Many people can argue that highlighting and strobing is the same thing. I mean, you’re basically putting highlight all over your face in the same areas. So what’s the difference? Why not just call it highlighting instead of two different terms?
The similarity between highlighting and strobing is putting the highlight in the same areas. They are the tops of your cheekbones, the brow bone and above the eyebrow, the bridge of your nose, your cupid’s bow, and chin.
The main difference is highlighting is usually paired with contouring while strobing stands alone. Some may not even add highlight after contouring or may add highlight to lesser areas such as just the top of the cheekbones. Strobing typically has a dewy finish because of the use of setting sprays, moisturizer, serum mixed into the foundation, or cream products.
Let’s break it down a little more if you’re still confused.
Strobing is having an extreme glow that uses light to enhance the face. There is no contouring, bronzer or dark powders. This makeup technique is supposed to mimic what it’s like to be under bright, flattering lights. That’s why illuminating products, such as shimmery shades of highlight, are best to use. The highlighter accentuates your features to give an illusion the face is contoured without actually defining the features. It brings all of your features forward and leaves a dewy, glowy finish. However, never use harsh shimmer or chunky glitter. It’s all about creating a soft radiant glow, catching the light and creating radiance.
Highlighting is used with contouring. The darker skin tone shades of contouring define your features while the lighter shades of highlight accentuate the features and creates the shapes. It’s not about lighting up the face like strobing. Instead, highlighting enhances your natural facial structure.
Just remember that highlighting is contouring’s best friend, while highlighting flies solo.