Glass Skin Is The New Holy Grail For Beauty Fans…And Here’s How You Get It


KOREAN beauty is known for valuing that “inside” glow, and her latest trend is no exception.

“Glass skin” is taking the beauty world by storm, but what exactly is it and how can we achieve it?

First off, glass skin is a fresh, dewy complexion with no visible pores or an overly matte finish.

It imitates the translucency of glass, hence its name, and is called ‘mul-gwang’ in Korean terms, or simply ‘water skin’ or ‘transparent skin’.

Unlike most beauty trends, glass skin doesn’t involve a lot of makeup.

In fact, the less makeup you can use to achieve that natural glow, the better.

The youthful finish comes from a strategic and rigorous skincare routine.

The first step is to perform a double cleanse in the morning and evening – this ensures complete removal of dirt, pollution and makeup.

You don’t want anything that strips your skin of its natural oils, so opt for cleansing balms, oils, or gels (as opposed to mousses or soaps).

A light moisturizer is essential and should be warmed with fingertips before rubbing into skin until fully absorbed.

Moisturizing masks and mists will also help achieve glassy skin.

To start, here is our selection of Glass Skin products

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This cleansing oil is perfect for the glass skin look as it gently removes impurities, while vitamin C adds luminosityCredit: Sunday Riley
  • Sunday Riley Micro-Dissolve Cleansing Oil, £35 from Net-A-Porter – buy It Now
    After your oil cleanser, double cleanse with this creamy cleanser that penetrates deep into your pores for a glowing detox.

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After your oil cleanser, double cleanse with this creamy cleanser that penetrates deep into your pores for a glowing detox.1 credit
  • LixirSkin Electrogel Cleanser, £25 from LixirSkin – buy It Now
    Instead of toning, which can be harsh on sensitive skin, use an anti-pollution face mist (it can also be sprayed over makeup for added glow)

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Instead of toning, which can be harsh on sensitive skin, use an anti-pollution face mist (it can also be sprayed over makeup for added glow)1 credit
  • Oskia Citylife Face Mist, £48 from Cult Beauty – buy It Now
    If you have the time, a brightening sheet mask will get you one step closer to a glass skin finish.

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If you have the time, a brightening sheet mask will get you one step closer to a glass skin finish.Credit: Dr Jart
  • Dr. Jart Dermask Micro Jet Brightening Solution, £5.50 from Selfridges – buy It Now
    Anti-aging moisturizers are great for this look, as they're often lightweight and packed with plumping ingredients, like retinol.

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Anti-aging moisturizers are great for this look, as they’re often lightweight and packed with plumping ingredients, like retinol.Credit: Esthederm Institute
  • Institut Esthederm Retinol Intensive Cream, £59 from Look Fantastic – buy It Now
    If you're going to use makeup to achieve glassy skin, opt for a primer that corrects sallow, uneven skin tone.

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If you’re going to use makeup to achieve glassy skin, opt for a primer that corrects sallow, uneven skin tone.1 credit
  • Becca First Light Priming Filter, £15 from Cult Beauty – buy It Now
    Or, if your skin doesn't need color correction, try a dewy complexion booster

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Or, if your skin doesn’t need color correction, try a dewy complexion booster1 credit
  • Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter, £30 from Charlotte Tilbury – buy It Now
    If you're going to use a highlighter, opt for a cream that contains moisturizing ingredients, such as coconut oil and beeswax, and won't clog pores.

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If you’re going to use a highlighter, opt for a cream that contains moisturizing ingredients, such as coconut oil and beeswax, and won’t clog pores.Credit: RMS
  • RMS Beauty Living Luminizer, £36 from Space NK – buy It Now
    Finally, let a replenishing serum work its magic overnight

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Finally, let a replenishing serum work its magic overnightCredit: Alpha H
  • Alpha-H Liquid Gold, £33.50 at Cult Beauty – buy It Now

If you can’t get enough of K-beauty, you’ll definitely want this £12 serum that sells out every 20 seconds.

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And no beauty lover should be without this guide on how much of our products we should use.

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