Click through for the best tips from Korean beauty.
Use an oil cleanser
The double-cleanse method is a staple of Korean beauty and for good reason. If not removed entirely, stubborn products like waterproof mascara, mineral makeup and sunscreen can irritate your skin, leading to breakouts and other irksome skin conditions.
To avoid build-up, first use a cleansing oil to remove all traces of makeup and then use a gentle foaming cleanser to help keep your pores clean and clear.
Trying masking before moisturizing
While many ride-or-dies engage in a daily 12-step regimen, it isn’t a requirement. You can still get the benefits of a K-beauty skincare routine in five steps or less, but don’t skimp on masking!
Sheet masks are the holy grail of Korean beauty because they hug the contours of your face, allowing active ingredients to soak into your skin for intense hydration. After 20 minutes, your skin will appear rested and supple.
For a simplified routine, follow these four steps, and then 1-2 times per week, add a sheet mask before moisturizing: double-cleanse, tone, exfoliate, moisturize.
Keep skin hydrated while you sleep
When it comes to Korean beauty, the only thing you really need to know are the three rules of skin care: hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. And the best way to pack in the moisture is with an overnight gel mask that effectively “seals in” everything that came before it. A “sleeping pack” (as they’re sometimes called) amplifies the hydration provided by your serum and daily moisturizer, boosting the skin’s ability to retain water.
To use, cleanse and tone your skin, then apply a serum and your regular daily moisturizer. Finally, apply a generous layer of the overnight mask to help replenish your skin’s moisture throughout the night. Do not rinse, leave on all night to reap the benefits!
Get flawless-looking skin with a foundation cushion
Foundation cushion compacts are the latest evolution of liquid foundation. Just tap on the applicator puff for easy, on-to-go coverage that is buildable. For a fresh, natural glow, tap on a little, or tap on more for medium to full coverage. It’s really that simple!
We recommend the new True Match Lumi Cushion by L'Oréal Paris.
Use coral- and peach-hued makeup
Speaking of cushion compacts, you can also apply blush with a quick tap, tap of the applicator puff. With Lancôme’s new Cushion Blush Subtil, you can build upon the intensity of your flush for cheeks that range from schoolgirl crush to chiseled ‘80s glam.
For a K-beauty look that’s sweet and fresh, use a coral- or peach-hued blush.