Master the art of strobing with makeup maestro Wayne Goss

We quizzed makeup artist Wayne Goss for his tips on highlighting and exuding radiance with beauty’s latest craze: strobing.

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Image: MAC at the DSquared spring/summer 2015 show

Forget sharp features and chiselled cheekbones, strobing is overtaking contouring as the hottest beauty buzzword. The effect is all about utilising light (hence the term; it’s named after the effect of strobe lighting) by placing illuminating products where light naturally hits the face, so that skin takes on an effortlessly healthy glow.

The look has become particularly popular over the summer, thanks to its fresh and bright results. Makeup artist Wayne Goss, an advocate of dewy makeup, recommends the technique over its harsher counterpart contouring. “It’s much easier as you don’t have stripes that need to be blended well - the margin for error is much smaller.”

Wayne, who currently has more than two million YouTube subscribers, shares his top tips on achieving an ethereal, moonlit glow.

1. Prep your canvas

“The effect of strobing depends on the skin type. Oily skin can achieve a naturally highlighted look. All you need is to apply a mattifying moisturiser (try Bobbi Brown's Skin Smoothing Pore Perfector) and just powder your T-zone, there is no need to apply highlighter to your face. As the day goes on you will start to strobe naturally. Your own oil will come through and it will look very pretty. Normal to dry skin should choose a moisturiser (Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream is ideal) and foundation that provides a dewy finish and cover any blemishes with a creamy concealer."

TRY: For a dewy finish to your foundation: Charlotte Tilbury’s Light Wonder Foundation, £32, or Chantecaille’s Future Skin Foundation, £60. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, £22, is smooth and easy to apply.

Charlotte Tilbury is available at Fenwick Bond Street and Brent Cross
Nars is available at Fenwick Bond Street and Kingston
Chantecaille is available at Fenwick Bond Street and Brent Cross


2. Choosing a highlighter

“The best products to use are liquid or cream highlighters to give the skin a dewy rather than shiny appearance. Avoid anything that contains chunks of glitter - as this doesn’t provide a lit-from-within glow - and anything silver. It might look pretty on the eyes but it does not look natural on the cheeks.

For fair and light complexions, I recommend a highlighter with a pink note, which looks very pretty. For medium and light Mediterranean skintones, go for something with a hint of gold. And for those with a deep skintone, a burgundy or burnt orange works beautifully.”

TRY: Clinique’s Up-Lighting Liquid Illuminator, £22.50, is one of my favourites. Benefit’s High Beam and Sun Beam, both £19.50, Charlotte Tilbury’s Wonder Glow, £38.50 or NARS Illuminators, £23.

Clinique is available at Fenwick Bond Street, Brent Cross, Canterbury, Colchester, Kingston, Leicester, Newcastle, Tunbridge Wells, Windsor and York
Benefit is available at Fenwick Bracknell, Brent Cross, Canterbury, Colchester, Kingston, Newcastle and Tunbridge Wells
Charlotte Tilbury is available at Fenwick Bond Street and Brent Cross.

3. Where to strobe

“Adding highlighter is the actual strobing part. I like to dab it to the high points of the face, such as the cheekbones, down the centre of the nose, and the cupid’s bow. The tip of the nose can also look pretty.

It sounds obvious but avoid highlighting parts of the face that you aren’t fond of, as your eye will be immediately drawn to those areas. Focus instead on where you do like.”

4. Prevent an oil slick

“To really pick out the points you want to catch the light, apply powder to your central T-zone, this will tone down any excess shine and draw the eye to all of your best bits.

The effect is not for people to be struck by the amount of shine on your face but to catch the light as you turn your head. I personally think strobing looks better when it’s minimal. It’s about capturing the glow of youth and I love that there is something very innocent about the look.”

TRY: Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder, £33, NARS Light Reflecting Setting Powder, £26.50 or Bobbi Brown Sheer Finished Pressed Powder, £26.

Charlotte Tilbury is available at Fenwick Bond Street and Brent Cross
NARS is available at Fenwick Bond Street and Kingston
Bobbi Brown is available at Fenwick Bond Street, Canterbury, Kingston, Newcastle and Tunbridge Wells

Strobing lessons are provided by the following brands in store at Fenwick:

Bond Street: MACYSLTom Ford and Bobbi Brown (Telephone 020 7629 9161 to make an appointment)

Bracknell: YSLTom Ford  and Dior (Telephone 01344 424678 to make an appointment)

Brent Cross: MACYSLTom FordGuerlain and Dior (Telephone 020 8202 8200 to make an appointment)

Canterbury: MACYSLTom FordGuerlainDior and Bobbi Brown (Telephone 01227 766866 to make an appointment)

Colchester: MACTom FordGuerlain and Dior (Telephone 01206 571212 to make an appointment)

Kingston: MACYSLTom FordGuerlainDior and Bobbi Brown (Telephone 020 8546 1001 to make an appointment)

Leicester: YSLTom FordGuerlain and Dior (Telephone 0116 255 3322 to make an appointment) 

Newcastle: MACYSLTom Ford , Giorgio ArmaniGuerlainDior and Bobbi Brown (Telephone 0191 232 5100 to make an appointment)

Tunbridge Wells: MACYSLTom FordGuerlainDior and Bobbi Brown (Telephone 01892 516716 to make an appointment)

Windsor: YSLTom FordGuerlain and Dior (Telephone 01753 855537 to make an appointment)

York: MACYSLTom FordGuerlain and Dior (Telephone 01904 643322 to make an appointment)


By Hanna Ibraheem