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Forget Contouring, Strobing Is Way Easier

Ever since Kim Kardashian revealed her extensive makeup process, contouring (the art of applying various shades of product to create facial definition) has been all the rage. But it’s also wildly time consuming and leaves you feeling a tad suffocated under layers of makeup.

The lighter and easier alternative? Strobing. Here’s the rundown on it.

OK, what is this newfangled contouring method?
Think of strobing as the lazy girl’s face-sculpting hack. Instead of painting your face with bronzer sticks and blush, this method focuses exclusively on highlighter, applied to areas where light would naturally hit your face.

So, how do I do it exactly?
After your foundation base coat (or tinted moisturizer), apply the highlighter to your cheekbones, below your brow bones, down the bridge of your nose, above your cupid’s bow (between your lips and nose) and in the corners of your eyes. Then, blend it in with your fingers, a fan brush or a damp makeup sponge.

Anything to watch out for?
The margin of error here is pretty low; however--contrary to some tutorials--you don’t want to spread product on your forehead or chin. A “dewy glow” can sometimes be perceived as “extra sweaty,” especially true if you have oily skin.

Do I have to use a certain product?
To avoid the frosted ’90s look, make sure the highlighter you’re using complements your skin tone. (Think subtle sheen.) Women with fair skin should look for champagne tones, olive skin should try gold and darker skin looks best with terracotta.

How do I know if I did it right?
Walk outside in the natural light and wait for the compliments to roll in.

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