 pm

      It really is just an extreme form of highlighting – it is so pretty isn’t it?

  5. Em 5th July 2015 / 7:04 pm

    This looks gorgeous but I don’t think it’s something that would work for me. I’m sometimes a bit scared of highlighter, being an combo-oily skinned girl. I love dewy skin on others but on me, I just feel like it makes me look more oily rather than glowy. I tend to keep it just to the tops of my cheekbones, Em x

    • Jules 5th July 2015 / 11:58 pm

      Would it be possible to apply it to all the highpoints, cheekbones, brow bone, cupids bow etc and powder down the rest?

  6. Tianna 7th July 2015 / 5:44 pm

    sounds gorgeous! This is super new to me so thanks for the intro on what it is lol. will try it out!

    • Jules 7th July 2015 / 9:08 pm

      I am glad to help xx

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