Ellie Choi, Alicia Yoon, Sarah Lee... this season, Korea’s beauty gurus (K-Beauty) are all about glass skin: a clean, flawless look that’s so luminous it’s almost translucent, like a piece of glass or porcelain. The key? Intense, lasting hydration… and a little boost from your makeup kit. Let’s take a look at this look, step by step.
It has to be said: the Glass Skin look can’t be obtained in a day. True to the Korean vision of beauty that’s focussed on adopting good habits for skin health, Glass Skin is obtained over time, with a regular beauty skin-care routine. At the heart of this ritual is something that must be done morning and night: layering, or the successive application of moisturizers one over the other. While performing their main job of adding hydration, these products work together to repulp your skin, giving it maximum radiance.
1. Start by cleansing your skin to get ride of impurities. Avoid scrubbing too hard, which can irritate the epidermis and lead to excess sebum production. Forget tap water, heavy with calcium and chemicals. Instead, dab a cotton swab in moisturizing micellar water or choose a cleansing oil that penetrates deeply.
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2. Apply a serum. Naturally, you’ll want a formula rich in moisturizing ingredients. And don’t be shy about laying it on thick and letting it penetrate for a few minutes. It’s the best way to ensure your product reaches the deeper layers of your skin, which will help create that translucent effect you’re looking for.
3. Treat the delicate skin around your eyes with a cream or fresh gel created specially for women. You can also dab on a bit of this product just above your lips, where fine lines tend to appear with age.
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4. The ultimate step? Cream. For daytime, choose a light formula that moisturizes and protects your skin from the day’s rigours while keeping it quenched for hours. At night, use a rich product and apply it generously, giving your skin everything it needs to stay nourished as you sleep, leaving you looking softer and more radiant in the morning.
WHAT ABOUT MAKEUP?
Heads up: while proper moisturizing is essential, it’s not enough to create the Glass Skin look. So why not cheat a little by working on your complexion? Use the layering technique by superimposing thin layers of light, non-matte products to hide imperfections while maintaining the elasticity and radiance of your skin. Then, as a corrector, apply a coat of natural foundation, a drop of concealer and a little loose powder. Remember: the Glass Skin effect is based on glare, so a few drops of liquid illuminator at strategic locations is perfect for the finishing touch.