“We’ve been strobing since 1987!” declares Guerlain International make-up artist Jose Luis when he was in town recently. Who knew the heritage French make-up and beauty brand was this ahead of the curve? Strobing is still a buzzword these days on catwalks and YouTube beauty tutorials, but Guerlain has apparently been strobing up a storm since 1987, when they launched their famous Meterorites powder. Strobing has been hailed as the new contouring. While contouring can give you a hard, overly-angular look, strobing is basically highlighting, the art of bringing light to the right parts of the face to bring on a natural, dewy glow. Jose Louis has more beauty tips and secrets here:
#1 Do this to look radiant in just five minutes.
“Strobing is using a highlighter to catch the light. For an easy trick to look radiant in just five minutes, use the Meteorites powder to draw a “g” around the eyes, round the nose and on the chin. The formula of the powder will catch the light and make the face radiant.”
#2 If you use only one make-up item, make it lipstick.
“If a women needs just one cosmetic, it’s lipstick. Lipstick for women is like the beard for men — it’s the perfect accessory. It’s important that a woman have a red lipstick ’cos that is totally Parisian and the most elegant colour. Add a gloss on top of that, and it becomes very sexy. After that, you need a pink lipstick, it gives you a fresh look. An orange lipstick reminds me of holidays and summer time. We have a new orange shade called Sunglasses — I love this colour for the weekend. You also need a beige or a nude colour for a healthy glow.”
#3 After red lipstick, the other essential for a woman is the LBD.
“The little black dress is a must, and we now have a new little black dress to dress the lashes in our La Petite Robe Noire (Little Black Dress) range — the La Petite Robe Noire Mascara, an all-in-one mascara with a balloon brush to give volume, curl, length and definition. It comes in intense black — only one shade — the perfect little black dress.”
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