Striping Is the New Contouring


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By now, you know a thing or two about contouring. In fact, concepts like contouring, highlighting, and strobing have become part of your regular beauty vernacular, thanks to a small, barely known family with razor-sharp cheekbones.

Just kidding: It’s the Kardashians. And we’ve kept up with all of their beauty moves over the last decade. But as of late, there has been a noticeable shift in the beauty sphere—designers have called for a less-is-more look to send down the runway, and women seem to be tired of all the fussiness that comes along with a massive makeup routine. 

Enter: striping. It’s the latest craze in cheekbone-defining beauty techniques that looks more like an easy sun-kissed glow than a 45-minute endeavor. “Striping is the new strobing. It is a new way of applying bronzer in a more authentic way that looks super natural, fresher, and cooler,” Monika Blunder of wrote in an email.

“I’m game,” I thought, flipping through reference images of bronzed (but not too bronzed) models.

Blunder continues, “It takes less than a minute—striping is a one-product wonder that gives your face natural definition by darkening from cheekbone to cheekbone in a straight line.”

So, while contouring sculpts the face, striping creates a more authentic glow that looks really natural, like you spent a day in the sun. It’s great for times when you don’t have time to do a full contour (or if you’re just over it completely) but still want to give your skin a gorgeous flush.

Keep reading for the quick four-step process to sculpted skin.