Beauty Explained | What is Strobing?!


As part of my new series ‘beauty explained’, I’m going to keep up with the latest trends and tell you what the fuss is all about every month. I really hope this is something you’re going to enjoy reading and find useful.

So today I am going to be talking all things ‘Strobing‘.

Personally, strobing sounded so intimidating and I backed away from learning much about it; I was afraid it would be very complicated and difficult to achieve. But the more I looked into it, the more I realised how simple it actually is.


Products I used to strobe with – 1. Mac Prep + Prime Skin Base Visage, 2. Shimmering Skin Perfector by Becca in Moonstone, 3. Avon Makeup Setting Spray

What the hell is strobing?

Basically, it’s extreme highlighting. It’s a subtle sculpting technique using illuminating creams and powders to achieve a luminous glow. I was scared to try strobing because I am naturally very oily and I didn’t want to look like a greasy monster; however, oily people actually benefit here because, we already have a natural glow to help us along and there are ways to control it to suit all different skin types.

How do we do it?

Strobing involves three main steps:


You could use Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector. This fluid highlighter can be added to your foundation to create a glow-giving base or it can be applied on top of makeup to illuminate key features.

You could also use MAC Prep + Prime Natural Radiance Base Lumiere. This blurs over pores whilst adding a glow and keeping shine at bay but it still leaves a gorgeous natural looking glow. The MAC Prep + Prime Skin Base Visage primer is amazing and feels so luxurious. I would recommend using the Radiance Base Lumiere if you’re dry and the basic primer if you’re oily.

You could also use the L’Oreal Paris Lumi Magique Base. This is a cheaper option and it has been compared to the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector as a very good dupe. This give an intense and luminous base that can be used anywhere on the face as an all over primer or just onto the high points of the face. This is best for pale skin girls with cool undertones as it’s very pearly white.


You could use Pressed Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector. I absolutely love this product. It’s a creamy powder luminizer that absorbs and reflects light for a natural glow. I use the shade Moonstone which is the only highlighter that i’ve found which works so well on my pale skin.

You could also use Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator. This product makes it easy to achieve a healthy glow in any light. It brightens and illuminates skin for a radiant complexion. I’ve read a few reviews on various drugstore highlighters and this is coming out best.

You could also use Benefits High Beam Face Highlighter. I’ve had my eye on this product for a while. It’s a satiny pink liquid highlighter which accents cheek & brow bones for a dewy, radiant glow. You can wear this over makeup or under for a more subtle appearance.


You could use Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray. This product was designed to lock in makeup to avoid it moving around the face throughout the day but also to give a radiant, dewy glow. This product is top of my wishlist and I can’t wait to try it.

You could use Avon Makeup Setting Spray. I am on my second bottle of this stuff and I only discovered in in April. It’s so cheap and I swear it glues my makeup to my face whilst giving me a natural glow. Because I am naturally very oily, I’m not sure a highly illuminous product would work with my skin but I am so happy to just highlight everywhere and then lock it in place with this spray.

You could also use NXY Makeup Setting Spray Dewy Finish. This makes sure that your makeup stays put with this handy finishing spray. It’s lightweight, comfortable and gives your makeup a ‘just applied’ look from day to night.

Tips & Tricks
A few tips to stay luminous!

♥ To achieve an even more dewy, luminous look you could apply your foundation, concealer and cream highlights with a damp beauty blender. I just bought one from Sephora in Italy and it definitely does just that.

 ♥ You could also use a super moisturising mask such as the No7 Beautiful Skin Hydration Mask for Dry/Very Dry Skin. This gives skin an intense moisture boost which will really show through your makeup.

♥ Wet your foundation brush with some makeup setting spray or just water before you apply the product onto your face. This will sheer out the product giving you a touch more of a natural looking glow.

Thank you so much for reading, happy strobing!


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0 comments on “Beauty Explained | What is Strobing?!”

  1. Lauren says:

    Fab post Claire! Love the look!

    1. Thank you Lauren! I have been strobing every single day since creating this post haha – I love it!

      1. Lauren says:

        No bother 🙂 I love the fresh glowy look!

  2. Denise says:

    Great post! The lip color really suits the whole look! 🙂

    1. Aww thank you! I actually left my lips blank for this (I always just seem to skip lips and hair) haha! Xx

      1. Denise says:

        Really?! I thought you did a bit of a gradient lip haha!

        1. Maybe it’s just the lighting! Haha I don’t know, my lips do tend to be quite pigmented but thanks for the compliment anyway!

          1. Denise says:

            You’re welcome! It really looks amazing! <3

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