Have you ever tried to contour and ended up looking more like a hot mess rather than a chiseled goddess? Have you tried to bring out your cheekbones but ended up bringing out your inner frustrated she-beast? Is your vanity constantly covered in bronzers and blushes that just don’t understand you?

If you nodded at the computer screen at any point during that paragraph, we have a solution for you! For those who could never quite figure out how to contour, meet the newest beauty technique called “strobing.”

Let’s define “strobing.” Strobing uses highlighter to bring out your features and helps you achieve a slightly chiseled but dewy and neutral beauty look. This technique uses light to shape your face rather than contouring which primarily uses shadows.

strobing the new contouring
via Instagram

As Lucinda from Luce Loves further explains, “strobing is a method of applying highlighter to the high points on your face (cheekbones, bridge of your nose and temples) which will cause the light to reflect and enhance these areas for a much softer feminine look.”

Radiant and dewy skin is in and heavy caked on layers of bronzer and blush are beginning to die out just in time for summer! Rather than piling on bronzers and blush, your skin can breathe easier by just applying highlighter in a strategic way.

Strobing works for any skin tone but it is particularly amazing for fair-skinned ladies! Let me tell you–it is not easy to find a bronzer that looks natural when your skin tone is Snow White-worthy.

With strobing, you simply apply a generous amount of highlighter in the inner corners of your eyes, under your brow bones, the tops of your cheekbones, your temples, your Cupid’s bow, the bridge of your nose and anywhere the light naturally hits your face and then blend. The key is to find a liquid or powder illuminating highlighter that compliments your skin tone and has the proper undertones, Get The Gloss goes into detail in this article!

Here are some of our favorite illuminating highlighters that could be perfect for strobing:

strobing makeup suggestions

NYX Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator, Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder, Benefit Cosmetics High BeamPhysician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Custom All-in-1 Nude Palette

This technique sounds totally fabulous, BUT, there are some potential troubleshooting problems that all of the beauty bloggers and makeup artists don’t really mention. If you have oily skin, this technique might just make your face way too shiny and out of control, ultimately destroying the dewy and contoured skin illusion. With most other beauty looks, the strobed look requires plenty of touch-ups and oil blotting sheets in order to keep the shine only where it’s wanted.

This look also might not be as light as it looks; you also still need to layer on some foundation or BB Creme and mattifying powder for your base. Placement of highlighter is also super important–one wrong stroke and your strobing is going to be off.

Pros and cons aside, this new beauty trend is seriously impressive. If you’re itching to try out this technique, here’s an awesome video tutorial!

Have you tried strobing?

Paige DiFiore is a Journalism and Graphic Design student at Marist College. She owns enough makeup products to feed a small country (well, if they ate makeup) and she will literally drop everything just to pet a dog. When she isn't daydreaming about owning a pug and making it Instagram famous, she is ruthlessly playing board games and aspiring to someday be the goddess of a religion that's yet to be discovered.