Chroming: The Latest Highlighting Trend

First there was contouring, then strobing (which, FYI is basically just a fancy word for highlighting), and as if that wasn’t enough beauty jargon to keep up with, there’s a new kid on the block and it goes by the name of Chroming.

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So what is it? Created by MAC’s Senior Artist Dominic Skinner, essentially it’s the same as strobing, but instead of reaching for your trusty highlighter you’re going to need a lipstick – yep, you heard right. Not just any old lipstick, might we add, we don’t want you walking around with army stripes of Ruby Woo on the sides of your face.

Mac’s Senior Artist Dominic Skinner created the trend Mac’s Senior Artist Dominic Skinner created the trend


Dominic used the new MAC X Mariah Carey Collection Lipstick in the shade ‘All I Want’ in place of a normal highlighter to create the new trend, applying it across the models cheekbones, brow bones and eye lids. He uploaded a cute collage of the result onto his Instagram page, and we’ve got to say we love it! There’s nothing better than a multi-purpose makeup product, so it’s a yes from us, Dominic.

While a lippie wouldn’t usually be our first choice to get that Kim K glow, the thicker texture of a lipstick, although slightly sticky, works like a slick of Vasleline over the skin, catching the light and leaving a luminescent dewy finish. Plus, the does-it-all stick’s slightly sparkly sheen rivals even some of our most beloved cream highlighters. 

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The champagne, peachy shade works wonders on darker skintones, we tested if on our Picture Researcher Victoria Adegboyega (see below). Simply swipe it across the tops of your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, and along your brow bones, just be sure to blend, blend, blend – you don’t want any streaky lines. Top tip: be careful not to apply over a powder, as the slick formula will leave you with annoying little bits on your face. Victoria said, ‘This is the perfect shade for warming my skintone, while giving me major shimmer. Hello model cheekbones!’. 

Our Picture Researcher, Vic A, gave the trend a go with MAC's lippie Chroming on dark skin


If you’ve got fair to medium skin we’ve found a lipstick that has the same chroming effect but that’s a lot more flattering. Our Beauty Writer, Victoria Jowett, gave Topshop’s Lips in Mercurial, £8, a go, and she reported back saying, ‘The icy-pink shade of this lipstick looks amazing on my pale complexion. The does-it-all lipstick’s slightly sparkly sheen rivals even some of my most beloved cream highlighters.’ Quiet the claim eh?!

Our Beauty Writer, Vic J, tried the trend with Topshop's lipstick Chroming on pale skin