Ready, Set, Glow! | Affordable Strobing for Every Level

This post is sponsored by Target.

affordable strobing products at Target

One of the most popular beauty trends has been strobing, or highlighting. Unlike the big YouTube guru, I love a subtle highlight that can be worn every day. A little bit of product can go a long way to brighten your look. On the hunt to find the best strobing products, I stopped by my local Target to find some affordable and great-quality options. I’ve ranked each product by technique level and will give you the scoop on how I used them!


A few weeks ago, I posted about the NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator and got tons of responses from you all about how amazing it was, so I thought it would be perfect to include in this post. There are about three shades, but I picked it up in Gleam to give myself a champagne glow. I rank this one as easy because you can apply it with your fingers, it’s not too overbearing of a highlight, and it looks very natural. It’s perfect for the makeup beginner.

I use a small drop of the Liquid Illuminator and apply it to five major areas: along both of my cheekbones, the bridge of my nose, forehead, and chin. The consistency of this product is super light and spreads quite easily, so I like to blend it out with a damp makeup sponge.


The Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Highlighter Stick in Persian Sunset was just perfect for my deep skin tone. It blended well and looked very natural. The last thing you want is a completely unnatural-looking highlight. If you’re ready to step it up a notch with strobing, this one is a must-have. You can still guide yourself — it’s almost like using a marker; however, you will need a brush to blend.

I marked the same five areas for this strobing technique, then used the Sonia Kashuk fan brush no. 129 to blend my strobes.

This product gives a more intense highlight, so if you’re looking for something more dramatic, this one is perfect.


If you’re a beauty guru and you’ve perfected the technique of strobing, I would recommend the e.l.f. Illuminating Palette. There are four highlight shades in the palette, so depending on your skin tone or overall makeup look, you can choose which is best. I like using the deepest shade that is closer to my skin tone to achieve a natural highlight.

Do not let the pigmentation of the palette fool you! A little bit goes a long way, and it definitely shows up. Looking for that YouTube guru highlight? You’ll find it in this palette.

I used the champagne shade in the top left corner.