Dolphin Skin Is The Hottest Makeup Trend Everyone’s Obsessing Over

Written by Sumona BoseSep 16, 2023
Dolphin skin is the hottest makeup trend everyone’s obsessing over

Makeup artists are not ready to let go of the glossy skin trend just yet and guess what, we’re not complaining. I mean, who doesn’t want their skin to look radiant and glowing for the gods. 

A new gloss-heavy makeup trend that has the beauty community obsessing over is called ‘dolphin skin.’ As the name suggests, the trend makes your skin resemble the sleek, wet and silky smooth look of dolphins. And as far as makeup trends that are inspired by elements of the sea go, this might just be our favourite one yet!

While creating this look, picture yourself stepping out after a swim in the ocean — your wet skin glistening under the radiant sun.  Stunning, right? You will need an uber hydrated and plump base to do justice to the dolphin skin look. After that, it is just a matter of layering on your best shine makeup staples and voila, you have a face that looks naturally radiant and glowing. 

Sounds exciting? Here’s a step-by-step guide on creating the dolphin skin look:


A step-by-step guide to ace the dolphin skin trend

A step-by-step guide to ace the dolphin skin trend

Image courtesy: @namvo

  • Step 01: Prep - Prep your skin with a hydrating moisturiser like the Lakme Absolute Argan Oil Radiance Oil-in-Gel for a glowy finish. Follow this up with an illuminating primer like the Lakme Absolute Under Cover Gel Face Primer.
  • Step 02: Foundation - Add a few drops of highlighter to your liquid foundation to add some shine. To enhance the silky glow, use a foundation formula like the Lakme Absolute Argan Oil Serum Foundation for a dewy and radiant look.
  • Step 03: Layering - Once the base is done, start layering your shine-loaded products like blushes, balms and highlighters. Focus on the high points of your face where it catches the light —  brow bones, the cupid's bow and cheekbones —  and blend well for a seamless look. Also, make sure that your products are sheer, any opacity in your blush or highlighter will ruin the vibe. 
  • Step 04: Add finishing touches - Before you lock your makeup in with setting spray (no powders!) press some sheer highlighter drops on parts of your face that you want to highlight. This could be the bridge of the nose, your hairline or even your chin, and you are done!

Pro tip: Use a small flat brush to spot correct any blemishes you have with a concealer and avoid going over these areas with your shine staples. Also, steer clear of shimmery and glittery products as they have a large particle size and can make you look muddy. Instead, opt for luminous products and avoid alcohol-based setting spray to keep your glow intact. 

Main image courtesy: @maryphillips

Sumona Bose

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Sumona Bose is a writer, skincare junkie and a self-professed makeup connoisseur. Equipped with a Master's degree in Fashion Management and over 3 years of experience writing in the beauty and fashion space, her passion for learning new things has no bounds. Working closely with dermatologists, beauty excerpts, makeup artists and hairstylists, she brings you the best of all things beauty. From trending skincare ingredients to makeup looks that help you slay, she manages to bring something new (and vital!) to our readers every single time. Her hobbies include home workouts, watching foreign films and binge-watching makeover shows!


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