Strobing may be all the rage in 2016, but MAC Strobe Cream—a unique liquid highlighter made from iridescent mineral pigments—pioneered the artform when it launched in 2000. Ever since, in-the-know professionals have been using it judiciously to moisturize, refresh, and brighten tired skin, sometimes mixing with foundation for an allover luminous effect (do try this at home). The highlighter is a lifesaver for MAC makeup artists backstage during Fashion Week (they collectively go through more than 400 tubes in one season). And its popularity reigns supreme among non-MAC artists as well. New York–based makeup artist Violette loves to apply foundation and then dab the Strobe Cream on the T-zone. She says this trick makes your skin look flawless, like you’re not wearing foundation. Stephen Sollitto is a fan of the cream’s beautiful luster and nourishing mix of ingredients, which include vitamins and green tea.
ON THE RED CARPET: Illuminates cheekbones against the paparazzi’s flashes.
ON THE VANITY: Invigorates the complexion in time for drinks after a 12-hour workday.