Strobing: Soak Up the Spotlight!

Have you heard of strobing yet? The makeup world is raving! Seriously, you wouldn't think highlighting areas of your face could make such a difference! Contouring, also a popular trend, is all about chiseling out your features and highlighting the high points of your face to give it a flawless finish. Strobing nixes the contour powders and bronzers and focuses on that glowy sheen that catches the light just right — giving you a healthy, vibrant glimmer! When you aren't feeling a full face of makeup, apply your favorite highlighter (check out some of our favorites!) on the top of your cheekbones, the inner corners of your eyes, under the arch of your brow, your cupid's bow and maybe even on the tip and bridge of your nose to add dimension to your features. Since highlighters catch the light, strobing draws your eyes to the subtle, barely there shimmer. Whenever you want to play up a feature, or just look like a glowy goddess, whip out the highlighter and get to strobing! 

Curious to see this method in action? Watch some of our favorite beauty gurus show you how it's done!

Desi Perkins


Tina Yong

Enlightened: Highlighters We Can't Get Enough Of!

This past spring, we literally highlighted three of our favorite highlighting products, but guess what, with the strobing trend (which is more of a buzz word than a trend, but we still love it) getting its much-deserved time in the spotlight, we knew we needed to share with you some of our other favorite luminaries! We've got your glow covered, no matter your budget, so make sure to check out the entire list!


We love the True Match collection of makeup from L'Oréal, and their Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator might just top that list right now.  This highlighting liquid can be used as a primer under your foundation, or it can be applied over makeup — depending on how much of a glow you're looking for. The liquid is light and blends in smoothly. It comes in Ice, Rose and Golden. Shop this product here! 


Every beauty vlogger, blogger and MUA with a social media presence has been raving about Becca Cosmetics' Shimmering Skin Perfector, so you can bet your pretty little pressed highlighters that we had to get our hands on one and try it for ourselves. Let's just leave it at: believe the hype. Shop this product here! 


On the hunt for a splurge are you? Well we've got just the thing to satisfy it. Guerlain's luxurious line of Météorites includes one of the most fabulous highlighting products we've come across yet — the Light Revealing Pearls of Powder. The Stardust technology in these bad gals holds the secret to a natural and endless glow, and we're tempted to just dust a generous portion of it all over ourselves, but don't worry, we won't. Shop this product here!


This cute, chubby little pencil is your ultimate, on-the-go, highlighting friend. It's easier to target just the right spots with when you're drawing them on, and this terrific tool is perfect for sculpting a luminous glow onto your cheekbones, nose and any other area you want to catch light. Shop this product here!


Fergie, The Delicious Duchess of Peas, has collaborated with Wet n Wild to create a line of her own beauty products, and our official favorite is her To Reflect Shimmer Palette in Rose Champagne Glow. This pressed-powder delivers the perfect pearl finish for a Fer-GLOW-icious glam! Shop this product here!


If you're in search of a natural sheen, without all the glittery-ness, then RMS Beauty's Living Luminizer may be just what's you're looking for. This top-selling highlighter works wonders for an "I woke up like this" luminous glow, and is great to have on-hand in your collection for days you're feeling a bit more subtle, but not willing to sacrifice the glam. Shop this product here!


Would a favorite highlighters list be complete without Benefit Cosmetics' High Beam Face Highlighter? Probably not, and that's why we're rounding out ours with this tried and trusted liquid luminator. This has been one of my go-tos for over a decade (since I discovered it in college), and is actually the first highlighting product I ever used. It creates the most intense, yet natural, glow and leaves a satin-y, dewy finish that I've yet to tire of. Shop this product here!

*Insider info: 3 of these amazing products will be included in our August/September #HAPPYHAUL, so keep your eyes peeled for details on how to enter to win!


Get Illuminated!

Benefit Watt’s Up! Highlighter

If I were stranded on a desert island and only had three products in my makeup bag, I’d have my concealer, a trusty eye pencil and Benefit Cosmetics’ Watt’s Up Highlighter. The cutely designed stick is easy to apply — and if my fourth item were a purse, it’d be easy to spot in it. I love the glowy effect it gives my temples and cheekbones. It’s the perfect finishing touch to a polished makeup routine, or for your bare face. There’s a smudger on the other end of the stick to help you even out the application, but I usually just touch it up with my fingers or a blending brush, but only if I were allowed just one more item in my bag.

Stila Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Illuminating Beauty Balm with SPF 30

As more of a beauty novice, the idea of a liquid highlighter baffled me. I underwent my due diligence in learning how to apply the product to discover that technically, this is a BB cream that’s meant to be applied to a fresh face. I did enjoy the subtle illumination and dewy glow that it provided. However, I would still need to apply more foundation or powder to give me the level of coverage I need in a BB cream. My everyday finished routine would drown out the highlighting effect a bit. I tend to like a bit more impact. Stila’s Illuminating Beauty Balm does work best paired with a good concealer to help you achieve an upgraded, low maintenance “no makeup” look.

H&M Highlighter Powder

Finding a good, budget beauty brand is always a highlight — pun intended. So when I came across H&M’s Highlighter Powder, I had to try it. This compact, illuminating beauty dust packs quite the glow and for under $5! I’ve applied it using a highlighting brush, and even tried my fingertips for a quick touch up, and in both cases, the powder went on (and stayed on) pretty well. The one real drawback is that it tends not to always blend out very well and you need to spend a bit of time making sure it looks even — but for the price, totally worth adding to your Caboodles.