Strobing is the latest beauty trend to hit the scene and is even being called the new contouring. Even if you’ve never heard of the term, you have probably already been doing it because it’s a fun way of referring to highlighting. Think of this technique as a way to glowify your complexion sans bronzer. While we’re all for a new beauty trend and luminous skin, the truth is that nothing will detach us from our bronzer any time soon. Contouring can get a bad wrap from those who say that it is too severe, but with a light hand you can create subtle definition that enhances your natural features beautifully. In the video above, we're showcasing the difference between the two so that you can be the judge.
To perfect the anti-contour on our model, we used Becca’s Shimmer Skin Perfector ($41) on the highest points of her face: on the top of the cheekbones, under the brow arches, on the bridge of the nose, cupid’s bow, chin’s center, and the center of her forehead. To ensure longevity, setting the cream highlighter with a pressed powder version is recommended. The result is a gorgeous sheen that pops when light bounces off the pearlescent formulas to accentuate those high points.
For the most natural contour, try a product with a cool undertone that comes in a cream version like Nars Matte Multiple in Vientiane ($39). The cream’s texture will not only make it easier to blend, but it will appear as if it is melting onto the skin seamlessly. We applied this using a tapered brush and only on the areas our model wished to add more definition to: the hollows of her cheeks, on the sides of her nose, along the hairline and jawline.
Strobing is a good technique in its own right, but we are still totally partial to contouring. Besides, using shimmer-free makeup to give your skin a boost of color and dimension is way more flattering than going highlighter happy — but that's just our opinion. Which makeup method is your favorite?