01, 07, 2015

Strobing Is the New Contour

Happy July 1st everyone! So in the last year or so contouring has been a very huge trend, and maybe you’re a bit tired of it by now – if you’re ready to move onto the next thing then introducing: Strobing. Yes, it’s a bit of a odd name but it’s name makes all sense since it’s exactly the opposite of contouring. Instead of applying lowlights to where the sun and shadows naturally hit your face you are highlighting where the lights naturally hit your face instead.

Strobing isn’t exactly a new thing though since many actresses and performers have been doing this method for many years now. It’s a beautiful way to accent the high points on your face without overpowering any of your features – in fact it is a lot more natural, fresh, and youthful looking than a contour.

I’ve been playing around with strobing for a few weeks now and have been applying my favourite highlighter (The Balm Mary-Lou) to the bridge of my nose, cheekbones, top of my eyebrow arches, cupid’s bow, center of my eyelids, and chin for a natural glow to the skin. If you want to up a highlighter, then try using a luminizer or you can find products that are specifically for strobing such as MAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream.

What are your thoughts on this strobing trend, and will you or have you been trying it out as well?

22 responses to “Strobing Is the New Contour”

  1. I was using this method for quite a while now and I never new it was a thing. I don’t really like to contur because I’m pale and nothing suites me.

  2. onachicdiet says:

    I’ve been doing this for a while too, I always mix in a highlighter with my foundation and after applying i highlightt my cheeks, nose and lips and I’m good…i’ve tried contouring but it always looks so unnatural on me.

  3. beautyandbitsblog says:

    Love this method. I definitely need to try it.

  4. blushandsuch says:

    I love this! I can’t wait to try it!

  5. Elyse says:

    This definitely does look a lot more healthy and natural than contouring– I could never get the hang of it, but this looks like a simple method!

    Thanks 🙂

    • If anything I think this is a lot more forgiving if you make any mistakes as with contour which can be a big mess if it’s not done properly. Just try it out 🙂

  6. RCubed says:

    I’m barely getting the hang of contouring. Maybe I’ll get around to this eventually. I tagged you in my latest post. Hope you’ll participate if you haven’t been chosen yet. https://lehea1212.wordpress.com/2015/07/01/tagged-must-have-beauty-tools/

    • Ah sorry I thought I already applied to you! Strobing is so much easier than contour so you can’t fail at this technique, and thanks for the tag! I’ll try this out but I usually fail badly at those lol

  7. vrabiuta says:

    Mary-Lou Manizer is a cult product! I love The Balm products so so much!!! I am excited to try strobing, sounds so flattering! Thank you for the idea!

  8. M says:

    Been doing this for a while now, didn’t know it was recent. Mary-Lou is such a good highlighter to use for it.

  9. lacedincyn says:

    this is greattttt. & you’re gorgeous. i just follow’d you cause i know i’ll beable to use this as a reference! lol.

    but you should check out my new fashion & lifestyle blog. i think you’ll enjoy it! & if you do, i’d love a follow back! <3


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