Best Products for the “Strobing Makeup Effect”

I like this technique because it plays on the “naked” face look. I feel women need to embrace the way they look. Contouring shouldn’t be an everyday look – it’s just not tasteful. My opinion. I also don’t know who has that kind of time to put that look together. It looks a little stressful if you ask me. When it comes to beauty, your goal is to look effortless. Don’t let anyone make you think that this is the new beauty norm, a norm that encourages you to cover your true self with a blanket of make-up on a daily basis.

In the end, we all want to keep our youthful glowing skin. You will often hear women who are in their fifties compliment you on your youthful skin. They’ll also tell you to take care of it; this is real talk ladies. What’s cute in your twenties or even thirties may damage your skin in the long run. Sometimes you don’t notice all the wear and tear before it’s too late. Drink lots of water, MOISTURIZE, and cleanse your skin with good products. In addition, give your skin a few days off, maybe on the weekends and NEVER sleep with a full face of make-up.

What I like about the “strobing” effect is that you don’t have to pile on a lot of product to get the look. It takes seconds and works really well on everyone. It also encourages you to take a closer look at your skin. What’s going on with it?  Maybe, it’s time for you to get a better skincare routine. Do you exfloiliate regularly? Are you using the right products? To get the best results, that this look offers, you have to start with a good foundation; a good skincare routine. The goal of strobing is to highlight your skin in order to create a glowing luminous complexion. Highlight the good stuff you were born with.


 What you will need:

  • A good moisturizer – cleanse and moisturize before you start
  • Illuminating highlighter – you want to use products that have a dewy finish
  • Use shades that compliment your skin tone – this is very important. Even a look this simple can go quite wrong very fast. You also want products with a bit of shimmer to them.
  • You can use a round sponge or even better your fingers to blend. A flat foundation brush also works as well. I think using your fingers is a lot better and gives you a little more control on how much product you use.



  • Find your light, so obviously don’t do this in a dimly lit room. Focus on areas where the light hits your face, this is your highlight map.
  • Apply highlighter on your cheek bones, forehead, the bridge of your nose, lips and the lower arch of your eyebrow bone. You can also dab a little on your chin and the tip of your nose if it’s needed.
  • You just need a little – a little goes a long way. Remember this shouldn’t take you more then a few minutes if you are doing it correctly. Over application may lead to a greasy look.  Those with naturally oily skin remember to keep this in mind. You can get away with applying just a little.


Below are a few products that I like:


MAC Strobe Cream


Josie Maran


Clinique Chubby Stick


Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat



Nars Profino



Let me know how it goes for you. Also, please tell what other products you are using to achieve this simple look.


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Hanifa Sekandi

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