Everyone wants flawless skin, but the Korean glass skin trend, gives this term new meaning. In Korean, this finish is called ‘mul-gwang’ and refers to skin with a dewy, water-like glow and zero pores. Sounds dreamy, right? Well, don’t expect an easy ride. This skincare trend requires a relentless beauty regimen of 11 steps, which includes double cleansing, exfoliating and heaps and heaps of hydration. Who has time for that?!
I’m very committed to my skin but even I gulped at that number. And it’s not just the time sensitive that may need a helping hand with this trend; those that suffer from problematic skin (whether that’s because of genetics, diet or hormones) may find it tricky to get the results they want. But fear not, this edit solves this problem and then some. I’ve pulled together a quick and easy guide to faking the glass skin look with makeup.
Step 1: Prep
Speak to any makeup artists and they’ll tell you that a healthy skin finish lies in the prep work. And it makes sense, if you want your skin to look healthy, you should be treating it that way. So, before you go in with any makeup reach for the MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Skin Booster Hydra-Plump Serum. This water-based formula is packed with hyaluronic acid that boosts your skin’s luminosity and radiance, which will act as the perfect kick start to creating a glass skin look.
Step 2: Prime
Many people think primers are all about longevity, and even though this is a big plus they can also have major skin benefits too. Take the MAKE UP FOR EVER Step 1 – Skin Equalizer 4 -Nourishing Primer for example, this hydrating primer is not only enriched with skin-boosting antioxidants and a moisturising vegetal complex, but it contains an exclusive Equalizer Complex that keeps your skin super smooth and uniform all day, which is exactly what we’re aiming for.
Step 3: Perfect
Before I even wrote a single word for this edit I knew what foundation I’d be recommending: the MAKE UP FOR EVER Water Blend – Face & Body Foundation (I used shade Y315 – Sand). Known for it’s high 80% water content and glowy skin finish, it’s made for the glass skin trend. There’s no wonder it’s one of Escentual’s best-selling foundations right now. Super lightweight yet extremely buildable, the liquid foundation even hydrates and plumps skin while it covers – what more could you want! For this trend, try mixing Water Blend with the MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Soft Light (I used shade 40 – Copper Pink), it’s a wet-looking liquid highlighter that will give your foundation a beautiful luminosity without it looking glittery.
Of course, there’s only so much work a foundation can do, so I suggest adding a little extra coverage where needed with the MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Invisible Cover Concealer (I used shade Y23 – Ivory), this high coverage, colour-correcting cream is beautiful under the eyes and works a charm at covering up pesky blemishes.
Step 4: Set
Powder and glass skin don’t go hand in hand, but if you’re really prone to excess oil you may want to dust your T-zone with a little MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Microfinishing Loose Powder. My advice is, don’t be heavy handed with this step; keep the powder just where you really need it and keep the rest of your complexion fresh and dewy.
Step 5: Enhance
Glass skin is all about healthy-looking skin, so highlighting was bound to pop up somewhere. For extra glow, dab some of the MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Soft Light Liquid Highlighter (I used shade 40 – Pink Copper) onto the highest points of the face: bridge of the nose, cupids bow, and of course, cheek and brow bones. This beautiful liquid highlighter will make your features pop, while maintaining the dewy freshness of naturally flawless skin.