The 12 Best Highlighters For Strobing That Will Give You An Enviable Glow

If you're still on the fence about the strobing trend, here's why I'm into it: Instead of carving out your face like what traditional contouring does, strobing is all about highlighting features you're already in love with. Plus, if you have oily skin (like me), it means you can ditch the mattifiers if you want, because our natural skin is totally in. And what's more is, if matte products bore you, this trend basically requires shiny, shimmering products. Stay away from extremely glittery highlighters though. Strobing is more about emitting a natural-looking, lit-from-within glow. Not quite sure what to look for? Here are 12 highlighters that are perfect for strobing

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by Miki Hayes


This sheer, liquid illuminator uses light-reflecting pearls for a natural-looking glow.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, $41, Sephora

Pressed Powder

Skin will look positively radiant with this powder that captures light on the skin.

Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powder in Candlelight, $44, Nordstrom

Pressed Powder Palette

This eye and cheek palette can be mixed and matched to create your perfect, customized glow.

Laura Mercier Candleglow Luminizing Palette, $58, Nordstrom

Loose Powder

This pearl powder can be used alone or mixed in with foundation, and is perfect on every skintone.

Tony Moly Luminous Goddess Aura Beam, $22, Sephora


This lightweight cream highlighter can easily be applied with fingers for a sheer or concentrated sheen.

Jouer Highlighter, $22, Amazon


Argan oil nourishes the skin while flower extracts brighten and even skintone for a healthy-looking glow.

Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer, $17, Amazon


Moisturize and luminize with this cream that can be used alone or under foundation.

MAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream, $33, Nordstrom

Powder Brick

The different tones in this highlighter can be used individually or swirled together for your ideal shimmer.

Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Bronzer, Blush & Eyeshadow, $10, Target


Target radiance with an illuminating pen that conceals while it highlights.

Clarins Instant Light Brush-On Perfector, $36, Nordstrom


Add radiance all over, or target key areas with this shimmering, lightweight formula.

L’Oreal True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator, $11, Target


Easily touch up luminosity on-the-go with these highlighting papers that can be used on the face and body.

Mai Couture Highlighter Papier, $28, Amazon

Cream Stick

In a cream-to-powder formula, this soft-focus highlighter can be used alone or over makeup for a flattering, champagne glow.

Benefit Watt’s Up! Highlighter, $35, Amazon