So you have been reading up on contouring, thinking about it, weighing the facts and you’ve decided you think you may be ready to begin doing your makeup by using this technique, made all the rage for the better part of 2014 and into 2015 by the Diva trendsetter, Kim Kardashian. You’ve got a game plan, all the colors, and you’re ready to roll. There’s only one thing: Snooze, ya lose, sorry, but you’re too late! Gotta get with the program and get a little more on the ball here, as the makeup industry is turning on its heels over another–the next in succession, and the latest technique to blow contouring out of the water. So, put down that contouring brush, and listen up.

Strobing

Strobing 101
It’s all about the luminous look that is produced by a makeup technique referred to as strobing. You probably think of lights on a dance floor, when you hear the term strobing, and you’re partially right, to do so. But this kind of lighting doesn’t increase your power bill. It does increase the illumination of your face, though, and it’s the hottest trend in cosmetics in a long time. Unlike contouring’s rather thick application and blending of sectioned areas of your face, featuring stark contrasts between light and dark shades, strobing is actually the opposite. And it wears much better, lasts longer and won’t make you look like someone hit you in the face with a chocolate and whipped cream pie by the end of the day, especially when it’s hot.

Strobing on Different Skin Types
Strobing tends to work better on faces with dry skin, and especially because it, in and of itself, produces a shiny finish. This does not mean that if your skin is oily that strobing is out for you, though. Those with oily skin just need to do a little extra prep work in order to get the technique to perform well for them. Strobing on oily skin should begin with the first step of a primer being applied all over the face, followed by a second step of a matte foundation next. And restrict oily skin strobing to the area below the eyebrows, to prevent making an oily T-zone worse.

Technique
For those with fair to medium skin tones, begin with a champagne level color, but for darker skin tones, bronze and golds work well. Try to stay away from anything obviously darker than your natural skin tone. First apply a rich concealer that is a couple of shades lighter than your actual skin color to the areas on your face that stick out the most, like the tops of cheeks. Practice will help you to define your best effect. Finish off with a nice pressed powder, making sure everything is nicely blended. And finally, add a touch of peachy shaded light pink blush to the very tops of your cheeks. Voila! Day or night, this technique looks amazing in both.