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Korean skin care trends have been all the rage for the last few years. In fact, we have Korean skin care to thank for our love of everything from double cleansing to sheet masks. Now, the latest K-beauty trend to make waves is glass skin. Glass skin is meant to evoke the idea of a crystal clear piece of glass, meaning it’s all about skin that looks completely clear. Poreless, dewy, baby-soft skin is the ultimate goal. Of course, as with most K-beauty trends, glowing, glass skin can’t be achieved with a few quick steps. Don’t you remember Our 10-Step Korean Skin Care Routine? That means getting glass skin isn’t something you can wing, you’ll need to follow a strategic seven step skin care routine—as outlined below. Read on for our step-by-step guide to getting glass skin, including complementary makeup looks.
The glass skin trend is all about cleansing and layering lightweight, hydrating skin care products to help create the appearance of glowing, dewy skin. Here’s how to try the glass skin trend for yourself:
As with any skin care routine, the first step should be using a facial cleanser. Cleansing helps rid the surface of your skin of dirt and impurities that have built up. Because you’re going to be following up cleansing with using an exfoliant, pick a facial cleanser that is both gentle and effective. When you’re going for the glass skin look, you should also look for a cleanser that can help brighten the appearance of your complexion, like the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser. Squeeze a small amount of facial cleanser into your (clean) hands and add water to transform it from a clay to a mousse consistency. Gently massage the facial cleanser onto your face, then rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water and gently pat dry with a washcloth.
If you want to try to achieve the look of glass skin, the next step in your skin care routine should be reaching for a face scrub. Exfoliating regularly from head to toe should be a key part of any skin care routine, but it’s an especially crucial step in getting glass skin because it buffs away all the dead, dull-looking skin cells from the surface of your complexion. You’ll want to choose a face scrub that’s formulated for your specific skin type and issues, and remember, the goal with any facial scrub is to achieve a gentle exfoliation that reveals a bright, fresh-looking complexion—not a red, irritated one! So, if you’ve got dry skin, choose a nourishing scrub. If you tend to get blackheads, pick a scrub formulated to deeply penetrate pores, and so on. Here are our best options:
The L'Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Resurface & Energize Kona Coffee Scrub is formulated with real Kona coffee grounds to help energize tired, dull-looking skin.
The L'Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Cocoa Scrub contains rich cocoa butter and nourishing coconut oil, making it a great choice for those who tend to have dry skin.
The L'Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Grapeseed Scrub will give your skin a baby-soft, glowing finish, thanks to its formula which contains finely ground acai and nutrient-rich monoi and grapeseed oil.
The L'Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Purify & Unclog Kiwi Scrub is formulated with real kiwi seeds and helps to polish away dead skin cells and deeply purify and unclog pores.
Once you’ve chosen the right face scrub formula for your skin, smooth a small amount of the scrub onto damp, clean skin and gently massage it over your face with wet fingers. Remember, don’t scrub too hard! Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water, but don’t pat dry—you’re going to want to apply your next skin care product onto damp skin to help lock in hydration.
Bonus: You can also use all of the aforementioned face scrubs on your lips! Here’s How to Use a Lip Scrub Before Applying Lipstick for a little guidance.
Glass skin is all about a healthy-looking, dewy complexion, so hydrating your skin is an absolute must! After cleansing and gently exfoliating, apply a facial serum onto damp skin. If you’re not already using a face serum regularly, it would behoove you to learn about all the beauty benefits that serums can offer (for starters, here are 4 Reasons to Use a Face Serum). For glass skin in particular, hyaluronic acid is a great ingredient to look out for in a serum because it's often found in intensely hydrating formulas. Try the L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum, which absorbs quickly and gives skin a visibly plumped, youthful look. To use, apply a few drops onto face and neck, then gently smooth over your skin in upward motions, being careful to avoid your eyes.
Next up: Moisturizer! Yes, that’s right—you’ll want to layer a moisturizer on top of the serum, which will effectively lock in moisture and help give you a glow. Obviously, with any facial moisturizer, the overall goal is to moisturize your complexion, but just as you chose your previous products based on your skin type and concerns, you’ll want to take the same approach here. Our Hydra Genius line is a great choice when trying to achieve the glass skin look because the moisturizers are super lightweight and water-based. Take your pick from one of these options, based on your skin type: the L'Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care – Normal/Oily Skin, The L'Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care – Normal/Dry Skin, or the L'Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care – Extra Dry Skin. To use, apply a light, even layer of your moisturizer of choice over your entire complexion, smoothing until thoroughly absorbed.
To really ensure a glowing, glass-like final look, use a foundation that’s moisturizing and doesn’t have a matte finish—matte makeup will give you the opposite of a glass skin look. A medium coverage foundation is a great way to build up to your desired look without over-doing it and causing your skin to look cakey (also wrong for achieving the glass skin look). Your best bet is using a foundation with a radiant finish, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation.
Now that your skin has been properly cleansed, exfoliated, and hydrated for a glowing finish, all that’s left is adding an extra bright sheen. To get the look, squeeze some of L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer onto your fingertips and massage it onto your skin, paying close attention to your cheekbones and the tip of your nose.
Hang in there, you’re almost done! Last but not least, apply a final layer of a glow-boosting highlighter, like the L'Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Glow Amour Glow Boosting Drops, onto the top of your cheekbones, bridge of your nose, center of your forehead, and cupid’s bow. Apply a drop or two to each area, then blend everything out with a makeup blender, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender.
Now that your dewy, glowing complexion is all in place, you can move on to completing your makeup look! With the glass skin look, we recommend keeping your makeup look relatively light. Here are our best suggestions:
A glass skin look definitely requires a bit of color on the cheeks. Stick with a natural look with a shimmery finish to match your glistening skin. For bronzer, apply the L'Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Bronze It Bronzer to your cheekbones and temples. Next, use your fingertips to apply a light dusting of rose-tinted highlighter onto your brow bone, the tops of your cheeks, and your cupid’s bow. We love the L'Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Glow Nude Highlighter Palette for this step.
Since you’ve just put so much time and effort into achieving glass skin, keep your eye makeup simple and subdued so you can really show-off your new, dewy complexion. Try a thin line of liquid eyeliner on your upper-lid, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible The Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner. Keep your eyeshadow minimal and nude-colored, using shades in the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude, and finish everything off with a few swipes of a lengthening mascara, like the L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Washable Mascara.
In our book, no beauty look is ever complete without filled in brows! Keep it quick and easy here too, with a little bit of the L'Oréal Paris Unbelieva-Brow Longwear Waterproof Brow Gel.
Glossy lips are the perfect complement to glowing skin. Go for a gloss with a shiny but not sticky finish, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible 8HR Le Gloss.
Another skin care trend we’re loving these days? That’d be multi-masking! Learn all about how to use multiple face masks at the same time to address different skin issues by reading our article, How to Multi-Mask.
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