See Why Strobing Is the Hottest New Way to Contour for Everyday Impact

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See Why Strobing Is the Hottest New Way to Contour for Everyday Impact

If layers of thick contouring makeup aren't really your thing but you still want to accentuate your face shape, strobing might be for you. It accomplishes all the flattering aspects of a heavy contouring makeup tutorial without all the extra goop. Get started here.


Contouring isn't for everyone. The average contouring makeup tutorial relies on heavy shadows, bronzers, and creams to create the chiseled face structure that made the technique famous. But it doesn't have to be that way. Besides being less time-intensive than a full face contour, strobing is easier and lighter. It utilizes shimmer, shine, and some light contouring to accentuate the high points of your face without feeling heavy. So, if you're looking for a lightweight glow that doesn't take all morning or clog up your pores, turn to strobing. It'll leave you looking fresh-faced and put together in no time. Don't worry; you can still do a full contour for formal events or on picture-prone days.

To accomplish the look, you'll need a strobe cream, illuminating liquid, two foundations, blush, and a pressed highlighter. Let's get started.

Strobing: Steps 1-2

1. Start by applying strobe cream to your entire face. A moisturizer with a little shimmer will do the trick as well.

2. Layer an illuminating liquid like Josie Maran's Argan Enlightment Illuminizer all over your face.

Strobing: Steps 3-4

3. Dab on a layer of foundation to even out your skin tone. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk is one of our favorites.

4. In a color just darker than your skin tone, contour your cheekbone, forehead, nose, and jaw line with a contouring brush. This will add a little extra dimension to your face.

Strobing: Steps 5-6

5. Apply a soft blush color on the apples of your cheeks. We used a light cream blush.

6. Using a fan brush, apply a pressed highlighter—Opal by Becca is a good option—on the tops of your cheeks, center of your forehead, bridge of your nose, cupid's bow, and chin.

Strobing: Final

Ta-da! A lightweight, easy face makeup that looks amazing without taking all day! Toss out your old contouring makeup tutorial, and trade it in for an effortless strobing routine.

Photography by Karla Conrad. Makeup by Bopha Mom-Baccam at Penelopie Beauty Bar.