Beauty: Strobing gives your face more shape

Make-up has been around forever, because we know from tradition that the Egyptians already knew how to emphasize the eyes and cheeks to look more beautiful. Much has changed in terms of material over the centuries, but the basic principle has not. We still want to look more beautiful than nature gave us. Cosmetics as we have used them since around the middle of the 20th century are not only for beautification but also aimed at improving the different skin types. Strobing is slightly different, it is embellishment that gives more shape to the face.

What exactly is strobing?

Strobing is applied with a highlighter*. The highlighter has been on the market for quite some time. With strobing you ensure that you place a kind of shadow in the desired places on the face, versus more highlighting of what needs to be emphasized. It goes without saying that these two aspects reinforce each other. What it actually comes down to is that the correct light is artificially created on your face. When applied properly, it will emphasize the desired facial features and give you a fresh and radiant face. This generally makes the face appear younger.

* The highlighter comes in different forms. The stick is the most popular, there is also a liquid version, a powder form or a cream. The highlighter contains the so-called shimmer particles. These catch the light and reflect the light again. In this way, certain parts of the face light up, so to speak.

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How do you apply strobing?

It is a fairly simple technique in itself. You look straight into the mirror and look carefully at the parts of your face that receive the natural light. You can accentuate these points with a good highlighter. It goes without saying that you use a good day cream* as a base, but this applies to any form of cosmetic application.

* A good day cream is a cream that is tailored to the right skin type. If desired, the beautician or the professional in the drugstore/perfumery can help you determine the correct skin type.


Contrary to expectations, it is not necessary to apply a foundation first. This has to do with the evenness of your own skin. After all, if you have completely even skin, a foundation doesn’t add much, except that it may give your face a slightly different color. This applies if you take a shade darker than your own skin. To get a little more color in the face (especially during the winter months), people often go a shade darker.

If you want to apply a foundation properly, preferably use one shade lighter than your own facial skin originally. This has to do with making the skin appear more even. A shade that is darker emphasizes imperfections more than a lighter color. If you want the right color, look at the skin on the inside of your wrist. The wrist contains the purest color of skin (usually slightly lighter than facial skin). By smooth skin we mean the absence of pimples, fat bumps, swollen sebaceous glands or chapped spots.


Sometimes applying a primer over your day cream can be useful. Although sometimes described differently, it is certainly not a must. A light-reflecting primer can emphasize the strobing effect. Decide for yourself whether you think you need this. There are different shades of primer for sale. You should use a primer with a silver or pink glow if you have fair skin and a golden glow if you have more toned skin.

Shiny skin

A face powder is only useful if your skin is very shiny, but if that is the case you should also wonder to what extent it makes sense to apply strobing. If you have very oily skin and it shines a lot, strobing rarely has the desired result. Unless you regularly use the powder box. So if your skin is oily and remains shiny, the effect can be counterproductive if you apply strobing. If in doubt, it makes sense to try it out in the drugstore/perfumery. Consciously do this on half of your face for comparison.

If you really have oily skin, it makes more sense to first get the skin a little more under control. Depending on the problem, the GP, dermatologist or beautician can play a role. Only then accentuate certain parts of the face with strobing.

Where do you apply it?

To get the right effect you have to look at the natural light on your face. These are generally the parts that come a little further forward. This also means that if you think it sticks out too much, you should not highlight it.

Typically, the following areas of the face can use the strobing accent:

  • Just above the eyebrows and just below the eyebrows. At the bottom of the eyebrows, only under the thinner part of the eyebrows towards the temples.
  • The inside of the corners of the eyes, next to the bridge of the nose.
  • Vertically across the bridge of the nose towards the tip of the nose.
  • On top of the cheekbones.
  • Just above your lip, in the dimple in the middle under the nose.
  • The upper curve of your chin.

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Other make-up

For the optimal effect of strobing, the rest of the face is deliberately not made up in a pronounced way. The eyes may be applied with mascara and a thin eyeliner line, but no heavy make-up (such as smokey eyes). This also applies to the mouth. A lipstick is fine, but don’t make it bright red. Rather choose a pink or nude color. Also be careful with gloss on the lips, too pronounced lip gloss undermines the intended strobing effect. The whole thing must give a result that is as natural as possible and striking make-up does not fit in with that.


Technology does not stand still and this also applies to developments in cosmetics. New and better materials and especially new techniques are part of it. What this technique is all about is emphasizing the fresh, steely face. If you apply strobing correctly, that fresh, radiant face will actually emerge.