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