How to do Strobing – Easy Step by Step Tutorial and FOTD

This is the latest in make-up techniques. Let’s have a one-to-one with strobing. You must be listening a lot about this strobing these days. If you are familiar with the concept, then see my way of achieving it and if not aware, then lets know about it and understand it in easier way.


Strobing is basically Anti-Contouring. While contouring helps you in hiding excess flab on face by face-narrowing and cheek bone enhancing, strobing is simply opposite and easier as it highlights your best features by reflecting lights and doesn’t require all those ever blending skills.

While contouring requires bronzers or darker shades foundations and lots of blending  to not have those harsh lines as end result, strobing requires reflecting makeup – illuminating powders, highlighters , tinted  moisturizers and most importantly, a fresh and dewy canvas for painting yours face 🙂.
If  your skin in not that perfect and flawless, achieving matt bronzed , goddess look  is easier according to me as you can add layers and cake on products.
But when we started doing this technique for Ritcha’s oily face, we came to know that –
we can’t add that much layers to hide skin imperfections as her skin has some acne mark.
being extremely oily skinned, we need to choose products wisely and we definitely couldn’t go overboard with shiny products as in flat 5 minutes, her face would have turned into a disco ball 😉.
Strobing is fine, highlighting is also fine, but shining disco ball roaming on streets is not a pleasant site 😛 Right !!
So, how we did it . Let me tell you step by step with all the products used.

    • Cleanse the face properly, so as to have a good canvas for start. Since, we can’t change the texture the skin over night, we went for scrubbing the face , followed by a clay based face pack to minimize the already shiny face.
      • We started up with Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer mixed with Maybelline Super Stay Makeup 24 hr foundation in Natural Beige. OK. Shine was there , more than I ever felt comfortable with , but then, I was all open for strobing na !!
      strobing step by step tutorial
        • Applied Essence concealer. And then touched up the face with Rimmel Matt compact. Oh! I went wrong there. How could I use Matt compact for achieving that light reflecting dewy look? Wrong. Let’s go back to the previous step to undo this.
          • I touched up little Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer all over the face again. All set again :).
            • Now, we went for eyes. Little base and thin eyeliner – Face of Australia. A touch up with Maybelline Mega Plush Volume Express Mascara. That’s all. I didn’t want to take the focus away from face.
              • Ok. We all  have some typical mindsets. I have mine. I can’t go on without a little defining. So, a little shaping of cheek bones and nose with dark colored Matt eye shadow from that famous Chinese 120 pro-eye shadow palette :). I know its not in strobing but I can’t help it gals. Forgive me 🙂.
                • Then I took a shade from the Wet n Wild palette and put it on centre of forehead, nose, cupid bow, corners of mouth and below eyes and cheek bones. Then I took my Faboosh brush to spread and blend it. 
                  Wow! It started to look close to strobing !
                    • Then , I took the NYX jumbo liner in shade 630 for eyebrow  and inner corner of eyes highlighting.
                      • I took NYX  eyeshadow in shade ES149 for touching up of cheek bone, forehead, nose as illuminating powder. (I don’t have Laura Mercier illuminating powder, that’s why 🙁)
                        • All done and set now. Essence lipstick shade ’07-Natural Beauty’ on lips and Laura Mercier Lip Glace in ‘Bare Beige’ over it and Voila, all done !!
                          Now, the final result –

                          I think , that’s all …… He He He . Never in our life, we oily sisters have used that much of reflection and highlighters  Its rainy and humid here in Delhi. We both didn’t have any more strength for dressing up or hair.  So a simple FOTD this time 🙂. But yes, it was easier and faster. Highlighting without worrying about contouring was definitely easier and simpler . So, strobing gets a thumbs up from me. Right product can make this a hit among oily skinned beauties too. You just need to shed your inhibitions and go for strobing. Try it and you will love it.

                          Do share your views and feedback on my version of strobing. I would love to hear from you all. Please do leave your valuable views . 
                          Have a great day ahead!!
                          Charu :)

                          36 Replies to “How to do Strobing – Easy Step by Step Tutorial and FOTD”

                          1. Highlighting without contouring sounds great and your tips are really helpful. Thanks for sharing. Great post!!

                          2. Strobing looks cool!! Awesome post btw 🙂

                          3. great post!!!i love highlighting more than contouring 🙂

                          4. I do not do contouring maybe because I'm clueless with that or the time lol, but it is a technic I see a difference great post.

                          5. Awesome make-up, dear! I love how your skin glows! xoxo

                          6. Charu, I've never tried strobing… I have dry skin so I'd have to use a moisturizer for it to work properly… xox .. Ritcha looks great here and always ♡

                            Good luck with the baby coming soon… I hope it goes easy and well xox

                          7. I love highlighters and shimmers. They makes the skin looks so fresh and youthful. Fab post! Thanks so much for sharing.

                            Keisha xo

                          8. Great products!!! nice makeup!!!
                            Have a good week!!! and my g+ for your post!!!:)))

                            Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

                          9. Great post! I didn't know about strobing before reading this post!

                          10. Absolutely flawless, Charu. Thanks for sharing this. 🙂


                          11. A brand new learning experience for me! And what a sciences experiment that turned into for you 🙂 The result was stunning but I am very curious to see the disco ball as well 😉 xoxo

                            All Things Bright and Lovely

                          12. U look pretty Richa i would love to give this a go sometimes xx


                          13. Never heard of strobing but do know about contouring. I love those products you have used for the nice fabulous look.

                          14. richa looks oh so gorgeous charu….

                          15. Hi there,
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                          16. Thats a lovely look wearable 🙂

                          17. u explained it so well Charu. Totally loved this technique!

                          18. Og, that's lovely…gotta try asap 🙂

                          19. Wow! Nice tutorial di. Would love to try, though need to choose products wisely.
                            Charu di love your writing style!! :-*

                          20. Interesting beauty products! Your make up is stunning!

                          21. You look gorgeous, with this beautiful make up! So natural and pretty :*
                            Your really beauty coming to fore! Love it a lot:*

                          22. Thank you for the tutorial, such a pretty look 🙂 xx

                          23. awesome blog pretty!!
                            great job!
                            do you want follow each other? for keep in touch 🙂
                            let me know, I always follow back 🙂



                          24. Very pretty. Really nice FOTD tutorial!

                            Lu |

                          25. Oh you look so beautiful, healthy and radiant! Love this makeup look so much hon!


                          26. That was pretty simple tutorial ! Thanks a bunch for sharing

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                          27. I loved the final results..Ritcha is looking gorgeous 🙂

                          28. Very well explanation on the strobbing technique! The look is pretty!

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