Contour is out, strobing is in
Word on the streets (and by the streets we mean Instagram), is meticulous cheekbones tirelessly chiselled from bronzer and contour that have been immortalized by Kim Kardashian West are out. The makeup world is aflutter with news of “strobing”, the antethesis of heavy contouring. Contouring has been criticized for being difficult and requiring a small arsenal of products in specific shades. According to renowned Dior makeup artist Violette, French women don’t contour – they focus on playing with light to give them a natural glow and definition.
What is strobing?
Strobing basically consists of subtly applying lots of highlighter to where the sun naturally hits without any bronzer or contour, and with minimal foundation. It’s all about looking fresh-faced and natural rather than applying (and subsequently blending, highlighting, and suffering nervous breakdowns over) lots of matte powders to sculpt perfect fdatures. Plus, it’s summer, so caked on foundation has the potential to start melting – and channelling that Wicked Witch of the (Kardashian) West look is not ideal. In contrast, strobing is all about creating a look that screams, “I go to hot yoga three times a week and drink green smoothies every morning!” Although that’s not possible for everyone (because Netflix and naps), it’s still important to take care of your skin to get that coveted “I woke up like this” look. Drink lots of water, moisturize, and check out our favourite exfoliant here.
The first and most important step of strobing is highlighting. It’s all about brightening up your face where the light would naturally hit it, so on the apples of your cheeks, the tip of your nose, and cupids bow. Avoid highlighting your chin, forehead, or anywhere near the nose (besides the actual tip), because it will make you look oily. Dust over with a light powder to seal everything in and give you that “lit from within” glow, and try finishing with a setting spray. Yep, it’s that easy! You can master this look with any highlighter, but MAC designed a strobe cream specifically for this technique.
MAC strobe cream, $40 in stores and online.
Get inspired by aniamilczarczyk, the Queen of hlighter, on Instagram, and check out this how-to video guide by NikkieTutorials!