Say the word “strobing” and you might think of 80s disco, but fast-forward three decades and you’ll discover that it’s one of the beauty industry’s best-kept secrets. Nowadays, strobing refers to naturally enhancing key features through the use of reflective makeup. Gone are the days of contouring; barely-there glosses are the latest makeup must-have. Forget extravagant, ornate eye makeup and lashings of lipstick; designers and makeup artists alike are loving healthy, natural-looking skin instead.
Click through the gallery to learn how to achieve runway-ready, radiant skin using these strobing essentails.
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Achieving a youthful glow takes commitment, starting with your skincare regime. Ditch the facial wipes, cleanse twice a day, and invest in a brightening mask that repairs and replenishes with each treatment. Shiseido’s brightening mask is a must for healthy skin. Its elastic material gently enriches and hydrates the face, leaving your skin refreshed, toned, and beautifully bright. Use twice a week for visible results.
Shiseido ‘White Lucent Power Brightening Mask’, AED 269/SAR 274, Nordstrom
Want radiant skin? Moisturize. Even once you’ve applied your makeup, your complexion can become dull and dry throughout the day. To ensure your skin is always perfectly plumped, pack a moisture gel in your handbag. It’s celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury’s secret to gorgeous skin. Forget bronzer and dab a moisture gel along the cheekbones for an enviable, luminous glow.
MAC ‘Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Gel’, AED 154/SAR 157, The Dubai Mall
Strobing isn’t about bold colors, but achieving a silky-smooth porcelain finish. Steer clear of cakey foundations and sharp contouring lines, and opt for soft, velvety shades that draw out your natural beauty. Shop wisely, though, as a strobing shade worn by someone with pale skin won’t necessarily complement an olive tone. Pick your perfect shade from NARS‘ ‘The Multiple’ collection. The light, creamy formula blends beautifully, creating instant shimmer and light.
Don’t just concentrate on the cheeks; bright eyes and gorgeously glossy lips are strobing essentials too this spring, and Bobbi Brown has you covered with its ‘Crystal Lip Gloss’. It enhances and defines the lips in seconds and looks great alone or layered with lipstick. You can also team it with a glossy shimmer or liner along the upper lid to really accentuate the eyes. Reflective beauty products are the way forward this season.
Bobbi Brown ‘Crystal Lip Gloss’, AED 79/SAR 81, The Dubai Mall
An effortless ‘dewy’ look can still be achieved with the right powder. For combination skin especially, you sometimes need a little powder to de-shine the T-zone. Try an illuminating product to veil spots and blemishes, like ‘Ambient Lighting Powder’. Its photoluminescent technology was designed with transparent coverage in mind. Used sparingly, it can reduce the appearance of imperfections and draw light to all the right places.
If you’re stuck for strobing inspiration, look no further than the aptly named ‘Strobe Cream’. It does what it says on the tin, providing a lovely light-enhancing base that hydrates the skin pre-makeup. Being relatively light, this multi-purpose moisturizer can be used on top of makeup too; the perfect brightening tool to wake up tired skin, from day to night.
MAC ‘Strobe Cream’, AED 199/SAR 203, The Dubai Mall