First came contouring, then came strobing, and now there’s chroming. We know, we can barely keep up, too.

This new trend is all thanks to MAC Cosmetic’s senior artist Dominic Skinner. The makeup trendsetter posted a pic to Instagram to showcase his chroming handy-work.

As you can probably tell, chroming is basically a fancy term for highlighting. But the difference lies in the type of product used. What is really interesting is that Dominic used the new MAC x Mariah Carey ‘All I Want’ lipstick to highlight the model’s cheekbones, brow bones and eyelids.

We’ve never considered applying lipstick to anywhere OTHER than our lips (or cheeks for a rosy flush), but this could be the start of something new.

We put the lipstick to the test in the Cosmo Beauty Lab, to try out the chroming craze on two different skin tones.

Following Dominic’s lead, Arianna tested out the lipstick on her cheekbone, brow bone and eyelid. The shade was quite coppery on her pale skin, but it could look good if you’re going on holiday and want to achieve a warm, bronzed glow.

The texture was a little bit sticky, but once you blend it in it sits nicely on the cheeks like a cream highlighter. The lipstick didn’t work so well on the eyelids, though. Shortly after application, Arianna noticed that the lipstick was gathering in the eyelid crease – FYI, nota good look. Guess we’ll just stick to the cheeks then.

Shanell testing out chroming

When Shanell tested out the chroming technique, the MAC lipstick left a beautiful iridescent sheen on her cheekbones and brow bones. She had to spend quite a while blending it in with her fingers to make sure that there were no harsh lines, though.

If you have darker skin, this technique will give you a gorgeous glow. Plus, it saves splurging on a cream highlighter, when you can get a lipstick that doubles up as an illuminator!

We’re not quite sure if chroming will ever replace our beloved highlighting, but it is a great technique to use if you’re on holiday or on a budget. Who knew that lipstick couldbe so versatile?