First of all we need to clear the two terms highlighter and strobing, as it seems it’s the same, but it’s not.
It always depends how you work, but highlight means to bring out all the features you want to appear further in the front, this can be achieved with either matte or shiny highlighter.
Strobing on the other hand is the opposite of contouring as highlight is as well, but does only include shimmery and shiny products, so your skin appears glowy, you highlight all the parts of your face you want to emphasize.
I want to show you the difference of these two techniques and what could work best for your skin and face shape. As we are not all the same, we can combine these two techniques as it works best for our own liking.
I want to start with the old fashioned highlighting. On the picture you can see me putting on a concealer, you can also use a foundation which is a few shades lighter than your normal foundation, to highlight all the higher points of my face. With this step you can reshape your face and have a painless surgery you can wash off later on. I put some underneath my eyes and on the highest point of my cheek, as well as on my cupid’s bow, chin, tip and bridge of the nose and centre of the forehead. With the highlight step you normally also work with contouring and put shadows where you want to put features further back.
As you saw me do for the highlighting part, strobing is nothing different, but the shade of the product and you normally use creamy products, as it looks the most natural. I like to mix liquids with cream products for the most effect.
As you can see on the picture with the strobing technique I bring the highlighter also on the apples of the cheek for a super glowy and healthy looking skin – if you put blush over it you appear younger.
With strobing you spare on the contouring part. For rounder face shapes I would not recommend skipping on contouring, as you really can bring out your cheeks even more when you contour. But that’s just my personal point of view – you do you.
Now, which technique is the best one for you. First, both of them can work for everybody, it just depends on the way you like to wear your makeup. But from a professional point of view, highlighting with shimmer and shiny products as well as strobing might look a little greasy on oily skin types if you don’t use it right or get really oily throughout the day. But still, a little powder on the right spots and plotting paper in your bag can fix this fast and you can also work with shimmery/shiny products, just remember to not go over board.
Overall a little shine on the cheeks and in the inner corners of the eyes can work wonders, if your skin is tired or dry after a party night, drinks or to much sun. I would recommend to try both techniques on yourself, take pictures and see, what you like best.
Strobing might be the easier solution, as you don’t need to think about contouring and be faster in the morning. When I look at this picture of me, wearing only foundation, highlighter and strobe cream, I kind of dig this look, but usually I always contour at least my cheeks, because I love how it looks.