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'Strobing' Is Replacing Contouring

Sorry, Kim Kardashian.
'Strobing' Is Replacing Contouring Sorry, Kim Kardashian.

(Gigi Hadid sporting a luminous glow at Maybelline New York’s 100 (George Pimentel | WireImage)

You might want to reconsider slapping on those layers of foundation, because from the looks of it, the days of contouring are numbered.

During MAC Cosmetics’ Autumn/Winter 2015 Trends Presentation yesterday, senior makeup artist John Stapleton noted how nuanced shades and subtle textures are to take over this season. It’s about defining the face without changing it, switching focus to “fresh skin” instead of going for obvious color and texture.  That said, we’re sorry Kim Kardashian, but your obsession for contouring has to go.

Say hello to the new It makeup technique called strobing, which favors the dewy, youthful glow as opposed to the strong sculpted look.


Kendall Jenner at the 69th Annual Tony Awards (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)

Using a highlighting technique, strobing promises to brighten your peepers, sculpt your nose, give emphasis on your cheekbones and amplify your pout. It starts with a hydrating moisturizer to replenish dry skin, and then by using a shade of highlighter which best matches the skin tone. The key is focusing on the parts of your skin that naturally catches light—your cheekbones, bridge of the nose, and your temples.

Strobing is no longer just a Hollywood craze anymore. Below, the local stars we spotted using the same makeup technique:

Julia Montes

Denise Laurel

Even Kathryn Bernardo swears by this “dewy look.”

Are you ready to give up the contour brush? Let us know in the comments below!

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