June 20, 2016

Strobing 101: Best Highlighters for the Best Glow

Strobing 101: Best Highlighters for the Best Glow

Highlighters have been having a serious moment and being the highlighter junkie that I am, I couldn't be more thrilled. While beauty trends, much like fashion trends, can come and go, I think strobing is around to stay. At least for awhile. There are so many unique and gorgeous highlighters out that you can use to get the strobing look, not to mention so many different types of formulas from liquids to powders. So many in fact that it can be challenging to figure out what really is the best and how to best use them.

Luckily I'm here to break it all down for you. Keep reading to get the low down on my must-have highlighters to get the best glow>>

First,  what exactly is strobing anyway? To break it down simply, it's pretty much an all-over super highlighted look. You can think of it as the opposite of contouring-- with highlight, you want to focus on the high points (the areas you bring out) of your face. Typically you want to highlight the cheekbones, brow bones, bridge of nose, chin, middle of the forehead and cupid's bow just above your lips. This will help define your features and give you a soft, pretty glow. 

Best Highlighters: Physicians Formula Touch Of Glow Foundation

Technically not a highlighter I still wanted to include a foundation in this post because I think if you're going for a super glowy look, you must start with a glowing base. My foundation pick is Physicians Formula Touch Of Glow Foundation, which is lightweight, yet covers extremely well, blends easily and evenly and gives my skin a dewy finish, creating the perfect base to lay my highlight.

Best Highlighters: NYX Liquid Illuminator

After applying your base, you can apply a liquid illuminator to cheekbones, under brow bone, and on the décolletage to get a pretty, natural-looking glow. Or, you can even mix a couple drops of liquid illuminator to your foundation before applying to get a subtle, all over glow. I've been using NYX Cosmetics Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in Sunbeam, which is a pretty pearly soft pink.

Best Highlighters: ColourPop Super Shock Cheek

Cream-to-powder formulas are buildable and extremely blendable which allows for a subtle, soft highlight, or a full on strobe. Right now I have been using ColourPop Super Shock Cheek in Lunch Money pretty much non-stop. It is so creamy soft and gives a gorgeous pop of highlight on my cheeks.

Best Highlighters: It Cosmetics Hello Light Anti-Aging Luminizing Creme Stick

One of the easiest highlighting products to use is a creamy stick illuminator, such as It Cosmetics Hello Light Anti-Aging Luminizing Creme Stick. Just swipe, then blend with your fingers to soften and you're good to go!

Best Highlighters: Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection

I have to say that powder highlighters are typically my go-tos, especially the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection. The best way to apply is either with a soft fan brush, or with a duo-fiber stipling brush to dust over the areas you want to highlight. Most of the time I use either a liquid or cream stick highlighter and then dust powder highlight over-- total glow-worthy!


What are some of your favorite highlighters? Share below!

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  1. Your blog is beautiful! I am officially following :)

  2. I've never tried that physicians formula foundation but it sounds great! I always love products that give that dewy look!

  3. great picks! i love strobing over bronzer, feels light and clean

  4. All of these are great picks although I don't use highlighters much, I actually use it rarely but I liked the creamy stick one the most. Probably the most suitable for me as I tend to break powders haha :D
    Greete x


  5. Always on the look out for a good highlight! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Great post! I love the look but fail miserably at doing my makeup, particularly highlighting. Can't wait to try out some of the products you recommend and give it another try!

  7. Great post! I love the look but fail miserably at doing my makeup, particularly highlighting. Can't wait to try out some of the products you recommend and give it another try!

  8. Gorgeous look! I really need to get better with my makeup.

    xoxo, Jenny

  9. I love strobing! It instantly adds a pop to my face and looks fabulous in pictures. I have only really used my highlighter crayon and powdered highlighter, but I may need to check out the Physicians Formula foundation for an all over dewy look!


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