For the past few years, the beauty world has been obsessed with Kim Kardashian-style contouring. The concept, which essentially uses makeup two shades lighter and darker than your skin tone to emphasize and recede certain features, was the It beauty trend, but it looks like times are changing. This past week, everyone’s been going crazy over ‘strobing,’ which uses just highlighter to define your face. Keep reading for a step-by-step guide to the latest beauty craze.

Strobing is pretty much the anti-contour. It’s all about using highlighter to emphasize your features. No cakey foundation, no powdery bronzers on your cheekbones. It’s ideal for the summer, when you probably want to wear as little makeup as possible.

The goal of strobing is to give yourself an ultra-glowy, yet natural complexion. Here’s how to achieve the look, step-by-step…

Cover FX Illuminating Primer

1. FLAWLESS BASE: People often skip primer, but it makes such a difference. You only need a bit, but applying primer before your face products ensures your makeup won’t sweat off over the course of the day. To create a bright base, use an illuminating primer, like the silicone-free one by Cover FX.

Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream

2. FOUNDATION TIME: After you’ve primed your skin, it’s time to apply your foundation (or tinted moisturizer, BB or CC cream – use whatever you usually use). Go with something as sheer as you can afford, so that the illuminating particles of your primer shine through. I like to use Maybelline’s Dream Pure BB Cream, which provides just the right amount of coverage for me without looking heavy.

BECCA Shimmer Skin Perfector in Opal

3. STRATEGIC HIGHLIGHTING: Now for the fun part – highlighting. If you used a liquid foundation, go with a liquid illuminator; if you used powder foundation, powder highlighter. Keep ‘like’ with ‘like’ to avoid muddiness or weird separation of product as the day goes on. If you’re using a liquid illuminator (like NYX’s Born to Glow) apply a dime-sized amount to the back of your hand and apply with your finger. Concentrate on the areas of your face that naturally hit the light – tops of your cheekbones, bridge of your nose, brow bone, Cupid’s bow and the inner corners of your eyes. If you’re using a powder, you can apply it with a fan brush (most people use this), but I personally like using a very small blush brush. (If you need a good powder highlighter, look no further than BECCA’s cult classic Opal. There’s nothing quite like it.)

Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

4. THE FINISHING TOUCH: To keep the dewy goodness in place all day, finish off your look with a spritz of Urban Decay’s All Nighter Spray. A few sprays and you’re good to go!

What do you think of the strobing trend? Do you prefer it to contouring? Let us know in the comments below and on PAMPADOUR.COM!

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  • BellahGrace

    I never got into the contouring. To me it looked like plastic surgery gone bad! But this strobing might be something I will try!

    • Strobing is definitely the more natural way to go – perfect for the warmer weather!

  • Cheryl Lanner

    Ah, will give it a try & get back to you on it. I liked contouring because I’m so very fair skinned and it gave me, well, contour! Lol I’m afraid that strobing is going to make my skin appear oily. But I am going to try it!

    • Always worth a shot! You may be surprised by the new looks you love + discover 🙂