Strobing vs. Contouring: Which of these Hot Makeup Trends is for You?

Photo Abdul Smith / Makeup Samantha Lennon

Have you started strobing yet? Beauty trends emerge almost daily and up until most recently, the sometimes complicated and often time consuming contouring trend asserted itself. That look is created with dark products very carefully applied under cheekbones, around the forehead, down the nose, and under your chin.

Contouring is an elaborate technique which enhances one’s bone structure, which is not a bad idea. It can, however, create more work that many may not want to deal with. Also, it can look too “done” on a casual day. The solution: if you want a similar look but with less time spent trying to achieve it try strobing.

What is strobing?

Simply put, it’s highlighting. More specifically, it’s highlighting in particular places like the cheekbones, brow bone, down the center of the nose, and the cupid’s bow of the mouth.

Strobing is incredibly easy, takes next-to-no time to do, and doesn’t involve an elaborate technique.

You have unlimited options when it comes to the products that you can use to strobe.
Have pearl or gold eye shadows in your stash? Cream or fluid illuminators in your makeup bag? You can literally use anything that glows to strobe. What you get is an instant radiance and the technique gives you a younger glow. To achieve my own strobing look, I used products from e.l.f. Cosmetics, a brand I personally love for their innovative technology, quality ingredients and budget friendly prices.

Makeup artist Dominique Samuel demonstrates strobing areas on a model before a runway show

The e.l.f. Cosmetics Essential Shimmering Facial Whip is a multi-purpose, whipped highlighter packed with Vitamin E that will instantly brighten the skin without a greasy feel. It’s the perfect kind of product to add glow to any feature of the face, as it’s creamy, and the shade compliments any skin tone.

The e.l.f Cosmetics Smudge Pot is another fabulous multi-purpose product, thanks to its so-smooth-it-glides formula. It can be used as a long lasting eye shadow or eyeliner, as well as for an intensified, nighttime glow. Use a little at a time and build to your desired intensity. I like to use my fingers to pat the product onto skin.

Create a radiant glow with the e.l.f Cosmetics Baked Highlighter: an illuminating powder that highlights with a sheer wash of shimmering color. It won’t dry out the skin and instead keeps it hydrated.

Every look you want to do should have flawless skin as the cornerstone, and a strobed look is no different. e.l.f. Cosmetics Flawless Finish Foundation is a silky smooth foundation that’s lightweight and oil-free. It blends naturally for a semi-matte finish. It’s a long-lasting formula containing SPF 15 to help protect against sun damage.

Under it all is the e.l.f. Cosmetics Hydrating Face Primer: This multipurpose clear skin primer reduces the appearance of fine lines as it quenches dry skin, and it works for both normal and sensitive skin. It transforms your face into a flawless and smooth canvas so makeup and strobing products go on evenly and are long lasting. It’s infused with grapeseed oil and vitamins A, C, and E. Also it’s fragrance-free, making it a real winner.

Ready to look radiant? Start strobing!

Elf available: their NYC shops and local drugstores

Samantha Lennon, Makeup Consultant & Artist
“Your Makeup Artist”

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