The New Contouring: Strobing

Arielle Benasillo
Arielle Benasillo is a 23 year old New Yorker who's passion for makeup is real. Growing up with both parents as hair stylists, the skill ran in the family. She recently graduated from Make Up Forever Academy New York certifying her in beauty & fashion, theatrical, special effects makeup and body painting. Arielle is now a freelance makeup artist working on photo shoots, weddings and events, as well as being employed at Salon S for makeup artistry. On her free time she enjoys traveling, being outdoors, froyo night with her roommates, and taking advantage of bottomless brunch in Manhattan with friends.
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Many of us will not let go of our love for contouring (or maybe some of us just can’t master it), but take it from a professional, strobing is the new thing! Rather than being sculpted, a dewy, highlighted finish is the goal – especially for summer.



Some products that will do exceptionally well for this look are:

  • NARS The Multiple (stick)
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade (powder)


  • NYX Liquid Illuminizer (liquid)

Ok, so you’ve got the products, but how do you master this look without looking like a sweaty mess? I gotchu: 

  • We’re really just highlighting here. When you highlight, you’re applying a lighter, shimmery product to areas you want to accentuate.
  • Avoid sparkly products. We really just want shimmer for that glowing, highlighting effect.
  • If you’ve ever taken an art class, you will know that shading is using a dark color to create depth in places you want to recede. Highlighting is the opposite; it’s using a light color to bring forward or pop. This is the same concept of illusion we create on the face! Simple right?
  • Highlighting may slightly vary on everyone, but for the most part there are certain spots we want to accentuate. You mostly want to apply anywhere the light catches on your face.
  • Strobing is slightly more highlighted, so I would definitely apply to these five spots: temples, brow bones, bridge of nose, cheek bones, inner corners of the eyes, and cupid’s bow.
  • If you want to go crazy you can do the collar bones, but I would probably do those bad boys on nights out, unless you want to Kim K it everyday.
  • Avoid spots like the forehead or chin if you have naturally oily skin. Everyone’s skin/face/bone structures are different, so keep in mind your own look and apply just as needed.

How to apply?

  • Make sure you hydrate your skin thoroughly. It’s all about light, dewy skin. So you can even apply a little moisturizer into your concealer and/or foundation to add that glow.
  • Apply the highlighter in places that catch the light naturally. The last thing you want is having shine in random spots that will not do anything for you. So focus on the areas you want to bring forward.
  • After you applied the product, blend. You can use either your fingertips, a brush, or a sponge.